Attaching the Wreath, 1919

This photo was taken on 21 February 1919 after the regiment had returned to England from France. Princess Patricia attaches the laurel wreath to the top of the staff of the Ric-a-Dam-Doo. The Colour had been consecrated at St Leger in Belgium on 28 Jan 1919 so was officially a Regimental Colour when the Princess attached the wreath. The regiment sailed to England and were quartered at Bramshott Camp. A ceremony was held at nearby Liphook on 21 Feb 1919 where they were inspected by their Colonel-in-Chief Princess Patricia. The regiment was 500 strong and included Colonel Andrew Hamilton Gault and Colonel Agar Adamson. Of the original members of the regiment there were only 42 present. The wreath'was silver and inscribed: To the PPCLI from the Colonel-in-Chief, PATRICIA, in recognition of their heroic services in the Great War, 1914-1918. Colonel Gault made a speech congratulating the Princess on her recent engagement to the Hon Alexander Ramsay, and the men cheered the Princess with their helmets raised on the ends of their uplifted bayonets.'

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