- Gloucestershire Regiment
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=The Gloucestershire Regiment
caption=Cap badge and back badge of the Gloucestershire Regiment
nickname=The Glorious Glosters
motto= By our deeds we are known
The Gloucestershire Regiment was an
infantry regimentof the British Army. Nicknamed "The Glorious Glosters", the regiment carried more battle honours on their colours than any other British Army line regiment.
Origins & early history
The origins of the regiment lie in the regiment formed in
Portsmouthin 1694 by Colonel John Gibson. This was named the 28th Regiment of Footin 1751. And renamed in 1782 as the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot. After the Childers reforms, the regiment amalgamated with the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Footto form the two-battalion Gloucestershire Regiment on 1 July 1881.
thumb|right|Presidential Unit Citation (South Korea)
The regiment saw active service in the
Second Boer Warfrom 1899 to 1902. World War Ibegan in August 1914 and during the course of the war, the regiment raised 25 battalions, seeing service on the Western Front, Gallipoli, Macedonia, the Middle East and Italy. World War IIbegan after Germany's invasion of Poland on 1 September, Britain, France, and its Allies declaring war on Nazi Germanyon 3 September. The 2nd battalion was involved in the Battle of Franceafter Germany's invasion of the Low Countrieson 8 May 1940, taking part in the defensive screen protecting the Dunkirk evacuationand was later involved in the North-West Europe campaignafter taking part in the D-Daylandings on 6 June 1944.The 1st battalion saw active service in Burma against Japanese forces. The regiment saw heavy fighting in the Korean War. After their actions at Gloster Hillduring the Battle of the Imjin Riverin 1951, following which the regiment was awarded the South KoreanDistinguished Unit Citation and United StatesDistinguished Unit Citation, the regiment gained the nickname "The Glorious Glosters", for its heroic stand against overwhelming Chinese forces.
The regiment was one of the British Army's most
battle honoured units, and amalgamated with the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regimentin 1994 to form the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.
The regimental archives and memorabilia of The Glosters as well as their antecedents, The 28th and 61st Regiments of Foot are held by The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum which is located within the Historic Docks in
Gloucesterand available on-line at [http://www.glosters.org.uk The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum] .
In March 2005, it was announced that this regiment would merge with the Light Infantry, The Royal Green Jackets and the
Devonshire and Dorset Regimentto form the 1st Battalion, The Rifles. At this time, the RGBW was made a Light Infantry Regiment, becoming the RGBWLI. This served to forge identity within the new Rifles regiment.
* Tim Carew - "The Glorious Glosters: A short history of the Gloucestershire Regiment 1945-1970". Leo Cooper, 1970, ISBN 978-0850520248
* David Scott Daniell - "Cap of Honour". 2nd Edition 1975, reprinted 2005 ISBN 0-7509-4172-3
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