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The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
(King's, Lancashire and Border)
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Cap Badge.jpg
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Cap Badge
Active 1 July 2006 –
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Line Infantry
Role 1st BattalionLight Infantry
2nd BattalionSpecialised Infantry
4th BattalionArmy Reserve
Size Three battalions
Part of King's Division
Garrison/HQ RHQ – Preston
1st Battalion – Episkopi, Cyprus
2nd Battalion – Weeton
4th Battalion – Preston
Nickname(s) Lions of England
Motto(s) "Nec Aspera Terrent" (Latin) "Difficulties be Damned"[1]
March Quick -John Peel
Slow – The Red Rose
Anniversaries Ladysmith (28 February),
St George's Day (23 April),
Waterloo (18 June)
Colonel in Chief HM The Queen, Duke of Lancaster
Colonel of
the Regiment
Brigadier Peter Rafferty[2]
Tactical Recognition Flash Lion TRF.jpg
Arm Badge Lion
From King's Own Royal Border Regiment
Abbreviation LANCS

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) (LANCS) is an infantry regiment of the line within the British Army. It recruits throughout the North West of England.


The regiment's formation was announced on 16 December 2004 by Geoff Hoon and General Sir Mike Jackson as part of the restructuring of the infantry, when it was initially to be known as the King's, Lancashire and Border Regiment. The regiment was given its new name in November 2005. Initially formed of three regular army battalions, it was eventually reduced to two regular battalions, plus an Army Reserve battalion. The regiment was formed through the merger of three single battalion regiments:[3]

The regiment was formed on 1 July 2006. Initially, on formation, the regiment contained three regular battalions, with each battalion simply being renamed:

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was formed to serve as the county regiment for the following counties:

  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire (South, East, North and North Central)
  • Merseyside
  • Greater Manchester

In March 2007, the 3rd Battalion was disbanded, with its personnel dispersed to the other two, leaving the final roll of two regular battalions and one Reserve battalion.[4]

The regiment's history is on display at the Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston, Lancashire.[5]


Since 31 November 2020, the 1st Battalion has been based at Dale Barracks, Chester as a light infantry unit of the 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East. Since their move, the battalion has been paired with the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (V).[6]

From November 2020, the 2nd Battalion has been based at Elizabeth Barracks in Pirbright. As a result of their move, the battalion has recently been almost halved in strength to become a specialised infantry battalion, under the Specialised Infantry Group.

Recruiting Areas

The current recruiting areas which are assigned to the regiment include:[7]

  • Cheshire: North of the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester:
    • Bolton (except Bradshaw, Breightmet, Bromley Cross, and Harwood) — In Bolton, Farnworth, Little Lever, and Kearsley are shared with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
    • Oldham (Leeds, Oldham, and Saddleworth only) — In Oldham, Leeds and Oldham are shared with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
    • Tameside (Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield, and part of Mossley only)
    • Wigan
  • Lancashire: all except Rossendale (Rawtenstall, Whitworth, Bacup, Stacksteads, Waterfoot, Edenfield, Stubbins — allocated to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  • Merseyside (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, and St Helens)
  • The Isle of Man

Battle honours

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment patrolling in Afghanistan in 2010

Infantry regiments are permitted to display 43 battle honours from the two world wars on the Queen's Colour and 46 honours from other conflicts on the Regimental Colour. Upon amalgamation, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment had to choose from the total list of honours of its three antecedents which honours would be displayed on its new colours. The chosen honours were:[8]

