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1st Bn Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

(Berkshire and Wiltshire)

AMALGAMATION PARADE and PRESENTATION OF COLOURS
9th June 1959
Isle of Wight
On the 9th June 1959 onto a sun bathed parade ground at Albany Barracks, Isle of Wight  marched what remained of two proud English County Regiments. The Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiments. Both Regiments had said their goodbyes to their respective counties in the preceding weeks, and today they were to be joined under the title of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire & Wiltshire). The guards were in the presence of many old comrades from both regiments, dignitaries from the two counties, and of course their new Colonel in chief The Duke of Edinburgh. On the Duke of Edinburgh's arrival by helicopter he made a point of speaking to ex Pte WEAVER, who had been paralyzed during a terrorist ambush in Cyprus.

The Battalion formed three sides of a square and the colours were uncased and consecrated by the Chaplin General. At the conclusion of the service , his Royal Highness presented the colours to the officers of the colour party. He then addressed the parade after which the Commanding officer replied on behalf of the Battalion

He said:- 

"These Colours replace those of the two Regiments who's traditions and history we combine on Amalgamation. The honours borne on these colours will ever be a reminder to us of the duty and service to our Sovereign and to our Country we now carry forward in the name of your Regiment, who's title we are honoured and proud to bear"

The Battalion then marched past in quick time, followed by the advance in Review order and a Royal Salute.

The new Regimental March 'The Farmers Boy' was played, the first of many for this new Regiment over the coming years.

 

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The Battalion March on for the first time

The Bn March on parade

 

The Colonel in Chief, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh inspects his new Battalion for the first time

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The Duke of Edinburgh Presents the Colour

Duke of Edinburgh presents Colour

 

Duke of Edinburgh salutes the colours

Duke of Edinburgh addresses the parade

Duke salutes the colour Duke addresses the parade

PARADE STATE

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant - Colonel G.F. WOOLNOUGH M.C.

Second in Command

Major F.H.B. BOSHELL, D.S.O. M.B.E.

Adjutant

Captain W.G.R. TURNER

Regimental Sergeant Major

W.O. 1 L. HODGES

COLOUR PARTY

QUEENS COLOUR

REGIMENTAL COLOUR

Lieutenant J.N. MORRIS

Lieutenant J.B. SHEARS

GUARDS

No 1 Guard No 3 Guard
Major D.J. SAVILL Major A.H. FRASER
Captain J.B. HYSLOP Captain C.J. EDWARDS
2/Lieutenant A.B. COLE Lieutenant M.A. DRAPER
C.S.M. M. HAWE C.S.M. D. BROWN
No 2 Guard No 4 Guard
Captain B.R. HOBBS Major F.J. STONE
Lieutenant J.A.H. MACMILLAN Captain J.M. HARTLAND
2/Lieutenant R.I. GOODHART Lieutenant C.G.P. AYLIN

C.S.M. D. MORTIMER

C.S.M. C CLACEY
Quartermaster Major C.J. BARBER
Bandmaster W.O. 1 G.A. HAILE
Drum Major

 

Colour Sergeant W. CHOULES
 
Colour Party Marches off

Colour Party marches off

ADDRESS BY H.R.H. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TO

'THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S ROYAL REGIMENT'

9th June 1959

There is one emotion which is always present whenever anything is changed. Regret at losing something old and familiar. Even if the change is recognized to be inevitable and even when the old is known to be bad there has always been and there always will be a sense of regret at its passing.

The Duke of Cambridge as Commander- in- Chief of the Army is supposed to have said on one occasion 'Gentlemen, I am against change even if it can be proved to be for the better' However much  we may disagree, I think  we all have a sneaking sympathy for a man who admitted that his sense of regret was greater than his sense of improvement.

Regret has its place in today's ceremony because who can fail to regret the passing of two gallant regiments with long and courageous histories ? There is, however, this consolation, nothing can rub out their history, their triumphs and defeats, their courage and devoted service are facts which can never be removed from the record.

Change may bring regret but at the same time it is both a challenge and a stimulant. It is only a very mean spirit which does not rise to the opportunities of change.

In forming this new Regiment every one of you has a chance to put something more into it than loyalty and obedience to tradition. each one of you has a chance to create new traditions and to help constructively in building a Regiment that can live up to and indeed surpass the standards of both its predecessors.

You have plenty to build on. Your counties are neighbors. Both Regiments have had Royal connections. Both Regiments saw service in China and both had a particularly close association with the Royal Navy and the sea.

I can see no reason why the new Regiment should not grow into a fighting unit in the very highest traditions of the British Army and I tell you all here and now that I consider it a very great honour to me that your name should be The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment and that I should have the privilege of being your Colonel-in-Chief. I am entirely confident that the honour of a proud title is in good hands and that you will cherish these new Colours as a reminder of your duty to the Queen and to the country.

Finally I look to the retired officers and old Comrades to give their full and loyal support to the new Regiment both in the critical months ahead and at all times in the future

GOOD LUCK AND BLESS YOU ALL

 
 
                             
 
                        
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