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Re: Officers on horseback

Postby jf42 » 17 Apr 2015 14:37

Congratulations, HK12. While other able to give you a detailed reply notice your post, this recent thread on VWF which related to the loss of guns in the face of the enemy, and the notion of artillery pieces being regarded by gunners as the equivalent of a regimental colour, takes in the question of the last time a regiment carried its colours in battle. You had the right continent and were quite close in date but, as you'll see the answer isn't entirely straightforward

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Re: Officers on horseback

Postby mike snook » 17 Apr 2015 17:46

Dear Herb

First of all: many congratulations on your marriage.
Laing's Nek 1881, Transvaal Rebellion, is the last time colours were carried in action.
The flag raised over Omdurman was exactly that; not colours.
Colours were generally left at the home station or depot after 1881. But certainly they could go 'on campaign'. I recollect that the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, in which I had the honour to command a company many years ago, had its colours on the first deployment to Bosnia under Col Bob Stewart (now MP). (I wasn't with them then, but joined the 1st Battalion shortly thereafter for a couple of years, and I'm pretty sure I recall people talking about the Colours in Bosnia. It's not consistent though: about 6 years later I was 2IC of the 1RRW Battle Group in Bosnia and we did not have our Colours with us.

Excuse brevity, lots on at the moment. Excuse obvious digression too!

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Re: Officers on horseback

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 21 Apr 2015 12:29

Thank you for the kind words and as ever the fantastic feedback.
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Re: Officers on horseback

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 21 Apr 2015 12:43

jf42 wrote:Congratulations, HK12. While other able to give you a detailed reply notice your post, this recent thread on VWF which related to the loss of guns in the face of the enemy, and the notion of artillery pieces being regarded by gunners as the equivalent of a regimental colour, takes in the question of the last time a regiment carried its colours in battle. You had the right continent and were quite close in date but, as you'll see the answer isn't entirely straightforward

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=10340&p=52153&hilit=laing%27s+nek#p52153

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PS interesting comment regarding the gunners. Would capturing or disabling an enemy battery have been as much of an honour as it would have been capturing enemy colours?
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