Medals of the Regiments:
The Coldstream Guards

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Coldstream Guards Valise badge, probably converted from a Puggaree badge gilding metal capstar for the forage cap
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The Coldstream Guards

1650 - date
Earliest recognised formation: 1650 when raised in Northumberland as Monck's Regiment of Foot, for service in the Parliamentary Army. Became the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards in 1670
Motto: Nulli Secundus  = Second to None
Regimental Journal:  Coldstream Gazette
WWI: Battle Honours; 36 Victoria Crosses; 7 Died; 3860
WWII:    Battle Honours;  53 Victoria Crosses; 2 Died;  ???
A  2nd Battalion of regulars was operational 1711-1993, and a 3rd Battalion, 1897-1959.

Egypt Campaign 1801 (1st Battalion) and the Peninsula War 1808 - 1814  

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814






Fuentes d' Onor

Ciudad Rodrigo


number: 70141 10436 108116 161


St Sebastian



Total Medals Max clasps  
number: 17527 7280 33710  



Battle Honours:  Talavera, Barrosa, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Nive, Peninsula,  and a Sphinx superscribed Egypt was permitted to be borne on the colours


Battle of Waterloo 1815 2nd Battalion

Waterloo Medal 1815 (names on roll, includes died, missing etc)

Number : 908

Casualties 16th, 17th & 18th June 1815 (extracted London Gazette 8/7/1815 & "Medals of the British Army and  how they were won" T. Carter 1861*)

Officers: 1 Lieutenant killed.  2 Captains and 2 Lieutenants and 3 Ensigns  wounded.

*Sergeants, Trumpeters, Drummers, Farriers and Rank and File:

Wounded Missing
Died of wounds Suffered amputation Discharged Transferred to Veteran or Garrison Battalions Rejoined the Regiment Remaining in hospitals in April 1816 Total Rejoined the RegimentNot since heard of, supposed dead.
47 26 6 - - 208 1 241 4 -

*Carter's figures are in turn extracted from the return prepared by the Adjutant-Generals office, 13th April 1816.

Battle Honour;  Waterloo.


Crimean War  1854 - 1856  1st Battalion

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

Clasp: →..none...





Total Medals 
Number: ?815 751?708 ?>1148* 

*1148 = main roll figure only, there are more.


Battle Casualties;

Action.KilledDied of Wounds'Wounded'Dangerously
The Battle of the Alma -- 14- -- -14
First bombardment of Sebastopol, first battle of Inkermann and minor actions 2- 4- -- -6
The Battle of Inkermann 703 -- 6749 1190
Assault on the Quarries -- -- -- --
First Attack on the Redan -- -- -2 -2
Final Attack on the Redan -- -- -- --
2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Bombardments of Sebastopol and Minor Actions. 4- -6 2137 -68
Magazine explosion at the French Siege Train -- -- -- --

Grand Total:     




Men who served in the Crimea also eligible for:

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855


VCs: 4;     Conolly (Late 49th Regiment) , Goodlake, Stanlock, Strong.    see VC & GC page


Battle Honours:  Alma; Inkerman Sevastopol.


Revolt of Arabi Pasha and the 1st Sudan War 1882  2nd Battalion

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89



total medals
number: 49705 754



Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star  "1882"

Battle Honours:  Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882 


The Nile Expedition 1884-5 Both Battalions provided detachments for service with  the Guards Camel Regiment and the 1st Battalion served at Suakin 1885

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89



The Nile 1884 -85

Abu Klea

Suakin 1885

Battalion: combined figure (battalion not indicated on the roll) 1st
Number: 95 86?


Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star dated 1884-6

Battle Honour: Suakin 1885


Ashanti Expedition 1895-96 Detachment of the 2nd Battalion

Ashanti Star 1895-96


3rd Battalion formed 1897

Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902.  1st and 2nd  Battalions, both served November 1899 to the end of the War 

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:



Modder River




Diamond Hill

number: ? ? 98 ? ? ?


number: ?          



