The Gordons


Regimental Colour, 2nd Battalion c1930


The three battle honours for the Gordon Highlanders after the Boer War brought the number up to thirty. They were DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH, PAARDEBERG and SOUTH AFRICA 1900-02. The scrolls placed around the centre were arranged with 14 on each side, the Sphinx and Tiger occupied the lower corners. The battle honours won in the First World War did not appear on the regimental Colour, the ten selected honours for that war were borne on the King's Colour.

The central device was the regimental badge of a stags head and coronet. In 1930 any regiment not already authorised to display a special badge in the centre of the Regimental Colour was permitted to do so. Prior to 1930 the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders had a Roman Numeral II in the centre. The Colour is on yellow silk, matching the facing colours of the uniforms. It is carried by an officer and escorted by two Colour Sergeants who are wearing the full dress that had been kept in store for the duration of the Great War.


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by Stephen Luscombe