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Light Infantry

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. 5th Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
1972.08.01 Formed by redesignating Light Infantry Volunteers .
. HQ at Coleham, Shrewsbury .
. HQ Company (Shropshire) at Coleham, Shrewsbury with detachment at Whitchurch .
. A Company (Cornwall) at Truro with Pln at Bodmin .
. B Company (Yorkshire) at Wakefield .
. C Company (Herefordshire) at Hereford .
. D Company (Durham) at Gilesgate Armoury, Durham with detachment at Chester-le-Street .
. E Company (Durham) at Spennymoor with detachment at Bishop Auckland .
1972.08 Annual Camp in Cyprus, composite battalion group which included E Company and companies from the Wessex Regiment, RRF and Yorkshire Volunteers .
1973 Annual Camp at Rheinsehlen Camp, Germany .
1974 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1975.04.01 E Company at Spennymoor transferred to 7th Battalion as D Company; new E Company formed at Wellington with detachment at Whitchurch by redesignation of C Company The Light Infantry and Mercian Volunteers .
1975.08 Annual Camp at Knook Camp, Heytesbury .
1976.08 Annual Camp at Vogelsang, Germany .
1976.09 Annual Camp at Barry Buddon, Scotland .
1978.05 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1979.1 Annual Camp at Staumuehle Camp, Germany .
1980.09 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Spearpoint 80 .
1981.02.01 LI (V) Battalions re-organised. A Company at Truro and Bodmin transferred to 6th Battalion as D Company; D Company at Durham and Chester-le-Street transferred to 7th Battalion as C Company .
1981.03.31 New A Company formed at Pontefract by redesignation of C Company 7th Battalion; new D Company formed at Ross-on-Wye with detachment at Ledbury by redesignation of D Company 6th Battalion .
. HQ Company (Shropshire) at Coleham, Shrewsbury with detachment at Whitchurch .
. A Company at Pontefract .
. B Company (Yorkshire) at Wakefield .
. C Company (Herefordshire) at Hereford .
. D (Hereford) Company at Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury .
. E Company at Wellington with detachment at Whitchurch .
1981.06 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1982.10 Annual Camp on Ex Keystone in Germany .
1983.01.01 Battalion moved from 5 Field Force to 49 Infantry Brigade 49 Infantry Brigade
1983 Annual Camp at Knook Camp, Salisbury Plain .
1984.09 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Lionheart .
1985.10 Annual Camp at Wretham Camp, Stanford PTA .
1986.09 Annual Camp at Otterburn .
1987.01.01 A Company at Pontefract transferred to 8th Battalion as B Company; B Company at Wakefield transferred to 8th Battalion at A Company; new X Company formed at Shrewsbury; B Company formed at Wellington by redesignation of E Company .
1987.09 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Keystone .
1988 X Company at Shrewsbury, redesignated A Company .
1988.06 Annual Camp at Cwrt-y-Gollen/Sennybridge .
1988.11.09 Redesignated 5th (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
. HQ at Coleham, Shrewsbury .
. HQ Company at Coleham, Shrewsbury .
. A Company at Bligny House, Shrewsbury .
. B Company at Wellington .
. C Company at Hereford .
. D Company at Ross-on-Wye .
1989 Annual Camp on Salisbury Plain .
1990.09 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Polar Rock .
1991.07 Annual Camp in Belgium Ex Bugle Charge .
1992.04.01 As a result of Options for change, battalion changed from NATO role to a national defence (ND) battalion and came under command 143 (West Midlands) Brigade. Reduced to three rifle company establishment .
. HQ Company at Coleham, Shrewsbury moved to Bligny House, Shrewbury .
. A Company at Bligny House, Shrewbury disbanded .
. B Company at Wellington .
. C Company at Hereford .
1992.06 Annual Camp at Rollestone Camp, Salisbury Plain .
1992.11.09 New A Company formed at Kidderminster by redesignation of B Company 4th Bn The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, retaining its former identity .
1993.02.26 Redsignated 5th Battalion, The (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
. HQ at Bligny House, Shrewsbury .
. HQ Company at Bligny House, Shrewsbury .
