Battle  Honours

 

A battle honour is an award of a right, by a government or sovereign, to a military unit to emblazon the name of a battle or operation on its flags ("colours"), uniforms or other accessories where ornamentation is possible.

 

In Great Britain and those countries of the Commonwealth which share a common military legacy with the British, battle honours are awarded to selected military units as official acknowledgement for their achievements in specific wars or operations of a military campaign.  These honours usually take the form of a place and a date (e.g. "Cambrai 1917").

 

 

2nd Boer War

South Africa   1901-1902

 

WW1

Messines    1914

Armentieres    1914

Ypres    1915

St Julien

Bellewaarde

Arras    1917

Scarpe    1917

Cambrai    1917-1918

Somme    1918

St Quentin

Lys

Hazebrouck

Amiens

Bapaume    1918

Hindenburg Line

Canal du Nord

Selle

Sambre

France & Flanders    1914-15

 

WW2

During WW2 the Oxfordshire Yeomanry had been re-roled into the Royal Artillery.

 

It had been recognised that the Royal Artillery was present in all battles and deserved most of the honours awarded to Cavalry and Infantry regiments.  In 1832, King William IV awarded the motto "Ubique" (Everywhere) as a substitute for all past and future Battle Honours, this is still the case today and this motto is part of the Royal Artillery cap badge.

 

Unlike the Cavalry and Infantry the Royal Artillery never carries Standards, Guidons, or Colours.  The Colours of the Royal Artillery are its Guns.  When on parade on Ceremonial occasions the Guns are accorded the same compliments as the Standards, Guidons, and Colours of the Cavalry and Infantry.