Author Topic: Informal Regimental nicknames. When can these be used accurately? The Old Buffs  (Read 125 times)

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18th century
During the War of the Spanish Succession, it served in Marlborough campaigns, including the battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Malplaquet and Oudenarde, before returning to England in August 1714.[6] Until the 1751 reforms, units were commonly named after their current colonel; it reverted to this practice when Prince George of Denmark died in 1708, although it was also referred to as the 'Holland Regiment' or "Buffs" after its coat facings.[7] It was also sometimes called "The Old Buffs", to distinguish it from "The Young Buffs", the 31st Foot.[3]

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Re: Informal Regimental nicknames. When can these be used accurately? The Old Buffs
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 11 March 21 11:31 GMT (UK) »
The popularity of regimental nicknames evolved and changed over the centuries Mark.  As a result some regiments had several.  Usage was informal and was not used as an official regimental title until after WW2, when two regiments, the Green Howard’s (formerly Princess Alexandra of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment), and the Royal Green Jackets (a merger of three regiments) adopted what had formerly been merely nicknames.  I hope that helps.