WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN?
The 38th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force provided a thousand man garrison in Bermuda from 1915 to 1916. This battalion, commanded by Lt Col Cameron M Edwards, was comprised in large part of soldiers from what is now The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own), who perpetuate the 38th, and the Governor General's Foot Guards. The 38th Battalion developed a close link to the community, regularly participating in many local ceremonies including Changing the Guard at the Government House. Of note was the heroic part played by members of the 38th in the rescue of personnel from the SS Pollock Shields which was wrecked on Bermuda's reefs in 1916. Three members of the 38th are buried in local cemeteries.
The 38th Battalion’s air was the medley “Will ye no come back again” and “Ye’ll tak' the high road”. It is most appropriate therefore that the bands of the “Guards” and “Camerons” are participating in the Bermuda Tattoo 2015, not only celebrating the Royal Bermuda Regiment's 50th, but commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the posting of the 38th Battalion to Bermuda!
His Excellency the Governor Mr George Fergusson said: “This is terrific news. This is a real honour and mark of recognition for the Regiment. These things are not at all automatic: it’s a real award, recognising not only the Regiment’s contribution to Bermuda since its formation but also its support to countries and Territories in the Caribbean. It is also very specifically a recognition of the contribution and sacrifices made by its predecessor units, the Bermuda Militia Artillery and the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps in two World Wars, and units before that. Members of the Regiment, past and present, have every reason to be proud at this award.”
The Bermuda Tattoo is the Signature Event of the Royal Bermuda Regiment's 50th Anniversary Year. 2015 marks fifty years since the uniting of the Bermuda Militia Artillery and the Bermuda Rifles to form the Bermuda Regiment, on which Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of 'Royal" on 1st September 2015. The year-long celebration has been centred around the theme of "Reunion" with a view to bringing Bermuda together around their Regiment and attracting former foreign service personnel back to the island. The year to date has included a special Trooping of the Colours, a Stamp Issue, Exhibition of Military Art, a Freedom Parade and a Reunion Concert amongst other events. In addition to the Tattoo (when there will be a Royal Visit), ongoing there is a special SCUBA diving adventure dubbed "50 Dives", a Homecoming Celebration in September, two parades and the Anniversary Ball in November, and a Christmas Concert to round out the year. Please visit www.br50.bm to see the latest news and calendar of events.
HOW TO HELP
Become a Patron: Individuals or families are encouraged to become Patrons of the Bermuda Tattoo 2015. Please click here for further information.
Get Your Company To Sponsor: We welcome all levels of corporate sponsorship for the Bermuda Tattoo 2015. The Tattoo sponsor packages include a cocktail reception at Commissioner's House and some of the best seats in the house! Please click here for details.
Volunteer your time: We need your help! We welcome volunteers for The Bermuda Tattoo 2015 in October and other events through the Anniversary year. Please click here to find out more.