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, 1st October, in....
- 1939 The 2nd Battalion deployed to Waziristan as part of 4th Indian Brigade. There were some minor contacts but the Regimental diarist wrote in early January 1940 'found the Battalion pursing the usual futile life forced upon any unit stationed in Waziristan in these days of political peace'.
Razmak Camp in the late 1930s, taken from one of the surrounding picquets
- 1940 The 3rd Battalion was re-raised in Dehra Dun, having previously been formed in 1917 and disbanded in 1920.
- 1950 The 1st Battalion moved into Slim Barracks on Singapore Island, which had been purpose-built during the previous 2 years. It was to be the home of either the 1st or 2nd Battalions until 1971.
Slim Barracks in 1953
- 1963 Lieutenant (QGO) Pasbahadur Gurung, commanding 11 Platoon of the 1st Battalion, executed a successful boat ambush on the River Rajang. After being roped down from 4 helicopters they very soon afterwards ambushed 2 longboats packed with Indonesian soldiers. One boat sank midstream, the other beached on rocks on the opposite side of the river. None of his men were strong enough swimmers to check it out so the next day Captain Willoughby, sent to debrief Pasbahadur, swam across and found a dead Indonesian and a mortar. In total 26 enemy were killed while Pasbahadur's team had no casualties. He was awarded the Military Cross. 2 more Indonesians thought to be part of this group were killed in a follow-up ambush on 10th October.