Corporal Fred King was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with 1/7th Queen’s in North Africa in WW2 for taking command of his platoon after his Officer and Sergeant became casualties. Corporal King never wore his medal and never claimed his campaign medals for WW2 and we received this medal as Fred himself received it in 1944. Sadly it was destroyed in the fire at Clandon House in April 2015.
This new piece of silver was purchased by the members of the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess in 1999 who were serving in the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment at the turn of the century. Their names are inscribed in the silver plates on the base of the artefact.The Warrior Fighting Infantry Vehicle displays the new role that the battalion had just converted to. After a period of other duties the battalion returned to this role in 2015.
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 title of this piece is ‘The Queen Victoria Cup’ depicting the Duke of Wellington on horseback. The base silver presentation plates are engraved ‘Presented to the Col and Officers 2nd Bn East Surrey Regiment by Capt (Brevet Major) FW King’ and ‘Winners 2nd Bn The East Surrey Regt – Bisley 10th October 1899’. The team fired LM Rifles using cordite ammunition. the plate records the scores of all team members and the ranges at which they fired.The Team member names are also engraved on one of the plates.
On the 1st July, 1916, under heavy enemy fire, the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment were waiting in their trenches ready to go "over the top" in the first Battle of the Somme. Their objective was Montauban Ridge.
Captain WP Nevill, attached from the East Yorkshire Regiment and commanding "B" Company had purchased four footballs for his platoons to kick across No Man's Land "subject to the proviso that proper formation and distance was not lost thereby". Captain Nevill promised a reward to the first platoon to score a "goal" in enemy trenches.
Northern Ireland featured significantly in the Regiment’s first fifteen years, as it did in the Queen’s and Royal Hampshire Regiments before amalgamation. The Regiment’s deployments to the Province were as follows:
1993 to 1995 – Omagh.
1996 – Two short deployments as the UK Standby Battalion, including West Belfast and Armagh.
1997 to 1998 – West Belfast, followed by one composite company deployed with 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).
The campaign in Northern Ireland dominated the Regiment’s life from 1969 to 1992; The Queen’s Regiment deployed on a total of thirty-six tours in the Province and Royal Hampshire Regiment were to clock up nine. The majority of the deployments were of four to six months duration; however the total includes seven resident eighteen months to two-year tours. The latest round of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland broke out in 1968, as the enmity between the nationalist and loyalist populations came to a head.
When Lieutenant Colonel Henry Waring retired from The Queen's in 1880 he provided a photoograph of a cap worn by his Great - Grandfather Averell Daniel who served in the regiment from 1757 to 1770.
This cap was presented to the 1st Bn The Queen's in 1927. In 1954 on the amagamation of our two regiments it was loaned to The National Army Museum. It was returned to the regimental museum at Clandon House and is now on display. Sadly the mitre was destroyed in the fire of April 2015.
This silver statue of an Officer sits on a wooden plinth engraved with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment capbadge and "1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Presented by the members of the Officers' Mess OP HERRICK 15 Afghanistan August 2011-May 2012". A second engraved plaque is on the reverse listing mess members who contributed to the cost of the statuette.
Though the recent significant British involvement in Afghanistan began in 2006, forebears of the PWRR fought in all three of the previous Afghan Wars (1838-1842, 1878-1881 and 1919). In December 2001, The 2nd Battalion was on standby as part of the ‘SPEARHEAD’ Battlegroup, though rather like The Buffs in 1838, they did not deploy at that stage. This was in the wake of the dramatic terrorist actions against the United States of America on the 11th September 2001 when a number of passenger aircraft were highjacked and flown into high value targets such as the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.