the tigers

RP578

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#3
They were part of the Staffords Battle Group (7 Armd Bde, 1 Armd Div), which included: 1 Staffords,
B Sqn RSDG, C Squadron QRIH, a battery from 40 Regiment RA, Anti-Tank (Milan) Company, 1 Royal Green Jackets and 1 Royal Hampshire. Not sure if it was just elements from the battalion though.
 

ugly

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#4
Definetly Jackets there as one of my ex recruits was Milan attached using the Dalek bins on the apcs.
 

RP578

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#6
You're not entirely wrong. The ancestor of the old 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regt was the 67th Foot. The 1/67th, during this time, had been stationed in India from 1805 to 1826, George IV recognized their 21 years of faithful overseas service by granting them the right to add the Royal Tiger and the name “India” to their Colours. Hence their nickname “The Tigers”.

It carried on with the later incarnation of the Royal Hampshire Regiment and is still used as a nickname for its modern descendant, the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was also called The Tigers for exactly the same reason! The 17th Foot had just done 20 odd years on the sub-continent and got the Royal Tiger a couple of years after their return too. Their descendant is now B Coy, 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regimen (Poachers?). I guess the nickname just didn't carry forward.
 

ugly

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#7
I did a visit to The Hamps in 79 in Munster, (oddly the same Barracks I served in later with 1LI). They had a pair of solid silver tigers in the officers mess as table centre pieces (not full size) They lost the silver from the 2nd Bn on the withdrawal from Burma I seem to recall.
 
#8
masher69 said:
did the hampshires serve in the first gulf war ?
no 1 royal hampshires did not serve in the first gulf war, 3 queens however who later amalgamated with them got medals whilst in cyprus because they were within scud range, known throughout pwrr as sunbathing medals.
hope this helps.
 

ugly

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#9
They also worked as Navvies loading hercs, Either woody or Brighton Hippy was there on an S type from 5 Queens I think! Or one of my lads at the time did it!
 
#10
I remember chatting to a lad from 1 RGJ who served in Gulf 1- he told me a story about an order to stop a civvy bus full of fleeing Iraqi soldiers - unfortunately the officer who said it was on the anti tanks net and forgot to switch frequencies - the bus did stop and caused £40,000 damage to the warhead of the Milan missile sent to do the job!
 
#12
If memory serves me right a number of 1 R HAMPS Recce Pl also served with 1 STAFFORDS during Gulf War 1
 
#13
mo8462 said:
masher69 said:
did the hampshires serve in the first gulf war ?
no 1 royal hampshires did not serve in the first gulf war, 3 queens however who later amalgamated with them got medals whilst in cyprus because they were within scud range, known throughout pwrr as sunbathing medals.
hope this helps.
Its alright people calling them sunbathing medals but I burnt my hand on the barbeque! As for being in scud range the prevailing theory from the boffins was that they would have had to take the warheads off and gaffer tape a grenade to the end so they could carry enough fuel to reach Cyprus.
 
#14
Pling said:
mo8462 said:
masher69 said:
did the hampshires serve in the first gulf war ?
no 1 royal hampshires did not serve in the first gulf war, 3 queens however who later amalgamated with them got medals whilst in cyprus because they were within scud range, known throughout pwrr as sunbathing medals.
hope this helps.
Its alright people calling them sunbathing medals but I burnt my hand on the barbeque! As for being in scud range the prevailing theory from the boffins was that they would have had to take the warheads off and gaffer tape a grenade to the end so they could carry enough fuel to reach Cyprus.
Would these be the same SCUDs that missed the whole of the Arabian Paninsular on occasion. I imgine hitting a small dot in the Med would be nearly impossable, even if they could make the range.
 
#15
Pling said:
mo8462 said:
masher69 said:
did the hampshires serve in the first gulf war ?
no 1 royal hampshires did not serve in the first gulf war, 3 queens however who later amalgamated with them got medals whilst in cyprus because they were within scud range, known throughout pwrr as sunbathing medals.
hope this helps.
Its alright people calling them sunbathing medals but I burnt my hand on the barbeque! As for being in scud range the prevailing theory from the boffins was that they would have had to take the warheads off and gaffer tape a grenade to the end so they could carry enough fuel to reach Cyprus.
3 Queens Recce Plt were on constant Patrols and Ops with full scale of ready ammo throughout conflict.
The rest of the Battalion were on round the clock unloading and loading the Herc’s for staging post.

It met the criteria for a medal, less bar
 
#16
I rmeber stagging on the gate of my TAC fully kitted out during the troubles - we even had an IED left there one day (a week after the HAC bomb IIRC) - I wonder when my GSM les bar will be arriving?
 
#17
Yep.. us at 9 Sigs got it for the ..ahem.. *cough* int *cough* we were providing... I did hear about the SCUD range thing as well.. but also heard that it would be on fumes quite literally as it reached us... I always thought that we didnt get the oak (?) leaf on the ribbon.. didn't realise it was a bar on the medal that we didnt get.
 
#18
TheSpecialOne said:
I rmeber stagging on the gate of my TAC fully kitted out during the troubles - we even had an IED left there one day (a week after the HAC bomb IIRC) - I wonder when my GSM les bar will be arriving?
The police wallahs searching for bomb fragments in the adjacent stores had to be issued with respirators as they were brushing up masses of naptha dust/fragments and surprisingly few dead moths. Chemical warfare !.
 
#19
TheSpecialOne said:
I rmeber stagging on the gate of my TAC fully kitted out during the troubles - we even had an IED left there one day (a week after the HAC bomb IIRC) - I wonder when my GSM les bar will be arriving?
We still do now. :scratch:
 
#20
RP578 said:
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was also called The Tigers for exactly the same reason! The 17th Foot had just done 20 odd years on the sub-continent and got the Royal Tiger a couple of years after their return too. Their descendant is now B Coy, 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regimen (Poachers?). I guess the nickname just didn't carry forward.
In 1964 the 1st Bn Royal Leicestershire Regiment became The 4th Bn Royal Anglian Regt and brought with them their nickname 'The Tigers'.
The regiment, since it's formation in 1964 to date, has worn the 'Tiger' on its buttons.
The 4th (Leicestershire) Bn was disbanded in 1975 and, as you say, absorbed into the Poachers.




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