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Please do not use this Guestbook for archive enquiries.  If you would like information from museum staff regarding past regiments or family research, please look through 'Research Centre' then click on the Enquiries section.

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.

The Guestbook is moderated. All items are sent to the site administrator who will decide if they are suitable for inclusion. There may therefore be a delay of a few days before your message appears.

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Julia Bateson

My father William Edward Ludford served with the Wiltshires in some difficult places but one he was in charge of was the Victims of Yalta at Newlands Corner and he had the death of those poor people on his conscience until he died. This episode of the war does not appear to be recorded in the Wiltshire's history.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Julia, I apologise that it has taken so long to reply and authorise your guestbook entry, the recent upgrade by our web provider had unwittingly caused a minor blip in the programming and was not allowing my reply to be installed. We may be wrong but Newlands Corner is, I believe in Surrey, and at the end of the Second World War the Wiltshire Regiment had 4 battalions. The 1st were in India, the 2nd were in Goslar, Germany, the 4th and 5th Battalions were also in Germany awaiting return to UK. If your grandfather had been guarding Victims of Yalta in England he may have done so as a Wiltshire Soldier stationed in England. If that were the case the War Diaries would not have recorded that as the battalions were in India or Germany. If your grandfather had guarded the Victims whilst serving with one of the Battalions in Germany, it may well be that it was on a detached duty or because of the sensitive nature of the topic a Public Information black out out may have been imposed. Either way you are right in observing that the regimental history does not record the Regiment as having undertaken any such duties. Yours Aye, Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Emma Banfield

I visited your museum and this site a couple of years ago but didn't actually sign the guestbook so thought I would do so on this visit. My Great-Great-Grandfather John Lewis and his son John Frederick Lewis were both in the Berkshire regiment. John Frederick was killed in The First World War and John served in Afghanistan and would have been killed in the battle of Maiwand 1880 if he hadn't been in the regiment hospital ill. I see he's been discussed in earlier posts in the guestbook and there's a link to photos of his medals and your curator mentions his Great-Grandson has been in touch, though I'm unsure who as he has a lot of descendants. It was great to visit your museum and see the information you had on Maiwand and we even purchased a book which mentioned him and his family by name which my Nan, his Grand-Daughter, cherishes. Your staff were very helpful and friendly and I hope to come back and visit again in the future.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Emma Many thanks for your detailed guestbook entry. It is always interesting and pleasing to receive visits from relatives of our former soldiers. If on your return visit you are able to give prior warning we could try to provide a guided tour around the museum for you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator

Keith Vaughan

Dear Sirs, The entry for SBYRW:42481 and the accompanying image are at utter variance to one another.You may wish to correct the anomaly. K.Vaughan.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Keith, Please forgive the delay in authorising your guestbook entry, the museum has been updating the web site and updating all its PCs to Windows 10 which caused some anomalies on our return from the Christmas break. Thank you for pointing out the error with SBYRW 42481. Once we have located the real image we will carry out the remedial action Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Rob Enderink

Hello, I am looking for information about the 4th and the 5th battalion of the wiltshire regiment that fought around October 1944 in Arnhem (Netherlands). The two battalions were at that time at a farm which was called The Laar. Now the area is a residential area (Schuytgraaf). There is a monument that is dedicated to this regiment and the events that has took place. Each year we also have a commemoration. I would like to know how these two battalions were made up, for example an organization chart. Also looking for any tactical positions which they had adopted. I want to make this visible on a map. I will use my reference for my hobby, but i also want to use this to inform people by a kind of battlefield tour. I also would like to see if i can do something for the school in this neighborhood. It would be good if I can involve the youth by letting them know what took place and why it is Important that we commemorate each year. Perhaps the school can play a role during the commemorations. Thanks! Yours sincerely, Rob E (Arnhem, Netherlands) robarnhem74@gmail.com

Curator's Comment:

