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49th Regiment - A black and white photograph of Sergeant Charles Gilmore. He was the first librarian of The Prince Consort's Library in Aldershot, a post he held for 30 years. He served in the Regiment in the Crimean War.

Person(s): Gilmore, C, Sergeant;


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49th Regiment - A black and white digital image of Sergeant Charles Gilmore. He was born a Frenchman in Strasbourg in 1834 under the name Charles Guillemin, his father having been an engineer officer in Napoleon's army, and was trained as a commercial clerk. He left France to avoid conscription with the Franco-Prussian war looming, and went to America where he ran out of money. He then got a job on an American sailing ship which took him to Liverpool, and he had such an awful time on board that he discharged himself. Then destitute he walked into a recruiting office and joined the British Army.This was 1854 and they were wanting anyone they could get and it is said that the recruiting sergeant misunderstood what he said and in the process he was recruited as Charles Gilmore and was stated to be natural born (all of which apparently he didn't understand) - so within a few minutes his name and nationality were changed for ever. He then served in the Crimea and within a short period perfected his command of English and with his clerical training was made up to sergeant quite rapidly. After the Crimea the Regiment took him to Barbados where he met and married Mary Jane Gibson, the daughter of a sugar planter. They then came back to England with the Regiment just as the Prince Consort's library was being set up. Having a clerical background as well as command of German, French and English he was ideally suited and his Regiment put him forward for the job which he held for 30 years. He and his wife had eight children while living at the library, but an irony of his story is that he left Strasbourg to avoid conflict with Germany and yet many years later four of his grandsons were killed in the two wars, one being blown up while serving with the Navy at Jutland, and another, an ace pilot, Sydney Philip Smith, being shot down by the Red Baron.

Person(s): Gilmore, C, Sergeant;


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49th Regiment - A colour digital image of Sergeant Charles Gilmore. He was born a Frenchman in Strasbourg in 1834 under the name Charles Guillemin, his father having been an engineer officer in Napoleon's army, and was trained as a commercial clerk. He left France to avoid conscription with the Franco-Prussian war looming, and went to America where he ran out of money. He then got a job on an American sailing ship which took him to Liverpool, and he had such an awful time on board that he discharged himself. Then destitute he walked into a recruiting office and joined the British Army.This was 1854 and they were wanting anyone they could get and it is said that the recruiting sergeant misunderstood what he said and in the process he was recruited as Charles Gilmore and was stated to be natural born (all of which apparently he didn't understand) - so within a few minutes his name and nationality were changed for ever. He then served in the Crimea and within a short period perfected his command of English and with his clerical training was made up to sergeant quite rapidly. After the Crimea the Regiment took him to Barbados where he met and married Mary Jane Gibson, the daughter of a sugar planter. They then came back to England with the Regiment just as the Prince Consort's library was being set up. Having a clerical background as well as command of German, French and English he was ideally suited and his Regiment put him forward for the job which he held for 30 years. He and his wife had eight children while living at the library, but an irony of his story is that he left Strasbourg to avoid conflict with Germany and yet many years later four of his grandsons were killed in the two wars, one being blown up while serving with the Navy at Jutland, and another, an ace pilot, Sydney Philip Smith, being shot down by the Red Baron.

Person(s): Gilmore, C, Sergeant;


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49th Regiment - A colour digital image of Sergeant Gilmore?s wife and child. Sergeant Gilmore fought with the Regiment in the Crimean and was the Librarian at the Prince Consort's Library for 30 years

Person(s): Gilmore, , Mrs;


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1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment - A black and white Image of the scene at the beating of retreat held by the battalion in India at Fort George in 1939, attended by Sir Arthur Hope the Governor of Madras. [L to R] Miss Hope, Lieutenant Theyre, Lieutenant Stephenson, Captain Douglas [ADC], Miss Hope, Mrs Theyre, Lady S. Gilmore.

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1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment - A black and white photo of the Battalion Hockey team who were the winners of the Madras Cup in 1938 at Bangalore, India Photographer; Vale G.K. Bangalore - 2 copies (one unmounted)

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