1 CG in Exeter

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by bolo beret, Jun 29, 2011.

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  1. The Coldstream Guards will be celebrating their historic links with Exeter and the South West on 5/6 July.

    On 5 July the Regiment will exercise the Freedom of Merton in the morning.
    The world-famous Band of the Coldstream Guards will hold a fundraising concert in Exeter Cathedral
    to raise funds for regimental welfare charities.

    On 6 July, the City of Exeter will grant its freedom to the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards,
    who will march through the City centre in their famous scarlet tunics and bearskin caps,
    accompanied by the Regimental Band.

    The Coldstream Guards are the the oldest Infantry Regiment in the British Army.
    Their links to Exeter and the South West date back to their formation in 1650 by
    Colonel (later General) George Monck, originally from Merton and later a resident of Exeter.

    World-renowned as elite soldiers, the Guards are the personal troops of the Sovereign.
    They split their duties between training and deployment for operational service
    and state ceremonial duties such as Trooping the Colour and Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
    and Windsor Castle.

    Currently based in Aldershot, the 1st Battalion will move to Windsor in September,
    and is scheduled to return to Afghanistan in 2013.
     
  2. Apart from The Royal Scots(The Royal Regiment), 1633 and the Scots Guards, 1642, and probably a couple of others
     
  3. Aye. English being a key word.
     
  4. The Buffs, 1572.

    Hang on a minute.... 'Historic Links with Exeter'... The Coldstream Guards?? What? To my certain recollection, Coldstream couldn't be further from Exeter if it tried. And Merton? Isn't that next to Wandsworth in SW London?
     
  5. I think a few of them at one point in history, may have had a intimate link with the local sheep
     
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  6. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    And didn't the CG mutiny once? - definitely not to be trusted! :)
     
  7. Monck, the founding father, was from near Exeter.

    Some of you seem to think the Coldstream Guards were formed in Coldstream. Fools.
     
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  8. And what happened in 1653?
     
  9. Think it was the jocks. Grim story.
     
  10. The Oldest With Continuous service i might add since 1650 !
     
  11. The first 3 year man got out or did he PVR ???
     
  12. Hold up, did the Coldstream Guards not have to lay down arms, and then take them up in the name of the king, and is not laying down arms a break in service?

    Hence the most The First Regiment of Foot are the Grenadier Guards, raised in 1656 Not the Coldstream Guards.

    Credit for trying to pull the wool though
     
  13. Boy service doesn't count..
     
  14. Not at all you 'orrible mercenary creature..........parlez francais ???
     
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