As I recalled a few weeks ago on the Regiment group. I dug out my fitted wardrobe to lay new carpet. I found my regimental belt, unworn since 4 July 82 for the presentation of a new guidon by the Colonel in Chief, HRH Princess Margaret, before I transferred out a few weeks later.
Of course I tried it on. Surprised to find I could fasten it after seven years commanding desks in the Rape and Pillage Company and 26 years in Ziviliststraße
Arthur Wellesley's first and hardest battle was at Assaye. The infantry struggled until 19th Light Dragoons saved the day and took the battle honour. Thereafter,
"His Majesty has in consequence thereof been most graciously pleased to approve of the 'Elephant' being used in colours and appointments of the 19th Light dragoons with the word 'Assaye' superscribed."
19th subsequently suffered disbanding in yet another round of cuts, but when 19H were reraised, they took the honours of their precursors. On amalgamation with 15H in 1922, Assaye was adopted as the second regimental day of 15/19H after Sahagùn (15H, 21 Dec 1808 ).
After Options, the elephant with Assaye supervised is worn by Light Dragoons on the pouch on the shoulder belt.
Thanks Alien. Much appreciated. I remember wearing a white shoulder belt with a faux pouch when doing Orderly Cpl. Oh, and carrying a small horse whip as a swagger stick. Very bizarre for a 19 year old REME Cpl who hadn't been with the regt very long.