Good luck to the Mercians but they'll always be the Staffords to me. I joined them in 1958 when the depot had amalgamated but we still wore North and South cap badges. My son was in them (TA) as the Mercian Volunteers and 3rd Staffords.
Forgot to add, My father served in the Cheshires from 1920n to 1924 in India.
Yes that was us, thundering across STANTA through the nettles at night in our Land Rovers, line abreast, headlights on, firing Schermulys ahead of us. Just like a real Motor Rifle Battalion! Then we re-badged as 3 STAFFORDS.
Or are you confusing us with the 3rd Fantasian Shock Army?
I reckon Mercians should be reduced to regular 2 bummie Bns and Yorkshires/Royal Anglirons increased by 1 bn with the 45th/95th regt of foot de-merging. Better still Leics/Lincolns/Notts/Derbys form their own regt called the foresters because the rest of the regiments stink of sheep/cattle pee