• Short Summary

    THE PROUDEST SOLDIER IN THE BRITISH ARMY RIGHT NOW IS PRIVATE O.W.COWELL. HE COME FROM?

  • Description

    THE PROUDEST SOLDIER IN THE BRITISH ARMY RIGHT NOW IS PRIVATE O.W.COWELL. HE COME FROM JAMAICA AND AT THE MOMENT IS ON GUARD DUTY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE, THE LONDON RESIDENCE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.

    HE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST COLOURED MEMBER OF A BRITISH REGIMENT TO DO SO. MILITARY EXPERTS RECALL COLOURED REGIMENTS ON GUARD AT THE PALACE, BUT NEVER BEFORE A COLOURED MEMBER OF A HOME REGIMENT.

    PRIVATE COWELL -- HIS IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS 23928043 -- COMES FROM THE LOYAL REGIMENT, A NORTH LANCASHIRE UNIT WHICH IS NORMALLY BASED AT BARNARD CASTLE, A GARRISON TOWN IN COUNTY DURHAM (NORTH-EAST ENGLAND).

    THE SON OF A FAMILY WHO IMMIGRATED TO BRITAIN FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA, PRIVATE COWELL HAS SERVED ABOUT A YEAR OF AN INITIAL SIX-YEAR SPELL WITH THE LOYALS.

    NORMALLY, THE GUARDS REGIMENTS CARRY OUT THE TOP CEREMONIAL DUTIES AT THE PALACE, BUT ALL UNITS HAVE THE OCCASIONAL SPELL THERE.

    AT THE MOMENT IT'S THE LOYALS, THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE DONE SO. AND TODAY (TUESDAY) PRIVATE COWELL LINED UP WITH HIS COMRADES AT CHELSEA BARRACKS FOR THE INSPECTION BY THE ADJUTANT, CAPTAIN BOWEN.

    EVERYTHING IN ORDER, AND THE GUARD MARCHED THE THREE MILES TO THE PALACE TO BEGIN DUTY. EACH SOLDIER IS AT THE PALACE FOR 24 HOURS -- TWO HOURS ON, FOUR HOURS OFF, TWO HOURS ON, AND SO ON.

    A DAY OFF, AND THEN BACK ON DUTY AGAIN. IT WILL BE LIKE THIS FOR PRIVATE COWELL FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. ALTHOUGH THE QUEEN IS AT PRESENT IN SCOTLAND, A GUARD IS MAINTAINED RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAADPO3W1PR6TPII9SGALW7TBX2
    Media URN:
    VLVAADPO3W1PR6TPII9SGALW7TBX2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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