Arrival of the Border Regiment (at Dover)

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Arrival of the Border Regiment (at Dover)

Postby kerchi » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:17 pm

ARRIVAL OF THE BORDER REGIMENT

The Border Regiment arrived at Dover on Monday afternoon. The "Euphrates" in which the troops had had a splendid passage home, no rough weather of any importance being experienced, steamed into Portsmouth on the previous evening, a day before she was expected.

At Gosport, the time expired men, some 250, were left behind to be sent to their homes, while the remainder of the regiment, 430 men, entrained at 10.30 on Monday morning for Dover. At the South Eastern Station at three o'clock, the preparations for receiving the regiment were all in forward state. The Assistant Adjutant-General, Colonel Kingscote and Colonel Stewart with the transport officers, who had a long train of waggons outside ready to take the baggage up to the barracks, were assembled on the platform, as well as a large number of the officers of the regiment who had arrived by earlier trains.

The Highland Band and the Royal Fusiliers drums and fifes were also waiting outside to play their new comrades up to the South Front. From three to half-past four, those waiting felt the discomforts of the old South Eastern Station, one of the antique remains of the early day iron road. At length the train steamed in, amidst the cheers of the men of the depot, who had also been admitted to the platform. Quickly the white helmeted men turned out of the carriages, stamping and shivering with the cold from the long journey and our arctic weather. No time was lost, and within five minutes, the men were off at quick march to the sound of the Highland Band towards their quarters, where fires were blazing, and a hot dinner was ready for them. That they felt the cold severely, was demonstrated by one poor fellow who had been struck down by it in a train, and was taken off to the Hospital in the ambulance, helpless and piteously moaning. The regiment, as we said last week, has been in India 15 years, and there remains only nine men in the regiment that went out with it.

Published in the Dover Express - Friday 19th December, 1890
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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