Officer Commanding No. 16 Light Infantry Training Centre Colchester
I am instructed by the Chairman of the Regimental Committee to forward the enclosed and to say that in order to fall into line with the drill of other light infantry regiments and achieve uniformity the Colonel of the Regiment directs that the alterations and resuscitation shall come into force on receipt of this order.
The Colonel wishes Commanding Officers to realise that he does not expect these changes to be put into effect if they appear undesirable or impracticable under present conditions and until commanding officers have had time to train their men properly in them.
LIGHT INFANTRY DRILL
(Alterations and resuscitation of)
1. Ceremonial drill (as mentioned in Sec IV of Regimental Standing Orders) will be abolished. MANOEUVRE drill will be done on all occasions, i.e. from the position of Stand-at-Ease back to the position of stand-at-ease.
2. The cautionary command "at ease" to bring the Regiment from "easy" to "stand at ease" will be abolished in exchange for the cautionary command "Light Infantry".
Thus to receive an inspecting general the procedure will be:-
Cautionary- "Light Infantry" Action- Regiment stands properly at ease.
Executive- "General salute - present arms" Regiment will come to attention, slope and present arms Judging the time.
"Stand at ease" Regiment will slope and order arms and stand at ease Judging the time.
3. On inspections and when a parade is handed over to a senior the Regiment will be called to attention from stand at ease as heretofore, e. g. , "43rd", "52nd" or the appropriate designation of the parade.
4. Dismissing. On the command "dismiss" the Regiment will first shoulder arms and then turn to the right before saluting in the normal way.
5. The double past will be taken out of abeyance for Regimental Parades or combined Light Infantry parades. After the march past in column in quick time to the Regimental quick step(s),the Regiment will form close column, turn about and march past in close column in double time to the Regimental ; double step "Weel may the keel row"
(Note. The double past went into abeyance in the 43rd after the Boer War and in the 52nd after Sir Robert FANSHAWE' s command. "Weel may the keel row" was always used)
6. The Regiment will march at the trail at all times. The "shoulder" will only Be used on the' following occasions :-
(i) By individuals carrying rifles when NOT under command.
(ii) When the Regiment is falling in 'on parade.
(iii) When the Regiment is dismissing
(iv) when a, guard or party is turning to a flank in FILE if bayonets are not fixed".
(v) By instructors of squads when instructing.
7. Guard mounting drill and other Regimental customs and traditions Will NOT be affected.