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Richard HARDING - 21st Oct 2010
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 - 18th Oct 2010
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
titch west - 8th Oct 2010
sir/ THANK YOU FOR THE REPLY TO MY QUERY ABOUT MEDALS. I WAS IN ACOY IN BERLIN 2 PLT BUT WENT WITH YOUR PLT TO MAKE A FILM STEVE COLE WAS YOUR PLT SGT. I WAS ALSO A MEMBER OFF THE WINNING TEAM IN THE CYPRUS WALK ABOUT WHEN WE WERE IN CATTERICK. AND LEAD THE TEAM IN BERLIN BUT WANTED YOU TO LEAD THE TEAM BUT YOU WERE TIED UP WITH HOCKEY. I STILL BELIEVE WITH YOU IN THE TEAM WE WOULD HAVE WON A SECOND TIME. I WILL BRING MY GRAND CHILDREN UP TO SEE THE .MUSEUM AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU PHOTOS OFF THE WINNING TEAM. TITCH WEST .
TITCH WEST - 29th Sep 2010
SIR, I WONDER IF YOU CAN HELP M VERTANNESS WHO SERVID IN OUR WONDERFUL REGM HIS BROTHER DIEAD LAST WEEK AND HE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW AT .THE FUNERAL HE WOULD LIKE TO WEAR HIS BROTHER MEDALS FOR SERVICE IN THE SOUTH ALANTIC DURING THE CONFLIKED WHAT .DOES HE WEAR THEM ON THE SAME SIDE .AS HIS MEDALS THANK YOU TITCH.
Curator's Comment:Titch, Firstly your friend if he wears his own medals always wears them on his left chest. Those of his brother he should wear on his right chest. As a matter of interest are you the Titch West that was in A Comapny in Berlin 1971- 72, if so the writer of this reply is your platton commander from that time. I hope your friend receives this in time for his brother's funeral. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Yours Aye
Ian Wilkinson - 6th Sep 2010
Hi Michael, ok, its 22:34 but I've found it! I believe the picture you have as my great gransfather (P.E. Wyer) is actually Pte George Allum. The page I am looking at comes from "Berkshire and the War volume 2". Regards Ian
Curator's Comment:Ian, We can resolve this on your visit or sooner if you prefer. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell
Ian Wilkinson - 6th Sep 2010
Hi Michael, I'll try and make up to Mac; I'm hoping to come to the museum in the not too distant future. The details Major Peters gave were "This information came from a local newspaper (at the time the Reading Standard), which produced several supplements dealing with the most recent deaths and was accompanied in the main by a photograph. We have copies of these supplements here at the museum but they are temporarily unavailable. I will photocopy page 310 as soon as the appear again". Sorry for the long quote but I hope this helps. I trying to find the page he sent as it had quite a few men on it. Many thanks Ian
Curator's Comment:Ian, Look forward to your visit. If it is a Friday, I am sure Mac will take a coffee off you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell
Ian Wilkinson - 6th Sep 2010
Hi Mac, thank you for the additional info. I have the book on order from a local book shop so should have it soon. I have had a look at the photograph (28404) you mentioned but must admit to being a bit confused. Back in 2007 when I first started to research my Great Grandfather, Maj Peters sent me a copy of a page from the Reading Standard (page 310)on which there was a photo of Percy with his details below. Although I have currently mislayed the original document, I did blow up copies of Percy's picture and have to say the two don't seem to be the same man. From memory, the picture (28404) seems to be someone else from that page although I could be wrong. Does anyone know where the picture in the Collection came from as I am sure it ws not there back in 2007? Regards Ian
Curator's Comment:Ian, I think you may end up in Mac's little black book for not having purchased the book from the Museum. However just on the off chance that you catch him on a good day, I have authorised your latest entry for posting. When you mention the image that Major John Peters sent you a copy, do you happen to know if it was from the CD ROM - Berkshire and the War, which is a compilation of newspaper photogrpahs taken from Berkshire newspaper during the First World War. If it were we may be able to compare the two images here at the museum. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell
Mac - 31st Aug 2010
Message for IAN WILKINSON Reference Sergeant WYER Ian Following on from the Curators comments can I suggest if you have not already done so get a copy of Ian CULL?s book telling the story of the 2nd Battalion in the Great War. He covers the action at Bois Grenier in some detail. On page 41 there is a paragraph relating to a letter by Hauptmann LINDNER of the German regiment who was opposite the battalion who makes reference to not burying British casualties because of the fear of a counter attack that night by the British. All the battalions missing men are listed on the Ploegsteert Memorial (232 in total with 134 being identified from the action in which your Great Grandfather fell). This ground was fought over again and if they were buried (which I doubt) I?m sure the ground would have been further destroyed. If interested in the book, the Museum sells it from the shop. I apologise in advance if you have already done this but go into THE COLLECTION on this site and under record number 28404 you will see a photograph of Sergeant WYER. If the number fails try his name in the NAME search section. Good luck with your research. Cheers MAC
Curator's Comment:Mac, Thanks for the additional information. Michael Cornwell
Vivien Weelands - 31st Aug 2010
Message for Ernie Robinson re posting August 2009 Hello Ernie I would like to contact you sorry it has taken me so long to reply kind regards Vivien
Curator's Comment:Vivien, I have just emailed you, explaining that I will email Ernie Robinson asking him to make contact with you as you have given permssion for me to froward your email address to him. Micvhael Cornwell
Rob Price - 29th Aug 2010
Alan Bannocks - You were looking for information on Private Stanley Price - 5Bn Wiltshire Regiment back in 2006. I am his nephew and would be grateful if you get in touch. Rob Price