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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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shirley Bird

I purchased a photo which had my great grandad in - Qtr master John Hall and in browsing came across a picture of his son in law-Sergeant Major 5656 John W.G. Hammond, Military Medal. I have a photo of Sgt Major Hammond posing with his wife and brother in laws- one of which is my grandad.

Curator's Comment:

Shirley, That goes to show what county regiments are all about and illustrates very clearly what we mean by the family ethos. If you you would like the Museum to show that family photograph just email us a digital image and supply the names of the people in the photograph. Your may find other members of the family contacting you. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator.

Sydney Gibson

Very rewarding visit to the site. As a result, I caught up with an old comrade with whom I served in Germany in 1957-58, Donald Boyall, with whom the curator communicated on my behalf. We have since met up. Thank you.

Curator's Comment:

Sydney, It is very rewarding to hear your comments. What would be great is if you and Donald were able to join in on of the Reunions at the Wardrobe. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Adminstrator

Susan Trapmore

I have just looked at your new website and I was so happy to see the items that I had donated from my great uncle George Macnamara. Knowing that many other people can also see these items has greatly pleased me. Carry on the good work.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Susan, Getting a message on the Guest Book like yours is reward itself. The donation of items that you gave enable others to enjoy the benefits as well. Thank you once again for the donations and the comments. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Co-ordinator

Michael Cornwell

This is a test message to see if the work by Datasouth has improved the filtering of junk messages which may been causing the Guestbook Adiministrator additional work by having to declined unwanted and unwarranted entries and then having to delete them from the site

Curator's Comment:

On the face of this entry the work by Datasouth has got rid of the gremlins and the Guestbook now appears to be receiving only bona fide entries

Keith Woolnough

The web photo SBYRW 15863 is mistakenly posted as showing my late uncle, Lt Col G F Woolnough MC A comparison with 19888 appearing beneath it will confirm this as will a glance by any relatives or friends.

Curator's Comment:

Keith, Thank you very much for pointing this out. I know that you will now be aware that the Museum have recitified this error and that the officer in SBYRW 15863 has now be recorded as an "unidentified officer". If other visitors are as obeservant as you good self we may eventually be able to identify the officer in image 15863. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Administator

Cynthia Setter (nee White)

I have been looking in the collection for items relating to my late Father(former RSM F.E."Mick" White,) having given a number of items to the museum last year. I am contacting you with regard to item no. SBYRW:37788, a ticket for the 1948 Olympic Games. The entry re: this item says that it is not clear if my Father, who is referred to as "CSM White" was still serving with the Regiment at that time. I feel I should clarify that point: My Father was, at the time, RSM of the Wilts. National Service training depot at Le Marchant Barracks, Devizes. He had previously been RSM of the 1st Wilts in Burma. (There is a reference to his service in Burma in Neville Kenrick's Regimental hitory at p.168) I know I am being pedantic, but felt I should deal with the point. Best regards to all at the Wardrobe, we visited last year and intend to do so again in Spring. Cynthia Setter.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Cynthia, Thank you for pointing out the anomalies. We will now amend the record for the entry fo SBYRW:37788. It will take a little time as the first thing we will have to do is adjust the the Acession form and the artefact entry form so that we can leave an accurate audit trail. By posting your entry on the guestbook, you have rather brilliantly illustrated one of its main purposes, of allowing those who look at the Collection, via the web site, to point out any inaccuracies in the data. Once again thank you for posting your entry. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Zig Misiak

I, Zig Misiak, of Real Peoples History/Canada am the War of 1812 200th Anniversay Chairman of this event for Brantford and Brant County working very closely with our neighbours, the Six Nations, and the Six Nations Legacy Consortium that was formed to represent with one voice the involvements in the 200th Anniversary. Your regiment, the 49th, is of course so key to the war in this part of the world and its relationship, through General Brock, to the Six Nations. Much is going on that will be unveiled at Queenston Heights, Brock's resting place, that will have very positive international consequences. I work with over 500 schools and lecture across Ontario and Canada and am pleased that we can communicate this way, two great countries, in peace, on such a wonderful mile stone in our short history in comparison to yours.

