Ubique (poem)

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Plaque unveiled October 20, 1971 in King Street (Dundas, Hamilton, Ontario)

Ubique is a poem by Rudyard Kipling about the Boer War, published in The Five Nations in 1903.[1] Ubique ('everywhere' in Latin) is the motto of the Royal Artillery[2] and the Royal Engineers.[3]

'Ubique' and 'Quo fas et gloria ducunt' are the mottoes of the Royal Engineers and the Royal Artillery. It was given to them by King William IV in 1832. The Corps does not have 'battle honours', like many other regiments in the British Army, instead they have 'Ubique' signifying their involvement in every battle ever fought since their formation by William the Conqueror over 900 years ago. Originally the two Corps were one and the same, hence the same mottos, they were divided in 1716.[4] Unlike the Royal Artillery which is as old as the Engineers (and shares history with), The Royal Air Force and Royal Corps of Signals were once part of the Royal Engineers, not becoming separate entities until 1912 and 1920 respectively.


  1. ^ The Five Nations, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  2. ^ "The Verse of Rudyard Kipling, Major General's Page". Zeitcom.com. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  3. ^ Royal Engineers
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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