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PENINSULA BARRACKS WINCHESTER 


The Great War WWI

1914-1919

ALL GAVE SOME – SOME GAVE ALL

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night.

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

ALL GAVE SOME – SOME GAVE ALL

LESS WE FORGET


Some of the reports on this site are about

The Troubles in Northern Ireland

and are Historical References in light of the Operation Banner

some 50 years of Troubles

Jim Bryson and Paddy Mulvenna

Relatives are now Fighting for Justice over the Killings 

(The Relatives for Justice report is in the link below if you wish to read it)

https://www.relativesforjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Bryson-Mulvenna-Rep-OCT-2018-LRes.pdf 

14th August 1969 – 14th August 2019

Picture by BBC via Belfast child

50 years on since

The British Army was deployed in Northern Ireland.

THE TROUBLES
by Clive Sanders
None of us wanted to be there.
None of us knew what to do.
We`d not had a semblance of training.
We felt we were hundreds to few.
Politicians had sent us to Ulster,
As a barrier between warring sides.
We did not have a plan we could work to,
We just had to man the divides.

None knew how long we would be there,
None would believe thirty years.
We counted off days on our four months,
And tried not to show them our fears.
We hadn`t been trained for street warfare,
Surrounded by hatred and strife.
We worked to look after each other,
In friendships that still last for life.

We all lost good mates in the Troubles.
We remember their names every year.
Whenever we meet at reunions,
With memories of them always clear.
We got no applause for our suffering.
We carry our wounds with us still.
And now we have comrades arrested,
Which to us is the bitterest of pill.
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14th August 1969: British troops sent into Northern Ireland

British soldiers armed with machine guns keeping watch in the Falls Road during rioting,

August 1969. Photograph: Popperfoto via Getty.

The British Government has sent troops into Northern Ireland in what it says is a “limited operation” to restore law and order.
It follows three days and two nights of violence in the mainly-Catholic Bogside area of Londonderry. Trouble has also erupted in Belfast and other towns across Northern Ireland.

It also comes after a speech by the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, Jack Lynch, regarded by many as “outrageous interference” in which he called for a United Nations peacekeeping force to be sent to the province.

He also called for Anglo-Irish talks on the future of Northern Ireland.

Exhausted police

The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Major James Chichester-Clark, responded by saying neighbourly relations with the Republic were at an end and that British troops were being called in.

The British Home Secretary James Callaghan was in a plane on his way to talks with Prime Minister Harold Wilson in Cornwall when he received a radio-telephone call asking for troops to be deployed.

Shortly after 1700 hours local time, 300 troops from the 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, occupied the centre of Londonderry, replacing the exhausted police officers who had been patrolling the cordons around the Bogside.

They have been on standby for the past couple of days.

The arrival of the British troops was greeted with cheering and singing from behind the barricades in the Roman Catholic area of Londonderry.

They were chanting: “We’ve won, we’ve won. We’ve brought down the government.”

The trouble began three days ago during the annual Apprentice Boys march, which marks the 13 boy supporters of William of Orange who defended Londonderry against the forces of the Catholic King James II in 1688.

The Royal Ulster Constabulary were forced to use tear gas – for the first time in their history – to try to bring the rioting under control.

But tensions mounted with the mobilisation of the B Specials. The special constables, who are armed and mostly part-time, were supposed to help the RUC restore order – but they are regarded with deep suspicion by the Roman Catholics.

On the streets of Belfast, the appearance of the B Specials led to an escalation in the violence while the special constables reportedly stood by and watched….

1969
4th January

A People’s Democracy march between Belfast and Derry was repeatedly attacked by loyalists. At Burntollet it was ambushed by 200 loyalists and off-duty police (RUC) officers armed with iron bars, bricks and bottles. The marchers claimed that police did little to protect them. When the march arrived in Derry it was broken up by the RUC, which sparked serious rioting between Irish nationalists and the RUC. That night, RUC officers went on a rampage in the Bogside area of Derry; attacking Catholic homes, attacking and threatening residents, and hurling sectarian abuse. Residents then sealed off the Bogside with barricades to keep the police out, creating “Free Derry”.

