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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.

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Owen Dadge

One of the 4th wilts lads in Hermanville Cemetery in Normandy has the wrong month on his headstone. The CWGC have put June & Not July. see this link http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2336824 4th Wilts were still in Rye UK on that day. he died on 11th JULY 1944. All expalined on this thread. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/geoffs-search-engine/28446-cant-right-4th-wilts-casualty.html wondered if it worth you contacting CWGc with some offical documents/records so they can amend it. I've emailed them but I'm not sure they'll correct it if I can't supply anything officail about his date of death. Cheers Owen Dadge.

Curator's Comment:

Owen, Thank you for that information. I have contacted the CWGC and they require factual evidence. That we can only get by calling up the Service Records of the soldier concerned. Thay I have just done via Glasgow. The service records may show that he was in fact on detached duties with another unit and that he did die on 11 June 1944. Alternatively there could have been a transcription error when they made the headstone. Once we have the Service records we may be able to resolve the matter. However in the meantime our thanks to you and the others who have alerted us to this matter. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Tony Riley


Curator's Comment:

Tony, I certainly will do and here is to many more birthdays. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Ian Wilkinson

My Great Grandfather (Sgt 5408 P.E. Wyer) was KIA at Bois Grenier on the 25th September 1915 whilst serving with the 2nd Royal Berkshires.Looking at the casulty list and cross referencing the CWGC site, it appears only about a dozen men from that action have any known grave. Does anyone know of any source that may give a clue as to whether the others may have been buried in a mass grave by the Germans (still to be found) or were just left on the field after the action? Many thanks Ian

Curator's Comment:

Ian, There are, according to the CWGC, a variety of reasons why a soldier may have no known grave. It could be that if he was extremely close to the impact and explosion of an enemy shell so that was nothing left of him to bury. Or he could have been initially buried in a field grave, that subsequently become destroyed by a subsequent enemy bombardment. Or he may have fallen in action as a wounded person moved away from the point at which he fell and subsequently his body was not found in a manner that could identify him, i.e. his Identitiy tags ects were missing. Bodies were never intentionally left on the field after action. Both sides made every endeavour to recover the dead. One can never rule out the discovery of the remains of fallen soldiers. There are numerous examples of soldiers from the First World War being given burial with Full Military Honours, the latest being of course those found at Fromelles. The advantage of modern technology is that with DNA it is easier to establish an identity, though it does require painstaking and thorough work by the investigating team. Yous Aye Michael Cornwell

Melanie Warren


Curator's Comment:

Melanie, I will do as you ask, but via an email rather than publishing your own email address on a public site. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

William and Jayne du Plooy

My wife's Great-Grandfather (Pte. George Henry THOMAS - Serv No. 11121) served in the Wiltshire Regiment (2nd Battalion - 7th Division, 21st Brigade) during the Great War from 3/11/1914, untill his being KIA 26/09/1915 at the Battle of LOOS - on the second day of enagements. His detials are with the CWGC website: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1770565 We believe he had earned the 1914 Star with Clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. If anyone ever comes across his Original Medals (Which unfortunately has been sold in SWINDON; we shall be grateful for their return to us [For reward] as dircet decendants of the Next of Kin. My wife and I both served the Crown in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and would be glad to have my wife wear these in Remembrance for his sacrifice and our family's loss. We are also hopeful to travel to the LOOS Memorial one day to share this history with our son, when he is able to comprehend these things (Especialy we would wish to travel there in 2015 - upon the 100 year anniversary of the LOOS Battle - if at ll possible with his original Medals). We are currently looking to obtian as many of any remaining documents concerning him through the http://www.fourteeneighteen.co.uk Research Company, and hope to have some more details come forth through this. We currently have a copy of his Medal Card, a Scanned Copy of a photo of him in his uniform and photos of memorials here in SWINDON Area (Stratton St. Margaret Parish Church of England and Broad Blunsdon War Memorial), if you are interested in these. We shall be most willing to share any non-copyrighted items with you and also to find out if any copyrighted items may be shared with your museum. THANK YOU ALL so very much for honoring the memory of those that have sacrificed and their families. Yours in willing sacrifice for Liberty and Justice.

