The Battle of Minden, which took place during the Seven Year’s War of 1756-63, was the first time that infantry were able to successfully engage and defeat Cavalry.
The Battle itself took place on 1st August 1759 north west of the town of Minden. The Allied armies (Commanded by Ferdinand Duke of Brunswick) formed up on Minden Heath in order to oppose the French. The aim was to prevent the French from securing Hanover by bringing them to battle. The main body, with the 37th Foot in the first line was ready by 7am.
In April 2004 1 PWRR deployed for a six month tour to Iraq. The battalion grouping took over responsibility for Maysan Province. One company was deployed to Basrah and one, as the Brigade Reserve, covered the whole of the Southern Iraq area of operations. Already present was a PWRR composite platoon from 2 and 3 PWRR, attached to the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
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.
A fine silver piece which commemorates the Founding Day of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment on the 9 September 1992 and the presentation of new Colours as a result.
The piece depicts a subaltern escort kneeling to receive the new Colour, which was presented by the then Colonel-in-Chief – Her Royal Highness Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales.
The Founding Day also coincides with the anniversary of 7 forebear battalions amphibious landing at Salerno, Italy, in 1943 where they met determined opposition.
A highly decorative embroidery, depicting the Regimental Badge of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. These are traditionally placed on the front of the music stands of each of the instruments played when the Band is giving a seated concert, such as in a Band Stand or when a small group such as a quartet is playing at a small function.
Died – Private Christopher Gordon Rayment 1st Battalion, 4th August 2004.
Killed in Action – Private Lee O’Callaghan 1st Battalion, 9th August 2004.
Died – Private Ryan ‘CJ’ Wrathall 1st Battalion, 12th February 2009
Killed in action - Private John Alan Brackpool (Former 1st Battalion, serving with 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards), 9th July 2009
Killed in Action – Private Jonathan Monk (2nd Battalion. Attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment), 9th June 2010
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.
Private George Underwood was a local man from Chobham who joined the 5th Battalion the Queen’s in 1915 and was sent to join the battalion in Mesopotamia but it was found he was too susceptible to malaria, so was transferred home where he fought on the Western Front with the 10th Battalion the Queen’s where he was awarded a Military Medal for gallantry.
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.