March–April

The loyalists intended to bring down the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Terence O’Neill, who had promised some concessions to the civil rights movement. To this end, Members of the loyalist UVF and UPV bombed water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland, in deceitful false flag attacks, blaming them on the dormant IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement. There were six bombings and all were widely blamed on the IRA. As a response, British soldiers were sent to guard installations. Despite this, Loyalist-Unionist support for O’Neill continued to wane, and on 28 April he resigned as Prime Minister.

17th April

People’s Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin was the youngest woman ever elected to Westminster, a record which stood until Mhairi Black’s election in 2015.

19th April

During clashes with civil rights marchers in Derry, RUC officers entered the house of an uninvolved Catholic civilian, Samuel Devenny, and beat him, along with two of his daughters.
One of the daughters was beaten unconscious as she lay recovering from surgery. Devenny suffered a heart attack and died on 17 July from his injuries.

13th July

During clashes with nationalists throwing stones at an Orange Hall in Dungiven, RUC officers beat Francis McCloskey, a Catholic civilian (aged 67). He died of his injuries the next day. Many consider this the first death of the Troubles.

5th August

The UVF planted their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin.

12th–14th August

Battle of the Bogside – during an Apprentice Boys march, serious rioting erupted in Derry between Irish nationalists and the RUC. RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms. The almost continuous rioting lasted for two days.

14th–17th August

Northern Ireland riots of August 1969 – in response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists held protests throughout Northern Ireland. Some of these became violent. In Belfast, loyalists responded by attacking nationalist districts. Rioting also erupted in Newry, Armagh, Crossmaglen, Dungannon, Coalisland and Dungiven. Six Catholics and two Protestants were shot dead and at least 133 were treated for gunshot wounds. Scores of houses and businesses were burnt out, most of them owned by Catholics. Thousands of families, mostly Catholics, were forced to flee their homes and refugee camps were set up in the Republic.

The British Army was deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland, which marked the beginning of Operation Banner.

11th October

Three people were shot dead during street violence in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast. Two were Protestant civilians (George Dickie and Herbert Hawe) shot by the British Army and one was an RUC officer (Victor Arbuckle) shot by the UVF. Arbuckle was the first RUC officer to be killed in the Troubles. The loyalists “had taken to the streets in protest at the Hunt Report, which recommended the disbandment of the B Specials and disarming of the RUC”.

October–December

The UVF detonated bombs in the Republic of Ireland. In Dublin it detonated a car bomb near the Garda Síochána central detective bureau. It also bombed a power station at Ballyshannon, a Wolfe Tone memorial in Bodenstown, and the Daniel O’Connell monument in Dublin

December A split formed in the Irish Republican Army, creating what was to become the Official IRA and Provisional IRA.

Leeson Street Patrol

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 THE BRYSON REPORT

And

THE BRYSON REPORT DVD

(where you can hear The Sniper giving his account of the incident)

Will not be on the front page, but if you wish to read the report,

please go to the home page and enter in the search bar

THE BRYSON REPORT

FALLING PLATES

if you wish to read how the Regiment got wrongly labelled

 and insulted in their Ancestral Home Peninsula Barracks.

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Gun Battle for the Bakery

By Micheal Cuerden and James Standfield

The Bloody gun battle for the bakery began in Belfast at 0350 on the 9th Aug 1971.
That is when the army moved in to `The Markets` to flush out a gang of gunmen who had expelled the night shift at gun point.
Dawn was in the sky, but for the previous five hours soldiers had already engaged snipers from the fringes of the catholic area near the City Centre.

Around the Inglish Bakery, the largest in Northern Ireland, terrorist where believed to be waiting and the Army Command where convinced that an ambush was being set up. Last May they lost Corporal Robert Bankier, killed when his platoon was lured into the same area. So the four platoons 100 men of the 1st Battalion Royal Green Jackets, waited until dawn.

