Numbers to names and back again

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Currently reading Richard Holmes' book Redcoat and this little vignette caught the eye. Holmes comments on the change from numbered regiments to named regiments in the 1870s, writing:

"The process was not popular and traditionalists demanded the return of 'our numbers wreathed in glory.' In 1884 Colonel Arthur Poole angrilly declared that he could no possibly attend a Hampshire regimental dinner. 'Damned names,' he wrote, 'mean nothing. Since time immemorial regiments have been numbered according to their precedence in the Line... I will not come to anything called a Hampshire Regimental dinner. My compliments, Sir, and be damned.'
 

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