This British issue anti-tank grenade, also known as Energa, was originally purchased from the Belgians to be fired from the No 4 .303 Rifle, made in Belgium by Mecar. These are early practice versions. They have a steel head are black and carry white markings.
The Dover museum holds three of these all slightly different.
a] Marked “TRAINING RIFLE GRENADE ENERGA”
b] Marked “GREN RIFLE AT 94 MK2” has a yellow band then marked “4-53” (denoting April 1953)
c] Marked “GREN RIFLE AT 94 MK2” has a green band the marked “5-54” (denoting May 1954)
This leather ammunition jacket was captured from the Arabs by the Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) during the Arab Revolt in Palestine 1936 - 1939. It provides accommodation for the carriage of 150 rounds of small arms ammunition.
The Queen’s (Second) Royal Regiment of Foot - 1874 to 1881 other ranks brass Glengarry badge, consists of a “2” in the centre of a strap inscribed “Queen’s Royal” surmounted with a “Paschal Lamb”
31st Huntingdonshire Regiment (later to become The East Surrey Regiment) - 1874 to 1881 other ranks brass Glengarry badge, consists of a ”31” in the centre of a strap inscribed “Huntingdonshire” surmounted with a “crown”.
97th or Earl of Ulster’s Regiment (later to become The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment) - 1874 to 1881 other ranks brass Glengarry badge, consists of a “97” in the centre of a strap inscribed “Earl of Ulster’s” surmounted with a “crown”.
Read how the 97th of Foot via the National Army Museum
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.
This model was made by Sergeant James Pearce in remembrance of the Battle of Sobraon, on of the major battles of the First Sikh War which started in 1845. "The Sutlej Campaign", as it was often referred to, was broken down into five battles: Ferozapur, Ferozashah, Mudki, Alliwal and Sobraon.
This bible was carried by Lieutenant JB Coates who was commissioned into The Queen's Royal Regiment in November 1914 and joined the 2nd Battalion in January 1915 with whom he served in France and Italy. He was wounded twice and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and it was while he was serving in the trenches in Flanders that he was shot by a sniper and the bullet travelled through the bible before wounding him but probably saved his life.
Private Blaber was a soldier in the 1st Battalion the Hampshire Regiment and was wounded at the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. Very few accounts of this battle exist for the Hampshire Regiment as a total of 26 officers and 559 soldiers were either killed, wounded or missing and so there was no one to describe what had actually happened. The letter that Private Blaber wrote to his wife was therefore one of the few true accounts, written at the time that we have that describes the horrors of that momentous day.
The following is a transcript of his letter:
The German Mauser bolt action carbine was made by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken; it was used by the Boers during the South African War and is inscribed with the owners name CG Botha. Also engraved on the stock of the rifle are the words WYK 1 Bethal. A WYK is equivalent to a Local Government Ward in England. Bethal raised a small detachment of irregular soldiers for the Boer War which was divided into two sections – one from WYK 1 and the other from WYK 2.