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The Formation of the Army
& Colour Ceremony.
 

The Adjutant-General, the Serjeant Major of the Army and the Drum Major of the Army will chose an appropriate parade ground for the Army formation on Saturday morning. They will pace out the parade ground and mark the parade so that each of the three Brigades can be marched to their exact formation point. The Serjeant Major of the Army will select sites for the individual Brigade formations and will select a Brigade Serjeant Major for each Brigade.

The music of the Army is massed in position on the Army Parade Grounds. They are assembled there by playing of “Drummer’s Call” fifteen minutes before the time set for Army Assembly by the Adjutant-General.

Assembly” is then played by the massed music and each Brigade assembles at close order in two ranks on its own parade ground under command of its Brigade Serjeant Major. Officers will report to the Army parade ground. If a colour ceremony is scheduled, the Colour Ensigns with Colours and their escorting Grenadiers (or soldiers) report to the Drum Major of the Army at the left of the Army Parade Ground when Drummers Call is played.

Once the Brigades are in order, they will be marched onto the Army Parade Ground to the following tunes and in the following order.

Union Brigade: “Men of Harlech”
County Brigade: “British Grenadiers”
Provincial Brigade: ”Minstrel Boy”

The massed music will play these tunes until each Brigade is halted in place.

The Drum Major of the Army appoints a Senior Drummer to take command of the Massed Music in his absence and organizes the Escort to the Colours which is assembled to the left rear of the line. (up a street if possible) That is: All Color Ensigns with Colors, 2 Grenadiers per Regt (with Colors), Drum Major with Drummers and Fifers.

The officers will form three files facing the Army, one file for each of the Brigades each file facing its own Brigade and positioned directly in front of the right side of its Brigade. The lead officer in each file is the officer who will be on the left hand side of his Brigade, the last officer the one who will be the right hand side of his Brigade, all other officers should position themselves in their proper order.

As each Brigade forms up on the Army Parade its Brigade Serjeant Major will immediately give the command for the Brigade to Open Ranks. The Serjeants and the rear-rank troops face to the right about, the rear-ranks march back three paces and the serjeants march back seven paces before performing another right about face to the front. The Serjeants move to the centre of their company or section. The interval of two paces between each Company is maintained. The Serjeants will be to the rear of the company, four paces behind the rear rank. Each Brigade Serjeant Major will position himself four paces in front of his Brigade facing front. The Serjeant Major of the Army will ask for brigade returns and each Brigade Serjeant Major will report.

The Serjean t Major of the Army will inspect the troops. Upon conclusion of inspection he will turn the parade over to the Adjtant-General ( a Colonel) who will be in command of the Army Formation at this point.

The Colonel will give the command, “fall in the officers...quick march.” Each file of officers will march directly towards the right hand file man of their Brigade. The column of officers will make a right turn four paces in front of their Brigade and continue to march until the lead officer is in his proper position. Each officer will halt at his proper position. They will stand fast until the Colonel gives the order to face front. Each Brigade Commander should be positioned four paces in front of the line of officers, centered on his Brigade facing front.

All orders will be given by the Colonel to the Army formation. No orders are to be repeated by the officers. In order to prevent command confusion between the individual “Brigades” and the “British Brigade” all commands by the Colonel will be preceded by “Crown Forces.” If there is to be a Colour Ceremony the Escort to the Colours should at this point be in position: Colours two by two in front of the Officer line, Musicians between Officers and First Rank, Grenadiers between First and Second ranks.

The Colonel will order the Parade to Fix Bayonets. He will then give the command “March on the Colours.” The senior commissioned officer in the Escort will reply “Sir.” The music and escort stands fast. The Colonel orders “Officers Stand Fast, remainder Present Arms.” All rankers and NCOs will come to the Present. Officers will not change positions.

The Colonel will give the command to the Army to face to the left. At this point the senior commissioned officer in the Escort orders the Escort to the Colours to advance at slow march. The Colonel will then give the command to the Army to face front.

Officers will salute when the Colours approach within 6 paces. They remain at Present until the Colours have passed (6 paces). As the Colour Ensigns and Grenadiers reach their Regiments they wheel into line until only the music is left. Music continues around the line and into place. Note: when the Colours march past each Brigade, the Brigade Commander should order his Brigade to “Shoulder Arms.” Should a Review of the Troops be scheduled it will take place at this point.

Before the colours are fallen into the Battalion’s line or at any time the colours are not on the parade with the troops, the dressing is always to the right. When the colours are on parade dressing is on the colours.

Please note that in the 18th century colours were always marched-on in pairs in each regiment. Kings, or First Colour on the right, Regimental or Second Colour on the left. The colours, when marched onto the parade will form in their proper regiments. An appropriate space must be left for this.

There will be times when the Army must fall-in at once. The music will beat “To Arms” and all officers (and colours) and men will fall-in, in close order, on the Army Parade Ground in close order. Officers will be in ranks in their normal positions.

Officers who carry only swords should become familiar with the Officer’s Sword Drill.

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