The Queen's Lancashire Regiment, the unit at the centre of the allegations of abuse of Iraqi prisoners, is expected to be one of 5 infantry battalions axed under plans to reorganise the Army.
The loss of five battalions, part of attempts to save up to £1 billion across the armed forces, is to be justified by an improvement in the situation in Northern Ireland as a result of the peace process.
Two of the battalions will be the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, the successors to the Ulster Defence Regiment, but 3 will be line infantry regiments.

no final decision has been taken yet

QLR got 20 honours in Iraq, 21 if you include the CO's DSO.
The QLR dates from 1689 and has more battle honours than any other Army regiment.Its origins go back to the formation of Castleton's Regiment to fight the French in the War of the League of Augsburg.
It was disbanded at the end of the war but re-formed in 1702 as Saunders's Marines, winning a battle honour for the first time at Gibraltar in 1704. It was re-formed as the 30th Foot Regiment in 1715.
The QLR's predecessors also included the 40th Foot, formed in 1717 from eight independent companies based in Canada and the 47th Foot, raised in Scotland as Mordaunt's Regiment to help to put down the Jacobite Rebellion. Both those regiments fought in the Seven Year War (1756-63) against the French in Canada winning battle honours at Quebec.
The 30th, 40th, 47th and the 59th, the last of the foot regiments that were the QLR's predecessors, fought in the American War of Independence, from 1755 to 1783, and in the war with the French in the West Indies.
The origin of the connection with Lancashire came in the allocation of county titles to the various foot regiments in order to give them their own recruiting areas. The 47th was allocated the title of The Lancashire Regiment.
The 40th Foot fought in the French Revolutionary War from 1793 to 1802, in the Mediterranean and Egypt, for which they were awarded a Sphinx, superscribed "Egypt", in the subsequent Napoleonic and Peninsular Wars. The regiment won particular distinction at Waterloo. The 30th Foot withstood six hours of sustained attacks by massed cavalry and infantry supported by heavy artillery fire. They were charged 11 times by cavalry but never broke and subsequently routed a column of Napoleon's Imperial Guard.
The 40th Foot also stood firm against repeated attacks by the French cavalry and took a leading part in the final attack on the French infantry.
The regiment's predecessors served across the world during the first half of the 19th century winning a series of battle honours including those at "Candahar" and "Cabul" in 1842 during the First Afghan war. They also fought in the Crimean war, where the regiment's first two VCs were won at Inkerman, during the Indian Mutiny, on the North West Frontier, and in the Second Afghan War when it won a third VC.
It was the 1873 reorganisation of the Army which led to the firm link of all the 30th, 40th, 47th and 59th Foot regiments with Lancashire in the creation of the East Lancashire Regiment, the South Lancashire Regiment and the Loyal North Lancashires. All three took part in the Boer War where the Loyal North Lancashires won a battle honour for their defence of Kimberley, and the South Lancashires for their part in the relief of Ladysmith.
During the First World War, 38 battalions from the three Lancashire regiments earned 112 battle honours, including Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, both battles of the Somme and Passchendaele, and 13 VCs.
The regiments won 52 battle honours during the Second World War, taking part in the Dunkirk withdrawal, where Captain Ervine-Andrew of the East Lancashires won a VC, and fighting against the Japanese in Malaya and Singapore.
The Loyal North Lancashires also fought in Tunisia and took part in the invasion of Italy. The South Lancashires were among the first British troops ashore on D-Day and were soon joined by the East Lancashires.
Other battalions of those two regiments were meanwhile taking part in the Burma campaign, winning a series of battle honours.
After the war, the regiments served in Palestine, Malaya and the Suez Canal Zone. The South and East Lancashires were amalgamated in 1958 to form the Lancashire Regiment, which was amalgamated with the Loyal (North Lancashire) Regt in 1970 to form the QLR, which has seen active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Iraq.

Some things are worth fighting for......

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