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Regimental History
Irish
Guards
B Company 1 (NI) Bn ACF
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The Regiment
Consists of
Regimental Headquarters
Includes The Regimental Association
The Regimental Band
The 1st Battalion Irish Guards
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The Regiment Consists of:
Regimental Headquarters
Including The Regimental Association
The Regimental Band
1st Battalion Irish Guards
All Irish Guardsmen serving in all establishments
All Irish Guard (Mini Mick) Cadet Detachments
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The Cap Star
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Eight pointed star of the Most
Illustrious Order of St Patrick
In the centre, is a “Shamrock” with an
“Imperial Crown” on each leaf
Behind the Shamrock is the “Cross of St
Patrick”
Roman Numerals MDCCLXXXIII –
1783, The year Order of St Patrick was
formed
The Regimental Motto “Quis
Separabit” at the top of the Shamrock
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Regimental Motto
“Quis Separabit”
From the Motto of the Order of St Patrick
Who Shall Separate Us
These words occur in the Regimental
Collect
Are taken from the Bible (Romans Chapter
VIII, Verses 35 - 39
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Regimental Quick March
“St Patricks Day”
Played by Irish Pipers at the Battle of Fonten in
1745
Regimental Slow March
“Let Erin Remember”
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Regimental Traditions & Affiliations
St Patricks Day is the traditional regimental celebration
Fresh Shamrock is presented to the regiment no matter where
they are, usually by a member of the Royal Family
First preformed in 1901 by HM Queen Alexander, then HM
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and now by the Her Royal
Highness the Duchess of Cambridge
Affiliated to:
4th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment
HMS Portland
Montserrat Defence Force
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ACF
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Head Dress and Buttons
Bearskin: Plume of St Patricks
Blue on the right side
The buttons bear a Harp of
Ireland with a crown on top
In rows of Fours on the front
and cuffs and back of the
ceremonial tunic
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ACF
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Head Dress
Forage Cap: has a green band,
the peak can be changed to suit the
rank you have attained
e.g. 2 bands for a L/Sgt, 3 for a
Sgt/C/Sgt, 4 Gold Braid bands for a
WOII and 5 Gold Bands for a WOI
Beret: is Karki with a Brigade of
Guards flash behind the Cap Star
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Badges of Rank in the Guards Division
The Irish Guards (along with the rest of the Household Division)
have a unique rank structure
Where the rest of the Army have Lance-Corporals who wear one
chevron and Corporals who wear two chevrons
The Guards have Lance-Corporals who wear two chevrons and the
rank of Lance-Sergeant who is a full Corporal but who wears three
chevrons and is senior by appointment to a normal Corporal.
The rank structure was appointed by Queen Victoria who stated
that her Guards would not wear only one chevron when mounting
guard outside the Royal Palaces so she stated that the LanceCorporal would wear two chevrons.
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Badges of Rank in the Guards Division
That left the problem of what the full Corporal would wear to
show that he was a full Corporal so the rank of LanceSergeant was appointed.
Even though the Lance-Sergeant is only a full Corporal to the
eyes of outside Regiments and Corps, he still has full
Sergeants' Mess privileges, and has to pay a Sgts Mess bill
each month
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Badges of Rank in the Guards Division
Lance Corporal – 2 Stripes
1 Band on Forage Cap
2 White stripes on Tunic
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Lance Sergeant – 3 Stripes
2 Bands on Forage Cap
3 White Stripes on Tunic
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Badges of Rank in the Guards Division
Sergeant
3 Stripes
3 Bands on Forage Cap
3 Gold stripes on Tunic
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ACF
Colour Sergeant
Called “Sir”
3 Stripes small crown above stripes
3 Bands on Forage Cap
3 White Gold Stripes with Small
Crown on Tunic
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Badges of Rank in the Guards Division
Warrant Officer Class 2
Company Sergeant Major
Large Crown
4 Gold Braid Bands on Forage Cap
Coat of Arms worn on the Tunic
Always addressed as Sir
No abbreviations such as CSM
Addressed as “Company Sergeant Major”
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ACF
Warrant Officer Class 1
Regimental Sergeant Major
Large Coat of Arms
5 Gold Braid Bands on Forage Cap
Coat of Arms worn on the Tunic
Always addressed as “Sir”
No abbreviations such as RSM
Addressed as The Sergeant Major
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Victoria Crosses
Won 6 Victoria Crosses in the 1st & 2nd World Wars
Sgt M O’Leary
Sgt J Moyney
L/Cpl T Woodcock
Lt Col JN Marshall MC
L/Cpl J Kenneally
Guardsman E Charlton*
1st February 1915
13th September 1917
13th September 1917
4th November 1918
28th April 1943
21st April 1945*
* Last Victoria Cross awarded in the European Theatre of War
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Formation of the Irish Guards
4th Regiment of Foot Guards
Formed 1st April 1900
By HM Queen Victoria to commemorate the bravery of the
Irish Soldiers in the Boer War (South Africa) 1899 – 1900
Note: Irish Guards formed to as the direct result of the ancient
and traditional valour of the Irish race
First Recruit Mr James O’Brien of Limerick was enlisted
Many serving Irish soldiers transferred to the Irish Guards
Mounted Infantry from the Irish Guards served in the South
African War
The Battalion received first Colours from King Edward VII in
1902
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Formation of the Irish Guards
4th Regiment of Foot Guards
Colonel in Chief of all Regiments of Foot Guards Regiments
is the Sovereign
Colonel of the Regiment has been distinguished officers
First Colonel of Regiment: Field Marshall Earl Roberts of
Kandahar
Because of this, the regiment gained the nickname "Bob's
Own"
Now known affectionately as "The Micks"
9th (2011) Colonel of the Regiment is HRH Prince William
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Colours
The Irish Guards have 64
Battle Honours.
20 Battle Honours appear
on the Colours
On the anniversary of a
Battle Honour the Colours
are decked with a Laurel
Wreath
Al Basrah 2003
Iraq 2003\
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Regimental Mascots of the Irish Guards
The Regimental Mascot is an Irish
Wolfhound
Its handler wears a Drummers Tunic
and is attached to the Drums and
Pipes
He leads the Regiment on all
parades
Mascots named after High Kings
and Legendary Chieftains of Ireland
First Mascot (Regimental Pet) was
Brian Boru 1902
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Mascot Name
Brian Boru
Leitrim Boy
Doran
Cruchan
Pat
Shaun
Fionn
Cormac of Tara
Years Served
Mascot Name
1902-1910
1910-1917
1917-1924
1924-1929
1951-1954
1960-1967
1967-1976
1976-1985
Connor
Malachy
Cuchulian
Aengus
Donnchad
Fergal
Conmael
Domhnall
Years Served
1985-1992
1992-1994
1994-2000
2000-2003
2003-2005
2006-2007
2009-2012
2012
16 Mascots to date
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Regimental Customs
Irish Guardsmen always parade 5 minutes before
the time stated
When the Bugler or Piper plays Retreat or Last
Post Irish Guardsmen stand still (Officers do not)
When answering roll call, Irish Guardsmen call
out “Here”
When a Colour Sergeant or above is present,
they call out “Here Sir”
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Regimental Customs
When entering or leaving a room where a Senior
NCO or above is present, Irish Guardsmen ask for
leave to fall in/out
e.g. May I have your leave to fall out, Sir, please
If you wish to join the parade you should approach
the Senior person present in Quick Time, Halt, Salute,
and ask: “May I have your leave to join the parade,
Sir, Please”
Salute again and turn to the right and join the parade
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Summary
You’re a Mini Mick
Wear your Cap Star with pride
Be Proud to be an Irish Guardsman
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