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Unofficial formation flag, 46 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, 1955

Rectangular cream linen flag, with wooden toggle on string. The flag is embroidered in black cotton with the following verse:

'If we left the ol' flag flying t'would be a terrible shame,So we're taking the blighter with us, An' leaving no-one to blame. And wherever the flag's a goin', an' us along with it an' proud,The ol' spirit's never a dyin', but singin' on lusty and loud.It's flown up 'ere for many a day an' many an evening too,Not that we ever noticed it - until/ the news came through,But it's got to keep on flyin', in spite of what they say,So we're taking it down to hoist it, as we tramp along lifes way.The spirit of the 46th will never die, though scattered.Not while there's breath in the ol' dog, and people to whom it mattered.

46th Regiment was originally a Light Anti-Aircraft unit, but was reformed in September 1948 at Bulford, as a 'mixed' regiment incorporating members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) (later Women's Royal Army Corps). It was subsequently reduced to cadre strength in 1955 which is probably when this flag was produced by members of the unit.The poem embroidered onto the flag refers to the camaraderie that exists amongst the women and their pride in serving for the British Army.

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NAM. 1994-04-264-1


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