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The guestbook is provided for visitors to contribute their views about the site, and to share items of regimental history.

Apart from comments on the site all messages should have a link to our Regiments:–The 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment; The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment; The 66th (Berkshire) Regiment; The 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment; The (Royal) Berkshire Regiment; The Wiltshire Regiment; The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and the people who served in them.

Information about The Gloucestershire Regiment should be directed to The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Custom House, Gloucester GL1  2HE.

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Paul Harris

Just a postscript to my submission yesterday re Leslie Threadgill, in my excitment I forgot to give my e-mail address in case anybody would like to contact me directly. It is...prharris25@aol.com.... I live near Petersfield in Hampshire these days. Paul.

Curator's Comment:

Paul, I hope that you get someone responding. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Paul Harris

This is a wonderful find. Leslie Threadgill was my father. He married my mother (Madge Baker) circa 1944 but sadly they were later divorced. Much respected by the Baker family, I had the privilege to meet him just once. I realise that this post is a little old but in the hope that he is still with us (and without wishing to stir up any family matters) I would like to pass on my sincerest best wishes to somebody who would have made a wonderful father to me. My mother died in 1970. Kind regards, Paul.

Curator's Comment:

Paul, I apologise that it has taken me a little time to authorise the posting of this entry. Glad that the find produced a good result. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Richard Kinloch -Rollins

I was at Colston's Preparatory School in the 1970s and had Capt. Rapsey as my RE teacher. Subsequently I moved on to the Upper School and joined the CCF and I still have my front and back cap badges which have the Spinx on and 'Gloucesters'.

Curator's Comment:

Richard, Glad to hear that you have retained the Glosters Regimental Badge and Back Badge from your CCF days. Unfortaunately by coming to our web site you have posted your message on the Guest Book of the Musuem dedicated to the Infantry Regiments of the counties of Berkshire and Wiltshire. So whilst the RGBW is part of our antecedent history from 1994 onwards, prior to that year we deal with the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, The Royal Berkshire Regiment, The Wiltshire Regiment and the Regiments of Foot associated with those antecedent regiments I suggest that you go to the website www.glosters.org.uk select the page entitled "Forum" and post your message. If you have any problems finding their web site, use our useful links page and select "Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum". Hope you get some response, possibly from Capt Rapsey. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Derek Stockall

24177149 Pte Stockall A Coy and Support Coy 1 DERR, has anyone got any pictures from the Investiture when Prince Charles got crowned as the Prince of Wales or arriving in Canada in Hercs and piped off the plane by the P.P.C.L.I.?

Curator's Comment:

Derek, Hopefully someone who can either help or has any such images may see your request and get in contact. Have you thought of googling P.P.C.L.I to see if you can get an email contact and asking them directly? In the meantime will check our archives for you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

A Heath

Dear Sir Ref photo ref PO13728. I thought you might like to amend your records. I was one of the soldiers in this photograph. It was the Armistice Day Parade 1978 (not 1979) at Compiegne, commemorating 60 years since the signing of the Armistice. In 1979 we had just returned from Tour of Duty in N Ireland. Yours Anthony Heath

Curator's Comment:

Anthony, Thank you for updating us on this image and giving us the correct date, we will obviously amend the date on our record. Nice to see a Farmers Boy keeping in contact with the Museum. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Fiona Crowther

I have been researching the names on the war memorial in Salisbury United Reformed Church. Many of them served with the Wiltshire Regiment in WW1. Having the War Diaries available online was very useful and interesting as it allowed us to see what the men were facing. Can I suggest that it would be useful if you could page through the diaries on a daily basis moving either to "next entry" or "previous entry" rather than having to go back and select all the criteria every time you do a search. It would make it easier to read whole sections of them.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Fiona, Thank you for your suggestion and may I assure you that we have given it consideration. As an independent museum we rely on what additional income we can make from our shop sales and a reasonable slice of that comes from the sales of the war diaries themselves. Should we make it easier to see large sections of the War Diaries it would seriously impact on our sales. The intention of the War Diary pages on the web site are to show visotors the potential avaiable from purchasing the complete diary. I appreciaite this will not be the answer you are seeking, however there is a business reason behind our rationale. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

