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Army

Army establishes first reserve brigade since Second World War

The 19th Light Brigade was reformed in a ceremony at York’s Imphal Barracks.

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The Army's first reserve Brigade since the Second World War has been reformed this month. 

Cavalry units within the 19th Light Brigade include the Queen's Own Yeomanry and the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. 

The infantry is represented by battalions from the Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Anglian Regiment, Yorkshire Regiment, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, The Rifles, and the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

A parade of 200 service personnel was formed during a ceremony at York's Imphal Barracks in front of the new commander, Brigadier Lyttle. 

"This is an exciting development for the Army reserve. It provides a reserve-focused platform to improve capacity, capability, the ability to deploy, and utility," Brigadier Lyttle said. 

"This new brigade provides an opportunity to make a major contribution to the evolution of the Army reserve," he added.

The primary task of the Army reserve is its dedicated warfighting role, but units from the 19th Light Brigade will also be expected to deliver on operations in the UK, such as support to the NHS, local authorities, and emergency services when required. 

Personnel from the brigade will also be involved in the 2033 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this summer, providing support to the organisers. 

As an example, personnel from the brigade will provide support to the organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.