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The East and West Riding Regiment
4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Service history
Active 1999—Present
Role Light Infantry
Size Battalion
Part of 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East
Nickname 4 YORKS
Battles Operation Telic
Website 4 YORKS
The 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, known as "4 YORKS" is a reserve light infantry battalion of the British Army. The battalion was previously known as the East and West Riding Regiment until 2006 when it joined the Yorkshire Regiment.


East and West Riding RegimentEdit

The regiment was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of the 3rd Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire (Yorkshire Volunteers), the 3rd Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (Yorkshire Volunteers) and the King's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry (Light Infantry) due to the reforms implemented in consequence of the Strategic Defence Review. The regimental headquarters was based at Pontefract and the regiment, part of 15th (North East) Brigade, comprised one small Headquarter Company and 5 Rifle Companies:

  • Waterloo Company - formerly Headquarter Company
  • Minden (Light Infantry) Company
  • Quebec (Prince of Wales's Own) Company
  • Imphal (Prince of Wales's Own) Company
  • Ypres (Duke of Wellington's) Company
  • Fontenay (Duke of Wellington's) Company

No new cap badge was created for this regiment, soldiers wore their former regimental cap badge or were badged according to the company they joined. Headquarter Company was a composite company with TA posts initially allocated proportionally by cap badge - 20% LI/40% PWO/40% DWR. Subsequently all new Headquarter Company recruits were badged Light Infantry or by trade. The regimental crest was a combination of the Light Infantry and the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire cap badges and crest from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. During the summer of 2004 the regiment adopted a single Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) of the White Rose of Yorkshire on a black background (this design was previously used by the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division between the WWI and early in WWII). The official Army abbreviation for the Regiment was "E and WRR".

In November 2004 the regiment dispatched a composite company (Normandy Company) to Basra, Iraq as part of 4th Mechanized Brigade of the Multi-National Division (South East) for a 6-month tour-of-duty. During this tour the Company suffered one fatality, Private Mark Stephen Dobson, who was found dead in his accommodation at Basrah Air Station on 28 March 2005. The regiment contributed soldiers to each of the Operation TELIC deployments during the life of the regiment. As part of the Future Infantry Structure (FIS) restructuring of the army announced in 2004, the Light Infantry company was replaced by a company of Green Howards. The regiment became the 4th Battalion [4 YORKS] of the newly created Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) on 6 June 2006. HQ company & four infantry companies (Duke of Wellington's and Prince of Wales's Own) transferred to 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. Minden (Light Infantry) Company (ex Kings Own Yorkshire Yeomanry) transferred to 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

4th BattalionEdit

Upon joining the Yorkshire Regiment, the battalion had the following structure:

After the original Army 2020 refines, the battalion was converted to a reserve armoured infantry battalion paired with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. After this, the battalion was reorganised into the following:

After more reforms, the battalion was converted back to reserve light infantry and assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East. After this, the battalion was AGAIN reformed, into the following:

After these reforms, all company titles and platoon titles were omitted. Due to the new company, the battalion's strength was expanded by 113 men and other personnel. Finally, by 2020, the battalion will be paired with the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment when not deployed to Cyprus.


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