Ex-soldiers proud to march wearing the red roses of Minden honour

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VETERANS of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Minden in Berwick on Saturday, July 28.

The regimental association hopes that there will be around 400 ex-soldiers on parade.

There will be two bands – The Berwick and Eyemouth Royal British Legion Pipe Band and The Dutch Inter Scaldis Pipe Band.

The commemoration day will start at 10.30am with a display of bands and dancers on the square of Berwick Barracks – the spiritual home of the KOSB and where its Colours will be laid-up for the last time, probably later this year. The KOSB lost regimental status when it was forced into a merger with the Royal Scots to become the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

At 11.50am the parade will form up for the ceremonial presentation of Minden Roses. At 12.30pm the parade will step off from the barracks with soldiers and veterans marching through the town centre, passing the Guildhall at around 12.40pm where a salute will be taken. The civic party will be led by Mayor John Robertson and the reviewing officer is Brigadier Andrew Jackson, president of the KOSB Association.

The KOSB Regimental Museum, within the barracks, will be open from 9.30am and admission is free, but donations will assist in the upkeep of the museum and also help to provide financial assistance to Army veterans in need.

Minden was the second Battle Honour awarded to the 25th (Edinburgh) Regiment, as the King’s Own Scottish Borderers were then called, and the battle took place on August 1 in 1759, during the Seven Years War against the French. A force of six British battalions, seven German battalions and allied cavalry, was operating in the valley of the River Weser near the town of Minden.