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61st Foot: Nicknames

' The Flowers of Toulouse '

Battle of Toulouse 1814. 'So impressed were those who saw the fighting of the 61st at Toulouse that the Regiment was honoured with a new nickname. From the great numbers of bodies left on the field, in their scarlet uniform, they were called "The Flowers of Toulouse" - a proud tribute to their gallantry.'
(Cap of Honour by D.S. Daniell)

' The Silver-Tailed Dandies '

This nickname was given to the 61st Foot in the Peninsular Campaign, as their coats had longer tails than other regiments, with silver decoration.