'Billy', regimental goat of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1955 (c)
Rectangular white earthenware plaque with a photographically applied picture after a painting.
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers' relationship with goats dates back to an incident at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, during the American War of Independence. A wild goat is reputed to have strayed on to the battlefield and led the Royal Welsh Fusiliers' colour party from the field. A goat has served with the regiment and its successor units ever since.
In 1884 Queen Victoria presented the Regiment with a Kashmir goat from her royal herd. Subsequently, the Royal Welsh have obtained all their regimental goats as a gift from the monarch. This means that they are deemed ranking members of the regiment rather than mascots.
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