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Unit unknown or none - A letter from Field Marshal Montgomery on giving up his task as Commander-in-Chief of the 21st Army Group in May 1945
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A letter from Lieutenant Colonel A L Taffs congratulating his troops on the success of their operations, dated 8th May 1945
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A farewell letter from Lieutenant Colonel A L Taffs on quitting command of the Battalion at Dinslaken in West Germany dated 17th June 1945
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A farewell letter from Field Marshal Montgomery on his departure as Commander-in-Chief and Military Govenor of the 21st Army Group in the now conquered Germany dated 1st March 1946
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - The menu for a dinner for the officers of the Royal Berkshire Regiment held at the Connaught Rooms in London on the 25th July 1947, listing all the officers present
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - An article produced by Peter Prior on the 6th June 1994 (50 years after the event) relating to the events on Juno Beach in 1944
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A speech, (taken down in shorthand by Lance Corporal Kay Headland of the Intelligence Section) before embarkation, by Field Marshal Montgomery who was commanding the 21st Army Group dated 28th February 1944
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - The organisation of the beach group, plus a key to numbers on a plan of Berniers-sur-Mer prepared by Captain Peter J R Prior and presented to the Salisbury Museum separately. This shows the landing area, Juno, in the centre of three landing areas. It was the 3rd Canadian Division's landing area and the preliminary activity was carrieed out by the 8th Beach Group, the nucleus of which was the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A general information sheet produced by the Intelligence Section of the 5th Royal Berkshire Regiment marked 'Top Secret' plus a sketch plan of the beach area used on D-Day, 6th June 1944
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Two newsletters prepared by the Intelligence Section for Lieutenant Colonel A L Taff's OBE. They were handed to the troops involved in the landing in the beachhead area. One is numbered 128 and dated March 28th 1945 and the other is dated 10th June 1945
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Two menus of dinners held by the Intelligence Section signed by members of the section and with illustrations by Corporal Eric Earnshaw
5th (Service) Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A typed copy of the original letter of a Pole who lived near Juno Beach, demanding preferential treatment towards the four Polish POIWS captured in this location
5th (Service) Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Course paperwork for the three Junior Leader Cadres which wereheld between November 1943 and March 1944 at Bournemouth. Course one was for young officers and sergeants and lasted for three weeks, culminating in a 50 mile route march, the last 500 yards of which were on the double accompanied by the regimental band. These papers contain the names of instructors and students
5th (Service) Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Two publications produced by Lieutenant Prior, the battalion intelligence officeras a guide to all trooops of the Battalion. One (402), is marked 'secret' and the second, (403), is marked 'most secret'. Only six of these were ever produced. The illustrations are by L/Corporal Eric Earnshaw (died 1988) who was a commercial artist before the war and became the official artist of the Soldier Magazine after the war. He later became famous as an illustrator of many women's magazines
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - The original joining-up documents for Lieutenant Peter James Prior as well as a collection of photocopied papers relating to these including his attestation papers as a Private soldier (Army number 5338465), his National Service call up papers, confidential course report, papers in relation to his award of a Croix de Guerre and his original nominal role for his training squad on joining the army at Brock Barracks which was Talavera Squad in Hut 6 under Corporal Mathews and L/Corporal Dissington and lists all the recruits in the squad
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - Papers issued to Lieutenant Peter James Prior when he was sent by the Battalion on a course for Battalion intelligence officers at Smedleys Hydro, Matlock. They include (301) General instructions as to the workings of an Intelligence Unit, (302) which deals with the Russian Army, (303) which deals with the organisation of the British Army and (304) which deals with the German Army. At the time of issue, all these papers were considered highly secret and had to be signed for
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - An obituary for ex-Lieutenant Peter Prior, the Battalion intelligence officers before, during and after the Normandy Landings on the Juno Beach on the 6th June 1944. He died on the 15th April 2011.
Person(s): Prior, P, Captain;
Wiltshire Regiment - A commission to the rank of Temporary Lieutenant issued for Jonn H. Prior on 23rd July 1900.
Person(s): Prior, J H;
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;
5th Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A copy of The Bucks Free Press, it is dated as the 4th of May 1945 and contains an announcement about the Croix de Guerre being awarded to Captain P J Prior. A photograph is also included.