By William McElwee, Michael Roffe
On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even earlier than their reputable incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely unbelievable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - they'd by no means even served jointly within the comparable theatre. but, as background has proven, this not going blend proved to be an incredible good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most famed of regiments which has served with contrast in World warfare I (1914-1918), global conflict II (1939-1945), and past.
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The Argylls moved into Crater with the The general principle laid down by Lieutenantmaximum panache, led by the Pipe-Major, and Colonel Colin-Mitchell was to tell the news dealt very firmly with all active opposition. For hawks everything and trust them not to mention five months thereafter they completely dominated what they were asked to keep quiet - a trust, be it the town from well-armed observation posts on said, which was never once misplaced. It remains the roofs of the highest buildings which subdued, a mystery, not only to all closely associated with and ultimately eliminated, all enemy sniping; and the Argylls but to the public at large, why this when the Protectorate was finally abandoned and wholly successful operation earned the bitter conthey returned to Plymouth, every officer and man demnation of the local High Command.
F3 Sergeant, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 1882 This picture illustrates the white shell jacket which was worn for fatigues and most drill parades from the amalgamation until the Boer War. It also shows the kilt and badger sporran inherited from the old 93rd, but the glengarry badge emphasizes the fusion of the two regiments and the emergence of the new one as 'Princess Louise's Own'. G1 Officer, Undress, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 1892 The blue patrol coat was introduced as a compromise between mufti and drill order or mess dress as needed on more formal occasions: and it proved itself so useful that its use has continued and expanded to the present day.
By the end of the summer it was already reliably reported to have transformed in a most lively manner the social, sporting, and even the military life of the garrison of Gibraltar. So there will be no difficulties in restoring the Battalion to its former glories, and So the end of the story has yet to be written. But the regimental historian can lay down his pen in it was already clear by the autumn of 1971 that happy confidence that there will be plenty more the Colonel's obstinate courage was going to be stirring and impressive performances to record justified.