Home of the Infantry Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire


The museum has recieved a generous donation of a silver pocket watch (Hallmarks for London 1879), purchased by the Redcoats Society of Freinds. The inside of the case is engraved and has the inscription "Presented by Lt H Lynch to W Clayton as a token of gratitude for his gallant conduct in resuing him while wounded on the battle of Maiwand 27th July 1880”. Both Lynch and Clayton playing important roles in the battle.


In August 1881, the men of the 66th Royal Berkshire Regiment who had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for their gallantry during the battle in Afghanistan, were presented to Queen Victoria with Bobbie, the regimental dog, to have an audience with the Queen at Osborne House. The officer who presented Bobbie to Her Majesty was Lieutenant Hyacinth Lynch who had been severely wounded at Maiwand. Also present was Private William Clayton who also received a DCM.