24th Regiment of Foot colours
The South Wales Borderers' Chapel in Brecon Cathedral as it looked a few years ago. Recently an anonymous benefactor provided the funds to restore the regimental colours and they are now preserved for posterity in hermetically sealed cases.
On the wall of this chapel there are memorial plaques commemorating Gethin and his brother Gurth.
In 1881, the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot became the South Wales Borderers. During the battle of Chillianwallah in the Punjab in 1849, a soldier called Perry had rescued the Colours and from 1868 they were kept at the home of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment's memorial chapel in St, Mary’s Church Warwick, where Perry is buried.
For some years there had been a dispute as to whether the Colours should stay there or be transferred to the South Wales
Borderers' regimental memorial chapel in Brecon Cathedral. The local vicar had refused to allow them to be moved and a
stalemate seemed to have been reached until Gethin took up the case. He presented it to the Bishop of Coventry in May 1935
and in November that year the petition was put before the Diocesan Chancellor. Feelings ran high – there were heated
exchanges of letters in newspapers, strong arguments being presented on both sides. Eventually Gethin’s thorough research
and gritty determination won the day; his evidence convinced the Chancellor and judgement was found in favour of the
regiment on 4 June 1936. The case involved protracted correspondence, evidence being put to the Diocesan Chancellor of
Coventry, Warwick Assize Court (6 May 1936), the hearing being adjourned to London and finally arguments being put in the
Niblett Hall, Inner Temple (19 May). According to an article in the Stratford Herald (August 1999) recalling the episode
under the headline 'A battle royal over the trophies of war', Gethin was
as formidable a man as Warwick's crusty old
cleric had been cantankerously awkward. The Colours were restored by the Royal School of Needlework and returned to the
regiment on 23 August 1936.