David Haycock

I have been researching my grandad who served with the 2/7th worcs regt 2724 & 200778 in ww1 & came across a photo of him with 6 other pals at an unknown barracks i dont know any of the others in the photo but what i have noticed is that one of the lads in the photo has got to be one of the men in a postcard of the 1st battalion of the wiltshire regiment going up the front on the 28th of June 1916, he is the one in the foreground with his hat held highest looking back at the camera. Could anybody help me in putting a name to his face, did he survive the war & why would he be in a photo with worcs regt soldiers (the regt cap is laid out on the ground). If anybody is interested i could send you the photo and you could make your own comparision. Thanks, Dave.

Curator's Comment:

David, From your description I imagine that you are talking of our Museum Record Number 31839. The entry for that record does not attribute any names to any one; however I will try one of the more experienced volunteers, who is devoting most of his spare time to the photographs research, to see if he can recognise the individual. The alternative is to email us with a copy of your photogrpah to see if that can help us unravel the mystery. I hope that helps in a small way. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Ashley Hales

Hello, I wondered what information you may have regarding a James Cowley 204633. He was my great uncle and was KIA in 1918. Regards

Curator's Comment:

Ashley, We can tell you what First World War Medals he was entitled to, we can also tell you the he was orginally in another regiment and we believe we can tell you what his regimental number for that regiment was. From the war diary of the battalion he was serving we can provide a description of the action that day and preceeding days. As you will appreciate small military museums, such as ours, we use their resources to generate a small amount of income to ensure we can keep going. If you were to click on to the Enquiry page and scroll down to the bottom of that page you can find out how to submit an on line equiry by donating 15.00. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell


In August 2009, I sent the museum copies of photographs relating to the 1/4th Royal Berks and in particular, of my Grandfather : Private (later L/Corporal) 2644 F.H.G. Neale (1st platoon - A Coy) who served with the Battalion from 1914 to 1919. At the time you showed great interest in these documents (some are rare pictures of the Battalion in Italy in kaki drill). You informed me that there were some temporary technical difficulties involved in uploading the pictures to the Collection. But it has been over a year now and the pictures are still not on show. I must confess to being a little disappointed. My own research has continued in the meantime (with the help of some tips from yourselves, for which I am very grateful) and I have been able to obtain even more personal documents, which I would be only too pleased to forward to you, if it is of any interest to you (?)

Curator's Comment:

Richard, To cut an exceedingly long story short, we are still in the throes of updating the whole website. The present site is hosted by 2 providers and when you currently go into the Collection you are switching from one provider to another and that means that you cannot place a single enquiry and search the whole website to find information. Translating the Collection, stored on a specialist Museum Software Progamme, into a computer language that can be used by the prime web site provider has taken far longer than we anticpated. This has meant that all the artefacts and archives we have entered into the Collection on that specialist museum programme can be used by the Museum, but we have been unable to upload on to the web site until the new web site programme can safely work. We anticpate that this process will shortly be completed. I have just spoken with Mac and he has confirmed that all the photographs you provided are loaded into MODES and ready to be uploaded as soon as we are content that it is safe to do so. We are genuinely sorry that this upgrade has taken so long but we were/are not prepared to go live on a site that will not function properly as soon as we go live. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Roy Walter

In 1945 I did my infantry training at Colchester with the Royal Berks.Is anybody still around from that time?I finished up in Trieste with the R.A.S.C.

Curator's Comment:

Roy, I will have to check with the Salisbury County Office of the Rifles, who work in the same building and have responsibility for the antecedent Regiments from Berkshire and Wiltshire. However from past experience I can vouch that there are diminshing numbers of former Second World War Royal Berkshire Regiment veterans around and they are quite difficult to locate. Perahps your best chances of finding out is to contact the Reading Branch Sec of the Regimental Association, whose address is: 28 Long Mickle, Little Sandhurt, Berkshire, GU47 8QW. Alternatively a visit to the branches page on the Association web site may help, try: www.rgbw-assocoation.org.uk/readingderr.htm Hope you are able to make contact with some contemporary veterans. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell