The first West India Regiment was formed on 05 November 1888 and consisted of a 1st and 2nd Battalion.
It was later disbanded on the 16 May 1927
In 1958 under the Federation of the West Indies, the West India Regiment was re-formed on the 01 January 1959
Following the collapse of the West Indies Federation in 1962. The West India Regiment was broken up:
1st Bn became 1st Bn, The Jamaica Regiment and the
2nd Bn became 1st Bn, The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment
The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment was officially formed at St James Barracks on 23 July 1962
The nucleus of this force comprised 214 former members of the West India Regiment
The Regiment was established at that time because Trinidad & Tobago was to become an independent nation on the 31 August 1962.
One of the conditions set by the British Parliament for the granting of Independence was that Trinidad and Tobago should be in a position to offer at least token resistance from external aggression until help arrived.
Laws of Trinidad and Tobago, Chap. 14:01 of the Defence Act.
5. (1) There shall be established and maintained in Trinidad and Tobago a body of Military forces styled “the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force” consisting of: –
A unit of land forces (hereinafter referred to as “the Regiment”.)
A Coast Guard; and
Such other units as the President may from time to time think fit to be formed, and styled by such designation as the President shall declare by Notification.
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