London Irish to lose Caubeens!

#1
More regimental traditions bite the dust!

Taken from their Facebook page here:-

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4289489236

Update 17 June 2009

Last night post on Part one orders were instructions to drastically reduce the wearing of the caubeen and to replace it with a green beret worn over the left eye.

Without any doubt this is a dark day for the LIR. The permission to wear distinctive headdress that are link to the ethnic origin or routes of a regiment was given to the various regiments in the army after the First World war to act as an act of remembrance to the fallen.

We have the right to wear the shamrock on St Patricks Sunday as a mark of the service the London Irish carried out in South Africa in the Boer War. South Africa is our first Battle Honour.

Now after the company were told the caubeen was safe and no change woudl happen this has been posted on part one orders. A sad dreadful day for those who have fallen and those who are serving. Are we to become another non descript regiment in the British Army.

Clearly little regard for what the caubeen really means.

The Jocks are safe becasue they have a covenant that links the uniform and the drill hall.
 
#2
FFS that is totally out of order! It's not as if the Caubeen is a huge extra expense for the MoD.

One step further down the road to becoming one great big amorphous mass!

Living round the corner from the LIR I sympathise deeply!
 
#3
Shame on those beancounters !

Perhaps the Foot Guards could wear berets instead of Bearskins? At least no endangered species were killed to make the Caubeen.

Let not the Caubeen go the same way as the Artists' Rifles bicycles

 
#4
It is another step forward to the day when we all have one capbadge on a floppy hat. Unfortunatley that day is getting closer. :evil:
 
#5
Stick_Knave said:
Shame on those beancounters !

Perhaps the Foot Guards could wear berets instead of Bearskins? At least no endangered species were killed to make the Caubeen.
Let not the Caubeen go the same way as the Artists' Rifles bicycles

Can't be arrsed........any Guardsmen present to put this doughnut on the right path?
 
#6
Hat20 said:
Stick_Knave said:
Shame on those beancounters !

Perhaps the Foot Guards could wear berets instead of Bearskins? At least no endangered species were killed to make the Caubeen.
Let not the Caubeen go the same way as the Artists' Rifles bicycles

Can't be arrsed........any Guardsmen present to put this doughnut on the right path?
Same thoughts applied here, but I suspect it is a fishing expedition!
 
#7
Stick_Knave said:
Shame on those beancounters !

Perhaps the Foot Guards could wear berets instead of Bearskins? At least no endangered species were killed to make the Caubeen.

Let not the Caubeen go the same way as the Artists' Rifles bicycles


I would love to bite, but I can only think of calling you a co-ck.


Why do we keep losing the traditions of our regiments?
Another very good reason to get rid of the powers that be as fast as we can.
 
#8
Why Why Why?

What on earth can be the motive behind this petty decision? Who made it?

Vote with your feet boys or just ignore the bloody order.

Good luck!
 
#9
Queensman said:
Why Why Why?

What on earth can be the motive behind this petty decision? Who made it?

Vote with your feet boys or just ignore the bloody order.

Good luck!
Yup, but there is such a thing as going too far..

If the PWRR resorted to your preferred headgear they would have to readopt the Martini-Henry as well!!!! :lol:
 
#12
Sadly despite the four 'Courses Of Action' outlined by the CO of the Londons last year I would have a quiet bet with anybody that within the next year (2 at most) the Londons will be wearing khaki berets, a common capbadge with the Guards Blue Red Blue backing flash.

The Guards (despite what they say publicly) must be itching to scrap 'A' Coy's TOS, 'B' Coy's PWRR Tiger and Blue Yellow Blue Beret flash, 'C' Coy's Hackle and sadly 'D' Coys Caubeens in order to make all soldiers in the Londons look like plastic Guardsmen. I've already seen several Officers wearing the Guards tie instead of their Company tie or at best the London Regiment tie.

The influx of Guards PS and Regimental officers with political and personal motives will ensure it's a done deal trust me.
 
#13
As a Cavalry chap through and through I am all in favour of distinct variations of dress at the smallest unit level - although I do gag at Paras wearing berets with Service Dress.

I say that we should keep the Caubeen, and although it looks like the 'Sorting Hat' from Harry Potter, I am reliably informed that it doubles up as a sleeping bag and so saves the MOD no end of money.
 
#14
diehard57 said:
I've already seen several Officers wearing the Guards tie instead of their Company tie or at best the London Regiment tie.

They are incorrectly dressed and should be bagged. Chippy bas.tards.
 
#15
Please excuse my swearing in here, but don't they have enough fucking train sets to go and play with, without destroying the history of recruitment in London?
 
#16
Gremlin said:
Please excuse my swearing in here, but don't they have enough fucking train sets to go and play with, without destroying the history of recruitment in London?
Exactly - they have already cocked up the Scottish Infantry Regiments by creating the monsterous Royal Regiment of Scotland.
I am unable to work out which one (is it 3rd Battalion?) is the Black Watch and so take appropriate steps to lock up any loose sheep should they hove into sight.
 

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#17
Another tradition thrown to the tip by mediocre types who have no concept of history, culture belonging and pride. If only the race-relation legislation could be used to challenge this, they celebrate multi-culturalism in society so highly why can't they uphold it in the military?

Could there not be a case?
 

BuggerAll

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#19
Just a thought but don't the Royal Irish Regiment wear berets in combats and Caubeens on more formal occasions. Perhaps the intention is to bring the London Irish in line with the R IRISH.

If that is the case then I don't think the Scottish need to worry about losing their TOS's. It would be the Hodden Grey that would be at risk.
 

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