. A (The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment) Company at Kidderminster .
. B Company at Wellington .
. C Company at Hereford .
1993.04.01 D Company at Ross-on-Wye merged with C Company at Herford .
1999.07.01 As a result of the Stategic Defence Review the battalion amalgamated with 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (V), and 3rd (V) Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment to form The West Midlands Regiment .
. HQ and C Company amalgamated to form E Company West Midlands Regiment .
. A Company redesignated B Company West Midlands Regiment .
. B Company disbanded .
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. 6th Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
1971.04.01 Formed in TAVR II with HQ at Bath from cadres of former TAVR III units .
. HQ Company at Bath .
. A (Somerset Yeomanry & Light Infantry) Company at Bath with detachment at Midsomer Norton from cadre The Somerset Yeomanry and Light Infantry .
. B (Somerset Yeomanry & Light Infantry) Company at Yeovil with detachment at Taunton from cadre The Somerset Yeomanry and Light Infantry .
. C (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) Company at Cambourne with detachment at Falmouth from cadre The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry .
. D (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) Company at Penzance from cadre The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry .
1971.09 Annual Camp at Lydd .
1972 Annual Camp at Penhale, Cornwall .
1973 Annual Camp at Warcop .
1974.05 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1975.04.01 C Company absorbed D Company; new D (Hereford) Company formed at Ross-on-Wye by redesignation of D Company The Light Infantry and Mercian Vols .
1975 Annual Camp at Penhale, Cornwall .
1976.05 Annual Camp at Otterburn .
1977.04.01 Battalion came under command 8 Field Force 8 Field Force
1977.05 Annual Camp at Barry Buddon and Garelochhead .
1978.09 Annual Camp at Westdown (South), near Tilshead, Salisbury Plain .
1979.10 Annual Camp at Knook Camp, Warminster .
1980.09 Annual Camp Ex Crusader 80 .
1981.02.01 LI (V) Battalions re-organised. New D Company formed at Truro and Bodmin by redesignation of A Company 5th Battalion .
1981.03.31 Existing D Company at Ross-on-Wye transferred to 5th Battalion as D Company .
. HQ Company at Bath .
. A (Somerset Yeomanry & Light Infantry) Company at Bath with detachment at Midsomer Norton .
. B (Somerset Yeomanry & Light Infantry) Company at Yeovil with detachment at Taunton .
. C (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) Company at Cambourne with detachment at Falmouth .
. D Company at Truro with detachment at Bodmin .
1981.09 Annual Camp at Jurby, Isle of Man .
1982.01.01 On mobilisation came under command 5 Infantry Bde but under 1 Infantry Bde for administration and training .
1982.06 Annual Camp at Proteus Camp, Nottinghamshire .
1983.05 Annual Camp at Knook Camp and Isle of Wight .
1984 E (HSF) Company formed at Bath, F (HSF) Company formed at Truro .
1984.06 Annual Camp at Shorncliffe .
1984.07.05 Came under command 43 Infantry Bde 43 Infantry Bde
1985 Annual Camp Ex Brave Defender 1st week and Sennybridge 2nd week .
1986.10 Annual Camp at Nesscliffe .
1987.09 Annual Camp at Warcop .
1988.09 Annual Camp at Penhale, Cornwall then Ex Drakes Drum  
1988.11.09 Redesignated 6th (Somerset and Cornwall) Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
. HQ at Bath; company subtitles omitted (North Somerset Yeomanry title later revived in 39 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals) .
. HQ Company at Bath .
. A Company at Bath with detachment at Midsomer Norton .
. B Company at Yeovil with detachment at Taunton .
. C Company at Cambourne with detachment at Falmouth .
. D Company at Truro with detachment at Bodmin .
. E (HSF) Company at Bath .
. F (HSF) Company at Truro .
1989.08 Annual Camp at Bloodhound Camp, Cyprus .
1990.09 Annual Camp at Redesdale Camp, Otterburn .
1991.09 Annual Camp at Lydd and Salisbury Plain .
1992.04.04 As a result of Options for change, battalion reduced to three rifle company establishment .
. HQ and HQ Company at Bath .
