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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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Zig Misiak

I, Zig Misiak, of Real Peoples History/Canada am the War of 1812 200th Anniversay Chairman of this event for Brantford and Brant County working very closely with our neighbours, the Six Nations, and the Six Nations Legacy Consortium that was formed to represent with one voice the involvements in the 200th Anniversary. Your regiment, the 49th, is of course so key to the war in this part of the world and its relationship, through General Brock, to the Six Nations. Much is going on that will be unveiled at Queenston Heights, Brock's resting place, that will have very positive international consequences. I work with over 500 schools and lecture across Ontario and Canada and am pleased that we can communicate this way, two great countries, in peace, on such a wonderful mile stone in our short history in comparison to yours.

Curator's Comment:

Zig, Thank you for posting your message on the Guest Book. The Museum's Exhibition for 2012 is concentrating on celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Brock's success in Upper Canada. It is very interesting in putting together the information for this exhibition, to discover just how much reliance Brock placed on the co-operation of the Indians. Particularly the League of Six Nations, under the leadership of Teyoninhokovrawen (John Norton) and Ahyonwaeghs (John Brant) and Tecumseh. In addition the support that the Grand River Indians gave later to Lieutenant James FitzGibbons was vital as was the support they gave at Crysler's Farm in 1813. Obviously I don't want to give too much of the Exhibition away in this reply but I would like to thank you for your message of support and the help you have been giving to Bob Scott, our valuable volunteer on this side of the Atlantic. Please pass on to the Six Nations the thanks of the 49th Regiment's successors for the bravery and sacrifices of your ancestors, without which many of the 49th Regiment have not have survived. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator & Team Leader for Brock 2012 Exhibition

Maxine Melson

As per attached. I am the GreatGrandaughter of Capatin J Guise whom I beleive is the brother of the person that you seek. I have a little information both my G Grandfather and my G Uncle Lieuntenant J Guise who died from a motar attck wounds on the date stated below. He is buried in Ypres and I intend to vist June next year so it would be interesting to know bout my G Grandfathers brother too. William du Plooy - 24th Apr 2011 I am taking a long shot here; but want to still ask: Do you have any record of a Captain J. W. Guise whom earned a 1914-15 Star in the 1st WW? Curator's Comment: William, I have made a check of our records and we do not appear to have a Captain J W Guise in eithet the Royal Berkshire Regiment or the Wiltshire Regiment,serving during the First World War. So to try and help you out I went on to www,ancestry.co.uk and did a search of their First World War Medal Index Cards, using all the parameters you gave me. As you say that the man you are looking for was an officer I discounted all those with soldier numbers. The search produced three possible candidates. Firstly Captain J W Guise of 45 Rallray's Sikhs who was only awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Secondly Captain James Guise of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghanshire Light Infantry and later the Worcester Regiment. This officer landed in France in September 1915 and earned the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Lastly James Wm Guise a Lieutenant in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who landed in France on 02 February 1917 and is recorded as deceased 19 August 1917. This officer does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission webt site, so I am assuming that he died of something other than being KIA or dying of his wounds. Interestingly on the back of his Medal card it states that Mrs N Guise applied for the medals on behalf of 2Lt J W Guise and it also has recorded his Next of Kin, Captain J Guise (Father) 51 Payne's Lane, Coventry. We do have a record of a Lieuntenant J Guise serving in the Wiltshire Regiment in 1923, but the photograph shows hm with no medal ribbons. I am afraid that is all that I could find in the short time I could devote to your entry. If perchance I have enabled you to take your search further from the information provided perhaps you would be so kind as to complete am on line donation through our Museum On Line Shop. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Curator's Comment:

Maxine, I have taken the action to put your entry on the web site. For you to communicate directly with William Du Plooy I am afraid that the Data Protection Act requires that we gain the permission of both of you before we can provide e-mail addresses for you to contact each other. Rather than doing that via the Guestbook I would request that you email your consent to assistantcurator@thewardrobe.org.uk . Michael Cornwell Guestbook Co-ordinator

Geoff Barrett

I am looking for contacts in Royal Signals who served ib Campbellpur, India at 25th Ind Inf Bgde HQ from 1946 on. If anyone has any infof on both of these friends it would be appreciated Geoff Barrett

piet demeyere

Last Sunday , the 11th of September I visited together with my sons "The Wardrobe" . This is really an astonishing and extremely beautiful museum.We were welcomed at the entrance by a very friendly gentleman who gave us a most interesting introduction to the museum .Time flew by,I could have spent several hours in the exhibition. I wish to thank you all for such a nice experience and hope the museum remains to have a bright future. Kind Regards,Piet Demeyere,Veurne,Belgium.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Piet, Thank you very much for your complimentary comments about the museum and we will pass your commnets on to Ray the volunteer who mans the museum on Sundays. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Co-ordinator

Jay Howe

Excellent site! As a Canadian living in the Niagara area (Fort Erie), and a War of 1812 re-enactor (49th 2nd Coy), it is great to see British Regiments recognizing this war. As you know the 49th was very active (Queenston Heights, Ft. George, Stoney Creek, Beaverdams, Frenchmen's Creek) in Niagara! The local university, located in St. Catharines is "Brock University". Keep up the excellent work!

