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Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Last updated: 1 July 2014

Other ranks’ cap badge, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1940Other ranks’ cap badge, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1940
NAM. 1994-06-22

Introduction

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment originated as Sir Walter Vane's Regiment of Foot, part of the British troops used by the Dutch Republic in its war against France in the 1670s. That regiment was brought over to Britain by William of Orange in his 1688 invasion and gained the nickname ‘The Dutch Guards’.

When line infantry regiments were ordered and numbered by seniority in 1743, this regiment became the 6th Regiment of Foot. Legend has it that the famous woman soldier, Hannah Snell, enlisted as 'James Grey' in the 6th Foot in 1745 and took part in the Jacobite rebellion.

In 1778, at the height of the American Revolutionary War, the 6th arrived in Warwickshire to recruit and four years later became the 6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot. In 1832 King William IV granted it the title ‘Royal’.

The regimental depot was established at Warwick in 1873 and following the 1880-81 Childers Reforms, the regimental title became The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

The 6th (1st Royal Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot on exercise while stationed at Portsmouth, 1843The 6th (1st Royal Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot on exercise while stationed at Portsmouth, 1843
NAM. 2008-08-17

The regiment’s officers during the First World War included Bernard Montgomery, later the victor of El Alamein and instigator of Operation Market Garden. He won the Distinguished Service Order and was badly wounded on the Western Front.

William Slim, victorious commander of the 14th Army in Burma during the Second World War, also served with the regiment at Gallipoli, where he was wounded, and in Mesopotamia, where he gained a Military Cross. During 1939-45, 11 battalions of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment served in Europe, the Middle East and Far East.

In 1963 the regiment became The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers. Five years later it was absorbed into the four-battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Key facts

Motto:

  • 'Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense'
    (meaning 'Shame On Him Who Thinks Evil Of It')

Nicknames:

  • Dutch Guards (from their Dutch service)
  • Guise’s Geese (after General John Guise)
  • Warwickshire Lads
  • Saucy Sixth

Titles to date:

  • Sir Walter Vane's Regiment of Foot
  • 6th Regiment of Foot
  • 6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot
  • 6th (The Royal 1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot
  • The Royal Warwickshire Regiment
  • The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers
  • 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  • The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
  The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
1968-present
 
                                                   
                 
The Lancashire Fusiliers
1688-1968
  The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
1674-1968
  The Royal Warwickshire Regiment
1674-1968
  The Royal Fusiliers
(City of London Regiment)

1685-1968
 

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