The Colours of The East Surrey Regiment
(and its forebears the 31st and 70th of Foot)
Thirty-First Regiment (1st Battalion) 1802-1825
Sketches of this stand of similar size and design to its predecessor are held in the College of Arms. The King’s Colour now bears the saltire of St Patrick.
These colours were borne in action at the unsuccessful action against Rosetta, and also in Italy in 1814 at Albaro. They were lost at sea in the sinking of the troopship Kent in 1825, when the survivors of the 31st were cared for so well at Chatham by the Royal Marines, thus cementing the close association between the 31st (which had been formed originally in 1702 as Marines) and the Corps.