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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.

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Judy BARRADELL-SMITH

The Villages of Aston Upthorpe and aston tirrold in oxfrodshire 9 was Berkshie) are just starting a project to find out more on their war dead. one of whom George Richard CLACY of the Royal Berkshire Regiment appears to have been one of five unfortunate men who died whilst still on active service in Flanders when they were overcome with fumes after blocking up all the drafts in the house they were sleeping in . they are buried in Desnie Churchyard. I am fascinated to know more about why they were there? what was their mission and especially if any of George CLACY's existing family have any pictures of him they could share with our history group please?

Curator's Comment:

Dear Judy, Your entry is really an enquiry and would be one that to provide an answer we would raise a charge. However I have posted your entry so that if any subscriber to the guestbook can provide the answer they may do so, though they will have to contact me initially to obtain your contact details. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Adminstrator

Martin McIntyre

INFORMATION FOR MR WESTON IN AUSTRALIA. Regarding your previous message, if you already haven't done so, put the name WESTON in the name box in COLLECTION on this site and you will pick up five items of interest to you in relation to this soldier. Cheers MAC

Tony Weston

My distant relative is Albert Percy Weston, he served in 7th Btn Wiltshire Regiment Private 12298 do you have any information I can purchase? Regards - Tony Weston - Perth, Western Australia

Curator's Comment:

Tony, As the Guest Book Administrator I am authoring the posting of your entry whilst I am away from the Museum. I will not be in the museum until Wednesday (30 Oct) but will check to see if we have any personal information and will then email you with any findings. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Linda Wisking

Just returned home after an extended trip, which included a few happy hours at your museum, where I was warmly welcomed by two gentlemen at the door. I enjoyed viewing the exhibits and getting a better feel for the life my great grandfather would have led as a member of the 66th Regiment of Foot. Thank you for keeping this history alive.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Linda Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. Thank you for your kind comments and we will of course pass them on the "Front of House" team. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Angela Wharton

My father was PTE THOMAS RICHARD WAREING of Southport in Lancashire and he served in the 5th Wiltshires from 1944 to 1946. I am currently waiting for results from the 'Soldier Search' with the Wardrobe. Like most soldiers my father did not talk of his experiences in the war. It is only now, seventeen years after he has died, that I found some of his papers and photographs and have discovered what he went through. I am proud of my Dad. I purchased "The 5th Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment in North West Europe - June 1944-May 1945". Low and behold, the majority of the pictures are the same as my father had. My fathers pictures, printed on AGFA paper (that I presume he took) has his writing on the reverse. Perhaps they were taken by a Regiment photographer. Would anyone know the answer? I cannot be sure, but I think my father was in 'C' Company. Are there any old soldiers remaining from this time?

Curator's Comment:

Dear Angela, Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. Thank you for the Guest Book entry, I would suggest that the majority of the photographs would have been taken by an official War Photographer. The 5th Wilts, as part of the 43rd Wessex Division, took a large share of the advance from Normandy to Germany. We will get our Photograph archivist to see if we have loose copies if the images in the book and see if we can confirm the source for you. Sadly there are only a handful of survivors from the 4th and 5th Battalions of The Wiltshire Regiment from WW2. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Roger Blinko

I am writing to first of all thank you for the posting of war diaries online for researchers like me in Australia this is essential and very much appreciated. I have however a correction make to an entry which must have been either an error in recording or transcription. The entry in question 1918-04-26 Regiment. 1st Wiltshire Location Belgium, Vicinity of Ouderdom Entry At 12.30a.m. the Battn moved off and marched via RENINGHELST & LA CLYTTE forming up for the attack 200 yds S of LA CLYTTE. At 3.00a.m. the advance commenced, little opposition was given by the enemy who were completely surprised. At 3.30a.m. 200 prisoners had been taken and at 3.45a.m. KEMMEL village was in our hands. Owing to the French, in the right being unable to advance, at 4.00a.m., the 7th Bde withdrew to its original position S of LA CLYTTE. The 74th Bde relieved the 7th Bde after dusk, the Battn moving to trenches 1000yds N of LA CLYTTE, the relief being complete by 11.30p.m. Quiet night. Casualties: Officers Major Cade DSO, MC. Killed. 2nd Lieut C Burton, 2nd Lieut W E Walker wounded. 2nd Lieut W E Pritchard missing. OR 5 killed, 39 wounded, 7 missing. 1. There is no 2nd Lieutenant C Burton 1st Wiltshires recorded in CWCG or Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 or any other military records I have been able to view. 2. I suspect that this may be Charles Blencowe 2nd Lieutenant attached to 1st Wiltshires , he isnt mention in the War diaries for the period 23 Apr to 5 May 1918 a period I believe he was killed in. The CWCG also has I believe erroneously recorded his death as 3 May 1918. Evidence of confusion: Some correspondence with his mother concerning his actual date of death (written on black-edged paper). She had received a note (included in the file) from Chaplain Church who said he was killed on 27 April I918, not 3 May 1918. The War office at pains to point out tho latter date was correct - said he only joined the unit on 1 May 1918

Curator's Comment:

Dear Roger Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. Thank you for pointing out the anomaly and we will obviously carry out a research and will get back to you with any finding by emailing you. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Rita Robinson

Wishing your Patron The Colonel in Chief: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO, get well wishes and a speedy recovery. Lady Rita Robinson.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Lady Rita Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. Thank you for the Best Wishes for our Colonel-in-Chief. It would appear his constitution his stronger than the administration element of our Guest Book. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

stuart morgan

Hi I am researching a group of medals for Frederick Blank Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Battalion he served from the 30/05/1915 through to N.W Persia campaign. The group has a MM and I found an entry on his medal card but only said MM at the top by his name not put on the main card so I don't know when he won it,and if there are any war diaries that mention the action he won it. I'm stumped,looked in the london Gazette and it mentions his name but doesn't say MM any where. He has two army numbers 10741,5328399 If anyone can help please I would be greatful Many Thanks Stuart

Curator's Comment:

Dear Stuart, Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. For information such that you are seeking we would ask you to place an enquiry through to our archivist. I appreciate that costs money, but to research those details for you will take the Archivist time. So if you wish to proceed may I ask that you submit an enquiry form repeating the details of Frederick Blank as above. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

sarah huxford

I am researching the 217 men of Wokingham who died in the First world war and whose names are commemorated on the town war memorial . The vast majority of them served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment. I would love to hear from anyone who has any stories about these men as we have started a website in their memory and really hope to connect with family members.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Sarah Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. I think the easiest thing for me to do is to reply via email and discuss possible ways ahead. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Dave Cooke

My father (1st Btn) was at St Venant circa 24/29 May 1940. On the 24th he and several others were guarding the footbridge over the canal to the North West of St Venant and close to Haverskerque. His Name Ronald Edward Cooke i think he may have been a L/Cpl at the time he survived the battles in this area and arrived safely back in England (though wounded) and spent time in hospital at Warwick. He is still alive at 95 this year and still with it mentally though he doesny get around much. Regards Dave Cooke

Curator's Comment:

Dear David, Firstly please accept our sincere apologies for the massive delay in responding to your guestbook entry. Since our last Web site update in Dec 2012 we have had a gremlin in the Guest Book Administration page and it has taken until the week ending 12 October 2013 to resolve. Thank you for taking the time to pass on the information regarding your father, if you have read it there is a book entitled "The History of The Royal Berkshire Regiment 1920 -1947" by Gordon Blight and Chapters 5 and 6 give an account of what the 1st and 4th Battalions the Royal Berkshire Regiment did. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator