It is a Battle Honour for the 29th of Foot (WFR) as well. In 1794 the 29th Regiment (Worcestershire) were serving at sea. They took part in Admiral Howeâs famous victory at the Battle of Ushant on the Glorious First of June. They were awarded the naval crown in commemoration of their service.
This is carried forward into the Mercian Regiment on the Colours and drums.
Back in the day when HMS Excellent was still the Navy's gunnery school there wwere always mutual celebrations with the Queens, usually involving a cricket match and a dinner, alternately home and away. This celebrated a company of the Queens being embarked in Lord Howe's flagship HMS Queen Charlotte; this ship was later moored in Portsmouth Harbour for gunnery training and was renamed HMS Excellent. There is still a large model of Q.C. at Whale Island, in the lengthy process of being re-rigged following the October 1987 storm up to which time it was positioned in the open at the entrance to the Island.
One of the ship's captains was James Gambier - HMS Defence. A very religious man, he was known through the fleet as 'Preaching Jemmy'. Defence fought gallantly during the battle and was damaged. After the battle another captain, Thomas Pakenham (HMS Invincible) caused great amusement in the fleet by inspecting the damage to HMS Defence then bellowing "Jemmy, whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth" across the water at Gambier.
Isn't it nice to have two bogs in your home, it's like having your very own special bloke place. I don't have a commission parchment in mine but I have pinned up the page from my ATC book from when they misguidedly promoted me to Cadet Corporal.