Sidney Lewis, enlisted with the East Surrey Regiment in August 1915, five months after his 12th birthday, and was fighting on the Somme by the age of 13. But within weeks he was ordered home to his mother, Fanny Lewis, in south London, after she told officials he was too young to fight and should be sent back. The Imperial War Museum declared Private Lewis the youngest fighting soldier after examining papers provided by his son, Colin, the papers included Sidney's birth certificate and letters from the War Office to his mother promising he would be sent home immediately.
Catherine, or Catharina, the Infanta of Portugal, was the daughter of John, 8th Duke of Braganza, who was proclaimed king when Portugal seceded from Spanish rule in 1640. She was born in 1638 and in 1662 she was married to Charles II of England under the Portuguese Marriage Treaty. This brought Bombay and Tangier to the English Crown and in return, Charles sent troops to fight in Portugal. When Tangier was evacuated in 1684, the Governor’s Regiment was brought onto the Irish establishment as “Our Most Dear Consort the Queen’s Regiment”, and given precedence as the 2nd of Foot.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was born 16 April 1940, as the eldest child of King Frederik IX and Ingrid of Sweden. She succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972, becoming the first female monarch of Denmark since Margrethe I, ruler of the Scandinavian countries in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union.
Having been on the Danish throne for 43 years, she is currently the longest-reigning of the three Scandinavian monarchs. She is one of two queens regnant currently on the throne along with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
On l4 May 2004 C Company I PWRR was deployed to Danny Boy. Sgt Broome moved his Warrior in to assault dug in enemy positions near the road, dismounted his troops and then manoeuvred his Warrior to draw the enemy's fire. As the troops destroyed the first position they were opened up on from the depth; it became clear that the troops on the ground were struggling to maintain the initiative and assault the depth. Sgt Broome then dismounted from his Warrior under heavy fire.
Sergeant Perfect was a Rifle Platoon Sergeant and Warrior Commander in C Company, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment when they were deployed to Al Amarah, in Southern Iraq, for the duration of Op TELIC IV.
Sergeant Iszard was a Rifle Platoon Sergeant in 1st Battalion The Tigers.
On 11th June a search operation in the Al Rusala district of Al Amarah became the largest and most intense battle in Iraq since 2004. A Jaish Al Mahdi force of over 200, re-supplied with arms and reinforced with further militia, attacked constantly, making use of narrow alleyways and roof tops, with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and Small Arms Fire (SAF), including sniper, blast bombs and grenades.
On 9 August 2004 Cpl Thomson was commanding a Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle in central Basra City as part of a company action to rescue eight stranded soldiers who were cut-off, their vehicles destroyed, and running low on ammunition, while being engaged by enemy militia. The Company had been tasked to rescue these soldiers; an action during which a soldier from the company was killed and the company commander's entire Tactical Headquarters Group was injured.
WO2 Falconer was the Company Sergeant Major of C Company in heavy mounted and dismounted fighting including Op Waterloo and Danny Boy. He evacuated over twenty casualties from battle, often at great personal risk to himself, always ensuring they reached medical aid as soon as possible.
WO2 (CSM) Benjamin Kelly was the Company Sergeant Major of B Company, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (PWRR) on OP HERRICK 9. The Company was attached to Battle Group (North West) and had responsibility for securing the southern half of the MUSA QAL'EH area of operations. On Wednesday l0 September 2008, B Company was tasked to provide a screen behind which Improvised Explosive Device (IED) search and clearance specialists could work.
WO2 Norman demonstrated the highest levels of courage, tenacity and good humour over a period in which Y Company, 1 PWRR, were subjected to frequent, sustained and violent attacks during their tour in Iraq.