The sidebar on the right of this page displays daily-changing historical events drawn from a library of (currently) 560 items. The number of entries a day varies. Most days have 2-3. Some have 5-6. Some artistic licence and creative thinking has been necessary to ensure every day has at least one entry.
Both the day of the year and the associated entries automatically update daily. Pictures and/or links to other, more detailed material are embedded in most of the entries and could include video or audio files. The cycle begins again after 365 days. The setup is very flexible and entries can be edited or added to whenever required.
The sidebar could be displayed on the homepage of the 2GR website which means people would see it when they land there (e.g. after an internet search). It could also be added to the most intensively-used pages such as the membership address list and Noticeboard(s) so people going to such pages would see it. Alternatively the material can be displayed on its own full page as shown below but to my mind that would reduce its impact as people would have to make a deliberate choice to go to that page rather than just seeing the stuff in the margins of navigating round other bits of the site.
HISTORICAL EVENTS FROM THE REGIMENT’S HISTORY
On this day, 28th September, in....
- 1956 Riots broke out in Singapore. The 1st Battalion deployed patrols and road blocks but firm and quick police and government action meant that no stronger measures were required from the military.
- 1963 Corporal Tejbahadur Gurung of the 1st Battalion was commanding a small detachment of three Goorkhas and a handful of Border Scouts at the village of Long Jawi in Borneo. They were attacked by a force of 100 Indonesian regular soldiers and volunteers armed with mortars and machine guns. For nearly three hours they held out but eventually, with one of his own men wounded and a wounded policeman to look after as well, he decided to withdraw. They had lost radio communications but eventually, after four days moving through the jungle and after borrowing a longboat, they arrived at the Company base in Belaga. Tejbahadur was awarded the Military Medal for his leadership and bravery.
Corporal Tejbahadur after later promotion to Lieutenant