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW/ DOD Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
1st Battalion
- / 1 8 - 27 72 99 6
2nd Battalion
5 / - 5 1 29 81 108 -

Battle Honours: Modder River, South Africa 1899-1902


The Great War 1914 - 1918  ( 6 battalions; 4 served overseas:- )

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion → 1  2 3 4
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x x x x
Egypt & Palestine        
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15 x x x  
or 1914-15 only       x
VCs at a glance:  
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition the regiment as a whole lost an additional  80 officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown'  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)  (note SDGW does not distinguish OR's Battalion for this regiment)
3637 Other Ranks
39 Officers 31 Officers 19 Officers 3 Officers
Regular Territorial Force New Armies Garrison.


Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
1 officer and 3 men of the Coldstream Guards also qualified for this medal.


VCs: 7;    Frisby, Jackson, Whitham, Dobson, Brooks, Campbell, Wyatt.  see VC & GC page

All Awards (MID to VC, inc. Foreign)  Surname quick checker:
Officers.  Other Ranks:  A-G,     H - L,     M - Z.

Battle Honours: Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Ypres 1914, 1917; Loos; Somme 1916, 1918; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Arras 1918; Hazebrouck; Hindenburg Line.   Mons; Langemarck 1914; Gheluvelt; Nonne Bosschen; Givenchy 1914; Neuve Chapelle; Aubers; Festubert 1915; Mount Sorrel; FlersCourcelette; Morval; Pilckem; Menin Road; Poelcapelle; Passchendaele; St Quentin; Bapaume 1918; Lys; Albert 1918; Scarpe 1918; Drocourt-Quéant; Havrincourt; Canal du Nord; Selle; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18.


Jewish / Arab unrest, Palestine 1936 - 39 3rd Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 -62



numbers: ?

WW2 1939 - 1945  

Battalion → 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
campaign ↓          
France and Belgium 1940.
(Dunkirk )
x x      
North Africa & Middle East   x x    
Sicily / Italy   x x    
N.W. Europe x     x x


  7th Infantry Brigade (Guards) for France and Belgium 1940. Evacuated 31/5/40.  Became "1st Armoured Coldstream Guards". Served in the 5th Guards Armoured Brigade from 15/9/41 (titled 5th Guards Brigade from 12/6/45)
Landed NW Europe 30/6/44
1st Infantry Brigade 3/9/39-3/3/45 &
24th Infantry Brigade (Guards) 10/3/45-31/8/45
22nd Infantry Brigade, redesignated 22nd Guards Brigade, then became 200th and 201st Guards Motor Brigade Group: 25/7/40-12/3/44 Battalion evaded capture at Tobruk, escaping to Egypt.
  Joined ex-24th Infantry Brigade (then functioning as an Independent Brigade Group) in Italy 13/3/44.
Known as the 4th Tank Battalion Coldstream Guards 15/1/43-1/2/45 and 4th Armoured Coldstream Guards 15/9/41-14/1/43 and 2/2/45-16/6/45

6th Guards Tank Brigade* 2/2/45-31/8/45.  *Redesignated 6th Guards Brigade 17/6/45

Landed NW Europe 18/7/44

32nd Infantry Brigade (Guards)
Landed NW Europe 25/6/44

WW2 Stars common to the Battalion. (excluding 39-45 star )
 Key: A = Africa, P = Pacific, B =  Burma, I = Italy,  F&G = France and Germany

  F&G. A, I. A, I. F&G. F&G.

VCs: 2;   Wright,  Liddell.   see VC & GC page


Most also entitled to the 1939-45 War Medal and many the Defence Medal


Battle Honours:  Dunkirk 1940; Mont Pinçon; Rhineland; North-West Europe 1940, 1944-5; Sidi Barrani; Tobruk 1941, 1942; Tunis; Salerno; Monte Ornito; Italy 1943-5.  Dyle; Defence of Escaut; Cagny; Quarry Hill; Estry; Heppen; Nederrijn; Venraij; Meihel; Rocr; Reichswald; Cleve; Goch; Moyland; Hochwald; Rhine; Lingen; Uelzen; Egyptian Frontier 1940; Halfaya 1941; Msus; Knightsbridge; Defence of Alamein Line; Medenine; Mareth; Longstop Hill 1942; Sbiba; Steamroller Farm; Hammam Lif; North Africa 1940-3; Battipaglia; Cappezano; Volturno Crossing; Monte Piccolo; Monte Camino; Calabretto; Garigliano Crossing; Capture of Perugia; Arezzo; Advance to Florence; Monte Domini; Catarelto Ridge; Argenta Gap.


