** This Northern Ireland
page remains but will probably not be updated **
Regarding the matter of SCLI/1st Bn LI, the SCLI became The 1st Bn Light Infantry on July 10th 1968, and within a month were moved to Ballykinler in NI on a pre planned two year tour. So effectively at the time the battalion went to NI they were indeed 1st Bn LI, not (sadly) 1st Bn SCLI.
But for the information
it already contains it was decided not to totally remove the
content from this site. As it was felt that it may useful for
people doing research on the Light Infantry in Northern Ireland.
The LI was stationed in Ballykinler, which
is about 10 miles south of Downpatrick, county town of County
Down. The battalion was part of 8th Infantry Brigade. The Commanding
Officer at that time was Lieut. Colonel CDC Frith, who was succeeded
by Lieut. Col Waight, the first C/O of 1st LI.
8 Infantry Brigade (Ballykelly)
The area of responsibility for 8 Infantry Brigade extends from the Glens of Antrim on the eastern seaboard via County Londonderry, the Fermanagh lakelands, the border area of south Armagh, into mid-Tyrone and Strangford Lough. This largely rural area corresponds to the PSNIâ€™s Rural Region and includes Londonderry, the Province's second city. The Brigade Headquarters is at Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly which is also home to the resident battalion.
Ballykinler is situated on the South Eastern side of Northern Ireland in County Down. The Battalions role from Ballykinler being one of 'Province Reserve', this meant being able to move anywhere at anytime, often at short notice, and being operationally effective on arrival.
During the period of the Northern Ireland posting the battalion went to Kenya for six weeks and flew in and out of RAF Aldergrove by RAF VC10.