Curator's Comment:

Jay, Thanks for the entry, you will not be surprised that during 2012 we are putting on a temporary exhibition to Brock and the 49th's involvement in Canada. The exhibition will include sections on Laura Secord, Tecumseh, the Six Nations, Billy Green and the Canadian forces. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Administrator

Bob Chandler

Congratulations on the new look website. Having used the 'soldier search' facility I have found out that my grandfather, Charles Henry Chandler, served as Private no. 4377 with the 3rd Battalion in the 1890s and I have gone on to obtain a copy of his attestation. There is a photo of him in the Collection taken circa 1914/1915 when serving with the National Reserve. I was wondering if the extra information about his previous service could be added to the photo caption? Many thanks Bob Chandler

Curator's Comment:

Bob, From a web site visitors viewpoint you make a valid comment, however please bear in mind that as a relatively small museum we need to generate income additional to our phyiscal visitors to remain viable and to provide the service that we do. Whilst accepting that the additional information would be useful to you the researcher, to implement that facility will take time and manpower resources. Currently the volunteers, who works on the photographic collection, are reproducing digital images of photos in Albums so that each individual image can be added to the Collection on the web site. It may be possible that once that task has been completed to add personal information to that already displayed to the images, however I would suggest that would be a management decision based on their business plan and how such a move may lose the museum income by making information available without raising income. As an accredited museum the managment have to consider ways in which they generate income to remain sustainable. The Trustees spent a not inconsiderable sum upgrading the web site so that we could provide web visitors with an improve service. Don't take this as a rejection of your suggestion, it is one that we will consider. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Andy Chaloner

I would just like to say congratulations on the new look website and say how much I am enjoying exploring The Collection and viewing previously unseen images. I am compiling a list and will be ordering them shortly. It is great to see at least one new entry on the news page every week as it keeps us informed, on the previously site I donít believe the news was updated as regular. Keep up the good work and I look forward to checking in for regular updates.

Curator's Comment:

Andy Thank you for the complimentary comments. It will as you have pointed out need to be regularly updated on the news front to retain a degree of currnency. Michael Cornwell Web Site Administrator

Mac McIntyre

MESSAGE FOR TONY EDWARDS Tony Regarding your enquiry about Liverpool hospitals etc. If you go into the collection on this site and in the KEYWORD search facility put in two refrence numbers , the first 4489, and the second 5890. Both refer to soldiers in hospital in Liverpool which might help you in your quest. I have seen references in the past to soldiers from our Regiments convelesing on Aintree Race Course. Good Hunting Cheers MAC

Curator's Comment:

Mac, I have posted this for you, next we met at the Museum I can show you how it is done. Hope the trip to London went well and you still have some money left.

Ray Curtis

Have only just scanned through the site, but yes I can see me spending many a happy hour ploughing through it in detail. I have always been a bit of a history buff so this is right up my street. Ex Cpl R. Curtis Signal Platoon Royal Berkshire Regt: 1952-55

Curator's Comment:

Ray, You do not say where you are now living. If you are within striking distance of Salisbury or are happy to work from home on a computer, have you thought of becoming a Volunteer. Michael Cornwell Ex DERR Signals Officer 1976 - 78.

Tony EDWARDS

Hi, I am looking for information on my grandfather Robert PAYTON, his private's number was 33469 and he served in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was injured sometime after the 21st December 1916. So he and other's were converlessing in Liverpool at this time. I have a photocard of him and other recovering soldiers. I would like to establish where in Liverpool the photo was taken. And I would like to hear from anyone who's ancestor might have been converlessing in Liverpool in 1917. The photo card can be viewed at http://www.6throyalberks.co.uk/gallery/RobertPayton.html

Curator's Comment:

Tony, We have approved your Guestbook entry in the hope that another visitor to the site may be able to provide you with the information your are seeking concerning any other soldiers convalescing in Liverpool in 1917. With regard to information on your grandfather, I am sure that you will know by now that most of the First World War soldiers records were destroyed in the Second World War when the building they were stored in, in London, took a direct hit in a German Bombing raid. The museum does hold a few details but I am afraid that you will have to place an on-line or postal enquiry by going to the Research menu on top of the home page of our web site, clicking onto Research Enquiries and either submitting an on-line equiry or printing off the form and sending it to us. Either way it will cost £21, the on-line enquiry is paid by Credit/Debit card and a postal one will require a cheque made payable to "The Rifles Wardrobe and Museum trust". Michael Cornwell