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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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Sheila Hemmings

Message for Martin McIntyre, many thanks for your suggestion to look in The War Diaries, I did so and found 15 entries for Major Boshell dating from 1915 to 1918 including one for Christmas Day 1917 which documents Quartemaster Boshell providing ample fare,pork, beef, and plum puddings as well as a good supply of beer and cigarettes. It was lovely to picture the scene, it really brings home that these were real people. Thanks again, Best Wishes Sheila.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Sheila, 'Mac' is currently enjoying a well deserved break in Calgary Canada, though knowing him he may well log on whilst over there to check the Guest Book Messages. Glad that the War Diaries were able to add to you images of Major Boshell as QM during WW1. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator

Frederick Price

From the three Fredericks, Frederick A Price 20 B Vimy, Paeshendaele, etc Frederick K Price RCAF, 401 squadron 1943-44 Frederick J Price, Canadian Militia, Highland Fusilers, 1969. All the bestb to all and especially the 49th

Curator's Comment:

To the Three Fredericks, Many thanks for your best wish and everyone connected to the Wardrobe reciprocates their best wishes and thoughts to you all, especially in this the 200th Anniversary of Major General Sire Isaac Brock and the 49th playing a role in the survivial of Upper Canada. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Adminstrator.

Jean Edwards

Hi, I wonder if anyone can remember me, I was the wife of Pte John Edwards, we were stationed in Berlin in 1971-73 and NI, 1973-75. Would love to get in touch with old friends.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Jean, We will certainly publish your entry in the hope that former members of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment will get in contact. The better method for you is to go to http://www.farmersboys.org/ which is the Old Comrade Association of all those former Farmers Boys who served in the DERR. Your best bet is to register as a user and then publish your message. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Administrator

Martin McIntyre

MESSAGE FOR SHELIA HEMMINGS Sheila Saw your interesting post regarding the BOSHELLs in the Regiment. On this site have you also tried putting in BOSHELL on the WAR DIARY section. If not give it a go, you will find plenty on there to assist you with your project. Cheers MAC

Curator's Comment:

Sheila, If you follow up Martin McIntyre's advice and find it helpful, which I am sure you will, please provide us with any feedback. Yours Aye, Michael Cornwell - Guest Book Adminstrator

Sheila Hemmings

Hello , I have been looking at your website with great interest as I am trying to research my father's family, the Boshells. Although my father and his parents were Irish, from Ballina, Co. Mayo, it would appear that the earlier Boshells originated in Berkshire and were all members of the Royal Berkshire regiment. I have come across Major F.S. Boshell, DSO MC who enlisted in the regiment in 1887 and served in the ranks until 1908 the commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant and Quartermaster,Also Lieutenant Frederick Stephen Boshell who, although having the same initials seems to be a different person as he was killed in action 23rd July, 1918 Sgt. E Boshell served from 4.7.1898 to 16.1.1918 and arguably the most illustrious, Colonel F.H.B. (Frankie) Boshell Commanding Officer from 1963 to 1965 and the son of Major F.S. Boshell.I had no idea until recently of these connections with the Royal Berkshire and am extremely proud to be part of such a distinguished family, I would like to thank you for the invaluable information you provide via your website and hope to visit the Museum in the not too distant future. Yours Sincerely, Sheila Hemmings (nee Boshell)

Curator's Comment:

Dear Sheila, You do indeed have a set of ancestors to be immensely proud of. Colonel Frankie Bishell was highly regarded by the Royal Berkshire Regiment personnel of the Second World War era and was a fine Commanding Officer of the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) who became the successor to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Glad that you were able to find out so much about the family from the web site. At the end of the day that is one of the primary reasons we make the information available. If you are successful in coming across to Salisbury please give the museum early warning of your pending visit as they may be able to arange for you to see some of your ancestors artefact which may not necessarily be on display. Michael Cornwell, Guest Book Administrator

Rita Robinson

I visited The Wardrobe Home of the Infantry Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire on 19th May, 2012, as I felt it was fitting to with the Diamond Jubilee event held here on 1st May and whilst Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were at Windsor Castle today enjoying a Parade and Muster to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee: Armed Forces. My own support in my small way. Very interesting at the museum and definitely worth a visit! Keep the good work up! kind regards, Lady Rita Robinson.

Curator's Comment:

Many thanks for the vist and your kind comments on the museum. We will certainly keep up the good work, the next few years are bringing quite a few regimental anniversaries for the Museum to celebrate. "The Brock - Saviour of Upper Canada 1812", being our first. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Rita Robinson

Hoping it will be a dry day for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visiting you tomorrow on 1st May and I will be thinking.. of them. I am sure they will receive a warm reception at their luncheon and may the happiness of the day last with them forever.... with warmest wishes, Lady Rita Robinson.

Curator's Comment:

Thank you for your guestbook entry and wishes . We believe that the visit to Salisbury went well and an fuller account of the Royal Visit to the Wardrobe can be found on our "Latest News" page. Michael Cornwell Gustbook Administrator

alan bannocks

I would like to contact a rob price,if you can send me any information on how to contact him I would be thankfull.

Curator's Comment:

Alan, We have attempted this once before, so we will try again, but what I will be doing is sending you a separate email providing you with the information and contact details you seek. We are able to do this as in August 2010 we had the requisite permission to pass these details to you. We cannot publish them on the Guestbook as that would make the personal details open to everyone and that is contrary to the Data Prtoection Act. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Adminstrator

Janet Tinley

While browsing through the pictures on your website I noticed that one of the photographers was H.J. Metcalfe, of High Row, Richmond, Yorkshire. He was my grandfather. He moved to Canada in the early 1900's and continued as a photographer here. I never knew him as he died when I was a baby but it is lovely to see his work.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Janet, The fairly extensive photographic archives published on the web are due to the dedicated work of two volunteers, Martin (Mac) Macintyre and Bob Hambling, and they continue to update these records on a regular basis. They will be enormously pleased to see your comments as it proves the worth of their endeavours. Just glad that you found the images. Michael Cornwell, Guestbook Administrator

Cynthia Setter

It was so good to visit The Wardrobe again earlier this month, and to hand to Jackie some further items for the museum. My Husband and I were made so welcome. I was delighted to see a number of my late Father, RSM Mick White's items included in the sporting exhibition---especially his late 1940's /early 1950's hockey shirt(with accompanying medal, photo and certificate) It's amazing how things tucked away in boxes in the family home for years, are eventually of interest. Having stood on the touchline at Le Marchant Barracks, several times a week as a small child, to watch my Daddy play hockey, and rugby and football(yes, often all in the same week!) I found it surprisingly moving to see this shirt on display. Strange what will bring a lump to the throat!!Cynthia Setter.

Curator's Comment:

Cynthia, Thank you for your comments but more importantly thank you for having donated your father's sporting artefacts. Being able to display the items helps us to explain different aspects of a soldier's life, which is part of the museum's role. We are glad that you found the recent visit to the Museum so rewarding. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator