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1st Bn, Royal Berkshire - Two citations, one for the 'Croix de Guerre' received by Major General R.J. Collins in 1917 and the other for the Additional Membership of the 3rd Class of the Order of St Michael awarded to Major General R.J. Collins. Also included is the citation he received with his Distinguished Service Order in 1916 and a strange French alphabet entitled Reconnaisance a Monsieur le General

Person(s): Collins, R J;


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49th Regiment and 1st Bn, Royal Berkshire - A photocopy of Major General R. J. Collin's entry in 'Who's Who', 1948, pg. 563

Person(s): Collins, R J;


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2nd Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A cutting from a newspaper reproducing a poem by Sergeant 8511 Joshua Collins D.C.M. The poem is entitled ?The Medal Ribbon? and describes the ribbon of the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Sergeant 8511 Joshua COLLINS won his Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1917.

Person(s): Collins, J, Sergeant;


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1st Bn, Duke of Edinburgh?s Royal Regiment - A newspaper report (Copyright) of Private Graham Collins returning home from Northern Ireland in 1974 as part ?Operation Friendship?

Person(s): Collins, G, Private;


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The cover of the October 1940 edition

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Three copies of the Regimental Journal "'The China Dragon" dated October 1940, December 1940 and September 1941

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Three documents, all concerning the twinning of Reading and Dusseldorf; they are a booklet, a letter to the Times written by Herr Dr A A Weber and a letter written to him by Mrs A A Grantham, the daughter of Major General R J Collins. The documents are dated 1994.

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10th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A Telegram from Major General R.J. Collins to the battalion in Italy, 1944 congratulating them on their outstanding fighting capabilities.

Person(s): Collins, R J, GeneraL;


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A letter dated 25th August, 1944 from Major General R. Penney (?) to Major General R.J. Collins.

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10th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A letter dated 25th August, 1944 from Major General R. Penney (?) to Major General R.J. Collins. It started ?My dear Uncle Jack? and goes on to describe the fighting capabilities of the 10th Battalion as ?Epic? in the fighting in Italy.

Person(s): Collins, R J, GeneraL;


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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of editions No 8 dated 18th September, 1941, No 9 dated 24th January, 1942, No 10 undated (Believed late 1942).

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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of editions No 11, dated (Undated), No 12, dated October, 1942, No 13, dated 1st March 1943.

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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of No 14 dated 27th May, 1943, No 15, dated 7th September, 1943, No 16, dated 3rd December, 1943.

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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of No 17, dated 18th April 1944, No 18, dated 14th June, 1944, No 19, Dated 20th September, 1944.

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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of No 20 Dated 5th January, 1945, No 21, dated29th March, 1945 (Includes an account of the 10th Battalions actions at the Calabritto Battle in Italy (10th & 11th November, 1943), No 22, dated13th July, 1945

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Typed copies of circular letters  disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War.

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Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed copies of circular letters disseminated by the Colonel of the Regiment Major General R J Collins during the 2nd World War. Each of these circulars consisted of news from each of the battalions based on information submitted by each battalion. A number of soldiers, mainly officers are mentioned. This batch consists of No 23, dated 25th October, 1945, No 24, dated19th February , 1946, No 25, dated, 19th July, 1946, No 26, dated 4th December, 1946.

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2nd Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typed letter addressed to Mr Sorrell from Major General R J Collins, the letter is dated the 8th May 1947. The letter is concerned with two photographs donated to the regimental museum by Mr Sorrell.

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1st Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Typescript copies of various speeches given by Major General Collins between 1941 and 1944; they include one to members of the Regiment of which he was the Colonel at this time

Person(s): Collins, R J;


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 Page 1 of his Certificate of Service

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1st Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Regular Army Certificate of Service for Charles William Collins. He was born in 1901, and enlisted in Reading on the 18th of May 1922. He was discharged on 20th February, 1933.

Person(s): Collins, C W;


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5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A collection of documents belonging to Captain P. J. Prior, the documents cover the period 1939 to 1945. Included are three speeches made to troops concerning the victory over Germany, they are dated May and June 1945 and May 1946; three Menus, the first menu is dated the 29th of November 1944, the second Friday 25th of July 1947 (the dinner was held by General Sir Miles C Dempsey), and the date of the third is unknown. Two of the Menu's have a handwritten or signatured list of attendees in them, one has the names of attendees typed in order of rank inside and on the back cover of the menu. The document includes an issue of the 'Battalion News' dated the 28th of March 1945, the location given is West Germany. There are three documents that contained detailed information on proceedures (or orders) to follow. The document includes a number of training manuals for various courses, photocopies of fitness and medical records and a memoir entitled 'Fifty Years Ago Today' written by P J Prior CBE, DL and dated the 6th of June 1994 which recalls the D Day landings.

