Jun 18, 2013
|There was an Army museum within the Caernarfon Castle; The Welch Fusiliers (spelling Welsh gaelic) I went in to the first room; they had a film which amongst all the usual Army type stuff, had them in parade uniform, lead by their mascot; a goat!! And the men in the front row wore leather aprons and instead of guns carried highly polished tools. I was intrigued. especially when I read that the goat had gone into the trenches with them in world war 1. how crazy is that? SO were did that come from. While the answer especially about the goat was probably in the exhibition somewhere I decided it would be easier to go to the internet!!
So here it is. HIGHLIGHT AND COPY this into a new tab and you can read the story of the goat, and his rank, and when and how one of his predecessors was disciplined. sometimes traditions are WEIRD!
The Regimental march was composed for them by Sousa. Another intriguing question. Here it How did that come about? AGAIN COPY AND PASTE and listen
and a comment following this. This one I've copied
"A salute to the Royal Welch Fusiliers from a retired U.S. Marine. We honor our history together. (The RWF and the USMC stood shoulder to shoulder at Peking's foreign Legation during the Boxer Rebellion. While other countries' defensive forces were overrun, we held fast and saved the day together). The RWF presented us with their Regimental goat, which the US Navy promptly stole. The Queen gave us a bulldog in replacement. Our J.P. Sousa wrote this march in salute to you. AND SAINT DAVID! OoRahh!"
Aah, and there was I thinking that maybe the goat was a joke, that they had turned on its head! But obviously its all very serious
As you can see the regiments goat is followed on parade by men with tools,
before the days of good roads and bridges it was necessary to have men able to prepare the way for Regiment on the march and to provide services in camp.
These were the Pioneers who were all tradesmen and picked soldiers. To protect their uniforms they wore leather aprons and gauntlets.
Of course! This one at least makes some sense.