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NOTES AND QUERIES.


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The "Prince of Orange's Own" was < nickname for the former 35th, now part o the Royal Sussex Regiment.

The South Staffordshire Regiment in j long stay at Malta gained the nickname o " Pump and Tortoise."

The " Ragged Brigade " is a nickname for the 13th Hussars.

"Ramnugger Boys "is the favourite nick name of the 14th Hussars, in memory of that hard -fought field.

The "Rangers" is the common name foi the Connaught Rangers.

The Cheshire Regiment began in the middle of the last century to wear a red uniform, and hence were styled the " Red Knights " a name also given to the 16th Lancers.

The Buffs or East Kent Regiment have been called " Resurrectionists," from the fact that at Albuera they were broken up by the Polish Lancers, but succeeded in reforming.

The " Rollickers " was a nickname for the 89th, now the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

The 2nd Dragoon Guards are known by the odd nickname of "Rusty Buckles," a phrase of unknown origin.

The " Royal Americans " was the name of the former 60th, now the King's Royal Rifles.

" Royal Canadians " is a name rather than a nickname. The Prince of Wales's Royal Canadians now form part of the Leinster Regiment.

The Hampshire Regiment is the former 37th and 67th. The latter was known as the " Royal Tigers," from its badge.

"St. George's" is a designation for the 8th Hussars, from the name of a commander in 1745.

The Grenadier Guards are known as the "Sandbags."

The " Sanguinary Sweeps " was the nick- name of the King's Royal Rifles, formerly the 60th. The allusion was to the red facings on a dark costume.

The Dorsetshire Regiment is the former 39th and 54th conjoined. The 39th was known as " Sankey's Horse."

The Worcestershire Regiment includes the former 36th, known as the " Saucy Greens."

The Essex Regiment includes the former 56th, who were called the " Saucy Pompeys." "Pompey" was a shortening of "Pompa- dour," the name of the facings, which were purple, the favourite colour of the mistress of Louis XIV.

The " Saucy Seventh " is an obvious nick- name for the 7th Hussars.

The "Saucy Sixth " is the nickname of the Warwickshire Regiment.

The famous Black Watch (Royal High-


landers) were called by the French "Sauvages d'Ecosse."

" Seven-and-sixpence " as a name for the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment originated in the regimental number of the former 76th.

The present Sherwood Foresters inherit the name from the 45th.

" Shiners " is a name for the Northumber- land Fusiliers.

" Skillingers " is a name for the Innis- killing Dragoons.

" Slashers " was the significant name of the former 28th, now a part of the Gloucester- shire Regiment.

The " Sleepy Queen's " is a name given to the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment.

The East Yorkshire Regiment has the nick- name of " Snappers."

The "Springers" is a name given to the Lincolnshire Regiment. The 62nd (Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire) are said to have had the same sobriquet in the war of the American Revolution.

" Staffordshire Knots " is an obvious nick- name for the South Staffordshire Regiment.

The Northamptonshire Regiment includes the 58th, who were known as the "Steel- backs." This is said to refer to the stoicism with which the men endured the floggings that were then a main and discreditable nethod for maintaining discipline. The same name was given to the 57th (Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment).

The 7th Dragoon Guards are styled " Straw- boots," a designation said to be 'due to their share in suppressing some riots among farm abourers. It is also applied to the 7th Sussars.

The 12th Lancers are known as the "Supple Twelfth."

  • Sweeps" is a name for the Rifle Brigade,

and for the 95th (Sherwood Foresters).

The Princess Louise's Argyll and Suther-

and Highlanders are composed of the former

91st and 93rd Regiments. The "Thin Red

Line " has been their honourable designation

ince Balaclava. They have a grand military

history. A detachment of the 91st went

iown in the Birkenhead, refusing, with

plendid courage, to imperil the safety of the

Doats which were laden with women and

hildren. No regiment can claim a more

leroic action than this calm self-sacrifice.

The " Three Tens " was a nickname of the ormer 30th, now the East Lancashire Regi- ment.

"Tichborne's Own " is a nickname for the th Dragoon Guards, because the real Sir Roger Tichborne was a member of the corps.