Powney Tiger (original)

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Lieutenant Colonel Cecil du Pre Penton Powney served in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion the Hampshire Regiment, having already served in the Grenadier Guards in the Sudan in 1885. On relinquishing command of the 3rd Battalion 1914-16 he presented a silver tiger to the Officers’ Mess. The style of tiger became the symbol and shape of tiger that was to be adopted by the Hampshire Regiment for the next 80 years. Although not truly ‘tiger like’ in design, its taut lean shape was to appeal to the soldiers of the Regiment as opposed to a true representation of what a Bengal Tiger should look like.