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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.

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Terry Boden

I have just looked at this site and it is superb and a credit to you it shows what the Wardrobe is all about and will be a great site forb reserchers and historians and ex members of the regements like my self

Curator's Comment:

Terry, Thank you for the comments, spread the word and hopefully we will get more visitors. Michael Cornwell

Lee .

Just a message to say how slick the new website looks and works. I'm still exploring it but I think the Museum can be really proud of themselves for producing such an excellent site. The 'Collection' area is a real credit and so useful to researchers as is the new 'Soldier search' area. For a Regimental museum website I think this one really does lead the way. Well done!

Curator's Comment:

Lee, Thanks for the compliments. As I have said in the News Articles, the credit goes to those volunteers who have devoted time, effort and energy to the site. People, like Martin McIntyre who have kept in touch with people such as yourself and the Societies, like the Western Front Association, have been able to feed back what was that visitors to the site were looking for. Please keep the suggestions coming forward as we obviously wish to keep evolving. Michael Cornwell

William du Plooy

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

Shaun White

Shaun White. 05-Nov-2008 (3:41pm) Good Afternoon, i e-mailed you a few years back with regards to my great grandad, i\'m still searching for a picture. with the hope of finding one. However i have recently found his service numbers. 9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regt - 24206. labour Corps - 353967 Would these two service numbers help in tracking down any other information? many Thanks for your time. Shaun Curator\'s Comment: Dear Shaun You have not given me you great grandfather\'s name, however I have put that R Berks Regt regimental number into our data base and come up with the name Herbert Thoms Millard who was alledgely wounded on 22 Sep 1916. Is this the gentleman you are talking of? I do not really want to go off on a search if I am chasing the wrong person. Michael Cornwell Hello Michael, Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you with regards my great great grandad. His name was indeed Herbert Thomas Millard 24206 9th Battalion Berkshire Regt. Thank you for the date of his wounding. I am still interested in seeing if there is a battalion or regtimental photo with Herbert in. Once again thank you for time in this matter. Shaun

Curator's Comment:

Dear Shaun We have checked the MODES data base and I regret to announce that we do not have any photograph the includes . Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

William and Jayne du Plooy

I have photos of Jayne's recently deceased father in his time with the Conscript ARMY[ca 1951-1953]. Photos are of 55th Training Regiment (Royal Artillery Tom Faunac) 9th Counter Bombardment Staff Troop RA. I am not sure if his unit was attached to the Wiltshire Regiment or not, but I thought you might be interested in his photos at Munsterlager etc. {Please send us an e-mail if you wish for us to supply you with scanned copies]. With very best wishes to you all. PS: Have you thought about using social newtworking Pages such as facebook to raise your profile in the public eye?

Curator's Comment:

Dear William and Jayne. Again thank you for the kind offer of photographs but this time I would sadly have to decline your offer. As Jane's father served in the Royal Artillery may I suggest you try the Royal Artilly Museum that is known as the Firepower Museum. Web Site www.firepower.org.uk or email: info@firepower.org.uk Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

