James Yorke Scarlett

James ScarlettSir James Yorke ScarlettGeneral James Scarlett
Sir James Yorke Scarlett (1 February 1799 – 6 December 1871) was a British soldier and hero of the Crimean War who led the Charge of the Heavy Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854. The second son of the 1st Baron Abinger, he was born in London and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, In 1835, he married Charlotte Anne Hargreaves, a coal heiress from Burnley, the town becoming his adopted home. Scarlett had entered the army in 1818, as a cornet in the 18th Hussars and in 1830 became a major in the 5th Dragoon Guards. In 1840, Scarlett was appointed to command his regiment, the 5th Dragoon Guards, a post he held for nearly fourteen years.

Bonar Law

Andrew Bonar LawLaw The Right Honourable '''Bonar Law
Law was not directly involved in the British Covenant campaign as he was focusing on a practical way to defeat the Home Rule Bill. His first attempt was via the Army (Annual) Act, something that "violated a basic and ancient principle of the constitution". Every year since the Glorious Revolution, the Act had fixed the maximum number of soldiers in the British Army; rejecting it would technically make the British Army an illegal institution. Lord Selborne had written to Law in 1912 to point out that vetoing or significantly amending the Act in the House of Lords would force the government to resign, and such a course of action was also suggested by others in 1913–14.

2nd Cavalry Division (United Kingdom)

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List of British divisions in WWI. British Army during World War I. British Cavalry Corps order of battle 1914. British cavalry during the First World War.

List of British Army regiments

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The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys). The Royal Dragoon Guards. The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish). The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth's Own). The King's Royal Hussars. The Light Dragoons. The Royal Yeomanry. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry. The Queen's Own Yeomanry. The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry. Grenadier Guards - 1 + 0 battalion. Coldstream Guards - 1 + 0 battalion. Scots Guards - 1 + 0 battalion. Irish Guards - 1 + 0 battalion. Welsh Guards - 1 + 0 battalion. London Regiment - 0 + 1 battalion. The Royal Regiment of Scotland - 4 + 2 battalions. The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) - 2 + 2 battalions.


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Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment - The Duke of York. Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps - The Queen. Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - The Duke of Edinburgh. Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps - The Princess Royal. Royal New Zealand Army Educational Corps - The Duchess of Gloucester. The Life Guards - The Queen. The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) - The Queen. 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - The Prince of Wales. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) - The Queen. The Royal Dragoon Guards - The Prince of Wales. The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) - The Duke of Edinburgh.

Uniforms of the British Army

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British Armed Forces uniforms. Combat uniform. DPM Parachute Smock. Military uniform. Modern equipment of the British Army. Smock Windproof DPM.

Edward VII

King Edward VIIPrince of WalesAlbert Edward
As the eldest son of the British sovereign, he was automatically Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay at birth. As a son of Prince Albert, he also held the titles of Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Saxony. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester on 8 December 1841, Earl of Dublin on 10 September 1849 or 17 January 1850, a Knight of the Garter on 9 November 1858, and a Knight of the Thistle on 24 May 1867. In 1863, he renounced his succession rights to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in favour of his younger brother, Prince Alfred.

Patrick Ferguson

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In 1780, the British Army sent General Lord Cornwallis to invade South Carolina and North Carolina. His mission was to defeat all American forces in the Carolinas and keep the two colonies within the British Empire. A key part of Cornwallis's plan was to recruit soldiers from local Loyalists. To achieve this goal, General Clinton appointed Major Ferguson as Inspector of Militia in South Carolina. Ferguson's mission was to recruit Loyalist militia in the Carolinas and Georgia and to intimidate any colonists who favoured American independence. Major Patrick Ferguson was appointed Inspector of Militia on 22 May 1780.

Geoffrey Keyes (VC)

Geoffrey KeyesGeoffrey Keyes VC
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the VICTORIA CROSS to the undermentioned officer: — Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) Geoffrey Charles Tasker Keyes, M.C. (71081), The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), Royal Armoured Corps (Buckingham). Lieutenant-Colonel Keyes commanded a detachment of a force which landed some 250 miles behind the enemy lines to attack Headquarters, Base Installations and Communications.

Intelligence Corps (United Kingdom)

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The Intelligence Corps (Int Corps) is a corps of the British Army. It is responsible for gathering, analysing and disseminating military intelligence and also for counter-intelligence and security. The Director of the Intelligence Corps is a brigadier. In the 19th century, British intelligence work was undertaken by the Intelligence Department of the War Office. An important figure was Sir Charles Wilson, a Royal Engineer who successfully pushed for reform of the War Office's treatment of topographical work.

George Calvert Clarke

He was appointed Regimental Colonel of the 6th Dragoon Guards (The Carabiniers) on 4 October 1880, but changed back to his old regiment as Regimental Colonel of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) in 1891. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1873. Clarke died at Church-house, Uckfield, on 9 February 1900.

List of Knights and Ladies of the Thistle

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The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle was founded in 1687. Dates shown are for election or installation. Probably incomplete. {| border=1 style="border-collapse: collapse;" !Name!!Image!!Life!!Date!!

167th (1st London) Brigade

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Throughout the fighting the brigade, supported by A Squadron of the Royal Scots Greys, had suffered heavy casualties (roughly 360 per battalion) and, after being relieved by other units, secured the Salerno beachhead and later advanced up the spine of Italy, crossing the Volturno Line and later fought at Monte Camino and crossed the Garigliano river in January 1944. With the rest of the Allied Armies in Italy (AAI), however, the brigade, by now very tired and below strength, was held up by the formidable German defences known as the Gustav Line (also the Winter Line).

James Campbell (British Army officer, died 1745)

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They had two children: He was commissioned a Captain in the 21st Regiment of Foot in 1702, then was Lieutenant-Colonel in the 2nd Dragoons (later Royal Scots Greys) in 1706. He served under Marlborough in the War of the Spanish Succession and fought in the Battle of Blenheim. After the war, he was Colonel of the 9th Regiment of Foot 1715-17, and of the 2nd Dragoons (later Royal Scots Greys) from 1717 until his death. In the meantime he was promoted Brigadier-General in 1735, Major-General in 1739, and Lieutenant-General in 1742. Campbell was Member of Parliament for Ayrshire from 1727 until defeated at the General Election of 1741.

Black Rod

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The Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod – Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. The Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod – Most Honourable Order of the Bath. The Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod – Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. The Gentleman Usher of the Purple Rod – Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The British Parliament's information about the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. The Canadian Parliament's information about Black Rod. The Australian Parliamentary Education Office's information about the Usher of the Black Rod.

Duncan Carter-Campbell of Possil

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As a Staff Officer, he was then posted to the British Middle East Land Forces to support operations in Palestine/Transjordan between 1945-1947. At the end of the second world war he served with the British Army of the Rhine from 1947 to 1948 under occupied Germany. In 1952 he went on to command the Cameronians 1st Battalion and, for services in Malaysia, was Mentioned in Despatches on 21 October 1952. He also served in Bahrain and Trucial Oman. In 1958 he became Secretary to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Scottish command and Governor of Edinburgh Castle; Lieutenant-General Sir George Collingwood. He was the Director Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo before retiring in 1962.

Monarchy of the United Kingdom

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The mottoes are "In Defens" (an abbreviated form of the Scots "In My Defens God Me Defend") and the motto of the Order of the Thistle; "Nemo me impune lacessit". (Latin: "No-one provokes me with impunity"); the supporters are the unicorn and lion, who support both the escutcheon and lances, from which fly the flags of Scotland and England. The monarch's official flag in the United Kingdom is the Royal Standard, which depicts the Royal Arms in banner form. It is flown only from buildings, vessels and vehicles in which the sovereign is present.

Foot guards

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The ascending number of buttons also indicates the order in which the regiments were formed, although the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, an ancestor of the Grenadier Guards, is younger than the regiment that now takes the name of the Coldstream Guards; the oldest continuously serving regiment in the regular British Army (there are older regiments in the Army Reserve). There are various other distinguishing features of the uniforms of the regiments, such as the colour of the plume, which side it is worn on the bearskin, the collar badge and the shoulder badge.

John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair

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He was also appointed a Knight of the Thistle that year. He was sent to Flanders to join the military campaign there in April 1712 and became colonel of the Black Dragoons on 9 April 1714. When King George I ascended to the throne in August 1714, Dalrymple was sent as an envoy to the Court of France at Versailles. He was temporarily recalled on 20 November 1714 to take up the appointment of Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Scotland. According to the Duc de Saint-Simon, Stair quickly established friendly relations with Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Regent to the young King Louis XV, paving the way for the Triple Alliance.

Ranulph Fiennes

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Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists. Fiennes was born in Windsor, Berkshire on 7 March 1944, nearly four months after the death of his father, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes. Whilst commanding the Royal Scots Greys in Italy Fiennes' father trod on a German anti-personnel S-mine and died of his wounds eleven days later in Naples on 24 November 1943. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Fiennes' mother was Audrey Joan (died 2004), younger daughter of Sir Percy Newson, Bt.

Prince Arthur of Connaught

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British War Medal (1919). Victory Medal (1919). Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal (1897). King Edward VII Coronation Medal (1902). King George V Coronation Medal (1910). King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935). King George VI Coronation Medal (1937). Colonel-in-Chief: The Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons), 8 November 1921. Colonel-in-Chief: Royal Army Pay Corps, 11 May 1937.

Ralph Abercromby

Sir Ralph AbercrombyAbercrombyGeneral Sir Ralph Abercromby
In 1801, he was sent with an army to recover Egypt from France. His experience in the Netherlands and the West Indies particularly fitted him for this new command, as was proved when he carried his army in health, in spirits, and with the requisite supplies to the destined scene of action despite great difficulties. The debarkation of the troops at Abukir, in the face of strenuous opposition, is justly ranked among the most daring and brilliant exploits of the British army. In 1800 he commanded the expedition to the Mediterranean, and after some brilliant operations defeated the French in the Battle of Alexandria, March 21, 1801.

Andrew Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin

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In 1982 HM The Queen installed him as a Knight of the Thistle. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1981, and the Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1994. He is a former Captain of the Royal Company of Archers and a former convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. He was County Cadet Commandant for Fife from 1952 to 1965, Brigade President of the Boys' Brigade from 1966 to 1985, and Grand Master Mason of Scotland from 1961 to 1965. He is a Freeman of Bridgetown, Regina, Saskatchewan, Port Elgin, Winnipeg, Manitoba, St. Thomas, Ontario, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie

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He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 1985. Two years after that he became Chairman of General Accident Fire and Life Assurance plc. He followed in the footsteps of his late father, who served as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. He remained in the post until 1997. Lord Airlie has also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland, and as the Captain General of The Royal Company of Archers and Gold Stick for Scotland. He was also the founding Chancellor of the University of Abertay, Dundee (1994–2009). In 1998, he was asked by the Labour government to stay on as a Lord in Waiting for life.