2nd Battalion Colours 1896


The photo of the Drill Sergeant holding the Colours, with guardsmen either side, was published in the Navy and Army Illustrated 16 Oct 1896. The two Colours have the same 16 battle honours as the 1st and 3rd Battalions, eight on each side of the Colour. The Regimental Colour is the large union Flag on the right on which we can just see the Roman numeral II in the upper corner. The company badge cannot be seen. It is a shame that the two guardsmen were not better employed holding up the corners of the flags. The Queen's Colour on the left is crimson and has the Victorian crown in the middle with her cypher below. The upper canton has the small Union Flag. The caption points out that the 30 company badges are used in rotation on the Regimental Colour, changing every time a new Colour is issued.


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by Stephen Luscombe