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14 April 2019

On parade

There are many pictures in existence of military parades at Fort Regent but this is one of the best we have seen. It is dated to 1911 and was offered for sale recently together with images of the Concours musicale in the same year, and described as part of the Concours proceedings (an annual competition for bands from Jersey and France in the early years of the 20th century). That it clearly was not. 1911 was the year of King George V's coronation, and it is tempting to believe that this parade may have been connected to that event. That is only supposition, however, and it may just have been a parade either to mark the departure of the 2nd Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, which was the regiment garrisoned at the Fort from 1908 to 1911, or the arrival of their successors, the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment, which was stationed at the Fort from 1911 to 1914. It would appear that the photograph shows the Lieut-Governor, Sir Alexander Nelson Rochfort (1910 - 1916) taking the salute and not only were the great and the good accommodated on the parade ground itself, but others can be seen watching the ceremony from the ramparts. The second photograph below, which unfortunately is not nearly so clear, shows a slightly different view of the parade


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