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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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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

Ian Smith

I was looking through the collection photographs the other day and saw one of an unknown soldier of the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, taken in South Africa: SBYRW:19760. This man is 1097 Quarter Master Sergeant Arthur Austin Taylor who lived in Chippenham. During my research for a book about the Battalion in South Africa, which is now finished, I made contact with a descendant of his who supplied me with the same photograph. Ian

Curator's Comment:

Dear Ian, 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 information we can now add that to the archives.

Russ Meades

Served in 2 Wessex from Feb 82 - Sept 90. Also did an S-type enganement with 1 DERR. Great to see this web site. For all ex-2 Wessex lads (and lassies for that matter), see the Wessex Reg Facebook page.

Curator's Comment:

Russ, Thanks for the entry. I will certainly go to the Wessex Reg Facebook and take a gander. Could we ask, through the Wessex Reg Facebook, that if any of your subscriber have photographs or archives that they consider letting the Museum having a copy. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Ian Williams

You can not believe how chuffed I was to see many photos of my Dad Cpl Bryan Williams DERR. He is no longer with us now but he would have been over the moon to have seen these pictures.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Ian, Glad to see that the museum's collection of photographs of the Regimental personnel included some of you father. We are constantly looking for more images of the Farmer's Boys, and hopefully positive coments like yours will help them keep rolling in. The work of ensuring these images get onto our web site is largely down to one ex DERR member, Mac MacIntyre, one of the ceasless working volunteers of the Wardrobe. If you haven't already done so Ian, spread the news around the family so they can see the images as well. Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator.

jim hickman

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

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

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

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