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25th (King's Own Borderers)

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The 25th (King's Own Borderers)

King's Own Scottish Borderers Regiment
Within a circle inscribed King's Own Scottish Borders the Castle of Edinburgh with flags flying to the left from the top of each tower, above the circle a scroll inscribed with the motto In Veritate Religionis Confido, below the circle a scroll inscribed with the motto Nisi Dominus Frustra, outside the circle a wreath of thistles, the Royal Crest above the first motto, St Andrew's Cross overall and intertwined with the circle and motto scrolls. (RM 1935-36 Main Guard Valletta)

The 25th (King's Own Borderers) was raised on 19 March 1689 to defend the city of Edinburgh, hence its name the Edinburgh Regiment. In 1751 it was numbered 25th (Edinburgh) Regiment.

The name Sussex was added in 1782, but in 1805 the regiment was renamed The 25th (King's Own Borderers). Its motto In Veritate Religionis Confido, (In Time Religion is my Trust), was granted by George III in 1805.

On 22 March 1832, it was allowed to bear on its Colours the arms of Edinburgh with the motto Nisi Dominus Frustra, (Unless the Lord be with me all is in vain).

In 1881 it became The King's Own Borderers. In 1887, it became the county regiment for four south-eastern Scottish counties and added Scottish to its name to become The King's Own Scottish Borderers.

In 2006 it was merged into The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The 1st Battalion The 25th (King's Own Borderers) Regiment

1862 1st/25th (King's Own Borderers)

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TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 1st/25th Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

June 1862 The 25th Regiment arrived from Gibraltar and relieved the 2nd/3rd (East Kent-The Buffs) Regiment of Foot. It had 445 men.

In 1862, the regiment had an average strength of 445 men, 444 hospital admissions (998 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 3 deaths in hospital (6.74 deaths per 1000 of mean strength). The 1st/25th and the 1st/22nd Regiments had the greatest number of admissions for continued fevers.

9 June 1862 Pte James Ashwall 1st/25th Regiment aged 28 years 9 months was buried at Floriana Cemetery.

1863 1st/25th (King's Own Borderers)

In 1863, the regiment had an average strength of 761 men, 399 hospital admissions (524.3 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 7 deaths in hospital and 2 out of hospital (11.83 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

1864 1st/25th (King's Own Borderers)

In 1864, the regiment had an average strength of 306 men, 161 hospital admissions (526 admissions per 1000 of mean strength).

Malta 8 June 1864 The 1st/25th embarked for Canada where it arrived on 28 June 1864. The regiment had only 16 admissions by fever during the five months preceding its departure.

The 1st Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers

1935 1st/King's Own Scottish Borderers

Malta 28 Sept 1935 The 1st/King's Own Scottish Borderers was one of three regiments (The 2nd/Lincolnshire Regiment, The 2nd/The South Wales Borderers, The 1st/The King's Own Scottish Borderers) which arrived as Reinforcements during the crisis in Abyssinia.

1936 1st/King's Own Scottish Borderers

Malta 14 July 1936 The reinforcements which were at Malta during the Abyssinia Crisis left in July 1936 for Palestine.

References

  1. Farmer J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. Wickes H L, 1974. Regiments of Foot Southampton: Osprey Ltd, 13.
  4. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  5. Record of the 25th Regiment. United Service Journal 1832 Part I. pp 137-140.