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Issue Date: 01/07/2018
Issue Name: Celebrating 50 Years of the Royal Irish Rangers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Working with the Royal Irih Rangers we celebrate the 50th anniversary of their forming on 1st July 1968. Based out of St Patrick' s Barracks in Ballymena, it is the only regiment to have been awarded a collective Conspicuous Gallentry Cross.
The cover design features the Royal Irish Rangers emblem, and the cap badges of the Royal Irish Rangers, together with those of the Royal Ulster Rifles, the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. It has an Irish definitive stamp and a Dunluce Castle label along with a special Ballymena postmark.
The Royal Irish Rangers
The Royal Irish Rangers was formed on 1st July 1968 from The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (27th and 108th), The Royal Ulster Rifles (83rd and 86th) and The Royal Irish Fusiliers (87th and 89th). The new Regiment inherited the traditions, customs and renown of these three famous Regiments whose achievements span an unbroken period since 1689, and thus became the last remaining Irish Infantry Regiment of the Line in the British Army.
On its formation, The Regiment consisted of three Regular Battalions (1st in Worcester, 2nd in Gibraltar and the 3rd in Catterick), one Territorial Battalion (with its Headquarters in Lisburn). and a Depot (in Ballymena). The 3rd Battalion was disbanded on 12th December 1968 and the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion was raised on 1st April 1971. Prior to the formation of this Regiment, The North Irish Militia (4th Battalion) was raised on 1st April 1967 from the former 5th (TA) Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the 6th (TA) Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles, the 5th (TA) Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers, and the 1st (TA) Battalion The London Irish Rifles.
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, on behalf of her husband, the Colonel in Chief, presented new Colours to the 1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions at Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster, on 4th July 1972. Her daughter-in-law, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, became the Colonel in Chief in 1989.
To perpetuate the memory of the three parent Regiments, all Ranks wore the Castle of the “Inniskillings”, the Black Buttons of the “Rifles” and the Green Hackle of the “Faughs”, whilst the Pipers wore the Cap Badges of these Regiments on their Kilts. The mottos of those Regiments were ; “Nec Aspera Terrent” (Inniskillings), “Quis Separabit” (Rifles), and “Faugh - A - Ballagh” (Faughs) ; the latter then being adopted by the new Regiment (and means “Clear The Way”).
Colonels of The Regiment were Lieutenant General Sir Ian Harris, Major General James Majury, Major General David O’Morchoe, Major General “Bala” Bredin, Brigadier Mervyn McCord and General Sir Roger Wheeler.
During its 50 years, regular Battalions of the Regiment served in Gibraltar, Bahrein, Belize, Berlin, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, as well as various locations in the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) and in Germany.
They also undertook training in Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Libya and Norway.