Veterans and friends of the Cheshire Regiment are raising funds to commission a lasting memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Cheshire Regiment was the only county Regiment never to be amalgamated in its 318 years of service. The sacrifice made over that period of 318 years must never be forgotten and with your help, a lasting memorial at the NMA will ensure that. If you would like to donate, even if it is just the price of a cup of coffee, you can at the link below. Your support in making this happen is greatly appreciated.
Raised in 1689 on the Roodee in Chester for service under William III, the Regiment spent much time on garrison duty in the Empire. At Dettingen it won the distinction of wearing the oak leaf whilst parading for Royalty. The story is that the 22nd protected the king, who was commanding the field, from being taken prisoner by the French. The king picked a sprig of oak from a nearby tree and presented it to them.
The taking of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia was its most famous 18th-century event; the Grenadier Company going on with Wolfe to Quebec.A 22nd Grenadier appears to have been present at the death of Wolfe along with Ensign Browne. The regiment proceeded after the Seven Years War to the West Indies finally taking its place in New York for the American War.
A spell in India led to the 22nd being the only English Regiment in Sir Charles Napier’s force to conquer the Scinde. The great battle at Meeanee on 17 February 1843 is celebrated as the Regimental Day. The Regiment spent most of the 19th century in the Indian sub-continent or its dependencies. A 2nd Battalion was raised in 1814 for a short while and re-raised in 1858. It fought in the Boer War in South Africa in 1900. This battalion was amalgamated with the 1st at the end of the Second World War.
In the Great War 38 battalions were raised by the Cheshire Regiment. At the outset of the war in 1914 the 1st Battalion was exposed to the brunt of two German Army Corps at the village of Audregnies near Mons. Their heroic stand saved the British Expeditionary Force from a disaster and is celebrated as a second Regimental Day on 24 August. This Battalion was in every major action in France throughout the war and won 35 Battle Honours.
Just prior to the Second World War the Regiment was armed with the Vickers Machine Gun and became a Support Regiment for the duration of the war. At the outbreak of war the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Battalions TA were re-established. A 30th Battalion (Home Defence) and 39 Home Guard Battalions made up the Regimental roll. The 2nd Battalion was at Dunkirk, North Africa and Italy before returning to be part of the initial landing at Normandy. The 1st Battalion was in North Africa and Malta during the siege and finally in NW Europe.
After its 1st and 2nd Battalions were merged in 1948, the regiment’s post-war deployments included garrison duties in Egypt and Cyprus, before fighting in the Malayan Emergency (1948-60) from 1958.Service in West Germany, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Belize ensued over the next 30 years, along with eight tours of Northern Ireland (1969-2007).In 1992-93, it took part in peace-keeping duties in Bosnia (1992-95). It returned to Germany, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and England over the next decade, before its final overseas independent posting to Iraq (2003-11) in 2004.