38th Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Staffordshire Regiment


  • 1705 raised in Lichfield as Colonel Luke Lillingstone's Regiment
  • 1751 became 38th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 80th Regiment of Foot to become 1st Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment
  • 1959 amalgamated with the North Staffordshire Regiment to form the Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's)
  • 2007 merged with the Cheshire Regiment and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment into a new three battalion regiment called the Mercian Regiment and became 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment (Staffords)


  • A History of the South Staffordshire Regiment, 1705-1923 by James P. Jones 1923. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01001097375

First World War

1st (Garrison) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment was formed in Lichfield in January 1917 and moved to India.[1]
Garrison Battalions were composed of men who had been medically classified unfit for front line war service.

External Links

South Staffordshire Regiment Wikipedia
The Staffordshire Regiment Wikipedia
38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot including deployments Regiments.org, an archived site
The South Staffordshire Regiment including deployments: 1st Battalion, 2nd Battalion Regiments.org, an archived site
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffs
Staffordshire Regiment Museum armymuseums.org.uk. The Regimental Archives are held by the Bury St Edmunds branch of Suffolk County Records Office.
Charles Hall - 38th Foot – 1855-64 The Asplin Military History Resources
Army Service Numbers 1881-1918:South Staffordshire Regiment: 1st & 2nd Battalions armyservicenumbers.blogspot.com


  1. The South Staffordshire Regiment The Long, Long, Trail