In April next year, The Rifles will receive The Freedom of the City of Gloucester followed by a service to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Imjin. We are very proud.
|The front of the Custom House|
2. The Gloucestershire Hussars - A territorial yeomanry cavalry army.
Between them these regiments have bought much honour to Gloucestershire, including North Avon and Bristol which were all part of our county at one time.
The regiment of Infantry was formed at the end of King William and Queen Mary’s reign at the end of the 1600’s, that’s over 300 years ago
The displays show where in the world the regiments have served, how the regiments have faced the challenges and coped with the strains that war brings with it. And it shows their traditions and their achievements.
Its amazing to think that for two hundred years the army wore redcoats. So already you get an idea of how the army has changed over time. Khaki uniforms were introduced at the end of the 19th century.
These regiments have been at decisive moments in history:
In 1705 the Regiments joined the Duke of Marlborough’s forces and were involved in the Wars of the Spanish Succession. These wars led to the building of Blenheim Palace – a gift to John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough by a grateful nation for winning a series of battles which shattered the French domination of Europe.
They were fighting in Quebec under General Wolfe.
They were involved in the American Wars of Independence.
It was during the French Revolution that The Glosters earned the right to wear the sphinx badge, a battle honour, having taken part in the Egyptian campaign, they also earned the famous back badge on 21st March 1801: The 28th regiment were surrounded by French troops and fought back to back until the attackers withdrew.
They fought alongside Sir Arthur Wellesley who commanded the British Army during the Peninsular Wars and they drove the French Armed Forces out of Spain. In 1814 Wellesley was given the title the Duke of Wellington and was put in command of the army that defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in June 1815.
They took part in the Crimean war, The Indian Mutiny and the 1st and 2nd World Wars and were fighting in Korea.
So the Gloucestershire Regiments have served their country for over 300 years.
In 1994 the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment amalgamated with the Gloucestershire Regiment to form the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. In 2005 the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment became the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry. In 2007 they merged with four Light Infantry and Rifle Regiments: The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry, The Light Infantry, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets to become The Rifles.
They have served extremely bravely and have faced many challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan
The museum is open throughout the year from 10 – 5. Everyday except Monday.
To find out more the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Website is: http://www.glosters.org.uk/