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BATTLE HONOURS
Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
28th, 49th, 61st, 62nd, 66th and 99th Regiments of Foot

 

RAMILLIES

23rd May 1706
Unit awarded Battle honour Subsequent designation

De Lalo's Regiment

Mordaunt's Regiment
  Braggs Regiment
  28th Regiment of foot
  1st Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
  Merged D.E.R.R. 1994
  Now, 1st Bn R.G.B.W.

 

The Regiments First Battle Honour

 

It is of Historical interest to note that all Regiments at this time took the name of the Colonel of The Regiment who in effect bought the Regiment. The Regiment had started life as GIBSON'S Regiment in 1694 and was ‘Sold’ in 1704 by GIBSON to a Huguenot Officer of distinction, Colonel SAMPSON De LALO, and it was under this title that the Regiment fought the Battle of RAMILLIES.

The Ground at Ramillies

The Battle of Ramillies was fought under the command of the Duke of Marlbourgh during the War of the Spanish Succession.

He led his Army of 60.000 British, Dutch and Danish Troops against Villeroy's slightly larger army of French, Spanish and Bavarians. The two armies met on the great plain of Flanders, the plain of Waterloo and Mons, and the focus of their meeting was Ramillies. It was on Whit Sunday, May 23rd 1706, that Marlbourgh's Army marched to battle through a dark night of fog and rain. At ten in the morning, when they had been marching for six hours, the mist cleared away, and the advance party halted on rising ground and saw spread before them the whole of Villeroy's army in battle order.

Marlbourgh began with a feint, advancing the British foot on his extreme right against the French left wing. The feint was effective, for Villeroy drew off many units from other parts of his line to reinforce his left. The British foot were then withdrawn carefully behind some high ground, and returned to the centre, out of sight of the enemy. The first phase of the battle was fought by the cavalry, charging and counter-charging. During this Marlbourgh was nearly captured. Whist this was taking place the Infantry fought a long battle at Ramilles itself . It was a strongly defended position on high ground, and the access was steep and broken, except on one side, where a long, gradual slope gave the defenders a perfect field of fire. The Infantry fought their way up this slope in spite of heavy casualties, fought their way into Ramillies itself, and finally, after furious hand-to-hand fighting, drove the French out. After this action the Infantry took part in the pursuit, they marched far into the night, slept for an hour or two by their arms, and at three in the morning they were on the move again., they overtook broken enemy units and stragglers extracting the last ounce from their victory. This became the Regiments first Battle honour.

Most of the trophies were taken by the cavalry, they consisted of 56 guns, 80 stands of colours and 2000 prisoners. 

 

Other British units awarded Battle honour 'Ramillies'

Infantry

Cavalry

Royal Scots

The Buffs

Lincolnshire Regiment

Bedfordshire Regiment

Royal Scots Fusiliers

South Wales Borderers

Hampshire Regiment

Liverpool Regiment

East Yorkshire Regiment

Royal Irish Regiment

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Cameronians

Worcestershire Regiment

 

1st Kings Dragoon Guards

3rd Dragoon Guards

5th Dragoon Guards

7th Dragoon Guards

Royal Scots Greys

6th Carabineers

5th Royal Irish Lancers

 

 
 
                             
 
                        
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