Flags & Battle Honours

Guidon, West Kent Yeomanry; The union flower in the centre lacks any shamrock indicating that it dates from before the 1801 Act of Union with Ireland

Military flags traditionally had two purposes

  • —To serve as a visible rallying point on the battlefield
  • —To mark the location of the commander

In the British Army these flags took on two separate identities

Infantry Regiments  carry two flags or Colours, a Queen’s Colour and a Regimental Colour

Cavalry Regiments  carry a single flag in two forms

  • —an oblong Standard for Household Cavalry and Dragoon Guards
  • —a Guidon, oblong with rounded ends for Hussars, Lancers and Yeomanry

The term Guidon is derived from the French guide-homme or guide man