This is the scrap of newspaper that Whimsy Pootling finds in the ransacked study... is it a clue to her father's disappearance? It's the front page of an old copy of the Strelsau English Gazette, Ruritania's only English paper. She is certain her father was on his way to Ruritania when he was last seen.
But what has it to do with him? The newspaper is nearly twenty years old, from the very month she was born. What can the connection be between the mysterious disappearance of Count Maximillian, whoever he is, and her father's disappearance? And who are the dour men in black jackets that have been seen about the village? Were they responsible for the break-in at Pootling Hall?
Whimsy really doesn't know, but she is beginning to suspect that things are going to get a lot more dangerous before she gets any answers...
The image, first posted over at the Lead Adventurers' Forum, is thanks to the wonderful engine at the Newspaper Clipping Image Generator, a fine place to start a story off indeed, and newly added to the links on the left there. Make your own Martian Invasion, Shrinking Ray Discovery, Custard Explosion or whatever you like. But beware (as all press barons should) that with great power comes great responsibility...
I've been checking out the various fictional army regiments that different people have written about over the last... oh, 160 years or so, and of course there's a wikipedia page for them. As I'm not a total masochist I'm not going to type up every single one, but I will start adding a list of regiments, period of earliest (fictional) mention, and (where known) theatres of operations, for regiments up to 1900.
Details of the vast majority of these regiments can be found on the wiki page listed above. Some have an unknown early history, but their earlier existence can be surmised (eg the 'Musketeer' regiments probably pre-date the Napoleonic Wars). Some I'm making up on sketchy evidence I'll admit.
Regiments in existence before 1800: 4th Musketeers (early history unknown, but existed during WWII) Duke of Buckingham's Light Infantry - Marlburian campaigns, Jacobite Risings Lord Semphill's Highland Regiment - Jacobite Regiment Royal Corps of Halberdiers (formerly Earl of Essex's Honourable Company of Free Halberdiers, founded in Elizabethan period, early history unknown, as RCH existed in WWII) Royal Loyal Musketeers (Irish regiment, early history unknown, served in India in late C19th)
Before 1850: 6th Light Dragoons - Napoleonic Wars Bombadier Guards 'Jackboot Guards' - regimental nickname, official name unknown Lifeguard Greens South Essex Regiment - Napoleonic Wars (Peninsula and Belgium): Under Major Sharpe
Before 1870: 27th Lancers - Crimean War 117th Foot 'The Royal Mallows' - served in India during the Mutiny? See 'Before 1890' 1st Bangalore Pioneers
Before 1880: 114th Queen's Own Royal Strathspeys Afghan Wars, after 1880 remained in the North West Frontier Province until at least 1897 - link here Princess Hohenzollern's Own Merthyr Tydfil Light Infantry (this name has been considerably shortened from Kipling's original) - served in India 34th Bombay Infantry 77th Bengal Lancers - North West Frontier Province?
Before 1890: 117th Foot 'The Royal Mallows' - served in India until c.1885, potentially from 1850s; afterwards stationed at Aldershot by c.1888; from 'The Crooked Man' by Arthur Conan Doyle Royal Cumbrian Regiment (though this may be anachronistic, perhaps they should be listed as the Royal Cumberland Regiment) - Sudan (took part in Gordon's expedition?)
Before 1900: 117th Foot 'The Royal Mallows' - information moved to 'Before 1890' 'The Black Boneens' - regimental nickname, official name unknown - served in India 'The Black Tyrone' - regimental nickname, official name unknown - served in India Lennox Highlanders - Matabele Wars; Richard Hannay's Regiment Royal Loyal Musketeers (surmised to exist before 1800) - served in India Royal North Surrey Regiment - Sudan (took part in relief of Khartoum?) 'The White Hussars' - regimental nickname, official name unknown - served in India 19th/45th East African Rifles - served in West Africa (perhaps based in Ghana or Nigeria?)
And the only regiment that doesn't appear on the wiki page: The 'Fighting' 43rd (Regiment of Horse, also known as 'Prince Rupert's Regiment of Horse') - South Africa if my memory serves (it was Captain Cadman's regiment in the stories of the cowardly Captain in the Victor comic when I was a lad - though see notes below, I may be mis-remembering).
I have not been able to place the Duke of Clarence's Own Clanranald Highlanders (the 'Invernesshire Greens') though I suspect that they go back at least to the mid-18th century.
Well, that's a start anyway. Of course there are regiments that are listed post-1900 that may exist beforehand... but they'll live to another day.
I've also noticed they have a list of fictional British Army Officers on wiki...
Later additions and corrections to the list are italicised.