The 93rd Sutherland Highlanders faced many tough opponents in their time. But perhaps their strangest foes were 200 English public school boys. The Highlanders were called in to help put down a rebellion at Winchester College in May 1818. The boys had barricaded themselves inside some of the school’s buildings to protest against what they saw as abuses committed by some of their teachers. The school authorities persuaded the boys to come out of the buildings by promising them two weeks holiday. But when the youngsters headed for the centre of Winchester to celebrate their victory, they were suddenly confronted by 40 kilted Highlanders with bayonets fixed. The boys were chased back to the school where the ringleaders were singled out. Twenty boys were expelled for their part in the rebellion. The school was to provide the 93rd Highlanders, and its successor, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, with a steady stream of officers for more than 100 years.


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