Jan 092014

Order of the Bath

The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a Britsh order of chivalry founded by  George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate mediaeval ceremony for creating a  Knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as “Knights of the Bath”. George I “erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order”. He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.

The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently  The Prince of Wales), and three Classes of members:

Knight Grand Cross  (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB)

Knight Commander  (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB)

Companion (CB)

Members belong to either the Civil or the Military Division. Prior to 1815, the order had only a single class, Knight Companion (KB), which no longer exists. Recipients of the Order are now usually senior military officers or senior civil servents. Commonwealth citizens not subjects of the Queen and foreigners may be made Honorary Members.

The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry, after The Most Noble Order of the Garter,  The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, and The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick ( dormant). The last of the aforementioned Orders, which relates to Ireland, still exists but has been in disuse since the formation, in December 1922, of the Irish Free State.

Regimental Orders of the Bath

Gen Sir John Mogg – GCB

Gen Sir Roland Gibbs -GCB

Lt Gen Sir David House – GCB

Gen Sir Edwin Bramall – GCB

Gen Sir Roland Guy – GCB

Gen Sir Richard Worsley – GCB


Lt Gen Sir John Mogg – KCB

Lt Gen Sir Antony Read – KCB

Lt Gen Sir Roland Gibbs – KCB

Lt Gen Sir Edwin Bramall – KCB

Maj Gen DG House – KCB

Lt Gen RE Worsley – KCB

Lt Gen P Hudson – KCB

Maj Gen FE Kitson – KCB

Lt Gen JM Glover  – KCB

Lt Gen RK Guy – KCB

Lt Gen JDF Mostyn – KCB

Maj Gen RA Pascoe – KCB

Maj Gen DJ Ramsbotham – KCB

Maj Gen CEW Jones – KCB

Maj Gen GD Johnson – KCB

Maj Gen JP Foley – KCB


Maj Gen DL Darling – CB

Maj Gen HDG Butler – CB

Maj Gen GH Mills – CB

Maj Gen DB Alexander-Sinclair – CB

Maj Gen JP Foley – CB

Maj Gen CGC Vyvyan – CB

Maj Gen ARD Pringle – CB

Lt Gen AMD Palmer – CB

Lt Gen RV Brims – CB-CBE-DSO Late LI

Maj Gen NJ Cottam -CB-OBE Late RGJ

Sourced from Wikipedia and RGJRA  http://www.rgjassociation.info/

original source from www.thegazette.co.uk