Coldstream Guards mark centenary of WW1

Coldstream Guards marked the centenary of WW1 by commemorating two of their comrades who were awarded Victoria Crosses after WW1, with a team of 5 running the Windsor Half Marathon this weekend.

The Coldstream Guards is the oldest continuously serving regiment in the Army, which dates back as far as the English Civil War. Coldstream Guards also have a ceremonial role as protectors of the royal palaces, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. 

The anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Crosses to the two comrades, Captain Cyril Frisby and Lance Corporal Thomas Jackson, was commemorated with a Regimental Drumhead Service at Victoria Barracks Windsor, with regimental music from the Band Of The Coldstream Guards. Descendants of both men, former commanding officers of the regiment and community leaders were in attendance.

Lance Corporal Jackson lost his life after charging a trench in Canal du Nord, France. Captain Frisby recommended him for the Victoria Cross. Jackson's award was published in the London Gazette on 26 November 1918. His fiancée Daisy Flatt and his sister Charlotte were presented with his Victoria Cross by the King on 29 March 1919.

Captain Cyril Frisby oversaw the successful capture under heavy fire of a machine gun that was pinning the Coldstream Guards back. His award of the Victoria Cross was published in the London Gazette on 27 November 1918. 

Led by PT Instructor Jake Dean, the team are all based in Windsor but from different branches, including a secondee from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The team of 5 had varying levels of marathon running experience. Whilst coach Dean recently completed the Great North Run with 20 kg military pack, for one of the team this was his first marathon. Dedicating their challenge to the memories of Frisby and Jackson, they ran in RBL Live On vests and raised over £280 for the Legion.