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Re: Battle Standards / Colours

Postby MayHam » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:12 pm

Am wondering if it's more of a World War I tradition?
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Re: Battle Standards / Colours

Postby MaureenE » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:39 pm

The following link titled "Colours, Standards, Guidons and Banners" from the Australian Army website contains some general background information.
https://www.army.gov.au/our-history/tra ... nd-banners

Includes " Laying up of Colours

After service Colours are laid up in sacred or public buildings in order to maintain an atmosphere of veneration. Colours are not disposed of or destroyed when their appearance has deteriorated beyond recognition, they are meant to be left to turn to dust as do the bodies of the fallen soldiers who served them.
The fact that colours have, from the early ages, been consecrated would give them an aspect of sacredness, which could not be wholly ignored when consideration was given to their disposal. In view of the reverence paid them whilst they are in service it is not surprising that care has been taken to ensure that they ultimately repose in sacred edifices or other public, buildings where their preservation is ensured with due regard to their symbolic significance and historic association.

In the past the custom was for Guidons or Colours to be laid up in a place selected by the Commanding Officer in the case of an existing unit, or by the last Commanding Officer or Unit Association in the case of a unit not now on the 'Order of Battle'. In 2011 this was changed so that Chief of Army has final approval on the requested location. The following are places that Colours have been laid up in the past:

• The Australian War Memorial in Canberra,
• A state war memorial,
• A cathedral, church or military chapel,
• A military corps, regimental or unit museum,
• A military corps school,
• Unit or Brigade Headquarters,or
• A civic building "

There is an online book which gives details of the history, which dates back hundreds of years in the British Army.
"The flags of our fighting army, including standards, guidons, colours and drum banners" by Stanley C Johnson 1918 Archive.org.
https://archive.org/details/flagsofourf ... la/page/n7

Includes the information on page 3 that the "King's Regulations" specified that
"The consecration of colours will be performed by chaplains to the forces, acting chaplains, or officiating clergymen in accordance with an authorised Form of Prayer"

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Re: Battle Standards / Colours

Postby MayHam » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:29 pm

That's very cool, Maureen. Thanks for sharing.
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