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jim hickman - 9th Aug 2012
Cpl colin (jim) hickman B coy 1st batt. wiltshire regt. Lowu camp H.K. (New Territories) 1950/52 Would be great if anyone remembers me! L/cpl Blanco White, Mucker Moore,Wally Carter,to name but a few. best wishes, Jim
Curator's Comment:Dear Jim, It is great to see a Guestbook entry from a former Wiltshire Corporal. Lets hope the former colleagues of yours visit the web site, see your entry and try to make contact. Have you tried the Old Comrades Association as another means of tracing any of your former friends in arms? There is a web site run by the RGBW Association that has links with the Regimental Branches, its address is http://www.rgbw-association.org.uk/ Best of Luck Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator
Sheila Hemmings - 13th Jul 2012
Dear Micheal,many thanks for your replies, sorry about the duplication! I am coming to the Museum on the 25th of July, Jackie Dryden is very kindly showing me some items to do with my family, If you are there that day it would be nice to meet you. Best Wishes, Sheila
Curator's Comment:Sheila, 25th being a Wednesday I am usually in from 1130 - 1630. Hope to be able to catch you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator
Sheila Hemmings - 12th Jul 2012
This is a message for Martin McIntyre, Martin I have sent an email to yourself and Micheal but I don't know what happened as it seems to have disappeared! Anyway I will try again. Thanks for your advice regarding typing my family name into War Diaries, I did so and came up with 15 entries dating from 1915 to 1918, including an entry for Christmas Day 1917 which said that Quartermaster Boshell provided ample fare, pork, beef and plum puddings as well as a supply of beer and cigarettes, I was so proud to read these it brings home that these were real people and he certainly sounds like the man to have on your side! Thanks again, Best Wishes Sheila
Curator's Comment:Dear Sheila, Just goes to show that persistence is rewarded, each of your messages have got through. By way of explanation which may help other who wish to post an entry, when you send the Guest Book Entry, it gets held in a waiting area within the web site administration element which the public cannot see. Once the Guest Book Administrator has read the entry and then has sufficient details to make a reply he will make the entry of the reply and then authorise the complete Guest Book Entry to appear on the web site. Hope that doesn't sound to complicated. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator
Sheila Hemmings - 8th Jul 2012
Dear Micheal, I have replied to Martins message about the War Diaries and as you will see I had great success in finding entries for W.W.1 It would seem that Quartermaster Boshell was a very important part of the unit and it is very moving to read these accounts. There are 15 of them dating from 1915 to 1918 Best Wishes, Sheila
Curator's Comment:Dear Sheila, Your absolutely right about the QM being an important element of the Battalion. A good QM menat that the Battalion was provisioned properly and that would have a positive effect on the troops morale. As I mentioned in our first exchange the name Boshell plays an prominent part in the Royal Berkshire Regiment's history in both WW1 and WW2. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator
Sheila Hemmings - 8th Jul 2012
Message for Martin McIntyre, many thanks for your suggestion to look in The War Diaries, I did so and found 15 entries for Major Boshell dating from 1915 to 1918 including one for Christmas Day 1917 which documents Quartemaster Boshell providing ample fare,pork, beef, and plum puddings as well as a good supply of beer and cigarettes. It was lovely to picture the scene, it really brings home that these were real people. Thanks again, Best Wishes Sheila.
Curator's Comment:Dear Sheila, 'Mac' is currently enjoying a well deserved break in Calgary Canada, though knowing him he may well log on whilst over there to check the Guest Book Messages. Glad that the War Diaries were able to add to you images of Major Boshell as QM during WW1. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator
Frederick Price - 6th Jul 2012
From the three Fredericks, Frederick A Price 20 B Vimy, Paeshendaele, etc Frederick K Price RCAF, 401 squadron 1943-44 Frederick J Price, Canadian Militia, Highland Fusilers, 1969. All the bestb to all and especially the 49th
Curator's Comment:To the Three Fredericks, Many thanks for your best wish and everyone connected to the Wardrobe reciprocates their best wishes and thoughts to you all, especially in this the 200th Anniversary of Major General Sire Isaac Brock and the 49th playing a role in the survivial of Upper Canada. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Adminstrator.
Jean Edwards - 4th Jul 2012
Hi, I wonder if anyone can remember me, I was the wife of Pte John Edwards, we were stationed in Berlin in 1971-73 and NI, 1973-75. Would love to get in touch with old friends.
Curator's Comment:Dear Jean, We will certainly publish your entry in the hope that former members of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment will get in contact. The better method for you is to go to http://www.farmersboys.org/ which is the Old Comrade Association of all those former Farmers Boys who served in the DERR. Your best bet is to register as a user and then publish your message. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator
Martin McIntyre - 1st Jul 2012
MESSAGE FOR SHELIA HEMMINGS Sheila Saw your interesting post regarding the BOSHELLs in the Regiment. On this site have you also tried putting in BOSHELL on the WAR DIARY section. If not give it a go, you will find plenty on there to assist you with your project. Cheers MAC
Curator's Comment:Sheila, If you follow up Martin McIntyre's advice and find it helpful, which I am sure you will, please provide us with any feedback. Yours Aye, Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Adminstrator
Sheila Hemmings - 22nd Jun 2012
Hello , I have been looking at your website with great interest as I am trying to research my father's family, the Boshells. Although my father and his parents were Irish, from Ballina, Co. Mayo, it would appear that the earlier Boshells originated in Berkshire and were all members of the Royal Berkshire regiment. I have come across Major F.S. Boshell, DSO MC who enlisted in the regiment in 1887 and served in the ranks until 1908 the commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant and Quartermaster,Also Lieutenant Frederick Stephen Boshell who, although having the same initials seems to be a different person as he was killed in action 23rd July, 1918 Sgt. E Boshell served from 4.7.1898 to 16.1.1918 and arguably the most illustrious, Colonel F.H.B. (Frankie) Boshell Commanding Officer from 1963 to 1965 and the son of Major F.S. Boshell.I had no idea until recently of these connections with the Royal Berkshire and am extremely proud to be part of such a distinguished family, I would like to thank you for the invaluable information you provide via your website and hope to visit the Museum in the not too distant future. Yours Sincerely, Sheila Hemmings (nee Boshell)
Curator's Comment:Dear Sheila, You do indeed have a set of ancestors to be immensely proud of. Colonel Frankie Bishell was highly regarded by the Royal Berkshire Regiment personnel of the Second World War era and was a fine Commanding Officer of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) who became the successor to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Glad that you were able to find out so much about the family from the web site. At the end of the day that is one of the primary reasons we make the information available. If you are successful in coming across to Salisbury please give the museum early warning of your pending visit as they may be able to arange for you to see some of your ancestors artefact which may not necessarily be on display. Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator
Rita Robinson - 19th May 2012
I visited The Wardrobe Home of the Infantry Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire on 19th May, 2012, as I felt it was fitting to with the Diamond Jubilee event held here on 1st May and whilst Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were at Windsor Castle today enjoying a Parade and Muster to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee: Armed Forces. My own support in my small way. Very interesting at the museum and definitely worth a visit! Keep the good work up! kind regards, Lady Rita Robinson.