. A Company at Bath and Midsomer Norton disbanded .
. B Company moved to Taunton with Pln at Yeovil .
. C Company moved to Falmouth with Pln at Cambourne .
. D Company at Truro with Pln at Bodmin .
. E (HSF) Company disbanded .
. F (HSF) Company disbanded .
1992.10 Annual Camp at Sennybridge .
1993.02.26 Redesignated 6th Battalion, The (Somerset and Cornwall) Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
1996 HQ moved to Bishop's Hull, Taunton; GPMG Pln established at Cambourne, Recce Pln at Bath .
1999.07.01 As a result of the Stategic Defence Review the battalion amalgamated with 4th (V) Battalion, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment and part of 2nd (V) Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, to form The Rifle Volunteers .
. HQ and A Company amalgamated to form B Company The Rifle Volunteers .
. B and D Company amalgamated to form D Company The Rifle Volunteers .
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. 7th Battalion The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
1975.04.01 Formed with Headquarters at Bishop Auckland with companies from the Northumbrian Volunteers , 5th Battalion (Volunteers) and 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers .
. Command Company at Barnard Castle with dets at Bishop Auckland. Mortar Pltn at Chester le Street and ATk Pl at Spennymoor .
. A Company at Horden with detachment at Hartlepool by redesignation of A Battery The Northumbian Volunteers .
. B Company at Hebburn and Consett by redesignation of E Company The Northumbrian Volunteers .
. C Company at Wakefield by redesignation of E Company 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers .
. D Company at Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland by redesignation of E Company 5th Battalion .
1975 Annual Camp at Otterburn .
1976 Annual Camp at Okehampton .
1977.08 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1978.07 Annual Camp at Ripon, Princess Alexandria presented new colours at Durham .
1979.09 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1980.09 Annual Camp Ex Crusader 80 and Garelochhead .
1981.02.01 LI (V) Battalions re-organised. New C Company formed at Gilesgate Armoury, Durham with platoon at Chester-le-Street by transfer D Company 5th Battalion .
1981.03.31 Existing C Company at Wakefield transferred as A Company 5th Battalion .
. Command Company at Barnard Castle with dets at Bishop Auckland. Mortar Pltn at Chester le Street and ATk Pl at Spennymoor .
. A Company at Horden with detachment at Hartlepool .
. B Company at Hebburn and Consett .
. C Company (Durham) at Gilesgate Armoury, Durham with detachment at Chester-le-Street .
. D Company at Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland .
1981.09 Annual Camp at Okehampton .
1982 Came under command 15 Infantry Bde 15 Infantry Bde
1982.06 Annual Camp at Wretham A Camp at Stanford PTA .
1983 Annual Camp on Salisbury Plain .
1984 E (HSF) Company formed at Bishop Auckland, Horden and Washington .
1984 Changed from Home Defence to NATO role .
1984.09 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Lionheart .
1985.09 Annual Camp at Knook Camp, Warminster .
1986 Annual Camp on Salisbury Plain .
1987.10 Annual Camp in Germany, Ex Keystone .
1988.09 Annual Camp at Stanford PTA .
1988.11.09 Redesignated 7th (Durham) Battalion The Light Infantry (Volunteers) .
1989.10 Annual Camp on Salisbury Plain Ex Migrant Merlin .
1990.09 Annual Camp at Vogelsang, Germany on Ex Merlin Rock 15 Infantry Bde
1991.06 Annual Camp at Sennybridge .
1992.04.04 As a result of Options for change, battalion reduced to three rifle company establishment .
. Headquarters and HQ Company moved to Gilesgate Armoury, Durham taking elements from C Company .
. A Company at Horden with detachment at Hartlepool .
. B Company at Bishop Auckland with Pln at Consett, formed by amamlgamation with D Company .
. C Company at Durham with detachment at Chester le Street disbanded, Durham detachment merged into HQ Coy .
. New C Company formed at Washinton with Plns at Chester le Street and Sunderland from nucleus of old C Company .
. D Company at Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland amalgamated with B Company .
. E (HSF) Company disbanded .