The Gordons


Dipping the Colours c1905


Military postcards were very popular at the beginning of the 20th century.  This one shows the Gordon Highlanders lining Constitution Hill and presenting arms to King Edward VII as he goes by in his carriage.  The King’s Colour is dipped in the presence of Royalty and is seen here laid on the road.  The lady behind the officer looks on anxiously, as the road does not appear to be particularly clean. It is not clear which battalion this is. The Colour has no battle honours; it was the custom, before 1919, to put honours only on the Regimental Colour.


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by Stephen Luscombe