Jewish / Arab Unrest,  Palestine 1945 - 48 1st  and 3rd Battalions (1948 and 1945)

General Service Medal 1918 -62

Palestine 1945-48

The Malaya Emergency: Operations against Communist insurgents. 1948-60 2nd Battalion (1948)

General Service Medal 1918 - 62




Canal Zone 1951 - 1954 1st & 3rd Battalions

General Service Medal 1918 -62


Canal Zone



1959: Regulars reduced to two Battalions, 1st and 2nd.

Aden 1964 - 67  1st and 2nd  Battalion (1965 and 1964)

General Service Medal 1962-2007

South Arabia
numbers: ?

Northern Ireland "Operation Banner"  1969-2007   1st and 2nd Battalions; numerous tours

General Service Medal 1962-2007


Northern Ireland




Gulf War to liberate Kuwait  1990-1991  1st Battalion: Prisoner of War Guard Force

Gulf Medal 1990-91

16th Jan to 28th Feb 1991
numbers: 1521

Battle Honour:  Gulf 1991

1993 Regulars reduced to a single Battalion; the 1st .

Iraq War, or Second Gulf War 2003 and Aftermath.  1st Battalion. 12 Mechanised Brigade, Operation Telic 6  (2005)

Iraq Medal 2003-




Afghanistan 2002 - date    1st Battalion: 52 Infantry Brigade, Operation Herrick VII (October 2007-April 2008)

Operational Service Medal : Afghanistan 2002-






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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in )


Selected Bibliography;

Author/ Ed.. Etc. Title Publisher
Col. MacKinnon Origin and Services of the Coldstream Guards.  2 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1835
G. Davies. The Early History of the Coldstream Guards. 160 pp. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1924.
Lt.-Col. Ross of Bladensburg.  Illustrated by Lieut. Nevile R. Wilkinson. A History of the Coldstream Guards, from 1815 to 1895.  492 pp. London: A. D. Innes & Co., 1896
Col. Sir John Hall, Bart. The Coldstream Guards, 1885-1914.  394 pp Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929
Lieut.-Col. Sir John Ross-of-Bladensburg. The Coldstream Guards, 1914-1918.  2 vols. and separate vol. of maps. Oxford: University Press, 1928
Michael Howard and John Sparrow The Coldstream Guards, 1920-1946.  593 pp. London: Oxford University Press, 1951
Col. R. J. Marker, Major-Gen. A. G. C. Dawnay & Col. E. R. Hill; edited by Col. the Earl of Lucan Nulli Secundus. The Record of the Coldstream Guards, 1650-1950.    91 pp. ??  1950
Lt.-Col. Ross-of-Bladensburg. The Coldstream Guards in the Crimea.    312 pp. London: A. D. lines & Co., 1897.
John Wyatt, Battalion Surgeon. History of the First Battalion Coldstream Guards during the Eastern Campaign, from February, 1854, to June, 1856.  138 pp. London: S. Straker's Steam Printing Works 1858.
Compiled and edited by D. C. Quitter. "No. Dishonourable Name." The 2nd and 3rd Battalions Coldstream Guards in France, North Africa and Italy, 1939-1946.  334 pp London: William Clowes & Sons, Ltd. 1947
Capt. J. Pereira, with a Foreword by Gen. Sir Charles Loyd. A Distant Drum. War Memories of the Intelligence Officer of the 5th Bn. Coldstream Guards, 1944-45.   213 pp. Aldershot: Gale & Polden Ltd., 1948
Foreword by Gen. Sir John Harding. " Clothed all in Green-o," being an account in narrative and pictorial form of the activities of 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards in Malaya in 1948 and 1949.  54 pp., Ipoh, Perak; printed by Charles Grenier & Co. Ltd., 1950
F. W. Walker. The Great Deeds of the Coldstream Guards. 176 pp. (The Story of the Regiments series). London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1916
Richard Crichton The Coldstream Guards 1946-1970.  206 pp. London: Coldstream Guards, 1972
Charles Grant. The Coldstream Guards.   40 pp. Reading:. Osprey Publishing, 1971


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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