2007-2009. The Mercian Regiment has welcomed its new mascot: a Swaledale ram who comes with a royal seal of approval. The Prince of Wales was greeted by the 1st Battalion of the Mercian Regiment's mascot - a ram called Private Derby XXXII - when he paid a visit to Bulford Camp in Salisbury on Friday. The first Private Derby was acquired in 1858 by the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot and became the mascot of the Mercian Regiment when it formed in … On 27th March 1858, Major General Roberts and 600 men of the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment, with two 9-pounder guns, arrived at Kohtah in central India, where the troops of Raj Ram Singh of Kohtah had mutinied against him and were besieging him in Kohtah’s citadel. The Mercian Regiment is one of the most operationally deployed Regiments within the British Army's Infantry. Private Derby became the mascot of the Mercian Regiment when it was formed in 1 September 2007 with the amalgamation of the Worchestershire and Sherwood Foresters with the Staffordshire and Cheshire regiments. The Mercian Regiment has deployed on more than ten operational tours since its formation, making it one of the most operationally experienced. His upkeep is therefore paid for by his unit, the 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, rather than the Crown. Prince Charles was greeted at Picton Barracks with an honour guard, including the regiment's latest mascot, a Swaledam ram called Private Derby XXXII. The Mercian regiment was created in 2007 and recruits from five of the counties from the ancient kingdom of Mercia, and its regimental mascot was … Mercian Regiment's anniversary parade went ahead without its horned mascot, the 31st Private Derby. Watchman is a battalion mascot and, as such, is not formally recognised by the MoD. Formed from the Cheshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiments. Forty years ago, the Prince of Wales became the Colonel-in-Chief of the Cheshire Regiment, which became part of the Mercian Regiment in 2007. The Heart of England's Infantry. The current dog, Watchman IV, lives at the home of his handler. 2007. The Mercian Regimental Mascot, a Swaledale Ram, is known as ‘Private Derby’ and is held on the official strength of the Regiment. The Regiment has had eight operational deployments since its … Operation Telic (Iraq) 2010. 2014-15. The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire, Worcesters and Foresters, and Staffords) is an infantry regiment of the British Army, which is recruited from five of the counties that formed the ancient kingdom of Mercia.Known as 'The Heart of England's Infantry', it was formed on 1 September 2007 by the amalgamation of 3 existing regiments. The 2021 Mercian Regiment Calendar is now available in … The regiment said it meant the occasion was … Op TOSCA - Cyprus. Op TOSCA - Cyprus.