THE SOMERSET AND CORNWALL
THE LORD HARDING OF PETHERTON
G.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
Nominated by Her Majesty The Queen to make
Gibraltar 17th May, 1962
nominated by The Queen to make the Presentation
Gibraltar 17th May 1962
Spectators are requested to stand and gentlemen
a) On the arrival and departure of His excellency
the Governor and the Field Marshal
b) During General Salutes
c) During the Consecration Service
Spectators are requested to stand, gentlemen to
uncover and those in uniform to salute when
a) The National Anthem is played
b) The Colours march off parade
c) The Colours pass during the march past
Major-General R.B.F.K. Goldsmith C.B. C.B.E.
Major-General C.L. Firbank C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O.
In Command of the Parade
Lieutenant-Colonel W. Hine Haycock
Second in Command
Major P.M. Salusbury-Trelawny M.C.
Captain W.H. White
Officers for the old Colours
Lieut. S.C. Firbank
2nd Lieut. O.M.A. Carey
Officers for the New Colours
2nd Lieut. A.C. Carter
2nd Lieut. J.F. Taylor
Escort for the Colour
Major K.J. Shapland
Lieut. A.J. Ramsay
No 2 Guard
Major A.J. Collyns
2nd Lieut. B.A.H. Callaghan
No 3 Guard
Captain J.G. French
2nd Lieut. D.E.C. Wardlaw
No 4 Guard
Captain W.H. Stevens
Lieut S.G.S Rudd-Clarke
Regimental Sergeant Major
P.W. Parkes, L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M.
The following officers of the Battalion are performing
other duties in connection with the parade.
Captain W.E. Whitburn (ADC to Field Marshal)
Lieut.A.I.H. Fyfe (ADC to Colonel of Regiment)
Major C.D.C. Frith
Major (QM) T. Meredith M.B.E.
Major B. Ridings R.A.P.C.
Captain E.R. Arundell
Captain D. Hancock
Captain J.L. Harvey
Captain O.W. Hughes R.A.E.C.
Captain J.F. St. C. Isbister R.A.M.C.
Captain R. Vyvyan-Robinson
Captain (QM) A.F. Frost
Lieut E.M. Edwards
Major M J. Ryall and 2nd Lieut. R.G. Barber are
absent on detachment
Lieut D.K.W. Farrant and 2nd Lieut. P.A. Goddard
are absent on courses
The Consecration Service conducted by
The Venerable Archdeacon I.D. Neill,
O.B.E., Q.H.C., M.A.
The Rev,. E.I. Morris, M.A. C.F. (D.A.C.G.)
The Rev. J. Aher, O.C.F. (R.C.)
The Rev. P.J.MacEwen, M.A. O.C.F.
(Ch of Scotland)
The Rev. P.H. Cleave, O.C.F. (Methodist)
THE OLD COLOURS
1st Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
These Colours were presented by Prince Arthur at Dover in 1864.
They are now not only the oldest pair of Colours
still in service with the British Army, but are also almost certainly
the last surviving Colours which have been carried in action. Carried
throughout the Zulu War, they saw battle on the last occasions in
history when the Infantry soldier literally fought "under the Colours".
In 1948, as the last representatives of the British
Army to leave India, the 1st Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry
slow-trooped these Colours through Bombay's triumphal arch, the
Gateway of India. The Colours were thus the last of the
British Army's to fly over the soil of that Continent, and were
present throughout the closing of one of the most eventful
chapters of British Military history.
2nd Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince
Although these Colours have not yet been laid up,
they are not on parade today, being in safe keeping at Regimental
They were presented in 1927 by Prince Albert, Duke
of York, at Tidworth .
The original 2nd Battalion Colours, presented by
the Prince Consort in 1859, had become so worn that at the presentation
of new Colours in 1895, at Devonport, the Queen's Colour had completely
disintegrated, and was represented by a small piece of silk from
the old Regimental Colour which was attached to The Queen's Colour-pike.
1st Battalion The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
After the amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Battalions,
Sir Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, presented these
Colours at BORDON in 1948. They have seen service with the Regiment
in Germany and the West Indies.
The Old Colours, those of the 1st and 2nd Battalions
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) and of the 1 st Battalion
The Duke of CornwaI l 's Light Infantry, will in due course join
other Old Colours of their Regiments in their respective counties.
ORDER OF CEREMONY
The "Advance" is sounded and the Guards march on parade
The Guards form line, the Commanding Officer assumes
Command of the Parade and the Officers take post.
His Excellency the Governor and Commander in Chief
of Gibraltar, General Sir Charles Keightly, G.C.B. G.B.E. D.S.O.
Field Marshal the Lord Harding of Petherton, G.C.B.
C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C. arrives
The Field Marshal carries out a review inspection
of the Battalion.
The Band and Bugles troop in slow and quick time.
The Escort for the Colours advances to receive the
The Old Colours are trooped in slow time.
The Old Colours march off parade, the Battalion
saluting as they do so.
The Battalion forms hollow square and the New Colours
are made ready for the consecration.
The New Colours are consecreated.
The Field Marshal presents the New Colours.
The Battalion re-forms line and receives the New
Colours with a salute.
The Battalion marches past in slow and quick time.
The Battalion advances in Review Order and salutes
the Field Marshal.
The Commanding Officer reports to the Field Marshall.
The Battalion re-forms three ranks and marches off
His Excellency the Governor and the Field Marshal
The Field Marshal will be meeting all ranks of the
Battalion informally after the parade.
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The New Colours
The big guy centre page is Sgt Major Lynas-Gray
(nickname Big Bear!!) - Left Bac k : Colour Sgt Hill - Right back:
Field-Marshal The Lord Harding of Petherton,
G.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
The Old Colours March Off
The Presentation of the Regimental Colours
The New Colours immediately after Presentation
No. 1 Guard marches past in Quick Time
The New Colours March Past
Address by Field-Marshal