Handover of Baton from Two Company to Three Company

Earlier this week, an official ceremony was held to hand over the regimental baton from Number Two Company to Number Three Company, overseen by the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Major General Richard Stanford MBE.

Having commanded Two Company, Major General Stanford then went on to command the 1st Battalion. During his time with the Welsh Guards, he served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iraq.

The General was invited to participate in our third and final WG100 leg, so that he could be part of the official commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the liberation on Brussels by the Welsh Guards on 3 September.  Unfortunately, it was not possible because of his busy schedule.  He was also due to undertake a distance kayak event on the River Thames as part of WG100 but had to cancel when his kayaking partner’s son broke his arm. The baton was therefore brought to him so that he could take part formally in WG100.  On Wednesday 6 October, the first available date, representatives from Number Two and Number Three Companies (Gdsm Mwelwa and Gdsm Harding) in their respective WG100 t-shirts, went to the the General’s headquarters for the symbolic handover.