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Flags at Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum (United Kingdom)

Last modified: 2011-07-09 by rob raeside
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Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

[Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010

It is a blue flag with a yellow badge in its centre. In Carr (1953), p.84-84 the badge is denoted as battle honour device. In this case it is a sphinx for service in Egypt. The regiment was formed in 1994, when the the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) merged.
Source: I spotted this flag on top of the building of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum on 1 October 2010
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010


The Rifles (in Gloucester)

[The Rifles] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010

The Rifles (in Gloucester)
The ratio is approx 2:3. It is a five stripes flag having horizontally stripes green – red – black – red – green with ratio 2:1:4:1:2. In its centre is a white horn topped by a royal crown of the same colour. The Rifles was formed on 1 February 2007 when the following units merged: Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, Light Infantry, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and finally Royal Green Jackets.
Source: I spotted this flag on top of the building of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum on 1 October 2010
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010


Royal Gloucestershire Hussars

[The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
The ratio is approx 11:16. The flag is divided per bend into blue over buff. In the centre is the badge, the order of the garter with a portcullis in its centre. It’s colours are countercharged due to the colours of the parts of the sheet. The whole is topped by a royal crown, also in buff and below is a countercharged ribbon with the inscription “ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE HUSSARS”.
Source: I spotted this flag on top of the building of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum on 1 October 2010
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 October 2010


Royal Gloucestershire Hussars FUP flag from WWI

[The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars FUP flag from WW1] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars FUP flag from WW1
It is a squarish flag divided per bend into buff over blue. FUP is the abbreviation of Form-Up-Point.
Source: www.glosters.org.uk
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010


North Cotswold Rifle Volunteers (1862)

[North Cotswold Rifle Volunteers (1862)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010

North Cotswold Rifle Volunteers (1862)
It is a dark reddish squarish flag made of silk the inscriptions made of yellow golden satin fixwd by black threads. In the centre is an inscription "NCRV", all letters being connected with one another and ending in trefoils at each end. In both upper corners are numbers naming the unit; "XVI" (hoist) and "20" (fly).
Source:
I spotted this flag on 1 October in Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010

The NCRV flag is largely the whim of the corps, the manufacturer, or the civic society that presented it to the corps. NCRV is the unofficial title of the 16th Gloucestershire Rifle Volunteer Corps (hence the XVI in the first canton). I'm afraid I do not understand the "20" in the second canton.
T.F. Mills, 2 November 2010

Each county was given a precedence number as well, based IIRC on the date when the services of the county's first unit was accepted by the War Office. Gloucestershire was number 20 (Devonshire was 1st, Anglesey was 93rd and last).
Ian Sumner, 2 November 2010

This one is rather interesting in that it is a somewhat rare specimen of a volunteers' Regimental Colour of the 1860s. Almost everything you have posted so far are camp flags and not Colours. The 1859 volunteer movement produced thousands of "rifle volunteer corps" all over Britain, and the Army was a little slow to accept them, so they flourished outside of regulations for a while. Most adhered to the British tradition that "rifles" do not carry Colours, which is what makes this one rare. Those that did carry Colours did not always follow Army regulations, as in this case.

Corps were numbered sequentially within each county as they formed. The 16th was the last to form in Gloucestershire. A few corps were battalion-sized, but most were company sized, as was the 16th. In 1880 all the small RVCs in Britain consolidated into battalions. Thus the 16th became K Company of the 2nd Gloucestershire RVC, and this flag would have ceased to be carried, if not earlier. In 1908 with the creation of the Territorial Force, this unit became 5th Battalion of The Gloucestershire Regiment. In 1908 all TF infantry units were given the option to still maintain rifles traditions, in which case they were not allowed to carry Colours. Those that abandoned the rifles ethos were presented Colours according to regulation.
T.F. Mills, 3 November 2010


Cotswold Guidon 1797

[Cotswold Guidon 1797] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010

Cotswold Guidon 1797
I am quoting the text from the show case:
"The Colours of cavalry troops are smaller than those of the infantry, being carried on horseback, and are known as standards. A guidon is a swallow-tailed standard.
This silk guidon was presented to the Cotswold Troop of Gentlemen and Yeomanry by Mrs. Mills of Stow-on-the-Wold, shortly after the troop was formed.. It is thought to have been made by local ladies to show support for their men folk. The central padded shield bears the coat of arms of Gloucestershire."

As additional information the reddish silk is fringed golden and covered with embroideries made of golden and silver brocade. The shield is topped by a royal crown (without cross). The shield of Gloucester (its that one of the city) is flanked by four smaller ovals on both sides of the guidon. On the obverse two ovals contain the prancing horse of Hannover with basement (upper hoist and lower fly), the others contain a brocade ornament showing a rose with four creepers upon golden silk. On the reverse two ovals contain also the prancing horse of Hannover with basement (upper fly and lower hoist) but sinister facing; the others contain embowed inscriptions: "GLOUCESTER VOLUNTEERS" upon golden silk. On both sides beneath the shield is a golden ribbon, probably containing the motto "PRO * PATRIA", which can't be clearly recognized upon my photos. The obverse could be seen directly, the reverse just as a photo. There was also following additional information given by the museum: "When presented to the museum the guidon was in poor condition. It was cleaned and repaired in the Textile Conservation Studio of the Area Museum Council for the South West, with a grant from Cotswold District Council."

Source: I spotted this flag in /Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum/ on 1 October 2010
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 November 2010

Detail of Crown

[Cotswold Guidon 1797] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 November 2010


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