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

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What is a Garrison Sergeant Major?

Introduction A garrison Sergeant Major (GSM) in the British Army is the senior warrant officer of a garrison and holds the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). London District The GSM London District, always a guardsman, holds one of the four most senior WO1 appointments in the British Army, and has military ceremonial responsibility… Read More

What is a Garrison?

Introduction Garrison (from the French garnison, itself from the verb garnir, “to equip”) is the collective term for any body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it. Outline The term now often applies to certain facilities that constitute a military base or fortified military headquarters. A garrison is usually in a… Read More

What is a Garrison?

Introduction Garrison (various spellings) (from the French garnison, itself from the verb garnir, “to equip”) is the collective term for any body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it, but now often simply using it as a home base. The garrison is usually in a city, town, fort, castle, ship or… Read More

New GSM for London District

A new Garrison Sergeant-Major (GSM) has been appointed to the London District. Warrant Officer Class 1 (W01) Vern Stokes (Coldstream Guards) will oversee ceremonial events in the capital and beyond following the departure of WO1 (GSM) Bill Mott (Welsh Guards), who retired after 13 years in the job. Cutting an imposing figure at nine-feet tall in his bearskin, WO1 Stokes… Read More