Departure of the Border Regiment (from Guernsey)

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Departure of the Border Regiment (from Guernsey)

Postby kerchi » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:06 pm


It seems probable that the Border Regiment will not embark until Tuesday, as the Assistance is not expected with the East Surrey Regiment until to-morrow (Sunday). It is matter of regret that the Border Regiment has been so soon called upon to leave our island, having only been here such a short time, and that in the face of such an exceptionally bad winter. During their short stay they have gained the respect of the inhabitants generally for their orderly and well conducted habits, in all ranks, and have merited the very highest praise from all classes.

Colonel Morton, Captain Vickers, and other Officers have set them all a very worthy example, by their advocacy of temperance principals, not only in words but in
action, and to-day they can boast of having some promising young members of the Laurel Wreath Military Lodge of Good Templars. We shall not have the pleasure
of seeing the Regiment on parade on the Queen's Birthday, but we feel confident that they would as loyally have amalgamated with our insular force as did any of
their predecessors on this great military day.

We are of opinion that the members of the corps are as loathe to leave the island, as the public are to part with them, their open expressions tending to that belief. It will perhaps not be too much to say that the good wishes of the islanders will follow the Border Regiment to their new station, and we congratulate the borough of Portsmouth on their prospect of having so noble and orderly a corps stationed in their midst.

For ourselves we wish them God speed wherever they may go, and if they have not been permitted to enjoy a real Channel Islands' summer, we hope the good wishes
of the islanders will act to them as a stimulating antidote to the exceptional winter they have gone through, and from the numbers that will sure to see them
embark they will see that - "Vultus est index animi." ('The face is the index of the mind.')

Published in the The Star - Saturday 14th April, 1888 (Guernsey)
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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