Savage

Then they executed a`back door` pincer movement, it was just as well, as Eliza Street, the main approach to the Bakery , was sprayed with automatic fire from both ends as the soldiers began their approach. The encircled the narrow streets among the meanest of the City’s ghettos. From Lagan Street, Cromac Street and Stewart Street they gave covering fire while their main attack was spearheaded along McAuley Street.

The terrorist raked the streets with a Thompson sub-machine gun, 303 rifles and .22 small-arms fire, the fighting was SAVAGE.

0450 As the soldiers moved from doorway to doorway, one gunman was killed near the barricades of Market Street and Eliza Court.

0515 The soldiers had reached Bond Street. Two of the gang, one still armed, had been captured. But six terrorist where thought to be on the roof.

0550 The troops where outside the Bakery, but the doors where locked. As the smashed through them they where met with a spray of bullets.

Warren

Inside the building they where engaged in savage fighting with two men, believed to be fighting a rear guard action while the rest escaped. One is believed to have been hit.

An Officer said :`The place was like a rabbit warren, with hiding places everywhere,`

0615 The last shots where fired. Soldiers began the hazardous operation of searching the three floors.

Six people in the Bakery where handed to the police for questioning, five who where employees where later released.

0800 The building had been combed, the troops moved to the nearby houses. They had seen men running into the back door, out through the front and down the alley`s between the streets during the battle.

The search produced a 303 rifle from a drain and ammunition found on an outhouse roof.

0900 The army began to bulldoze the barricades. Five men where in police custody. All that remained where streets littered with debris, a 2 foot pile of bread and a pool of blood in Eliza Street.

” The Bakery “

Pipes and Ovens, Rollers to” What a place to Fight your way through”.
The smell of warm rotting bread,
A Walk-in the Park the Boss man said.
See a Gunman take a shot, Back it came just as Hot,was it a ricochet…I think not.
Moving forward bit by bit…Jesus Christ this place is Shit.
Along a Gantry,Down some stairs….Made it through…I’ll say some Prayers.