Person(s): Prior, P. J, CBE, DL Captain; Witkowski, J; Dempsey, M, C, Sir, Colonel General; McCracken, F, W, N, Sir, Lieutenant-General; Collins, R, J, Major- General; Fullbrook- Leggatt, Q, O, Major General; Tindall Lucas, C, H, Major General; Francis, S, G, Brigadier General; Aveline, A, P, Brigadier; Hanney, W, C, A, Brigadier; Hughes, A, C, Brigadier; Leslie, J, T, Brigadier; Pawle, H, Brigadier; Smith, K, P, Brigadier; Tremellen, L, Brigadier; Field, G, S, Colonel; Hibbert, A, P, J, Colonel; Morris, C, E, Colonel; Sharpe, A, G, M, Colonel; Simmer, Sir P, Colonel; Allen, K, H, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Barker, F, G, Lieutenant Colonel; Bassett, J, R, Lieutenant Colonel; Brownrigg, P, H, A, Lieutenant Colonel; Buckham, A, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Digby, R, M, Lieutenant Colonel; Eagar, E, F, Lieutenant Colonel; Du Pre Finch, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Hanning, A, S, Lieutenant Colonel; Harris, J, C, Q, Lieutenant Colonel; Hawkins, L, Lieutenant Colonel; Hayward, P, H, C, Lieutenant Colonel; Helby, I, D, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Davidson- Houston, W, E, C, Lieutenant Colonel; Hudson, Sir, A, Lieutenant Colonel; Jackson, G, S, Lieutenant Colonel; Lucas, R, H, A, Lieutenant Colonel; MacDowel, H, G, S, Lieutenant Colonel; MacLean, D, N, Lieutenant Colonel; Orr, E, A, B, Lieutenant Colonel; Sawyer, G, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Sinclair, D, C, S, Lieutenant Colonel; Sugrue, J, H, Lieutenant Colonel; Taffs, A, L, Lieutenant Colonel; Taylor, F, E, A, Lieutenant Colonel; Trimmer- Thompson, G, Lieutenant Colonel; Verey, H, P, Lieutenant Colonel; Acton, G, D, Major; Ambler, D, B, J, Major; Arbuthnot, G, H, Major; Barton, F, M, Major; Beer, D, F, L, Major; Bradshaw, A, V, Major; Brown, W, B, E, Major; Bromhead, R, B, G, Major; Morton-Clarke, J, C, M, Major; Coker, J, F, Major; Cockcraft, W, C, Major; Dale, C, G, Major; Daw, A, F, Major; Donaldson, I, G, Major; Flood, G, R, Major; Gabain, E, F, Major; Gibb, G, F, Major; Godfrey, D, C, Major; Gorle, H, V, Major; Greet, R, H, Major; Hight, P, H, Major; Hill, L, J, L, Major; Hope, R, J, Major; Jenkins, L, K, Major; Lear, C, J, Major; Macer, T, H, Major; Martin, J. H, S, Major; Meyer, P, B, Major; Mills, W, G, S, Major; Moore, F, J, W, H, Major; Norton, E, R, Major; Prichard, L, O, Major; Ray, E, B, A, Major; Ready, J, B, Major; Riddell, R, H, Major; Robinson, L, B, Major; Savill, H, Major; Chaplin-Snowden, A, Major; Turner, H, A, Major; Tynan, F, Major; Webb, P, B, Major; West, D, R, C, Major; Woodroffe, D, R, C, Major; Baker, A, A, J, Captain; Barns, J, F, F, Captain; Barter, H, D, F, Captain; Cree, T, M, Captain; Dempsey, M, C, Captain; Dodds, R, Captain; Francis, E, L, Captain; Gilding, E, M, Captain; Hobson, B, Captain; Holden, E, G, Captain; Hood, D, Captain; Moss, T, Captain; Redford, N, Captain; Tuffill, C, M, Captain; Walenn, J, S,C, Captain; Ward, H, L, F, Captain; Watson, C, R, Captain; Youlde, W, J, C, Captain; Cummings, G, R, J, Lieutenant; Wallis, R, L, Lieutenant; Simmonds, F, A;


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1st Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A typed description of Major General Collins's BBC broadcasts during the 2nd World War; it was written by one of his sons or daughters. The typed but hand annotated scripts are also here.

Person(s): Collins, R J;


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Royal Berkshire Regiment - A series of photocopied documents concerning John Sawyer. The documents include a Certificate of Musketry (dated the 13th April 1897), a parchment Certificate of Character on discharge (which describes his character as "Exemplary and thoroughly trustworthy and reliable" and is dated the 22nd May 1908), various army forms, a Parchment Certificate of Discharge (dated the 2nd June 1908), a Civil Employment form. Also included are photocopies of a number of letters, the first is typed and from G D Williams and is dated the 15th September 1908, it is concerned with the Royal Warrant for Pay and commends Sergeant J Sawyer. There are a further 3 letters which cover the period 7th November 1917, 31st January 1923 and the 17th August 1948, the latter is to Miss Sawyer from Major General R J Collins.

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