Following on from my question about the Queens, R.Hamps merger I discovered that Richard Holmes was Colonel of the PWRR. I have always had good time for Brig Holmes having first come across him on the "War Walks" series. I have also read a number of his books including Red Coat and Tommy. I was just wondering if it is very unusual for a TA officer to be appointed Colonel of a Regiment? Was he the most senior officer of the Regiment at the time or was he just very highly regarded by the regiment.