Curator's Comment:

William and Jayne, I hope that by publishing your entry on the guestbook, you are able to find out the whereabouts for Jayne's Great-grandfather's medals. We would certainly be interested in the scanned photos of him, and of his medal index cards. Try searching the Museum's Collection to see if we have images of interest to you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Kevin Fenton-Herring

I have in my possession a silver poscket watch inscribed "Presented by Lt H Lynch to W Clayton as a token of gratitude for his gallant conduct in resuing him while wounded on the battle of Maiwand 27th July 1880" I know nothing about it or its history...do the names ring any bells with anyone?

Curator's Comment:

Dear Kevin Please go to to the Museum's web site and select the Museum Shop. Amongst the books you will find one entitled "Maiwand, The Last Stand of the 66th Berkshire Regiment in Afghanistan 1880". It really will tell you what you want to know. You will also discover the rather unusual Chrisitan name of Lt H Lynch. The book was written by Richard Stacpoole-Ryding with assistance from a team of museum volunteers. Whilst the book is also available from Amazon, I would obviously prefer it if you purchased it from us and we would therefore view any follow up enquiries, perhaps a little more favourably that if you purchase a cheaper copy from Amazon. After all they did absolutely nothing in terms of writing or publishing the book. My nasty little dig at Amazon aside, you will realise that Maiwand plays a significant part in our Regimental History , both Lynch and Clayton playing important roles in the battle. We would love to secure any digital images of the watch that you may care to let us have. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Michael Cornwell

Rob Poulussen

The 4/5 Wilts fought at Arnhem in 1944, in the vicinity of De Laar farm. I\'m in fact now living on the ground (formerly an orchard) the battle of 2 october 1944 was fought on. Recently a memorial has been unveiled. But, I want to know more. Stories, background information (e.g. war diary entries from 17/09/1944 - 10/10/1944), names of those MIA, drawings of the battle field around the farm and come in contact with family of surviving soldiers. Can anybody help me out? With regards, Rob Poulussen Arnhem Holland

Curator's Comment:

Rob, The War Diaries of both the 4th and 5th Wilts are available from the Museum's on line shop. Regrettably there are not many of those who served at that time still alive. I am going to have to check with the Regimental Office, who are in the same building to answer that part of your entry. I will also check to see if we have any images from that action in the museum's collection. May I just say that the Service of Dedication for the Memorial and the accompanying photographs from the unveiling of the memeorial are a first class tribute to the Wiltshire Regiment and we thank you town for the memeorial. Michael Cornwell

Rita Buckley

My father was in the Royal Berkshire Regiment from 10/08/1944 to 09/02/1948. He served in Dehra Dun at the Royal Indian Military Academy. He was a sergeant and his army no. is 14793361. I am wondering where I could find out information on him. Thank you in advance for any information you can give me.

Curator's Comment:

Rita, In the Second World War there were five battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regiment fighting overseas and a couple of Home Defence battalions. Until we can see his Service Records we cannot give you an accurate picture of where he served. All Service Reocrds post 1921 are still held by the MOD. You need to write to the Historic Disclosure, Mail Point 400, Army Personnel Centre, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, GLASGOW, G2 8EX. When you write ask for the full service record and then give them all his service details you have put in this this guestbook entry. You will need to include a copy of the page of your passport that has your picture and details on it. Michael Cornwell


Message for Kim:- "Sutton" is Mark Sutton. He is the author of "Tell them of us - Remembering Swindons Sons of the Great War". Your Great-Grandfather is mentioned in the book. I know for a fact that Mark was in France recently. If the museum can pass me your email or pass you mine i will get Mark to make contact with you. All the Best, Lee

Curator's Comment:

Lee, Many thanks for that, I have now emailed Kim asking for her permission to forward her contact details to you. Michael Cornwell


Just started to find out about my 2 Great grandfathers who were in the wiltshire regiment and both died in france. we have just come back today from visiting the graves. when we arrived at the Honnechy British Cemetery to find 13568 CSM C Thorne D C M & Bar. of the 7th wiltshire Regiment we were asstoished to find that the only other comment in the register was made on the 1st May 2010 and they had come to see our great grendfather as well we would love to know who sutton and fox are. we missed them by 8 days. my other great grandfather was 10238 Private A E Williams of the 1st Bn, He died on the 18th May 1916.

Curator's Comment:

Kim, I am assumiong the register you are referring to was the one at the Honnechy Cemetery. I hope that by putting your guestbook entry on the Webs ite that "Sutton" and "Fox" may see this and get in contact. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell