What is Trooping the Colour?

Introduction Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although its roots go back much earlier. On the battlefield, a regiment’s colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march… Read More


What is the Cost of Trooping the Colour?

What is the Total Cost of Trooping the Colour Ceremonies? The total cost to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of Trooping the Colour Ceremonies to celebrate the official birthday of the reigning sovereign is: 2021: £59,662.70. 2020: £3,242.68. 2019: £24,600.54. Note: Costs include: transport hire; fuel; crown feeding; temporary stables; and shells – but does… Read More

What was the First Boer War (1880-1881)?

Introduction The First Boer War (Afrikaans: Eerste Vryheidsoorlog, literally “First Freedom War”), also known as the First Anglo-Boer War, the Transvaal War or the Transvaal Rebellion, was a war fought from 16 December 1880 until 23 March 1881 between the United Kingdom and Boers of the Transvaal (as the South African Republic was known while… Read More

Who was John Brunt?

Introduction Captain John Henry Cound Brunt, VC, MC (06 December 1922 to 10 December 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He served in the Italian campaign during the Second World War and… Read More

Who was Tasker Watkins?

Introduction Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE DL (18 November 1918 to 09 September 2007) was a Welsh Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. During the Second World War, he served in the British Army and was awarded the Victoria Cross,… Read More

What was Bloody Sunday (1887)?

Introduction Bloody Sunday took place in London on 13 November 1887, when marchers protesting about unemployment and coercion in Ireland, as well as demanding the release of MP William O’Brien, clashed with the Metropolitan Police and the British Army. The demonstration was organised by the Social Democratic Federation and the Irish National League. Violent clashes… Read More

New Book to Aid Military Children

A Bespoke children’s book designed to help youngsters understand and process the thoughts and feelings associated with life in military families has been distributed to Army households in Stafford. The brainchild of Captain John Kennaugh (Royal Signals), the unit welfare officer at 16th Signal Regiment, the project was financed by a £10,000 grant from the… Read More