Dear Rob, The answer to question may lie in the two book on the battalions. One is names "The Maroon Square" and is about the 4th Battalions action throughout 1945, and in particular Chapter VI will cover the period of you concern. The other book is called "The 5th Battalion the Wiltshire regiment in North West Europe" and again the Chapter Vi in this book covers the same period. Both books are available via the web site book shop or you can ask to have an enquiry undertaken for the cost of 35. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Paul Wooding

Thank you for providing such a rich and fascinating online experience of your museum. I have just spent several hours scouring your photos to see if I could spot any images of my dad: 5679072 W/Cpl Stephen Wooding, 1st Bn Wiltshire Rgt. I have a number of b&w images of his time in services and noticed that an image you have SBYRW : 18858 seems to be a composite image of the Victory Gate overlaid onto another image of a building. Having scanned my fathers photos, would you like me to forward them to you via email? Best regards Major (Rtd) Paul Wooding RLC

Curator's Comment:

Dear Paul, Firstly thank you for the complimentary remarks concerning the museum's website, greatly appreciated. The entry on the Museum's database describes 18858 as 1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment - A black and white photo of Razmak Bazaar on the North West Frontier of India, suitably decked out for VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in August 1945. With regards to any scanned images from your father's service they would be gratefully received and if by chance your father had named people within any photos we would relish having those names as well. Please forward the scanned images to Researcher3@thewardrobe.org.uk. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Tony Roberts

A quick note to say thanks to the archivist. Have just returned from the Arras battlefield where we were able to trace the last steps of my great great grandfather Lance Corporal Millard in 1917. The info / trench maps etc you supplied meant that we could get very close to the point where he fell. Thank you

Curator's Comment:

Tony That is great news and I will certainly pass on your thanks to the Archivist team. Thank you for taking the time to post this entry. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Adminstrator

Owen Ddage

Hello, I've finally got Pte Attley 14685855 4th Wilts Service Records & emailed them to the CWGC to get his date of death corrected. If you'd like copies of them to I can email them to you. Not sure of correct email address to send them to , can you let me know please. Cheers Owen

Curator's Comment:

Owen, Thank you for that I will authorise this entry and email you directly with the details. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

John Butchart

I have just spotted a guestbook entry made by the Curator on 06/12/2005 in which Chris Bacon, a museum volunteer, gives information about Captain Arthur Pritchard of the Royal Berks and asks for any more. I am currently researching one of Arthur Pritchard's brothers, Private Frank Pritchard, Middlesex Regiment, killed 17/08/1917 during 3rd Ypres, as he is listed on the Shenley, Herts war memorial where I live. I would very much like Chris Bacon to contact me if it is possible.

Curator's Comment:

Dear John, I will pass you message on to Chris Bacon, who is now our principal archivist. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Lloyd Bambury

Is this the correct spelling of soldier taken from the war diaries section. I ask as i am trying to find out how my uncle died number 5676750. baMbury not baNbury ,the date is the same as my uncles death. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1942-05-29 Regiment. 2nd Wiltshire Location At Sea Entry am: Convoy arrives off Bombay 1700: Coy Cmdrs Conference Pte Banbury, 'D' Coy, died of malaria.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Lloyd, Please see my comments to you previous Guest Book entry. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Lloyd Bambury

My deceased father never me and my brother about a brother he had who died during ww2. I dont need all his service record etc, i would just like to know how he died and where. He was Lionel Arthur Bambury of the 2nd battalion , wiltshere regiment , number 5676750 and died on 29/05/1942. My grandmother, alice Bambury (lionel's mother) died the same time and wondered if the news of her son being killed had anything to do with it. I have a photo of his grave memorial in Kirkee War Cemetary , india, which CWGC sent me and this last peice of information would be truly rewarding to myself and brother.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Lloyd If I may just explain that the Guest Book page of the web site is a space where visitors to the web site may leave comments as to how they find the site and or make any recommendations that might improve the site. The place to make enquiries such as yours is via the "Research" drop down menu and selecting the "Research Enquiries" button and then completing the enquiry proforma; this will attract a charge. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator