Amalgamation and Formation of the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

To mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Gibson’s Regiment in 1694, which became the 28th Foot in 1758 and then, in 1881, The Gloucestershire Regiment, the Regiment held a series of parades throughout Bristol and Gloucestershire over 5 days in March 1994. First, however, there was a rugby match; then, a Regimental Party in a hangar at RAF Quedgeley where nearly two thousand serving and retired members of the Regiment and their families sat down to lunch and then partied.

The celebrations culminated in a Service in Gloucester Cathedral, a march through the City, with the streets and even the roofs crowded, to a final parade in Gloucester Docks. After the Colours had been marched off parade to the Museum, where they remain to this day, the Battalion marched off for the last time. A month later the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire formed at Catterick.

The Glosters were never found wanting.

“PRAY GENTLEMEN OBSERVE THIS CAP, IT IS A CAP OF HONOUR”

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