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Words of Wisdom

Enough of what I think. With all the recent discussion in relation to cuts to the Royal Regiment of Scotland about Golden Threads and Cap Badges, I thought you might be interested in what the Cameron Highlanders had to say about regimental spirit in 1835 :-

The Regiment should be considered as a great family, and every individual connected with it should feel and act accordingly; should ever be anxiously alive to its honour, reputation and welfare; endeavour, by every means in his power, to promote and uphold them; and not only act by the letter of the law, but likewise discharge all his duties, according to the full spirit of every order in existence.
Any one who may exhibit an indifference to that proper Espirit de Corps, which should be felt by every Officer and Soldier in relation to the Regiment in which he serves, cannot be considered as a desirable person to belong to the 79th Highlanders.

The above comes from the regiment’s Standing Orders and dates back to the time when the Camerons were doing garrison duty in Canada.
By the way, I noticed that several media organisations made knowing references to the Royal Regiment of Scotland battalions retaining their cap badges in the latest shake-up. This is not true; the RRoS has one badge for all its battalions, regular and Territorial Army. The various battalions lost their old badges when the regiment was formed in 2006.


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