Numbers to names and back again

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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