Prior to 1747, there were no rules and regulations pertaining to British Regimental standards or guidons carried by regiments of horse. Up until this point regiments of horse, like many infantry regiments of the time, were mostly 'kitted out' by the Colonel of the regiment, and it was common practice for the Colonel to have his own heraldic devices, crest or Coat of Arms emblazoned upon the guidon/standard, but with the introduction of the regulations of 1747 this practice would cease and the troops would know their allegiance was only to the sovereign. No-one is entirely sure why the Hanoverian King, George 11 set about the standardization, but it was obviously a plan to bring the army under the crown as a "Royal Army" as opposed to one broken down into regiments of horse with allegiance to their Colonels. Incidents in the past had shown the Kings of England that this could prove fatal in battle if one or more regiments decided, at the whim of the Colonel to quit the field. So by ensuring the common soldier knew his place, the crown believed it would reduce that possibility and weld them into one fighting force under the Crown.

In the case of the guidon, not all cavalry regiments carried one, for example there were Dragoons, and regiments of horse. The regiments of horse were the heavy cavalry of the line and carried Standards, that were usually square or rectangular with gold or silver fringe on the three free sides of the standard, while Dragoons always carried guidons which were also fringed in gold or silver on the three free edges and while the standard was as described above, guidons were always swallow tailed. Original documents of the day state that the Standard was to be made of plain red silk, while the guidons were to be made of red damask (embroidered pattern silk). Measurements were to be 27" at the flagstaff and 41" at the fly, with the dovetail slit being 10" at the fly and 4" wide. In the first and fourth corners are a gold edged cartouche with a red background bearing the white Hanovarian horse on a green mound, while in the remaining corners were to be a similar cartouche with the background colour matching the regimental facings. The regimental number was to be embroidered within this in either silver or gold, while the cord and tassel are also to be made of red and gold.

The term ‘Guidon’ is derived from the old French "guydhomme", or the flag carried by the leader of Horse. It has always been swallow-tailed and regarded as being junior to a Standard. It is interesting to note that while the white Hanoverian horse is embroidered in one and four of the corners of a guidon carried by regiments with a cavalry history, the guidon for armoured regiments with no cavalry background has the white Hanoverian horse replaced by a white Ram. As is the case with this guidon, which we would like to point out is a "replica" commissioned to be presented to the surviving members of the "Kangaroo Regiment" at a parade and ceremony to be held in St Thomas Ontario, the weekend of September 9th, 10th. Other than being a replica, the measurements and design are correct and in accordance with the rules and regulations governing guidons. The colour however is "Orange" damask, chosen to identify the affiliation of the regiment with Holland during WW11.

We urge you to visit the following sites in order to gain further insight to this outstanding regiment.

Troop Sergeant Major 7th Dragoon Guards circa 1880
with Royal Standard (Osprey publishing.
British Colours & Standards 1747-1881)
The cord and tassel are traditionally red and gold, but for this guidon the cord and tassel are black and gold

Battle Honours on a standard or guidon are placed in order of precedence, or year(s) awarded. Above are 4 of the total 14 awarded to this regiment, embroidered on gold bullion wire.

To the right is the circlet bearing the regiments name and cap badge, hand embroidered in gold bullion wire.

A special thanks goes to M Perkins & Son's of the UK, for supplying the silk Damask for the guidon. This required a close working relationship between Sheba Imports and Perkins in order to arrive at the special colour dye required to achieve the successful results shown below.

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And finally after 66 years, members of the 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment are awarded their guidon, in the presence of Lord Elgin KT, CD, JP. The fact that this is not an officially approved guidon, does nothing to detract from the moment when these brave men are finally honoured for their outstanding service. Remember 14 Battle honours in 10 months is a testament to the bravery and will of this regiment and it is only fitting that they are finally honoured while a few of them are still alive to see this day.

To the left is the Ram, within a (compartment) cartouche of gold bullion wire, hand embroidered in silver bullion. The Ram replaces the Hanoverian white horse in corners one and four of the guidon, indicating that the origins of this regiment were not cavalry. Below and situated in corners 2 and 3 is the regiments designator, also within a cartouche of Autumnal leaves.
The finished (replica) guidon for 1 APCR (The Kangaroo Regiment) was commissioned by members of The Kangaroo Regimental Association and members of the Elgin Regimental Association to honour the historic accomplishments and memory of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment. The Kangaroo Regiment is credited with the invention of the modern armoured personnel carrier, which resulted in the drastic reduction of Allied casualties and also brought about a major change in modern warfare. On October 19th, 1944, the original unit was formed into a new regiment of the Canadian army, and would be known as the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, or "1 CACR". It is the only Canadian unit formed and disbanded overseas, without ever serving in Canada. Many of the original members came from The Elgin Regiment of St. Thomas, Ont., serving overseas as the 25th Armoured Delivery Regiment. The Elgins delivered new and repaired tanks back to the front for other units to use in combat. With their new unit, the transferred Elgin armoured troopers, augmented by soldiers from other units, would see plenty of action, winning 14 battle honours (10 of which appear on the guidon). The regiment was disbanded in Holland on June 20th, 1945, and the troops RTU'd.

Queens crown and Autumnal leaves surmount the circlet and Kangaroo badge (right)

We specialize in Guidons, Pipe banners, gonfalons, and other fine regimental regalia. Prices vary depending upon the size and amount of embroidery required.
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The regimental motto is placed below the circlet and Kangaroo badge

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