The Glorious First of June 1794

Discussion in 'Infantry' started by Queensman, Jun 1, 2005.

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  1. May I wish all Arrsers a Happy Glorious First of June.

    PRISTINAE VIRTUTIS MEMOR
     
  2. Huzzah hurrah God save the Queen etc
     
  3. " PMC, all glasses are fully charged"
    " Mr Vice..."
     
  4. It's a good job we aren't re-enacting this one this year. We would be running out of colours to represent the French.
     
  5. Naval Rums all round Boys?
     
  6. How about Yellow
     
  7. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    1794 - the Annus Mirabilis :D

    Hurrah for the 31st of Foot - the East Surreys! And of course the reason why the PWRR to this day take the Loyal Toast seated.

    Any excuse to commemorate yet another in the magnificent line of victories over the foul frog 'nation' of pederasts, dancing masters, garlic-chewing nancyboys, and cheese-eating surrender monkeys. It says something when their only Soldiers worth a damn are recruited from abroad.

    Not like us, then...
     
  8. I am lucky enough to be one that can indeed sit and toast.
     
  9. Old Snowy,
    You need to polish up your regimental history, Old Chap. The Glorious 1st is a Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot (2nd of Foot) battle honour! Worn on the colours as The Naval Crown superscribed '1 June 1794' rather than as a traditional embroidered 'honour'.
    Having been the garrison guarding Dover Castle, the regiment was split into various detachments all serving at sea as marines, thus starting the long and happy association with the Royal Navy. During the famous action off Brest, Queensmen were aboard HM Ships Queen Charlotte (Admiral Lord Howe's Flagship), Royal George, Defence, Majestic and Russell. The det. aboard HMS Barfleur missed the battle as it was in the West Indies.
    The French admitted to 3000 casualties killed and wounded. We lost 290 killed and 858 wounded. The regiment lost Lt Neville aboard Queen Charlotte and one sergeant, one corporal & nine privates were wounded. No Queen's casualties on Russell or Majestic; two privates killed on Royal George, and on Defence four privates killed, one officer and one private wounded.
    The Naval link of the 31st of Foot dates back to 1702 when Colonel Villiers' Marines were raised. In 1704 and now Luttrell's Marines, they win their first battle honour: Gibraltar. In 1751 they become 31st of Foot, having been transfered to the Infantry of the Line in 1715. In 1782 the 31st become The Huntingdonshire Regiment. In 1881 (Cardwell) the 31st and the 70th become 1st & 2nd Bns The East Surrey Regiment respectively.
    With me so far?
    However, you are indeed correct about the reason why we drink the loyal toast seated - it dates to the years 1702-1715 and its years of Marine service!
    On 14th October 1959 The Queen's were amalgamated with The East Surrey Regiment to become The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, later to become 1st Battalion The Queen's Regiment and then onwards into the PWRR!
     
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    Any excuse to commemorate yet another in the magnificent line of victories over the foul frog 'nation' of pederasts, dancing masters, garlic-chewing nancyboys, and cheese-eating surrender monkeys. It says something when their only Soldiers worth a damn are recruited from abroad.
    well france managed to build quite an empire with the surrender monkeys,dont forget the resistance in ww2,also there are quite a few legionarres that are french,joining as belgians

    beamer 1 queens
     
  11. Wonderful stuff - you've just managed to give legions of euro-bureaucrats collective apoplexy.....at the Office for the Elimination of Politically Incorrect Thinking - "Tiens! Zere are still the peoples who 'arbour zee reactionary veews.....quick, pass some legislation to outlaw such zinking!"
     
  12. This is, on the face of it a good suggestion; however, when we were forced to adopt the remnants of the R Hampsters and rename as PWRR, we, to pander to their sensibilities, had to adopt with them, not only their dreadful Col in Chief but also an awful lot of 'Yellow', including yellow Colours (can you imagine?), a Yellow stripe in the stable belt, tie, as well as behind the beret badge. God Forbid!

    Never mind - Happy Glorious 1st June, all the same!
     
  13. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Beamer, to think that someone from 1 Queens could support the French... Most of Napoleon's victories were acheived by the Armies of Countries he'd invaded

    Queensman - sorry for that basic mistake - easy to make when there are soooo many Battle Honours to think about. Life must be so simple if you are a johnny-come-lately bunch like the Paras or Welsh Guards :lol:
     
  14. Best wishes from the 21st Century, chaps!
     
  15. If you lot had managed to beat us once in the last 300 years we'd never have heard the last of it. If you don't like it, p*ss off.