By fellow Rifleman
P. Pickford

The Green Jackets and The Royal Green Jackets

Major R N H Alers – Hankey

LCpl O M Alford

Rfn N A B Allen

Cpl R E Armstrong

Rfn M E Bagshaw

Bdsm G R J Baldwin

Cpl R Bankier

Wo2 G Barker

Bdsm M S Bayliss

Wo2 P J Bayliss

Rfn W N Beckley-Lines

Sjt E E Bedford

Bdsm R I Beer

Rfn C B A Bird

Rfn R S Blackledge

L.Cpl. M D Boswel

Rfn A E Brown

CSgt P J Bryant

Wo1 T J Byrne

Lcpl D Card

Sgt M A Cameron

Rfn C V Campbel

Rfn A C R Chapman

LCpl S J Chappell

Rfn K Chavner

Wo1 L Collins

Cpl C C Cook

Rfn A Cottriall

Rfn I J Coman

Lt Col Corden-Lloyd OBE MC

LCpl D J Cronin

Cpl R Cross

Rfn J A Cullen

Rfn R A Davey

CSgt D V Daws

LCpl G T Dean

Wo2 J P Devine

LCpl D J Dixon

Rfn H Donaghue

Rfn R Donkin

Rfn A Dunne

Wo2 B JDunwell

Rfn J A Dupee

Rfn A R Elliott

Cpl R Elliot

Rfn P K Ennals

Sgt S R Eyle

Rfn P C Fairway

Rfn D T Fenley

Cpl N J Fewell

Capt T P Fetherstonehaugh

Rfn S Fisher

J.Rfn P T Flaherty

Rfn T P Flint

Major T B Fowley

Sgt R F Fry

Rfn A Gavin

LCpl I R George

Rfn M E Gibson

Rfn E C Godfrey

Rfn D A Grainger

Rfn D Griffiths

Rfn M H Gray

Rfn M A Hamblin

LCpl W J Harris

Col P R Hayter MBE MC

Bdsm J Heritage

LCpl T W Hewitt

Rfn J C E Hill

Rfn R P Hill

Rfn D R Holland

Rfn D Hudaverdi

Rfn H M Hutton

Rfn F J Hunt

Rfn A D Jackson

Rfn C J Jackson

Brig T G H Jackson

Rfn L C Jamieson

Cpl E R P Jedruch

Rfn J R Joesbury

Rfn D Johnson

Rfn J P B keeney

Rfn A C Kelway

Rfn P J Keogh

Rfn J W King

Rfn J A Lagan

Rfn S D Lambourne

Officer Cadet D M H Litton

Cpl R A Livingstone

Cpl D Lepp

Rfn J I Mackenzie

Cpl M C Maddocks

Rfn N P Malakos

Wo1 C J Manning

Sgt A F Martin

Sgt P J Martin

Bdsm G J Measure

Brig A H S Mellor OBE

Rfn J Meredith

Rfn J Milward

Cpl I R Morrill

Rfn P Morris

Cpl M W Mosley

Rfn A Mulgrew

Rfn D A Mulley

Rfn D P McGarry

LCpl R I McGowan

Cpl J R McKnight

Rfn D R Mclaughlin

Cpl R P McMahon

Sjt R J Naylor

Rfn A J Newton

Capt (QM) W H Norbury

Rfn M F O`Sullivan

Cpl P M Patrick

Rfn D W Parfitt

Cpl M J Pearce

Cpl M Phillips

Cpl R Poole

Rfn K G Porter

Bdsm K J Powell

Major J R C Radclyffe

Rfn C J Radmore

Rfn A M Rapley

Rfn M P Reece

Rfn/Pte R B Roberts

Capt R F Rodgers

Sjt T J Ross

Rfn K J Rowland

Major H L Ruck-Keene

Rfn C Saunders

Rfn A E J Scarlet

Rfn J Scott

Rfn R A Sharpe

Rfn M V Sims

Rfn P J Simons

Col J S C Simmons

Rfn M R Sinclair

LCpl A Smith

Bdsm L K Smith

Rfn JS Smith

Rfn N W Smith

Sjt R A Smith

Rfn P B Smith

Cpl W J Smith

Rfn k J R Sutton

Lt Col M V W Tarleton

Rfn J W Taylor

Major T E F Taylor

Rfn W T Telfer

Wo2 K P Theobold

Rfn MR Thompson

Colonel P Treneer-Michell OBE

Sgt L S Ubhi

Rfn J Meredith

Cpl L D Wall

Rfn D Walker

Cpl E T Walpole

Rfn R M Walsh

CSgt S J Walton

Rfn C J Watson

Rfn R Watson

Rfn R MT Webster

Rfn C R Wild

Rfn C Williams

Rfn W H Williams

Rfn VC Windsor

LCpl G Winstone

Rfn M J Wood

J/Rfn R D Woodhouse

Rfn P W Virgo

Gunner Utterridge Attached to 3 RGJ 19th Oct 1984

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So what did the The Royal Green Jackets Leave at Peninsula Barracks ?

A Stone Badge at Peninsula Barracks, Winchester

With the Wrong Crown

The RGJ Stain Glass Window at the chapel at the ATR Winchester

The RGJ Badge bears the correct Crown but the wrong Bugle

in the centre of the RGJ Badge

The Ancestral Home of The Royal Green Jackets

The Royal Green Jackets Cap Badge

Green Jackets Brigade Cap Badge 

A Stone Badge outside Green Jackets Close

But is this crown correct? 

There are also no dots on The Royal Green Jackets Cap Badge as below

The Royal Green Jackets Built on History and Traditions, Destroyed by Greed.