Curator's Comment:

Zig, Thank you for posting your message on the Guest Book. The Museum's Exhibition for 2012 is concentrating on celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Brock's success in Upper Canada. It is very interesting in putting together the information for this exhibition, to discover just how much reliance Brock placed on the co-operation of the Indians. Particularly the League of Six Nations, under the leadership of Teyoninhokovrawen (John Norton) and Ahyonwaeghs (John Brant) and Tecumseh. In addition the support that the Grand River Indians gave later to Lieutenant James FitzGibbons was vital as was the support they gave at Crysler's Farm in 1813. Obviously I don't want to give too much of the Exhibition away in this reply but I would like to thank you for your message of support and the help you have been giving to Bob Scott, our valuable volunteer on this side of the Atlantic. Please pass on to the Six Nations the thanks of the 49th Regiment's successors for the bravery and sacrifices of your ancestors, without which many of the 49th Regiment have not have survived. Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator & Team Leader for Brock 2012 Exhibition

Maxine Melson

As per attached. I am the GreatGrandaughter of Capatin J Guise whom I beleive is the brother of the person that you seek. I have a little information both my G Grandfather and my G Uncle Lieuntenant J Guise who died from a motar attck wounds on the date stated below. He is buried in Ypres and I intend to vist June next year so it would be interesting to know bout my G Grandfathers brother too. William du Plooy - 24th Apr 2011 I am taking a long shot here; but want to still ask: Do you have any record of a Captain J. W. Guise whom earned a 1914-15 Star in the 1st WW? Curator's Comment: William, I have made a check of our records and we do not appear to have a Captain J W Guise in eithet the Royal Berkshire Regiment or the Wiltshire Regiment,serving during the First World War. So to try and help you out I went on to www,ancestry.co.uk and did a search of their First World War Medal Index Cards, using all the parameters you gave me. As you say that the man you are looking for was an officer I discounted all those with soldier numbers. The search produced three possible candidates. Firstly Captain J W Guise of 45 Rallray's Sikhs who was only awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Secondly Captain James Guise of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghanshire Light Infantry and later the Worcester Regiment. This officer landed in France in September 1915 and earned the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Lastly James Wm Guise a Lieutenant in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who landed in France on 02 February 1917 and is recorded as deceased 19 August 1917. This officer does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission webt site, so I am assuming that he died of something other than being KIA or dying of his wounds. Interestingly on the back of his Medal card it states that Mrs N Guise applied for the medals on behalf of 2Lt J W Guise and it also has recorded his Next of Kin, Captain J Guise (Father) 51 Payne's Lane, Coventry. We do have a record of a Lieuntenant J Guise serving in the Wiltshire Regiment in 1923, but the photograph shows hm with no medal ribbons. I am afraid that is all that I could find in the short time I could devote to your entry. If perchance I have enabled you to take your search further from the information provided perhaps you would be so kind as to complete am on line donation through our Museum On Line Shop. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell

Curator's Comment:

Maxine, I have taken the action to put your entry on the web site. For you to communicate directly with William Du Plooy I am afraid that the Data Protection Act requires that we gain the permission of both of you before we can provide e-mail addresses for you to contact each other. Rather than doing that via the Guestbook I would request that you email your consent to assistantcurator@thewardrobe.org.uk . Michael Cornwell Guestbook Co-ordinator

Geoff Barrett

I am looking for contacts in Royal Signals who served ib Campbellpur, India at 25th Ind Inf Bgde HQ from 1946 on. If anyone has any infof on both of these friends it would be appreciated Geoff Barrett

piet demeyere

Last Sunday , the 11th of September I visited together with my sons "The Wardrobe" . This is really an astonishing and extremely beautiful museum.We were welcomed at the entrance by a very friendly gentleman who gave us a most interesting introduction to the museum .Time flew by,I could have spent several hours in the exhibition. I wish to thank you all for such a nice experience and hope the museum remains to have a bright future. Kind Regards,Piet Demeyere,Veurne,Belgium.

Curator's Comment:

Dear Piet, Thank you very much for your complimentary comments about the museum and we will pass your commnets on to Ray the volunteer who mans the museum on Sundays. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Co-ordinator