Gordon Highlanders Garter Flashes – A Short History
Gordon Highlanders Garter Flashes – The loops are supposed to represent the stirrups of the Scots Greys that troops of the Gordon’s held on to at Waterloo, to speed them into the lines of the French.
The story behind the regimental flashes - The 92nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot ( Gordon Highlanders ) saw action at the Battle of Waterloo. At an early stage, Napoleon's troops attacked the left of the Allied line. The regiment was ordered to charge the leading French column. The regiment did so and the French column then broke in disorder. The horses of the Scots Greys passed through the regiment to get to the scattering French troops and press the advantage. At this point some members of the regiment clung to the stirrups of the passing Greys so that they could reach the French troops. Corporal Dickson of "F" Troop of the Scots Greys, reported: "They were all Gordons, and as we passed through them they shouted 'Go at them the Greys! Scotland for ever!' My blood thrilled at this and I clutched my sabre tighter. Many of them grasped our stirrups and in the fiercest excitement, dashed with us into the fight." After the battle, the regiment marched to Paris and then embarked for home in December 1815. After arriving in Edinburgh on 7 September 1816, it was cheered by a large crowd.
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