6 May 1915 – The Prince of Wales visits the Garhwalis

06 May

Regimental Diary

Muggy day. All B.O’s [British Officers?] went up to Rue du Bois during the day to reconnoitre the ground and trenches in the vicinity.

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales paid and informal visit to the Battalion during the afternoon. He just came in and was introduced to the British Officers and a few Native Officers. He asked the C.O. several questions concerning the regiment, and ask the C.O. to tell the Native Officers that he was very pleased to come and see them and congratulated them on the way the regiment had worked.

Col Drake-Brockman, writing after the War

On 6th May H.R.H the Prince of Wales paid the regiment an informal visit in its billets in a large farmhouse in Loretto Road. I brought him into our mess and introduced him to all British Officers and afterwards to the Garhwali Officers. He said some very nice, kind and appreciative words about the regiment and its work. He asked several questions about the men and regiment,a nd said how pleased he was to come and see us all and congratulate us on the splendid work the regiment had done. This visit “bucked” us all up very much, and the Garhwali ranks were ever so pleased with it. H.R.H. has the knack of saying things which are so much appreciated, and more especially so at such a time of stress that we were going through.


The Prince of Wales was later, briefly, Edward VIII, who married then abdicated the throne to marry Mrs Simpson.

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