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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, 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.

The Guestbook is moderated. All items are sent to the site administrator who will decide if they are suitable for inclusion. There may therefore be a delay of a few days before your message appears.

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John Butchart

I have just spotted a guestbook entry made by the Curator on 06/12/2005 in which Chris Bacon, a museum volunteer, gives information about Captain Arthur Pritchard of the Royal Berks and asks for any more. I am currently researching one of Arthur Pritchard's brothers, Private Frank Pritchard, Middlesex Regiment, killed 17/08/1917 during 3rd Ypres, as he is listed on the Shenley, Herts war memorial where I live. I would very much like Chris Bacon to contact me if it is possible.

Curator's Comment:

Dear John, I will pass you message on to Chris Bacon, who is now our principal archivist. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Lloyd Bambury

Is this the correct spelling of soldier taken from the war diaries section. I ask as i am trying to find out how my uncle died number 5676750. baMbury not baNbury ,the date is the same as my uncles death. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1942-05-29 Regiment. 2nd Wiltshire Location At Sea Entry am: Convoy arrives off Bombay 1700: Coy Cmdrs Conference Pte Banbury, 'D' Coy, died of malaria.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Lloyd, Please see my comments to you previous Guest Book entry. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Lloyd Bambury

My deceased father never me and my brother about a brother he had who died during ww2. I dont need all his service record etc, i would just like to know how he died and where. He was Lionel Arthur Bambury of the 2nd battalion , wiltshere regiment , number 5676750 and died on 29/05/1942. My grandmother, alice Bambury (lionel's mother) died the same time and wondered if the news of her son being killed had anything to do with it. I have a photo of his grave memorial in Kirkee War Cemetary , india, which CWGC sent me and this last peice of information would be truly rewarding to myself and brother.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Lloyd If I may just explain that the Guest Book page of the web site is a space where visitors to the web site may leave comments as to how they find the site and or make any recommendations that might improve the site. The place to make enquiries such as yours is via the "Research" drop down menu and selecting the "Research Enquiries" button and then completing the enquiry proforma; this will attract a charge. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Chris Coode

A great and helpful site. Thanks. I am after some info, any info on a William Francis Lewis, number 4080039. I am visiting his grave next month. Thanks again. Chris

Curator's Comment:

Dear Chris, If you have the details of his grave you will know he was serving in the 4th Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment. If you remain on our web site, click onto the Research Bar and select War Diaries, once on the home page of the War Diaries select the World War II tab. Then from Regiment Drop Down menu select 4th Wiltshire, under the Day drop down menu select 26, under the month drop down menu select April and under the year menu select 1945. That will give you the details of the engagement he was involved in. With regards to his service records one would need to approach the Historic Disclosures at MOD. Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Adminstrator

Graeme Petterwood

As another descendant of Pte. Joseph Allen 1st Battalion, 62nd Wiltshire Regiment of Foot - who served from Sept 1807 - May 1824 and ended up in Tasmania, (Van Diemen's Land) as an overseer of convicts with the 1st. Company Royal Veterans - attached to 73rd. Black Watch Regiment.Joseph Allen's daughter Mary-Ann (age 15) married a pardoned 34y.o. convict, William Robert Taylor, and their offspring produced many Tasmanian dynasties...

Curator's Comment:

Dear Graham, Thank you very much for that interesting snippet of family history relating to the 62nd Wiltshire Regiment, we will add it to the archives. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Christopher DUFF

My great-grandfather, Quarter-Master Patrick Duff, served with the 66th Regiment of Foot in Ireland, Canada and Gibraltar. He was born in Lucan, Dublin and signed up soon after his 18th birthday on 18th March 1826. He was discharged in October 1847 because he was unfit for service as he was suffering from chronic rheumatism. He went back to Dublin and in 1849/50 married and had a daughter Catherine Mary. It is possible he may have joined the Dublin Militia, but he certainly became a member of the Cavan Militia in 1855, where he was appointed Quarter-Master. He left Cavan around 1865/66 and became a sergeant & clerk in the army pensions office at Castle Barracks, King John's Castle, Limerick. He retired in 1881 with the rank of Barracks-Master and died in 1886. I have just spent 35 Pounds with the research dept. hoping to find out more about my great-grandfather, because I don't know who his parents were and I don't know which battalion he belonged to. Chris Duff in Canada

Curator's Comment:

Christopher, Your entry contains interesting information and I have checked to see if the Archive department (two volunteers), have received your enquiry, which they have confirmed, and they are researching as I type. I notice that he became member of the Cavan Militia and then became a Sgt & Clerk in the Army Pension Office at Castle Barracks Limerick. When the Republic of Ireland came into being in 1922, I believe I am correct in saying the records in Ireland, regarding births, marriages and death of British Army personnel that took place in southern Ireland remained the property and Archives of the Republic. If our regimental records fail to provide any answers to you search it may be worth trying the Republic of Ireland's Archives. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell; Guest Book Administrator

Shirley Davis

I have just started to research my family history and am trying to find out which Wiltshire Regiment my maternal grandfather was in. He was Thomas Arthur Brewer dob 1893/94 born in Corsham Wilts and living at Trowbridge Wilts in 1911 aged 17. He was gassed and shell-shocked on the Somme 1st July 1916 and invalided out to a military hospital somewhere. There is no-one left alive to tell me anything about his war record and I am new to this so don't know where to look. Can you help? With kind regards Shirley Davis

Curator's Comment:

Dear Shirley, I am afraid that we do not answer enquiries via the Guestbook pages, we need you to place an online Research Enquiries Page. A very quick check of our data shows a Thomas Edward Brewer served in 2nd Wilts and the Ancestry web site shows a Thomas Brewer who started in the Wiltshire Regiment but then moved to the Labour Corps. There were a total of 25 Brewers whose only Regiment was the Wiltshire Regiment, of which as I say we have some data but only one with Thomas as a Christian name. So he may have been transferred into another Regiment. Michael Cornwell - Guestbook Adminstrator

Owen Dadge

Back on 29th Aug 2010 I commented on Sheldon Attley 4th Wilts having wrong date of death on cwgc. Have just received his death certificate proving it was 11th July 1944 & will be letting cwgc know so they can have his details corrected. Just thought I'd let you know that after 4 years I'm doing something about it.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Owen, Thank you for providing those details and well done for sticking at it. I will ensure that the corrected date of death is passed on to our own archivist. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator


I have just received your response to my query regarding my father, Maurice Phinn, wounded, captured and repatriated after 3rd Ypres. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount and breadth of information supplied, far more than I could reasonably have expected. My sincere thanks to Chris Bacon and the Group for their efforts on my behalf. With their assistance I shall continue down the Long,Long Trail. Sincerely Ross Phinn Buderim Australia

Curator's Comment:

Dear Ross, Many thanks for your Guest Book entry complimenting Chris Bacon and his Archive team on their detailed response to your online enquiry. It is nice to receive positive feedback. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Max Double

It may be of interest to know that a wreath is to be laid tomorrow (26 Aug 2014) at the grave of Pte George Henry Allin 1st Royal Berkshires in Maroilles Communal Cemetery France 100 years to the day from his death in action at Le Pont d'Hachette just outside the village. The wreath is to be laid by a great niece accompanied by her family.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Max, Thank you for the information, and from everyone connected with the museum, we hope the weather stayed fine and that the family was able to commemorate his sacrifice fittingly. As an aside if anyone would like to send us any images from the occasion it would be appreciated. Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Coordinator