The event will be hosted by Brigadier Andrew Fisher, President of The Royal Tigers’ Association, and will include a special service of dedication conducted by The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and will be attended by the Lords Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
The Regiment was conferred with the title 'Royal' by King George VI in 1946 in recognition of its services during the Second World War, where it was represented by a battalion in every theatre: an almost unique distinction. The Regiment takes its nickname – ‘The Tigers’ – from its badge, which incorporates a Royal Tiger and the inscription ‘Hindoostan’. The badge was awarded to the Regiment in 1825 by King George IV, in recognition of its exemplary conduct in India.
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was awarded a total of 73 Battle Honours ranging from the battle of Namur in 1695 to the campaign in Korea in 1952. Over the years, four members of the Regiment were awarded the Victoria Cross. The Regiment’s last operational tour was in Borneo in 1963-64, very soon after which it was incorporated into The Royal Anglian Regiment, where its heritage is carried forward in B (Leicestershire) Company 2nd Battalion and No 2 (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire) Company 3rd Battalion.
The Memorial’s large Irish Blue limestone plinth was donated by André Vrona, of Ketton Stone near Stamford. The tiger which sits on the plinth has been sculptured by Theodore Gillick of Stamford, and the plinth was engraved by Nick Johnson of Young Johnson, of Westbury in Wiltshire, who has now worked on 20 memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum. The Royal Tigers’ Association committee initiated the project to build the Memorial from a strong desire for the Regiment to be represented at the Arboretum, the UK’s year-round centre for Remembrance and for Pilgrimage.
The necessary funds to cover the cost of the Memorial were raised thanks to the invaluable support of the Leicester Mercury and other local publications, and to the immense generosity of individuals, trusts, local authorities, schools, organisations and firms in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.
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