Company Origins

"I had the honour of serving asa  young officer with The Gloucestershire Regiment, as other members of my family had done so before me.

The Regiment was the amalgamation of the 28th and 61st Foo and prided itself on its glorious past. In fact, it had more battle honours than any other noon-amalgamated regiment in the British Army.

When considering a name for my company I instinctively wanted to steer away from using my own, feeling that to do so would be narcissistic, but still sought a name that meant something to me personally.

As a boy I have ready avidly about the Napoleonic Wars and the great rivalry between Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley. Upon joining my Regiment, this history became more relevant as I learnt about the heroics of the 28th and 61st Foot under Wellington's command.

The British Army's success at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812 was notable for firming up the reputation of Wellington as the first leader that could take on Napoleon in the filed of war. The battler saw an Anglo-Portugese army under the Duke of Wellington defeat Marshal Auguste Marmont's French focus among the hills around Arapiles, south of Salamance, Spain on 22 July 1812, which is considered by some the greatest action of the Peninsular War.

During the battle, the 61st Foot fought with distinction, but suffered terrible losses. Only three of the 27 officers that went into battle survived, and of the 420 other ranks some 324 were killed.

Lieutenants Armstrong and Wolfe were two of the surviving officers. Amidst the bloody battle, comrades had fallen around them. Picking up and carrying the regimental colours, (standard) the reached the final hill and were present at sunset to see the French army dispersing and to witness one of the Wellington's greatest victories.

It is in honour of these two young men of my regiment that I names my company."

Maurice Evlyn-Bufton serves as a captain in the Gloucestershire Regiment 1990-1995.


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