|British Bugle Calls|
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1. Light infantry movements must in general be regulated by word of command. Commands must be repeated by the captains and every supernumerary belonging to the line of skirmishers. The connecting links may be employed, when necessary, to pass words of command, or convey intelligence backwards and forwards between the reserve and supports, and between the supports and skirmishers. When on account of the distance, or from noise or wind, the voice cannot be distinctly heard, the connecting links should run up and deliver their orders to the officers for whom they are intended, and then resume their places.
2. Calls on the bugle may occasionally be necessary as substitutes for the voice, but as they are liable to be misunderstood, and as they reveal intended movements to the enemy, who will soon become acquainted with them, they should seldom be used, unless for purposes of drill.
3. Bugle sounds must be as few and as simple as possible. None but the following sounds must ever be used in light drill:
4. One G sounded (hear note) on the bugle denotes the right of the line. Two G's the centre. Three G's the left.
5. The G's preceding any sound denote the part of the line to which it applies. For instance; two G's before the Extend, signifies to extend from the Centre. One G followed by the Close, to close to the Right. One G followed by the Incline, to incline to the right. Three G's, followed by the Wheel, to wheel to the left.
The Halt annuls all previous sounds except the Fire.
VI. COMMENCE FIRING
VII. CEASE FIRING
The calls IX. and X. must be preceded by the distinguishing G's.
XII. THE QUICK TIME.
XIII. THE DOUBLE TIME.
XIV. LIE DOWN.
6. Every regiment should have a well marked and simple regimental call.
7. The Advance or the Retire sounded when inclining to the flank, indicates that the original direction is to be resumed.
8. When moving by sound of bugle, men will wait till the bugle has ceased before they move.
9. When THE FIRE is combined with any other call, it should always be the last sounded, for if the men commenced firing they would not hear the second call.
10. The commanding officer's bugle will generally be found sufficient in light infantry drill; repeated sounds only create confusion and delay.
11. Bugle sounds do not apply to bodies of troops in reserve.
On 14 September 1857 at Delhi, India, Bugler Robert Hawthorne of the 52nd Regiment, accompanied the explosion party in the desperate task of blowing in the Kashmir Gate. He not only performed the dangerous duty on which he was employed, but, under heavy musketry fire, bound up the wounds on one of the officers of the party, who had been badly hurt.
Robert Hawthorne died 2nd February 1879, and is buried in an unmarked grave in Ardwick Cemetery - Manchester
His Victoria Cross was purchased in 1909 by the officers of the 52nd Regt., at the sale of Mr. J. B. Gaskell`s medal collection, and is now housed in The Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester.
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