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P.D. GRIFFIN
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN BRITISH ARMY REGIMENTS

Lord Ferrers' March, the King's regimental slow march, combines the Liverpools' English Rose with an arrangement from the opera Merrie England and Farewell Manchester, which was based on Felton's Gavotte, a piece written for harpsichord in 1728. Lord Ferrers of Chartley was given command of the King's Regiment when it was first raised, in 1685.

The King's Are Coming Up the Hill, the regimental song of the King's Regiment, dates from 1958.

God Bless the Prince of Wales, the march of the South Lancashire Regiment, is played at the end of band programmes in the QLR mess in the tradition of the 1st East Lancashires, whose custom it was to have the march played on guest nights after 1871, when the Prince of Wales had suffered an illness.

The last survivors of the 1st Manchesters at Caesar's Camp during the siege of Ladysmith in 1900

The last survivors of the 1st Manchesters at Caesar's Camp during the siege of Ladysmith in 1900. (Trustees of the Kings Regiment Collection )

Somerset Poacher, a traditional English air used by the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment, and the 1st South Lancashires after 1881, is played on Waterloo Day when the battalion has formed a battle square.

Lancashire Witches was adopted by the 2nd South Lancashire Regiment. It became the regimental slow march in 1931.

Lancashire Lad, an old folk tune played in the 59th, was given its Lancashire title when the 59th became 2nd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment in 1881. The Lancashire Lad was the name given to the QLR's regimental journal.

Lincolnshire Poacher was adopted by the 81st Regiment in 1820, when it carried a Lincoln title.

Mountain Rose was adopted by the 47th Regiment and played long after 1885, when the march was officially superseded by The Red Rose. The regiment also marched to Quebec and The 47th.

Zakhmi Oil is an old Pa than tune collected by the 2nd Liverpools on the India/Afghanistan border, probably after the First World War. It was the custom for this 'Wounded Heart' to be played on guest nights in the mess in memory of days on the North-West Frontier.

Rawtenstall Annual Fair is a bawdy traditional county song and QLR march.

The Young May Moon, a traditional air and march of the Manchester Regiment, is played in quick and slow time.

The Border Regiment Slow March, adopted in 1950 but never published, unites the Chinese Airs, arranged by Maj Geary when the 1st and 2nd Battalions were at Shanghai in 1927, with The Horn of the Hunter and Soldier Will You Marry Me? When playing in the officers' mess the band of the Border Regiment would always render the regiment's Spanish and Chinese airs with Rule Britannia. The KORBR further honoured its marine history by including A Life on the Ocean Wave in its repertoire.

The Prince was written for the Prince of Wales's Volunteers at the time of the 1930 Tidworth Tattoo.

TRADITIONS

Regimental days vary in importance and observance, and are therefore listed by date order.

Kimberley Day (15 February), marked by the Loyals' Regimental Association in Preston every year, commemorates the battle honour 'Defence of Kimberley', which took place in 1899. The townspeople expressed their gratitude with great silver centrepieces for both the officers' and the sergeants' messes.

Ladysmith Day (27 February) celebrates the relief of the long siege in 1900.

In Warrington the South Lancashire Regiment Association relive their 1st Battalion's sweep of the Boer trenches at the bayonet, and in the King's a sergeants' mess ball celebrates the end of the trials of the Manchester and Liverpool battalions that were caught up in the siege. Ladysmith is the principal day of the King's, as it was the Manchesters.

Italy Day (16 March) remembers the 2nd Liverpools and 9th Manchesters in the Italian campaign of 1944.

Francilly-Selency Day (2 April) commemorates the 2nd Manchesters' capture of a battery of German 77mm guns in 1917.

Ahmed Khel Day (19 April) is the 2nd East Lancashires' commemoration of its fierce battle of 1880 in the Second Afghan War.

St George's Day (23 April), celebrated in the KORBR by the wearing of a red rose in the cap, was first observed by the King's Own in 1908 to mark its connection with Lancaster.

Burma Day (15 May) remembers the Chindits of the Liverpool and the Manchester regiments in their hot battles with the Japanese around the Kohima Ridge in 1944.

Guadaloupe Day (10 June), the Manchesters' celebration of the capture of the island in 1759, was perpetuated with a corporals' mess dinner in the King's Regiment.

Hooge Day (16 June) was kept by the 4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment to commemorate the battle of 1915.

Waterloo Day (18 June) is observed in the way of the South Lancashire Regiment, now to honour the services of the 30th and 40th Regiments in the great victory of 1815. A wreath of laurel leaves is fixed to the top of the colours and the companies on parade are ordered to form a hollow square, as their forebears did on the field of battle to repel Napoleon's cavalry charges. The junior subaltern then reads out the Waterloo Citation, after which laurel leaves are given out for the cap.

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