List of nicknames of British Army regiments

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This is a list of nicknames of regiments of the British Army. Many nicknames were used by successor regiments (following renaming or amalgamation).



  • Agile and Bolton Wanderers - Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders[2]
  • Ally Sloper's Cavalry – Army Service Corps (humorous back-acronym; Ally Sloper was a popular pre-WWI cartoon character drawn by W.F. Thomas in a weekly comic strip; in contemporary slang an 'Alley Sloper' was a rent-dodger, who 'sloped off down the alley' when the rent-collector called)[3]
  • The Angle-irons - Royal Anglian Regiment[4](humorous malapropism)
  • The Armoured Farmers - 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (raised in the West Country[5])
  • The Albert Lesters - Prince Albert's Own Leicestershire Yeomanry, also known as "God's Own" in the 3rd Cavalry Division during the Great War (reference to the lack of KIA until 13 May 1915 - having landed in France since early November 1914).



















6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers [3]
- 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot later 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment[1]
The Northamptonshire Regiment[1]








See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Beevor, p.335
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Hinckley.
  4. ^ Beevor, p.337
  5. ^ Beevor, p.354
  6. ^ a b Beevor, p.339
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Caffrey, pp. 36–8.
  8. ^ Chant, p 13
  9. ^ "History of the Royal Dragoon Guards". The Royal Dragoon Guards Museum and Regimental Association. Retrieved 2000-05-06. 
  10. ^ "The Green Jacket contribution to the wider army". Royal Green Jackets Regimental Association. Retrieved 200-05-06. 
  11. ^ a b Brewer's
  12. ^ Chant, p 121
  13. ^ Barnes, Britain and the Empire, p. 88.
  14. ^ Beevor, p.336
  15. ^ Lieut.-Col. F.E. Whitton, History of the 40th Division, Aldershot; Gale & Polden, 1926/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2004, ISBN 9781843428701, p. 19.
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b Richter.
  18. ^ a b c d Chant, p 116
  19. ^ Chant, p 43
  20. ^ McElwee, William (1974). The Art of War: Waterloo to Mons. London: Purnell. p. 76. ISBN 0-253-31075-X. 
  21. ^ Barnes, Scottish, p. 292.
  22. ^ "". Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  23. ^ Chant, p 45
  24. ^ "The Light Dragoons". Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  25. ^ Barnes, Britain and the Empire, p. 26.
  26. ^ Chant, p 20
  27. ^ "Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum Site". Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  28. ^ Chant, p 44
  29. ^ "Royal Gurkha Rifles". Army Mod UK. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  30. ^ Beevor, p.334
  31. ^ Rudyard Kipling, The Irish Guards in the Great War: The First Battalion, London, 1923/Staplehurst: Spellmount, 1997, ISBN 1-873376-72-3.
  32. ^ The Long, Long Trail
  33. ^ a b c d e f Middlebrook
  34. ^ a b Chant, p56
  35. ^ a b Chant, p 29
  36. ^
  37. ^ The Long, Long Trail
  38. ^ a b Leslie/
  39. ^ Chant, p 47
  40. ^ a b "The Parachute Regiment". Army Mod UK. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  41. ^ Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That, London: Cassell 1957/Penguin 1960.
  42. ^ Barnes, Scottish, p. 223.
  43. ^ a b "Royal Anglian Regiment". The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  44. ^ Chant, p 59
  45. ^ [!!/delta/base64xml/L0lJSk03dWlDU1lBIS9JTGpBQU15QUJFUkVSRUlrLzRGR2dkWW5LSjBGUm9YZnJDRUEhLzdfTV8zN0wvMTI2?WCM_PORTLET=PC_7 _M_37L_WCM&WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT= "The story of Oxfordshire Yeomanry - Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars - The QOOH in action"]. Oxfordshire County Council Museum Service. Retrieved 2008-05-30. [dead link]
  46. ^ Chant, p 54
  47. ^ C. Digby Planck, History of the Shiny Seventh, London:Old Comrades' Association 1946/Uckfield: Naval and Military Press, ISBN 1 84342 366 9.
  48. ^ Chant, p 40
  49. ^ Chant, p 37
  50. ^ Chant, p 51


  • Maj R. Money Barnes, Military Uniforms of Britain and the Empire, London: Seeley Service, 1960/Sphere 1972.
  • Maj R. Money Barnes, The Uniforms and History of the Scottish Regiments, London: Seeley Service, 1956/Sphere 1972.
  • Rev E. Cobham Brewer, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1870 (and many subsequent editions).
  • Beevor, Antony (1991). Inside the British Army. Corgi Books. ISBN 0-552-13818-5. 
  • Kate Caffrey, Farewell Leicester Square: The Old Contemptibles, 12 August–20 November 1914, London: Andre Deutsch, 1980.
  • Chant, Christopher (1988). The Handbook of British Regiments. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-00241-9. 
  • Field-Marshal His Majesty the King (George V of the United Kingdom) (1916). Regimental Nicknames and Traditions of the British Army. Gale & Polden Ltd. London. 
  • Paul Hinckley, Battlefield Colloquialisms of the Great War (WW1),
  • N.B. Leslie, The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies 1695–1914, London: Leo Cooper, 1970.
  • Martin Middlebrook, The First Day on the Somme, London: Allen Lane 1971/Fontana 1975.
  • Donald Richter, Chemical Soldiers: British Gas Warfare in World War I, Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 1992, ISBN 0 7006 0544 4.