William and Jayne du Plooy

We previously submitted a comment to the thread details as follows "William and Jayne du Plooy 23-Jul-2010 (12:30pm)" I need to update the records as we have had great assitance from Chris Baker of the http://www.fourteeneighteen.co.uk/ research organisation, which pointed to some errors in our previous comments. My wife's Great-Grandfather was (Pte. Henry THOMAS - Serv No. 11121) served in the Wiltshire Regiment (2nd Battalion - 7th Division, 21st Brigade) during the Great War from 3/11/1914, until his being KIA 26/09/1915 at the Battle of LOOS; between VERMELLES towards andnear CITIES ST ELIE - on the second day of enagements. He was born on his father's HIGHFIELD Farm ca 1892, adjacent to TETBURY, Gloucestershire. In 1911 his parents and he lived on the BLUNSDON HILL (HIGHWORTH/SWINDON)where he was an Agricultural Labourer. His detials are with the CWGC website: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1770565 We now know that he had earned the 1914 Star with Clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. We have obtained replicas for these untill we can find the originals. We currently have a copy of his Medal Card, a Scanned Copy of a photo of him in his uniform and photos of memorials here in SWINDON Area (Stratton St. Margaret Parish Church of England and Broad Blunsdon War Memorial), if you are interested in these. [Do you have an e-mail account that we can send these to? I am an SPVA Disablement Pensioner and find it difficult to get out and about so e-mail is best - sorry.] We shall be most willing to share any non-copyrighted items with you and also to find out if any copyrighted items may be shared with your museum. [If you wish to ask Chris Baker whom we have received the research from, for the same - please feel free to ask him to ask us to grant permission.] Yours in willing sacrifice for Liberty and Justice. -------------- [Response to Curator's Comment]: William and Jayne, We would certainly be interested in the scanned photos of him, and of his medal index cards. [Please let me know which e-mail address to send these to.] Try searching the Museum's Collection to see if we have images of interest to you. [Roger - will do again]

Curator's Comment:

Dear William and Jane, Thank you very much for posting these details on Jane's Great Grandfather. The email address to send any attachements is curator@thewardrobe.org.uk Look forward to receiving the information and images. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Kay Sparkes

Dear Sir, i am trying to find Pte THOMAS RYDER 16836 Royal Berks Reg. Labour Corp. I have copies of his medal Card but cannot find his service history online as there are so many Thomas Ryders on there. Any help would be gratefully received.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Kay, The recruiting in the First World War had reached such a stage that after raising the Pals or Kitchener Battalions, the men recruited thereafter joined regimetnal Labour Battalions and eventually the Regimental Labour Battalions formed part of the Labour Corps. We have tried our data base and cannot find anything on him; and as you probably know by now very few First World War Service Record survived as they were destroyed in the Second World War. Your may want to think about trying the Musuem of the Royal Logistic Corps as the Labour Corps is a forerunner of the RLC. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Bill Ashby

Thank you for your helpful reply. Please could you tell me where I can find the account of Captain Bonds return from Dunkirk which you mentioned.

Curator's Comment:

Bill, You will know by now that the book is out of print, but your recent telphone conversation has resolved the issue and we have photocopied the relevant pages for you at a price. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

moira gray

I have a birth cert from 1918...The father of the child John Charles Webster was a Private in the 1st Wiltshire Regiment..he was a "Stage Manager"... I would like to know if it was possible for him to be a Stage Manager in the army or was it civilian life??? Obviously if it was in the army would there be any photos either at the museum or in any books....I would be grateful for any information you have. Thankyou

Curator's Comment:

Dear Moira, I think that you will find that the Satge Manager was he profession in ghis civilian life. I am afraid we have no known photgraph's of hime. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Matt Gunning

Dear Wardrobe, If possible could anyone please tell me what are the origins of the Maroon square (4th wilts) & the Blue square (5th wilts), as worn on WWII battle dress uniform. As a member of the 4th Wilts living history group, and ex 1st Btn D.E.R.R, I really should know already, ( I have no excuse\'s and will except your punishment). This request is so that we can educate members of the public with historically correct info when asked during the up and coming reenactment/living history season. If required I can submit an archival request. Thanks

Curator's Comment:

Dear Matt, To be utterly honest I am not sure of the origins. I know the the 4th Battalion worn a maroon square behind their cap badge as well as on the sleeve of their battle dress jacket. We also know that after the second world war the 1st Battlion changed the way the maronn patch was sewn into the beret so they worn a maroon diamond behind the badge. Why it was maroon for the 4th and Blue for the 5th I am not sure and rather than display the half truths I think may be possible starters, I will find out. The chances are the someone will ping in with the answer just to show the curator up; but at least you and I may find out the real answer. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell;