The Tyne-Tees Regiment
The Tyne-Tees Regiment (TTR)
The regiment was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Volunteers), 4th/5th Battalion The Green Howards (Yorkshire Volunteers) and 7th Battalion, The Light Infantry due to the implementation of the reforms of the Territorial Army envisaged in the Strategic Defence Review. The HQ was at Durham and the regiment was composed of five companies:
A (Green Howards) Company
B (Green Howards) Company
C (Durham Light Infantry) Company
X (Fusilier) Company
Z (Fusilier) Company
The regiment was part of 15 (North East) Brigade and was the Territorial unit of infantry in the area stretching from Scarborough in North Yorkshire, to Alnwick in Northumberland.
On July 4 2003 a composite company was dispatched to Iraq and was the first TA Infantry unit to be compulsorily mobilised since the Suez Crisis in 1956. The three platoons deployed there served at Basra Palace, Basra Airport and Shaibah Logistics Base and were rotated around at intervals during this difficult and unstable period in Iraq's history. A 4th platoon augmented the company formed from The East of England Regiment.
In 2004 a platoon was deployed to Iraq as part of Normandy Company of The East & West Riding Regiment. During this deployment the regiment suffered its only operational fatality, Private Mark Stephen Dobson of B (Green Howards) Company, was found dead in his accommodation at Basrah Air Station on 28 March 2005.
As part of the restructuring of the infantry announced in 2004, the Tyne-Tees Regiment was broken up, with its constituent companies going to their parent regiments:
A & B Companies merged to form B Company 4 YORKS on 6 June 2006.
X, Z and C Companies formed the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Minden (Light Infantry) Company, formerly of The East & West Riding Regiment was broken up with their Doncaster detachment joining C (Durham Light Infantry) Company as the (Yorkshire Light Infantry) Platoon.
The Wakefield Company and Headquarters was rebadged or disbanded and formed the nucleus of the newly created 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers.