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  • 1537 The Overseers of the Fraternity or Guild of St George received a Royal Charter from Henry VIII on 25 August, when Letters Patent were received authorising them to establish a perpetual corporation for the defence of the realm to be known as the Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows, Crossbows and Handgonnes. This body was known by a variety of names since, but today is called the Honourable Artillery Company, and is the oldest regiment in continuous service in the British Army.


  • 1633 – The Royal Regiment of Foot (later the Royal Scots) is placed on the Scottish Establishment, later becoming the oldest infantry regiment in continuous service in the British Army.
  • 1650 – George Monck's Regiment is formed (later the Coldstream Guards).
  • 1656 – Lord Wentworth's Regiment is formed (later the Grenadier Guards).
  • 26 January 1661 – King Charles II issues warrant, becoming the acknowledged beginning of the British Army. This concerned an assemblage of English regiments and Scottish regiments brought south with Charles II. The British Army would not exist, however, for another 46 years, as Scotland and England remained two independent states, each with its own Army.
  • 1661 – The Scots Regiment of Foot Guards is formed (later the Scots Guards).
  • 1 October 1661 – The Tangier Regiment is formed (later The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), and became the most senior English infantry regiment in the British Army.
  • 1684 – The English withdraw from the Colony of Tangier.
  • 1688 – The War of the Grand Alliance begins.




Second Boer War[edit]

  • 1899
    • 11 October – War is declared.
    • 20 October – The first major battle of the war takes place at Talana Hill.
    • December – "Black Week", in which the Army suffered a series of defeats, takes place.
  • 1900
  • 1902

First World War[edit]