Sounds quite catchy...
County regiments, Oxfordshire, buckinghamshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Shropshire (Herefordshire), Somerset and Cornwall: all counties that were light infantry from the 18th century onwards and became part of bigger no county name regiments in the 50's and 60's. I'd say they were just as much the backbone of the british army. 1st shot fired in WW1 DCLI. Not an nd either!craftsmanx said:Good luck to The Rifles and I'm quite sure that in the best traditions of the British Infantry of the LIne they will go on to great and glorious things..but...before we start praising their Light Infantry heritage let's bear in mind that at least five (Devons, Dorsets,Gloucesters,Berkshires and Wiltshires) of it's predecessors come from what was the backbone of the British Army, the old county regiments and give them equal billing.
Not according to the DCLI museum and they have the prussian bin lid with the bullet hole in it, maybe it was the first confirmed KIA?TheSpecialOne said:sorry Ugly - the 4th Dragoon Guards were the first British troops to fire a shot in anger when they were the recce screen to the front of the BEF positions