Queen's Colour
  • Mons; Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914, 18; Aisne 1914, 18; Messines 1914, 17, 18; Ypres 1914, 15, 17, 18; Neuve Chapelle; Loos; Somme 1916, 18; Arras 1917, 18; Scarpe 1917, 18; Cambrai 1917, 18; Lys; Hindenburg Line; Vittorio Veneto; Macedonia 1915–18; Sari Bair; Gallipoli 1915–16; Megiddo; Kut al Amara 1917; Baghdad; Kilimanjaro; Dunkirk; Normandy Landing; Falaise; Arnhem 1944; Lower Maas; Ourthe; Reichswald; Defence of Habbaniya; Tobruk 1941; Madagascar; Gueriat el Atach Ridge; Landing in Sicily; Anzio; Cassino II; Malta 1940–42; Singapore Island; Chindits 1943; North Arakan; Chindits 1944; Imphal; Kohima; Nyaungu Bridgehead; Burma 1943-45
Regimental Colour
  • Namur 1695; Gibraltar 1704–5; Blenheim; Ramillies; Oudenarde; Malplaquet; Dettingen; Louisburg; Guadeloupe 1759; Quebec 1759; Maida; Monte Video; Vimiera; Corunna; Arroyo dos Molinos; Tarifa; Badajoz; Salamanca; Vittoria; St Sebastian; Pyrenees; Nivelle; Nive; Guadeloupe 1810; Java; Bladensburg; Niagara; Waterloo; Bhurtpore; Candahar 1842; Cabool 1842; Maharajpore; New Zealand 1845–47; Alma; Inkerman; Sevastopol; Canton; Delhi 1857; Lucknow; New Zealand 1860–68; Abyssinia; Ahmad Khel; Afghanistan 1878–80; Defence of Kimberley; Defence of Ladysmith; Relief of Ladysmith; Afghanistan 1919; Korea 1952–53; The Hook 1953

In addition to the displayed honours, the regimental colour will also display four emblems from the antecedents regiments:

  • Lion of England - displayed top left; from the King's Own Royal Border Regiment
  • White Horse of Hanover - displayed top right; from the King's Regiment
  • Red Rose charged with the Prince of Wales's feathers - displayed bottom left; from the Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
  • Red Rose charged with the Royal Crest - displayed bottom right; from the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

In addition, the Regimental Colour also features a Sphinx to distinguish the battle honour "Egypt" and a Dragon for the honour "China".

Golden threads

The regiment has brought forward a number of Golden Threads from its antecedents, as displays of its history and heritage:[8]

  • Lion of England - the English Lion, facing inwards as worn by the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, has been adopted as the regiment's collar badge. The Lion of England is known as the regiment's "Ancient Badge" and provides inspiration for the regimental nickname - first adopted by the 2nd Battalion in August 2009 - "Lions of England". The lion is also used on the regiment's tactical recognition flash.
  • Glider Flash - the glider awarded, 1949, as an honour to the Border Regiment, for glider landings in Sicily on 9 July 1943, is worn on the sleeve of No. 1 and No. 2 dress. The glider also formed the regiment's tactical recognition flash from its formation until 2014.[9]
  • Fleur-de-Lys - the fleur-de-lys worn by the King's Regiment is featured on the regiment's buttons.


Alongside a few other regiments in the British army that use traditional names other than Private for the lowest rank, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment uses the rank Kingsman (Kgn) instead of Private, a tradition inherited from the King's Regiment (itself having inherited the tradition from the King's Regiment (Liverpool)). Its use has been officially sanctioned since 1951, but it was informally used before this for over one hundred years.[8]


1880[10] 1881 Childers Reforms[10] 1921 Name changes 1957 Defence White Paper 1966 Defence White Paper 1990 Options for Change 2003 Delivering Security in a Changing World
4th (King's Own Royal) Regiment of Foot The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) The King's Own Royal Border Regiment The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border)
34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot The Border Regiment
55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot
8th (The King's) Regiment of Foot The King's (Liverpool Regiment) King's Regiment (Liverpool and Manchester)
63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot The Manchester Regiment
96th Regiment of Foot
30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot The East Lancashire Regiment The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)
renamed in 1938:
The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment of Foot


Order of precedence

Preceded by
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Infantry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers


  1. "Duke of Lancaster's Regiment". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. "New Brigadier for Duke of Lancasters Regiment". Burnley Express. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  3. "In detail: army restructuring plans". BBC. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  4. "Actions, movements and quarters". King's Own Royal Regiment Museum. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. "Lancashire Infantry Museum". Lancashire Infantry Museum. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  6. "1 Lancs". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  7. Army Secretariat, Information regarding Infantry Recruiting Areas (August 2019). Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Regimental Handbook". Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  9. "Regimental characteristics". Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. 1 April 2014. p. 4. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 The London Gazette, Page 3300-3301 (1 July 1881). "Childers Reform". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 

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