He is devoted to history, and is President of the Mercian
It was previously feared all reference to the Staffordshire Regiment, which was folded into the Mercians
in 2007, would be lost.
This is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for AD 914: "Aethelflaed, the Lady of the Mercians
, went with all the Mercians
were then penned in and forced to fight for their lives for more than a day.
Among those being remembered were Mercians
Pte Douglas Halliday, 20, from Rock Ferry and Pte Alex Isaac, 20, from Eastham who drowned when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a canal in Afghanistan last year.
Charles is Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercians
and met soldiers and officers from C Company and a contingent of Polish soldiers who will work within the Danish Battlegroup under the command of Task Force Helmand.
According to Jeff, the children of today may well be the Mercians
The prince, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Cheshire Regiment and of the Mercians
, said: "This solemn and historic occasion will mark the start of another chapter in the long story of loyal service to the Crown that is the history of the English county regiments.
If the Mercians
go, it will break a 300-year direct link between the region and the military.
and Irish Guardsmen all lost their lives while serving on six month tours of duty.
Among those given their medals were Privates Mike Kilby, 21 and Darren Kilby, 19 - two of three brothers from Birkenhead all deployed to the Iraq with the Mercians
Flanker Gareth Gravell, who returned from illness as a second half replacement against Bristol ten days, is one of four Coventry players in the Mercians
side, joining Jared Barker, Alex Gluth and Dave Campton.