THE ANCESTRAL HOME

OF

THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS

It has been brought to the attention of the Directors of Memorial At Peninsula Ltd that the Badge on the RGJ Memorial at The NMA is a Corporate / Commercial Badge and was never worn upon the beret, the Corporate Badge was sanctioned by

The Royal Green Jackets Regimental Association.

(Simple wording might have been better)

It has been written by one fellow Rifleman

“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

This website contains information pertaining to The illustrious History of The Royal Green Jackets and its antecedent Regiments and our successors. The Royal Green Jackets chronicle which has been available for purchase from the Regimental Museum is also relied on for some of the website information, an example of this would be the Bryson Report, a Day in History made by The Royal Green Jackets.

Should you the visitor wish to find a specific article then by typing on the website search bar and you will be directed to the relevant page, an example would be the aforementioned article typing in “The Bryson report,” and you will be directed to the article.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and that the information contained within it is of Historical value.

Although Raised by Thomas Fowke`s in 1741

The 1st Bn RGJ was never known as 1st Bn RGJ (Fowke`s)

        1741 (Raised)

54th Regiment of Foot

renumbered in circa 1748

as the

43rd Regiment of Foot

1755 (Raised)

54th Regiment of Foot

renumbered circa 1757

as the

52nd Regiment of Foot

1782

43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot

52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot

1803

43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)

 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)

1881

The Oxfordshire Light Infantry

1908

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

1958

Green Jackets Brigade

1 Green Jackets (43rd & 52nd)

1966

1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

In 1992 1st RGJ was disbanded and 2nd  RGJ and 3rd RGJ renumbered 1st RGJ and 2nd RGJ respectively

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Although Raised in 1755 62nd Regiment of Foot

The 2nd Bn RGJ was never known as 2nd Bn RGJ (62nd)

1755 (Raised)

62nd Regiment of Foot

1756  

renumbered as the

60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot

1824

60th (Duke of York`s Own Rifle Corps)

1830

60th (The King`s Royal Rifle Corps)

 1881

The King`s Royal Rifle Corps

1958

Green Jackets Brigade

2 Green Jackets (KRRC)

1966

2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

In 1992 1st RGJ was disbanded and 2nd RGJ and 3rd RGJ renumbered 1st RGJ and 2nd RGJ respectively

_____________________________

Although Raised in 1800 as Experimental Corps of Riflemen

The 3rd Bn RGJ was never known as 3rd Bn RGJ (Experimental Corps)

1800 (Raised)

Experimental

  Corps of Riflemen

1800

The Corps of Riflemen

1802

95th Regiment (Rifles)

1816

The Rifle Brigade

1862

The Prince Consorts Own

Rifle Brigade

1881

The Rifle Brigade

(The Prince Consorts Own) (RB)

1920

The Rifle Brigade

(Prince Consorts Own)

 1958

Green Jackets Brigade

3 Green Jackets (RB)

1966

3rd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

In 1992 1st RGJ was disbanded and 2nd RGJ and 3rd RGJ renumbered 1st RGJ and 2nd RGJ respectively

(The Royal Greens Jackets

then became 2 and 4 RIFLES in 2077)

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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

by

Trev Penn 2009

Armistice Centenary 

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

Rifle Brigade

ALL GAVE SOME – SOME GAVE ALL

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Green Jackets Brigade Cap Badge and The Royal Green Jackets Cap Badge.

It is noteworthy to remark that both of the above are unique to Memorial At Peninsula Ltd as they differ from from those supplied by The Ministry of Defence in United kingdom.

Both Badges that have been used and to which Memorial At Peninsula Ltd own the drawings / transfers and graphic designs are not supplied by The Ministry of Defence however The Ministry of Defence are aware of their usage and have documented consent this is due to the differences and no licence is required for their usage and that permission is granted although this is a courteous gesture as they do not hold the rights to the badges.

Should the need arise documentation to the above facts can be supplied.

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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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PeninsulaOur links to Peninsula barracks (1024) 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.

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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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The Royal Green Jackets built on History and Traditions, Destroyed by Greed

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