PENINSULA BARRACKS WINCHESTER
THE ANCESTRAL HOME
THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS
It has been written by fellow Rifleman ( DAVID WALKER ) that
“The Royal Green Jackets are the laughing stock of The Light Division”
Memorial At Peninsula Ltd and many others would disagree on that statement made, the many articles found on this site will take a visitor through a fine journey of illustrious history, we therefore feel the opening statement should refer to comradeship and laughter heard from those who formed a family of green a happy stock of finest infantrymen. SWIFT AND BOLD
Public Apology by Ricky Tyson MM
Who Really Shot James Bryson ?
In the original manuscript about the demise of James Bryson, which was written by Ed Maloney and James Kinchin-White it was illustrated with a photograph of a vehicle which was purported to be the vehicle that James Bryson met his death in.
In fact this vehicle was not the said vehicle that James Bryson met his demise in, the vehicle shown in the original document written by the two authors Ed Maloney and James Kinchin-White was in fact unrelated to the death of James Bryson, this vehicle had one year earlier been involved in another shooting.
The vehicle which James Bryson met his demise in was another vehicle, which is only known to the intelligence officers of the British Armed Forces.
The day’s events have a few unanswered questions they are:
How was it that James Bryson had been seen earlier in the estate driving around purported to waving a weapon around, there was intelligence to say this and therefore he was in the radar and was heading towards a rendezvous point, the question is why if the intelligence knew that Bryson was heading towards this area, were two soldiers left in a roof space as sitting ducks?
Two soldiers that should have been on patrol in a formation of more than two soldiers where were the others?
Why were they not sent back up?
Was Bryson working for the intelligence services undercover?
Was his waving of the weapon previously in a residential area an action made to flush out the security forces or was it too show a signal of strength to let other terrorists know he was there or to strike fear in innocent people, both would make sense if he was working for the security forces as has been suggested previously?
Was Bryson going to the final destination under the lull of a sense of false security, he thought he was going with his intelligence officers, others who were working for the armed forces as Ira officers, in the car and his Ira companion unaware that they were going to a rendezvous which would be the capture of his Ira colleague, hence Bryson did not fire at the two soldiers that were sitting as sitting ducks when they kicked the roof space in?
Soldier who opened fire by his own omission did not give the required warning before he opened fire, why was this, did he panic or did he know he didn’t need to? (Unbeknown to his colleague another Soldier who did not get decorated for his action, although he was in equal danger, as the Soldier who opened fire, this was a pre arranged incident hence only two Soldiers, lay in wait)
The Soldier who opened fire, was it his bullet that killed Bryson, where is the postmortem report to show this?
Did somebody in the car sacrifice Bryson; was he shot in the car?
In fact was this a two for one exercise gets rid of a rogue intelligence officer and an Ira terrorist at the same time?
The only way we will know this is when we know how many occupants were in the car, it is purported that there were 5 in the car, it is also purported that the other 3 were intelligence officers working with the Ira having infiltrated them.
How many occupants were in the car?
Where is the car?
Did the car scream off as was stated by a resident nearby?
What happened to the other occupants?
Were Bryson and his colleague thrown out of the car?
Where are Bryson’s’ bullets, surely he would have returned fire, If he didn’t then was he actually being aggressive, showing aggression with his weapon?
Was this the reason for the Soldier to fire at him?
If no firing was taking place at the time, how come a Soldier fired on Bryson?
Was this a pre organized exercise?
Bryson and his colleague were they shot in the car and to legitimize the incident the Soldier knew he had to put a round down, to cover the tracks of the intelligence officers that had killed Bryson?
How many bullets were in Bryson did they all match the British Soldiers ammunition?
Did the Soldier get The Military Medal as a hush award, to keep his mouth shut a pay off?
All of the above have been circulated unanswered for 45 years.
Of course given the nature of the incident, it is safe to say that the Dead tell no lies, and the answers have died with the x-rays. (X-ray a term used for the dead terrorist in Army speak / Military speak).
He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.”
To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men –
Although Raised by Thomas Fowke`s in 1741
The 1st Bn RGJ was never known as 1st Bn RGJ (Fowke`s)
54th Regiment of Foot
renumbered in circa 1748
43rd Regiment of Foot
54th Regiment of Foot
renumbered circa 1757
52nd Regiment of Foot
43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot
52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot
43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
The Oxfordshire Light Infantry
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Green Jackets Brigade
1 Green Jackets (43rd & 52nd)
1966 – 2007
1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets
Although Raised in 1755 62nd Regiment of Foot
The 2nd Bn RGJ was never known as 2nd Bn RGJ (62nd)
62nd Regiment of Foot
renumbered as the
60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
60th (Duke of York`s Own Rifle Corps)
60th (The King`s Royal Rifle Corps)
The King`s Royal Rifle Corps
Green Jackets Brigade
2 Green Jackets (KRRC)
1966 – 2007
2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets
Although Raised in 1800 as Experimental Corps of Riflemen
The 3rd Bn RGJ was never known as 3rd Bn RGJ (Experimental Corps)
Corps of Riflemen
The Corps of Riflemen
95th Regiment (Rifles)
The Rifle Brigade
The Prince Consorts Own
The Rifle Brigade
(The Prince Consorts Own) (RB)
The Rifle Brigade
(Prince Consorts Own)
Green Jackets Brigade
3 Green Jackets (RB)
1966 – 2007
3rd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets
A Rifle by Baker
A Jacket of Green
A Sword not a bayonet
No toast to the Queen
One forty per minute
With Rifles at trail
A Salute at the double
With Buglers wail
Silver badge and black buttons
First in & last out
Celer et Audax
Swift & Bold without doubt
Trev Penn 2009
1918 – 2018
LEST WE FORGET
Unknown Soldier by Philip Pickford
THE ANTECEDENT REGIMENTS OF THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
King`s Royal Rifle Corps
ALL GAVE SOME – SOME GAVE ALL
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The History of
The Royal Green Jackets Cap Badge
The Crown, indicates that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the
Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Green Jackets.
