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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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Jay Howe

Excellent site! As a Canadian living in the Niagara area (Fort Erie), and a War of 1812 re-enactor (49th 2nd Coy), it is great to see British Regiments recognizing this war. As you know the 49th was very active (Queenston Heights, Ft. George, Stoney Creek, Beaverdams, Frenchmen's Creek) in Niagara! The local university, located in St. Catharines is "Brock University". Keep up the excellent work!

Curator's Comment:

Jay, Thanks for the entry, you will not be surprised that during 2012 we are putting on a temporary exhibition to Brock and the 49th's involvement in Canada. The exhibition will include sections on Laura Secord, Tecumseh, the Six Nations, Billy Green and the Canadian forces. Michael Cornwell Guestbook Administrator

Bob Chandler

Congratulations on the new look website. Having used the 'soldier search' facility I have found out that my grandfather, Charles Henry Chandler, served as Private no. 4377 with the 3rd Battalion in the 1890s and I have gone on to obtain a copy of his attestation. There is a photo of him in the Collection taken circa 1914/1915 when serving with the National Reserve. I was wondering if the extra information about his previous service could be added to the photo caption? Many thanks Bob Chandler

Curator's Comment:

Bob, From a web site visitors viewpoint you make a valid comment, however please bear in mind that as a relatively small museum we need to generate income additional to our phyiscal visitors to remain viable and to provide the service that we do. Whilst accepting that the additional information would be useful to you the researcher, to implement that facility will take time and manpower resources. Currently the volunteers, who works on the photographic collection, are reproducing digital images of photos in Albums so that each individual image can be added to the Collection on the web site. It may be possible that once that task has been completed to add personal information to that already displayed to the images, however I would suggest that would be a management decision based on their business plan and how such a move may lose the museum income by making information available without raising income. As an accredited museum the managment have to consider ways in which they generate income to remain sustainable. The Trustees spent a not inconsiderable sum upgrading the web site so that we could provide web visitors with an improve service. Don't take this as a rejection of your suggestion, it is one that we will consider. Yours Aye Michael Cornwell Guest Book Administrator

Andy Chaloner

I would just like to say congratulations on the new look website and say how much I am enjoying exploring The Collection and viewing previously unseen images. I am compiling a list and will be ordering them shortly. It is great to see at least one new entry on the news page every week as it keeps us informed, on the previously site I donít believe the news was updated as regular. Keep up the good work and I look forward to checking in for regular updates.

Curator's Comment:

Andy Thank you for the complimentary comments. It will as you have pointed out need to be regularly updated on the news front to retain a degree of currnency. Michael Cornwell Web Site Administrator

Mac McIntyre

MESSAGE FOR TONY EDWARDS Tony Regarding your enquiry about Liverpool hospitals etc. If you go into the collection on this site and in the KEYWORD search facility put in two refrence numbers , the first 4489, and the second 5890. Both refer to soldiers in hospital in Liverpool which might help you in your quest. I have seen references in the past to soldiers from our Regiments convelesing on Aintree Race Course. Good Hunting Cheers MAC

Curator's Comment:

Mac, I have posted this for you, next we met at the Museum I can show you how it is done. Hope the trip to London went well and you still have some money left.

Ray Curtis

Have only just scanned through the site, but yes I can see me spending many a happy hour ploughing through it in detail. I have always been a bit of a history buff so this is right up my street. Ex Cpl R. Curtis Signal Platoon Royal Berkshire Regt: 1952-55

Curator's Comment:

Ray, You do not say where you are now living. If you are within striking distance of Salisbury or are happy to work from home on a computer, have you thought of becoming a Volunteer. Michael Cornwell Ex DERR Signals Officer 1976 - 78.


Hi, I am looking for information on my grandfather Robert PAYTON, his private's number was 33469 and he served in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was injured sometime after the 21st December 1916. So he and other's were converlessing in Liverpool at this time. I have a photocard of him and other recovering soldiers. I would like to establish where in Liverpool the photo was taken. And I would like to hear from anyone who's ancestor might have been converlessing in Liverpool in 1917. The photo card can be viewed at http://www.6throyalberks.co.uk/gallery/RobertPayton.html

Curator's Comment:

Tony, We have approved your Guestbook entry in the hope that another visitor to the site may be able to provide you with the information your are seeking concerning any other soldiers convalescing in Liverpool in 1917. With regard to information on your grandfather, I am sure that you will know by now that most of the First World War soldiers records were destroyed in the Second World War when the building they were stored in, in London, took a direct hit in a German Bombing raid. The museum does hold a few details but I am afraid that you will have to place an on-line or postal enquiry by going to the Research menu on top of the home page of our web site, clicking onto Research Enquiries and either submitting an on-line equiry or printing off the form and sending it to us. Either way it will cost £21, the on-line enquiry is paid by Credit/Debit card and a postal one will require a cheque made payable to "The Rifles Wardrobe and Museum trust". Michael Cornwell

Terry Boden

I have just looked at this site and it is superb and a credit to you it shows what the Wardrobe is all about and will be a great site forb reserchers and historians and ex members of the regements like my self

Curator's Comment:

Terry, Thank you for the comments, spread the word and hopefully we will get more visitors. Michael Cornwell

Lee .

Just a message to say how slick the new website looks and works. I'm still exploring it but I think the Museum can be really proud of themselves for producing such an excellent site. The 'Collection' area is a real credit and so useful to researchers as is the new 'Soldier search' area. For a Regimental museum website I think this one really does lead the way. Well done!

Curator's Comment:

Lee, Thanks for the compliments. As I have said in the News Articles, the credit goes to those volunteers who have devoted time, effort and energy to the site. People, like Martin McIntyre who have kept in touch with people such as yourself and the Societies, like the Western Front Association, have been able to feed back what was that visitors to the site were looking for. Please keep the suggestions coming forward as we obviously wish to keep evolving. Michael Cornwell

William du Plooy

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

Shaun White

Shaun White. 05-Nov-2008 (3:41pm) Good Afternoon, i e-mailed you a few years back with regards to my great grandad, i\'m still searching for a picture. with the hope of finding one. However i have recently found his service numbers. 9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regt - 24206. labour Corps - 353967 Would these two service numbers help in tracking down any other information? many Thanks for your time. Shaun Curator\'s Comment: Dear Shaun You have not given me you great grandfather\'s name, however I have put that R Berks Regt regimental number into our data base and come up with the name Herbert Thoms Millard who was alledgely wounded on 22 Sep 1916. Is this the gentleman you are talking of? I do not really want to go off on a search if I am chasing the wrong person. Michael Cornwell Hello Michael, Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you with regards my great great grandad. His name was indeed Herbert Thomas Millard 24206 9th Battalion Berkshire Regt. Thank you for the date of his wounding. I am still interested in seeing if there is a battalion or regtimental photo with Herbert in. Once again thank you for time in this matter. Shaun

Curator's Comment:

Dear Shaun We have checked the MODES data base and I regret to announce that we do not have any photograph the includes . Yours Aye Michael Cornwell