HC Deb 06 May 1915 vol 71 cc1270-1

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether it is in contemplation to deprive the Royal Welsh Fusiliers of the "Flash"—a national emblem which has been worn by this regiment for more than a century, and if so, whether he will take into account the feeling that exists against such a change?


Nothing is known of any intention of depriving the Royal Welsh Fusiliers of the "Flash" which, however, is not a national emblem, but a relic of the silk facing worn to protect the tunic from the flour and grease used in plaiting the "Queue" or pigtail formerly worn. The privilege of wearing the "Flash" was confirmed for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November, 1834, and that order is still in force. Recently it has been observed that some officers of this regiment were irregularly wearing the "Flash" with service dress uniform, and instructions have been issued for this to be discontinued. The "Flash" is only authorised to be worn with the scarlet tunic.