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, to request assistance in contacting old friends 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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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.
Curator's Comment:Many thanks for the vist and your kind comments on the museum. We will certainly keep up the good work, the next few years are bringing quite a few regimental anniversaries for the Museum to celebrate. "The Brock - Saviour of Upper Canada 1812", being our first. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator
Rita Robinson - 30th Apr 2012
Hoping it will be a dry day for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visiting you tomorrow on 1st May and I will be thinking.. of them. I am sure they will receive a warm reception at their luncheon and may the happiness of the day last with them forever.... with warmest wishes, Lady Rita Robinson.
Curator's Comment:Thank you for your guestbook entry and wishes . We believe that the visit to Salisbury went well and an fuller account of the Royal Visit to the Wardrobe can be found on our "Latest News" page. Michael Cornwell Gustbook Administrator
alan bannocks - 18th Apr 2012
I would like to contact a rob price,if you can send me any information on how to contact him I would be thankfull.
Curator's Comment:Alan, We have attempted this once before, so we will try again, but what I will be doing is sending you a separate email providing you with the information and contact details you seek. We are able to do this as in August 2010 we had the requisite permission to pass these details to you. We cannot publish them on the Guestbook as that would make the personal details open to everyone and that is contrary to the Data Prtoection Act. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Adminstrator
Janet Tinley - 16th Apr 2012
While browsing through the pictures on your website I noticed that one of the photographers was H.J. Metcalfe, of High Row, Richmond, Yorkshire. He was my grandfather. He moved to Canada in the early 1900's and continued as a photographer here. I never knew him as he died when I was a baby but it is lovely to see his work.
Curator's Comment:Dear Janet, The fairly extensive photographic archives published on the web are due to the dedicated work of two volunteers, Martin (Mac) Macintyre and Bob Hambling, and they continue to update these records on a regular basis. They will be enormously pleased to see your comments as it proves the worth of their endeavours. Just glad that you found the images. Michael Cornwell, Guestbook Administrator
Cynthia Setter - 28th Mar 2012
It was so good to visit The Wardrobe again earlier this month, and to hand to Jackie some further items for the museum. My Husband and I were made so welcome. I was delighted to see a number of my late Father, RSM Mick White's items included in the sporting exhibition---especially his late 1940's /early 1950's hockey shirt(with accompanying medal, photo and certificate) It's amazing how things tucked away in boxes in the family home for years, are eventually of interest. Having stood on the touchline at Le Marchant Barracks, several times a week as a small child, to watch my Daddy play hockey, and rugby and football(yes, often all in the same week!) I found it surprisingly moving to see this shirt on display. Strange what will bring a lump to the throat!!Cynthia Setter.
Curator's Comment:Cynthia, Thank you for your comments but more importantly thank you for having donated your father's sporting artefacts. Being able to display the items helps us to explain different aspects of a soldier's life, which is part of the museum's role. We are glad that you found the recent visit to the Museum so rewarding. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator
shirley Bird - 2nd Mar 2012
I purchased a photo which had my great grandad in - Qtr master John Hall and in browsing came across a picture of his son in law-Sergeant Major 5656 John W.G. Hammond, Military Medal. I have a photo of Sgt Major Hammond posing with his wife and brother in laws- one of which is my grandad.
Curator's Comment:Shirley, That goes to show what county regiments are all about and illustrates very clearly what we mean by the family ethos. If you you would like the Museum to show that family photograph just email us a digital image and supply the names of the people in the photograph. Your may find other members of the family contacting you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator.
Sydney Gibson - 24th Feb 2012
Very rewarding visit to the site. As a result, I caught up with an old comrade with whom I served in Germany in 1957-58, Donald Boyall, with whom the curator communicated on my behalf. We have since met up. Thank you.
Curator's Comment:Sydney, It is very rewarding to hear your comments. What would be great is if you and Donald were able to join in on of the Reunions at the Wardrobe. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator
Susan Trapmore - 21st Feb 2012
I have just looked at your new website and I was so happy to see the items that I had donated from my great uncle George Macnamara. Knowing that many other people can also see these items has greatly pleased me. Carry on the good work.
Curator's Comment:Dear Susan, Getting a message on the Guest Book like yours is reward itself. The donation of items that you gave enable others to enjoy the benefits as well. Thank you once again for the donations and the comments. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Co-ordinator
Michael Cornwell - 26th Jan 2012
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