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Transcript of the original programme for the

Laying Up of the old MUR Queen's and Regimental Colours

[Source: Stephen Livingston]


MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

LAYING UP OF OLD QUEEN'S AND

REGIMENTAL COLOURS

SUNDAY, 16th. APRIL, 1967

In accordance with tradition, the Melbourne University

Regiment, which was presented with new Queen's and

Regimental Colours in 1965, is laying up its Old Colours in

a place of safe custody — the Shrine of Remembrance. The

Colours embody the history, spirit and traditions of the

Regiment and the occasion of their laying up is a solemn one

to the unit.

Normally the Colours bear the battle honours granted in

recognition of the deeds of their unit. Because the Melbourne

University Regiment does not fight as a unit in time of war,

the Colours bear no battle honours. However, the Melbourne

University Regiment has since 1884 trained and provided

officers and men who have fought with other units, bringing

distinction to the Regiment.

The Trustees of the Shrine of Remembrance have agreed

to accept the Old Colours for custody, thus conferring an

honour and distinction on the Melbourne University Regiment.

ORDER OF PARADE

On the occasion of the laying up of the Melbourne

University Regiment's Old Colours, for safe and permanent

custody, in the Shrine of Remembrance.

Melbourne University Regiment, after moving from the

University grounds, will form up in two companies in front of

the entrance to the Shrine of Remembrance.

The old colours are marched through the parade to the

head of the Regiment.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

The Chaplain addresses the gathering,

Major-General N. A. Vickery, MBE, MC, ED, BEc, LLB, is

to address the parade-

Honorary Colonel Lieutenant-General Sir Edmund Herring.

KCMG. KBE, CBE, DSO, MC, ED, KStI, MA, 3cL(Oxon), Hon.

DCL, QC, and the Commanding Officer receive the Old Colours

and hand them to {he trustees of the Shrine.

The Chaplain offers a prayer and pronounces benediction

The Old Colour Party marches off in slow time.

The Old Colours are deposited in the Inner Shrine.

The official party led by Senior Shrine Trustee enter the

Inner Shrine. The Honorary Colonel and Commanding Officer

offer floral tributes, and one minute's silence is observed by

the Regiment.

The Last Post is sounded and the Shrine flags lowered to

half mast. Officers are to salute.

Reveille is sounded and the flags raised.

Melbourne University Regiment Association led by Major-

General N. A. Vickery, followed by the Regiment, file past the

Old Colours and Stone of Remembrance.

The Regiment reforms and marches off-

The Old Colours will be placed in the crypt of the Shrine

of Remembrance on the following day.

PROGRAMME OF MUSIC

by

SOUTHERN COMMAND BAND

1. Regimental marches- slow time "Duke of York"

   quick time “The Thin Red Line"

2. Old Colours Party marching off in slow time

   "Auld Lang Syne"

3. Placing of Old Colours on altar or table "Point of War"

4. Regiment moving on and off Parade "The Thin Red Line"

   and "95"

FORM OF SERVICE

The Chaplain:

"We are gathered together at this Shrine o{ Remembrance

to lay up these Colours of the Melbourne University Regiment.

No more fitting place could be found wherein to deposit these

emblems of duty and service, than this hallowed place where

those who gave their lives for freedom are remembered."

The Commanding Officer:

"We hand these Queen's and Regimental Colours to the

trustees for safe and permanent custody within this Shrine."

The Senior Trustee:

"We receive these Colours for safe custody within this

Shrine."

The Chaplain:

"Let us pray; Almighty God and Lord of Hosts we now

lay up within this Shrine of Remembrance those emblems of

Thy Grace and Blessing: may all mat look upon them be

reminded of their duty to their God, their Queen and their

Country, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen."

 


Old MUR Colours stored in safe custody in the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance