1st Bn, Duke of Edinburgh?s Royal Regiment - A newspaper article (Copyright) relating to the Battalion's tour in Northern Ireland in 1974. It contains one image which appears in the Regimental photographic history with the following caption Lieutenant Chilton (left) briefs Private Ward, prior to a patrol in Northern Ireland, 1974. Lieutenant Chilton had previously served as a Territorial in the 4th/6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He served with 1 DERR in British Honduras, Panama, Cyprus and Berlin. He later transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after which he became the third Regimental museum curator at Salisbury. Private Ward served for many years. In 1987 he was part of the STANOC (Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Night Observation and Counter-surveillance) team at Larkhill. From there he was deployed as part of the team that conducted a search of the passenger ferry Herald of Free Enterprise when it capsized with great loss of life at Zeebrugge. He later remembered 'There was a group of RN divers there, who I think were part of a training party, but they were searching for survivors. I went with some of them to try and find anyone left alive, as the Spyglass would be able to give an indication of body warmth. Incidentally, the Spyglass worked after immersion, which is more than could be said for me, it was freezing. After a few hours it became clear that there was no-one left alive. I then helped to move bodies out of the ferry, several in some very strange places, I remember a steward who seemed to have locked himself in his wardrobe to get away from the water. It took an hour or so to get his body out. Altogether I assisted with 23 bodies, getting them down on to a floating platform next to the wreck. After 36 hours we returned home arriving on a Sunday. I flew to Hong Kong to re-join the Battalion the following day'. He retired in 1995 as WO2, as RQMS (Tech) of 1 RGBW.
Unit unknown or none - An original newspaper extract from Newbury Weekly News dated 18th August 2005 (Copyright), with several articles relating to the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day, including several photographs taken at various locations around Berkshire showing parades of veterans. One article has a reference to Colonel Frankie Boshell
1st Bn, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment - An original newspaper extract from the Avon Advertiser dated 15th June 2005 (Copyright), relating to the soldiers of the Regiment mounting guard for the last time at Buckingham Palace, London. It also states that the Regiment will be deploying to Afghanistan for a six month operational tour, later in the year.
Unit unknown or none - An original newspaper cutting from the Reading Post dated 17th August 2005 (Copyright), with two articles relating to the 60th Anniversary of VJ Day, including several photographs taken at Caversham and Tilehurst showing rememberance services with many veterans present.
Royal Berkshire Regiment - An original newspaper cutting from the Reading Post dated 17th August 2005 (Copyright), with an article relating to the active service in Burma of the 1st and 2nd Battalions during the 2nd World War, including several photographs supplied by the RGBW Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
1st Bn, Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment - An original newspaper cutting from the Salisbury Journal dated 5th August 2005 (Copyright), with an article relating to the retirement of Major Nigel Walker, a Regimental recruiting officer, from the army, who will shortly take charge of the army recruitment offices in Bournemouth and Salisbury, and includes a photograph of Major Walker. A second article relates to the Regiment exchanging its dark blue berets for green berets, with photograph.
...1916 the 1st Royal Berkshire war diary entry reads:
3 Companies in Brigade Reserve Billets at ALBERT. 1 Company in close support to 2 Lincoln Regt. The Battalion relieved the 2 Lincoln Regt in trenches: - Left Section Right Brigade Area about 9pm. Flank Battalions:- 1st R. Irish Rifles on right flank, 2nd Devonshire...