Lapel pin of The Flash
WHAT IS “THE FLASH”?
It is the name given to the 5 black ribbons worn on the back of the collar.They are inherited from the days when soldiers wore pigtails. The hair was powdered, greased and, in order to protect the red coatee, the hair was enclosed in what was known as a queue bag. In July 1808 hair was ordered to be cut close to the neck and the queue was abolished. The officers however decided to retain the ribbons with which the queue had been tied. Using an old slang term for a wig these were known as the ‘Flash’.
In 1834, an inspecting General noted “the superfluous decoration on the collar of the coat” and ordered the removal of the Flash.When King William IV was told what had happened, the Colonel of the Regiment received a letter from the Horse Guards stating that His Majesty had been pleased to approve the Flash “as a peculiarity whereby to mark the dress of that distinguished Regiment.”
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The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum is an independent, registered charity, inside Caernarfon Castle. We rely on grant, donations, and visitor support to carry out our mission to preserve, promote, and educate on the history of the Regiment and remember those who served our country. Proceeds from shopping on our site, booking tours, and purchasing tickets to events go towards care for over 20,000 objects in the collection, providing educational opportunities for schools, groups and international audiences, maintaining the museum, and outreach programs to the community.
The mission of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum is to:
To maintain a leading international Regimental Museum which portrays the story of over 300 years of service by members of the Royal Welch Fusiliers through exhibitions, education, research, and programs.
To assist in keeping the modern Army and the successor Regiment relevant and to increase public awareness of them.
To collect objects and documents relating to the history of the Regiment.
To conserve and document all archives and documents we collect.
To make the archives and reserve collection accessible to researchers and for educational purposes.
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