Minden Day Reunion
Red and yellow roses were worn in Suffolk Regiment soldiers' caps on Minden Day, 1st August, each year. They were also worn on parades to celebrate the Monarch's official birthday and on any occasion when the Sovereign is present in person. The latter custom is known as the Dettingen Tradition.
These particular roses (above) were worn by George Lummis of the 4th (TA) Battalion on Minden Day, 1944, while he was a Far East Prisoner of War.
The practice continues to this day by 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and at the annual reunion at Bury St Edmunds.
The Regiment fought at the Battle of Minden on 1st August 1759. Every year the Regiment commemorates the battle with an annual reunion at the former Depot, Gibraltar Barracks, at Bury St Edmunds.
The reunion always takes place on the nearest Sunday to 1st August. See Events Diary for details.
All old Suffolk Regiment soldiers are welcome as are their families, the families of soldiers who are no longer with us, and the people of Suffolk too.
Every reunion starts with a Drumhead Service at 11am followed by a march past of the Old Comrades. The rest of the afternoon always features entertainment on the Parade Square and the opportunity to meet up with old friends and comrades.
Many people take the opportunity to visit the Regimental Museum which is open throughout the afternoon until the day is drawn to a close by Beating Retreat.
If you are a regular visitor to Minden Day we look forward to seeing you again soon; if you have not been before and would like to come we would be very pleased to see you and your family and friends.
Regimental 'Minden Flash' worn on the sleeves of Battledress Uniform, 1941-1959. The red was usually worn to the front; however the 5th (TA) Battalion wore the yellow to the front and the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion wore the flash vertically with the red at the top.
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