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PENINSULA BARRACKS WINCHESTER 

THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE ROYAL GREEN JACKETS 

It has been written by a fellow Rifleman 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

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 – 2007

1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

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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 – 2007   

2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

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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 – 2007

3rd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets

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 What was 2018?

In Military terms it was the 100th anniversary of the first World War.
It was a time when accusations flew around on social media and other places, all unfounded.
It was a time of fall outs and a time of makeups, people jumping on bandwagons who should know better.

It was a time of great achievement we are still going.

It was a time when we recognised family and unity, when we helped some, who had reached out for help, we stood together as one, so all the aforementioned other than the Military anniversary, standing together in time of need, was put on the back burner.

In terms of Memorial At Peninsula Ltd we are still going, working on many projects up and down the Country, some which will become more apparent next year.

We have many visitors on our website which is growing daily due to the hard work from my colleague Steve Barrett.

For some 2018, has been the worst year with losses that no price can be put on, the loss of loved ones.
Others have lost their homes and jobs and have failing health.

To those that are grieving we send our condolences and hope that you all have a peaceful season, remember we are all unique in that we all belong to a unique club a Family of Green and we are all here.

To those that have lost homes etc, we as a family will shelter each other we are after all one family!
For those with failing health remember no man or woman is an island when you feel in need reach out we are here.

For all of you,

I on behalf of the Directors of Memorial At Peninsula Ltd, wish you a blessed and Happy Christmas and a great 2019.

By Julie Ann Rosser

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

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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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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