OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: March 18, 2016.
Webpage updated: March 18, 2016

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THE MILITARY IN OLD DEVONPORT

GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Government House was built in 1820 as the private residence and military offices of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Plymouth Garrison.  Prior to 1725 the Governor's offices had been at the Royal Citadel.

A German Tattoo was held at the front of Government House on Thursday October 11th 1883.  It started at 9pm in the square at Raglan Barracks.  The massed bands of the South Lancashire Regiment, Highland Light Infantry and the Royal Marines paraded in the Barracks.  Some 100 men from those Regiments plus the Royal Artillery also paraded in sections of 10 men under the command of a non-commissioned officer.  Each man carried a lighted torch manufactured locally and calculated to burn for two hours.

At 9.30pm, when the united buglers sounded "The Retreat", the troops commenced their march, through the main gate and up to Government House, at Mount Wise.  The massed bands first played "Union Jack" and they were followed by a Scottish march from the pipers.  Finally the massed bands played "Marines".

Upon arrival at Mount Wise the bands struck up the overture "Fra Diavolo" and "The British Patrol", after which the tattoo proper commenced.  This comprised an introduction from the fifes and drums; a Russian tattoo march; watch setting cavalry, first post, by united trumpeters with roll of drums; infantry, second post, by united buglers and roll of drums; Scotch (sic) pipers, "Good Night and Joy be With You"; role of drums; Evening Hymn by the massed bands; "Lights Out" by the united buglers; "God Save the Queen" by the massed bands and drums.  On the return parade the band, picquet and torch bearers were required to turn off as they neared the Barracks and return their torches.

On June 1st 1935 this more modern residence was taken over by the Admiralty and, as the new Admiralty House, became the new offices of the Commander-in-Chief.