Third Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
The Regiment draws many of its officers and soldiers from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, London, Middlesex, Hampshire as well as the Isle of Wight. It is also the only infantry regiment that recruits form the Channel Islands.
The Regiment has a long, distinguished history, having been involved in virtually every theatre of war since the Battle of Tangier in 1662. It is the most decorated of all British Army regiments, with 57 Victoria Crosses, including the VC awarded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry in 2004 for his gallantry in Iraq.
Two of the three PWRR battalions are regular. The Third Battalion (the ‘Tigers’), which is affiliated to the Paviors, is Army Reserve. Soldiers of 3PWRR take time out from their normal civilian jobs - which are protected by legislation - to experience life at the sharp end of the British Army’s operational activities. The Battalion has a proud record on operations alongside the Regular Army, and soldiers from 3PWRR have been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers in 3PWRR train one evening a week and on one or two weekends a month. Each year there is also a two-week training camp.
The Battalion has the following bases:
- Canterbury: Battalion HQ and HQ Company, Patrols Platoon, Regimental Band, Signals, Logistics, Transport and Medics
- Dover: Patrol Platoon
- Farnham and Canterbury: ‘A’ Company and 81mm Mortar Platoon
- Brighton and Worthing: ‘B’ Company and Anti-Tank (Javelin Missile) Platoon
- Rochester: ‘C’ Company and Infantry Combat Engineer (Assault Pioneer) Platoon
- Portsmouth: ‘D’ Company, Machine Gun Platoon and Regimental Band Section
The Paviors present an annual prize of an engraved goblet and a cheque for £250 to the outstanding 3PWRR corporal of the year. The presentation is made at the Kohima Dinner, which marks a critical battle of World War II. The Paviors also provide grants towards education and training. Paviors are invited to the annual 3PWRR Small Arms Trials, where they compete for a silver cup against liverymen from other companies affiliated to the Regiment. Liverymen from the Paviors’ have attended 3PWRR training exercises.