The painting is by Fred Row, RI, who completed numerous war pictures and paintings. This picture depicts an episode during the Defence of Hill 60, South of Ypres on the Western Front, over the period 19-21 April 1915. It portrays one of the many German assaults that took place on the late afternoon of 20 April, and the view is taken from the high ground about 200 yards south of the Hill.
Displayed in the Public Rooms of the 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment this painting portrays the storming of Gold Beach by the lead elements of the 1 Hampshire Battle Group as part of 231 Division.
Albuhera is one of the Regiments many battle honours and one celebrated every year with a formal ceremony.
At the battle there were 32,000 British, Portuguese and Spanish (including 2,000 cavalry) and 38 guns against 23,000 French including 4,000 cavalry and 40 guns.
Commissioned as an ensign into the British Army in 1787, the "Iron Duke" served as aid-de-camp to two Lords Lieutenant of Ireland.
Rising to Colonel by 1796 Wellington is credited with an exemplary military career participating in some 60 battles and most famously leading the British Army to victory against the French during the Napoleonic War, during which most forebear regiments took part, in particular the Battle of Albuhera.
Following his military career Wellington served as Prime Minister twice: once in 1828-30 and briefly in 1934.
The SS River Clyde was a 3,913 GRT British collier built by Russell & Co of Port Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde and completed in March 1905. In the First World War the Admiralty requisitioned her for the Royal Navy and in 1915 she took part in the Gallipoli landings.
Entry in 1915 the River Clyde was adapted to be a landing ship for the joint French and British invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
This is the painting of Percy Kirke the Younger, who was Colonel of the Regiment from 1710-1741.
Kirke was involved in many of the most significant events of the late 17th Century. He served his military apprenticeship in the Army of Louis XIV during the 1670s. From 1681 - 1683 he was the penultimate governor of Tangier, where he undertook a diplomatic mission to the Dey of Algiers, with whom he became a great favourite. He fought at Sedgemoor in 1685 and conducted part of the punitive action against the rebels which followed.
Painted in oils on canvas the piece depicts the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and hangs in the public rooms of the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
On display in the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, this oil on canvas is intended as a modern interpretation of Lady Butler’s 1919 portrait ‘Man of Kent’. The figure is depicted having returned to a Patrol Base during one of the Battalion’s Theatre Reserve tours of Helmand, Afghanistan 2008 to 2009.
The Winning of the Victoria Cross
by Major H.W. Le Patourel at Tebourba Gap Tunisia 1942.
The painting by Terence Cuneo was commissioned by The Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1980; it is oil on canvas and measures 98 x 135cms.
Terence Cuneo CVO, OBE, RGI, FGRA had served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War but was famous for his portraits, scenes of railways, horses and military action; he was the official artist for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.