Waterloo 200 - Ranger carries Duke of Wellington's Baton

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Regt Colour St Paul'sIn addition to our Regimental commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the most significant national event was the service of commemoration in St Paul’s Cathedral on 18 June 2015.

Soldiers from across the Army, including members of The Royal Irish Regiment (Regimental Colour 1 R IRISH - right), were joined by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at a service of commemoration marking the 200th Anniversary. The Prince was accompanied by his wife, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Also in attendance were the Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Prime Minister, the President of the European Parliament, the Lord Mayor of London and Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington.

Amongst the congregation were senior representatives of our Armed Services, representatives and ambassadors of those combatant countries involved in the Battle, and some of the descendants of men who fought in the Battle.

During the service, the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, was followed down the nave by a soldier carrying the 1st Duke of Wellington’s Sword of Honour and our own Ranger Joseph Nixon, the youngest Irish soldier in the Army, who had the honour of carrying the Field Marshal’s Baton. These were then handed to Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie who in turn passed them to the Dean to be placed on the altar. At the end of the service the Field Marshal’s Baton was passed back to Ranger Nixon. The passing of the Baton symbolised the passing of the Great Duke’s legacy to the Army of today.

Rgr J NixonRanger Nixon (left) said: 'It was a great honour and something I will never forget'. The link between Ranger Nixon and Fusilier Paddy Shannon of the 2/87th Regiment of Foot can be explored by clicking on our Battle Honour VITTORIA where, thanks to Shannon's endeavours, the Duke of Wellington and all Field Marshals since have received a Field Marshal's Baton.