- Thirty three colours and one guidon
are suspended on horizontal shafts from the walls of the Crypt.
- Of these
twenty eight colours and the one guidon represent units of the first
Australian Imperial Force (AIF) which served in the Great War(1914-18)
Guidons and Banners are Laid Up in all sorts of places. Churches,
cathedrals and other public buildings. This is a start to listing where
they are. If you can help with information please email
Two colours, Royal (Queen’s) and
Regimental represent the
The colours of the 22nd Battalion R.V.
R., both Queen’s and Regimental carry the Queen’s crown. The Royal
or Queen’s colour is also distinctive in that it is a silken national
flag as against the Union flag used in previous Sovereigns’ colours.
The one guidon in the Crypt represents the
This differs from colours in that it is smaller, being carried on a
lance rather than a pike and the free border is swallow-tailed in shape.
It is unique in having two colour patches, one worn by troopers in the
desert campaigns and the other by troopers in France.
Four colours representing the
6th Infantry Battalion, City of Melbourne
Regiment, have been added to the Crypt, making a total of thirty seven
colours and one guidon. Two of these are King’s colours and two are