Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry

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Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
Active 5 October 1959 – 1968
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg Army
Type Line Infantry
Role Light Infantry
Garrison/HQ Victoria Barracks, Bodmin

The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI) was an infantry regiment of the British Army.

History[edit]

The regiment was formed in 1959 by the merger of two regiments: The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) and The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Immediately before amalgamation the 1st Battalions of these regiments were stationed at Warminster and Osnabrück respectively.

The 1st Battalion The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry served at Osnabrück until June 1961, when it moved to Gibraltar. Gibraltar Day is now celebrated annually on 6 October as the Regimental Day of Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry.

The regiment brought colours and insignia from its parent regiments: the Royal Blue Facings and Royal Bugle Cords of the Somerset Light Infantry, the red patch commemorating the red feathers of the Light Company of the 46th Foot (later the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) and the privilege of wearing the sash knotted on the right side, a unique distinction usually associated with the gallantry of the 13th Foot at Culloden. The green head-dress, whistle cord and No 1 Dress Uniform are common to all Light Infantry Regiments. The parent Regiments were raised: in 1685 as Huntingdon's Foot, in 1702, as Fox's Marines, and in 1740 as the 57th (later renumbered 46th) (1st and 2nd Battalions The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry).[1]

In 1968 it was amalgamated with the three other regiments of the Light Infantry Brigade to form The Light Infantry.[2]

Battle honours[edit]

The Queens Colour
  • Mons - Marne, 1914, 18 - Aisne, 1914 - Ypres, 1915, 17, 18 - Somme, 1916, 18 - Albert, 1916, 18 - Arras, 1917, 18 - Passchendale - Cambrai, 1917, 18 - Hindenburg Line - Sambre - Doiran, 1917, 18 - Gaza - Palestine, 1917 - 18 - Tigris, 1916.
  • Hill 112 - Mont Pincon - Nederrijn - Geilenkirchen - Rhineland - Rhine - North West Europe, 1940, 44-45 Gazala - Medjez Plain - Cassino II - Incontro - Cosina Canal Crossing - Italy, 1944-45 - North Arakan - Ngakyedauk Pass
The Regimental Colour
  • A Bugle Horn stringed ensigned with a Mural Crown all in Silver. The Sphinx superscribed "Egypt". A Mural Crown superscribed "Jellalabad" Gibraltar, 1704-5 - Dettingen - St. Lucia,1778 - Dominica - Rolica - Vimiera - Corunna - Martinique, 1809 - Salamanca - Pyrenees - Nivelle - Nive Orthes - Peninsula - Waterloo - Ava - Ghuznee, 1839 - Afghanistan, 1839 - Cabool, 1842 - Mooltan - Goojerat - Punjab - Sevastopol - Lucknow - South Africa - 1878-9 - Tel-el-Kebir - Egypt, 1882 - Nile, 1884-85 - Burma, 1885-87 - Paardeberg - Relief of Ladysmith - South Africa 1899-1902 - Afghanistan, 1919.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry". Forces Genealogy. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry". Somerset Military Museum. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 

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