The Formation Parade of The Mercian Regiment took place on 1 September. The new regiment is the result of the merger of The Cheshire Regiment, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Staffordshire Regiment. These regiments can trace their origins to the late seventeenth or eighteenth centuries and boast distinguished histories, with battle honours in the Peninsular and Crimean Wars, India and many other places, even before the twentieth century.
The UKNIWM has over 300 records of memorials referring to the predecessors of The Mercian Regiment. Perhaps the most notable is the tall, domed tower to The Sherwood Foresters at Crich in Derbyshire. It stands on the summit of Crich Hill, nearly 300 metres above sea level, making the tower visible from three counties.
The memorial tower was opened in 1923 by General Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien, colonel of the Sherwood Foresters. A memorial to Smith-Dorrien was added to the tower after his death in 1930. It concludes with the lines,
“Whosoever leads such a life/ need not care upon/ how short warning/ it be taken from him.”