PENINSULA, a Battle Honour awarded to all three antecedent Regiments after the Peninsular War,
The Royal Green Jackets major Battle Honour.
The Maltese Cross, both the 60th Rifles and The Rifle Brigade have worn a Maltese Cross since shorty after The Peninsular War.
The Bugle Horn, has long been the symbol of the Light Troops in The British Army,
all three antecedent Regiments have been wearing it since The Peninsular War.
The Laurel Wreath, The whole badge is encircled by the wreath of Victory.
COPENHAGEN April 1801, surmounting the navel crown.
A Battle Honour awarded to The Rifle Brigade
for the battle of Copenhagen.
The Royal Green Jackets motto Swift and Bold was adopted from
The former KRRC motto (Celer et Audax)
“ONCE A RIFLEMAN – ALWAYS A RIFLEMAN”
Don’t envy a man his medals, all those ribbons on his chest,
He did not try to get them, they’re not there at his request,
They were earned in stinking hell holes, where no man would like to go,
Or in cold and wintry places, where there’s only ice and snow.
He did not know he earned them, till they were awarded at parade,
They were bright when he first got them, but in time the colours fade,
He was told he had to wear them, and to wear them all with pride,
But when the memories come to haunt him, those same medals make him hide.
Cause those medals will not bring back, all those guys he left behind,
And he would trade them all forever, for a little peace of mind.
So don’t envy a man his medals, you don’t want to take his place,
Thinking back to long gone battles, and meeting dead friends face to face.
There is discipline in a Soldier, you can see it when he walks,
There is honour in a Soldier, you hear it when he talks,
There is courage in a Soldier you can see it in his eyes,
There is loyalty in a Soldier that he will not compromise.
There is something in a Soldier that makes him stand apart,
There is strength in a Soldier that beats from his heart,
A Soldier isn’t a title, any man can be hired to do,
A Soldier is the soul of that man, buried deep inside of you.
A Soldier’s job isn’t finished, after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week,
A Soldier is always a Soldier even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first, and his life is left behind,
A Soldier has to sacrifice, what comes first in a civilian’s mind.
If you are civilian, I am saying this to you,
Next time you see a Soldier remember what we do,
A Soldier is the one that is brave, protecting you and me,
And If you know A Soldier, I am saying this to you.
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Peninsula Barracks was formerly called the Rifle depot from 1858 to 1964, Then the name Peninsula was given to the upper part of the barracks due to the illustrious history of the Regiments antecedents and their involvement in the Napoleonic campaign. Previously the barracks had housed the Rifle Brigade from 1855 and had formerly been the recognised training depot from 1858. The barracks has been home to soldiers of the realm since 1741 until its closure in 1986. Peninsula Barracks has been known by the following names The Rifle Depot, Peninsula Barracks and also home of The Light Division. It was the Ancestral home to the Regiment’s forefathers, who have all amalgamated and renamed to form the Green Jackets and finally The Royal Green Jackets, the Green Jackets where given Royal accent thus being called The Royal Green Jackets. The long association between the City of Winchester and the Green Jackets has helped weave a rich tapestry of Military involvement and standing, one of which the community has held in high esteem. In 2007, the Regiment became a casualty of the Government’s restructuring of our Military forces and sadly the announcement came that The Royal Green Jackets where to be disbanded, thus bringing sadness to the City of Winchester, the family of the Regiment and the Colonel in Chief Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Barracks houses a Museum which is a showcase for historians young and old, however it is the aim and objective of the family of the Green Jackets, the Veterans who proudly remember their brothers, who did not return, to erect a Memorial. The Memorial will be a quiet place of reflection, to enable young and old and the future generations to honour all the men of green and those that have served and are members of the Green Jacket Family.
The Memorial has been a collaboration of designs between the Curators, who administrate the venture, and are members of the family of the Royal Green Jackets. Both have worked voluntarily and their design has now gone out to a commissioned Artist. The design is in keeping with the surroundings and will recapture the history of all who have amalgamated to form the Green Jackets and finally the Royal Green Jackets. It will be a step back and a march forward into history, carrying forward the men who stood shoulder to shoulder as brothers in arms, men of green in service to their Queen and Country.
This memorial in the form of a lasting tribute will remember, honour and salute those that are now resting High on a Hill at the Final RV, having lost their lives whilst serving with the Regiment during the years 1958 until 2007. The Barracks have been home to the men of green from 1856 until 1986 some 130 years. It is equitable to bring to the attention of our visitor, that during this time a short break of residency was taken whilst the barracks had modernisation. The Regiment did not relinquish ties at this time, hence they moved back in after modernisation, during that time the troops were housed in another camp two miles on the outskirts of Winchester.
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