Welcome to the official website of the Coldstream Guards. The Coldstream Guards was founded in 1650 as Monck’s Regiment of Foot and was part of Cromwell’s New Model Army. It became known as the Coldstream Guards in 1670, on the death of General Monck, its first Colonel. It is the oldest regiment in continuous existence in today’s modern British Army. Its motto is “Second to None” or “Nulli Secundus”.
The Regiment consists of a Regimental Headquarters, the 1st Battalion (a war-fighting light role infantry battalion), Number 7 Company (a ceremonial company), the Regimental Band (a world famous marching band), and the Regimental Association (the veterans organisation). The Coldstream Guards has been at the forefront of recent British military operations serving in both Iraq (2005) and in Afghanistan (2007, 2009-10 and 2014).
INFORMATION BULLETIN – 1/2015
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THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS REGIMENTAL DAY
9TH MAY 2015
I met with the Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major yesterday to receive an update on the 1st Battalion’s commitments. On top of an already extremely busy programme they have just been nominated for an additional four week training exercise in Romania which requires them to deploy over Black Weekend. This means that the manpower, equipment and resources needed to lay on the planned Coldstream Day on Saturday 9th May will not be available. Reluctantly the Colonel of the Regiment and I have agreed that we have no alternative but to cancel Coldstream Day for this year. We fully recognise that this decision will cause upset within the Branches but we really have no option; I’m sure that you will agree that Coldstream Day without the Battalion would not be the same. The good news is that the golf and P&P planned on the 8th May and Black Sunday will be supported and I believe the Regimental Sergeant Major is kindly going to offer transport (at a small cost) to the Army and Navy rugby match for those attending the P&P. On a personal note it saddens me that I have had to make this decision for what will be my last weekend in uniform. I very much hope to see many of you on Black Sunday and at York Races later in the year.
Regimental Lieutenant Colonel
END OF AFGHANISTAN OPERATIONAL COMMITMENT
The Prime Minister has announced that a service of commemoration will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on 13 March 2015, to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, and to honour the contribution of all those in the UK who supported the campaign effort between 2001 to 2014. A parade made up of serving personnel and veterans who fought in Afghanistan will be undertaken after the service, followed by a reception at Guildhall for serving personnel and a concurrent reception for veterans to be hosted in the vicinity of Wellington Barracks; a VVIP will attend the latter event at Wellington Barracks, and meet veterans. The Army contingent will consist of 200 Afghanistan veterans and applications to be part of the parade are to be submitted to the Royal British Legion on the appropriate form. Places will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. If you would like to be considered please download the two attachments (Attachment A) (Attachment B) (which give more useful information) and e-mail your application to: [email protected]
The Coldstream Guards Association
Information Bulletin - 3/2014
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17 - 20 September 2014
“The Coldstream Guards charity bike ride to Bennecourt in France 17-21 September has now been successfully completed. The weather was perfect throughout the ride. Ninety-five riders, including 38 recently returned from the 1st Bn tour in Afghanistan, two members of the Band, 10 from Number 7 Company and 45 veterans, family and supporters. The Band came on the trip and provided outstanding musical support and colour on all the stopovers and were much appreciated by the general public in France and England. Many thanks to all out sponsors and donors, including P&O (free channel crossing), Sainsbury’s (50 crates of fruit) and to Brompton bikes (2 free bikes). Many thanks to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who gave up his busy time to set us off from the Guards Memorial on Horse Guards. There will be a more extensive report on the ride as soon as the Regimental Adjutant has recovered from his broken collar bone, but in the meantime, please keep the fund-raising going if you as a rider have yet to reach your fund-raising target. The total so far after expenses have been paid is £300,000, which will be set aside for Coldstreamers and their families in need in the future”.
PENINSULAR WAR 200
The Peninsular War finally came to an end on 14 April 1814, following the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris at the end of March. A party of Coldstreamers took part in a very moving commemoration in Bayonne exactly 200 years later. Led by the Regimental Adjutant, Simon Vandeleur, and accompanied by his wife Anita, the party included Andrew Napier, Simon Forster and Tony Maxse. Arthur Gooch and Evelyn-Webb Carter also joined the party which made for a fairly senior group. There are two small cemeteries just to the north of Bayonne and not far from the site of the final battle of the Peninsular campaign, known as the “Bayonne sortie”. The Coldstream cemetery was erected in the 1830s by the British Consul in Bordeaux and maintained by the Anglican Church in France, amongst others. In 1992 the sites were bought by the local Council, who now maintain them from time to time. We visited the larger of the two, which had been spruced up for the ceremonies. A Band played, wreaths were laid, speeches were made and it was all very “entente cordiale”, unlike events 200 years earlier when the French Garrison Commander had attacked the British positions, especially the 2nd Guards Brigade, during a night attack, causing much unnecessary loss of life, given that the war had ended. Six Coldstream officers were killed and their graves are in the cemetery. It is the oldest known British Military cemetery in existence. After the ceremonies we were invited to the Marie by Monsieur Le Mayor, where we enjoyed the hospitality of the Council and the citizens of the Town.
WW1 PHOTO EXHIBITION FOR DISPLAY IN RHQ, 1ST BN AND 7 COY
CALL FOR HELP - Do you have a relation or ancestor who served in the Coldstream during WW1? If so you may have family photos, albums or letters home, which may be of interest to a wider audience. If you can help please email Ray Watson, [email protected]
http://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/regiments/23988.aspx - The Coldstream Guards MOD Website
http://www.theguardsmuseum.com/ - The Guards Museum
http://www.guardschapelfriends.co.uk/ - The Guards Chapel
http://www.army.mod.uk/music/23949.aspx - The Coldstream Guards Band