Picked up today, a hand embroidered silk sampler of the regimental colours of the Welch Regiment. The pictures do not capture the beauty of this and the skill that went into its making, a real labour of love for whoever made it. I would guess made by a soldiers wife, though many soldiers did make all sorts of crafts during their spare time.
It appears to post date the end of the Great War as it has battle honours from 1918 and earlier including the American wars of independence, the wars of 1812, the Napoleonic wars, the Crimea and the Boer War. It also has the Royal Cypher for George V, so pre mid 1930's.
It is circa 29 inches x 28 inches, 74cm x 74cm. I really am sorry that the pictures do not do it justice. The old Welch regiment were my home town regiment, long since amalgamated out of existence, first with the SWB to form the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1969 and then amalgamated again with the RWF to form the Royal Welsh in 2006.
The Welch regiment was formed by an amalgamation of the 41st and 69th foot in 1881
The 69th Foot, with regards to the lower honour;
1782 – During the Napoleonic Wars in the latter part of the 18th and early part of the 19th centuries Infantry Regiments sometimes served on board ships of the Royal Navy and performed many of the duties carried out by the Royal Marines. In this year the 69th took part in the Battle of the Saintes. For their share in this victory the 69th was included in a Vote of Thanks passed by both Houses of Parliament, and was awarded a Naval Crown, superscribed '12 April 1782' to be carried on the Regimental Colour. This battle honour is unique as are the Battle Honours Detroit and Miami which are unique to The Welch regiment.
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