Three handled loving cup engraved: The Royal Sussex Challenge Cup also engraved: Tha Army Badmington Association Junior Singles Trophy Presented by the Royal Sussex Regiment.
An unusual award, in the form of a long scarf crocheted by Queen Victoria, was made to selected servicemen during the South African War. It was apparently worn over the shoulder, passing under the shoulder strap, across the chest and buckled on the right hip. The description of the scarf is given as "..crocheted in Khaki-coloured Berlin wool, approximately nine inches wide and five foot long, including a four inch fringe at each end, and bears the Royal Cipher V.R.I. (Victoria Regina Et Imperatrix)..."
The bell-topped shako was a design of head dress that had evolved from the Waterloo and Regency shakos; the bell-topped shako was in service from 1829 to 1844. It had a universal plate of a large gilt star for officers surmounted by a Queen Victoria’s crown with a smaller twelve point Silver Star superimposed on the large star. Within this is a small scroll inscribed ‘North Hampshire’ surrounding the numeral ‘37’.
Robert Law was shot through the neck during the Battle of Sobraon in 1846 and although severely injured lived to tell the tale and he brought his jacket home with him. He later presented it to the Regimental museum. Sadly the coat was destroyed in the fire at Clandon House in April 2015.
The SS St Lawrence is the ship which the 2nd Battalion The Buffs Regiment sailed for Cape Town from Dublin, on the 13th October 1876. The party comprised of 444 Officers, Men and Families. On the 7th November she struck a reef in the Paternoster Bay. Women and children were moved onto lifeboats and taken to shore , follow by the officers and men of the Battalion and the crew of SS St Lawrence. All accounts of the wreck pay tribute to the discipline and good behaviour of the men, who for forty-eight hours worked almost continuously, many in waist deep water landing baggage and stores.
This Silver Pocket Watch is held in the PWRR & Queen's Regimental Museum.
On the reverse of the watch, has the following text engraved:
Presented to No 9050 Pte J G Kemmitt 2nd Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) by Major A N Roberts in grateful appreciation of many years faithful service as Batman and his gallant conduct at Zwartelen 7th Nov 1914, when hearing I was lying wounded in an
exposed position he at once came to me and carried me to a place of safety.
This watch is still in working order.
After the Eighth Army’s victory in the North Africa, in 1943 women workers at Quebec Ordnance Factory subscribed together and presented a 6 pounder Anti-Tank Gun with inscribed plates to be given to the Regiment having the best days “shot during” during the advance from Alamein to Tunis.
General Montgomery, commanding Eighth Army decided that the 7th Armoured Division should receive the presentation in recognition of the decisive part played by the Division in the Battle of Medenine.
This Snuff Box was the only bit of regimental silver recovered by divers in the 1970s after the sinking of the Honourable East India Company Ship Kent in 1825.
This shoe shaped snuff box was presented by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Alleyne to the Officers' of the 37th North Hampshire Regiment in October 1887. The engraving also shows the inscription of 'GOOD BYE and GOOD LUCK!!' We can therefore assume that Lieutenant Colonel Alleyne, presented this item at this farewell dinner on his handing over command of the 37th. It can be seen in the picture of the interior that there remains a small amount of dusty substance. It is believed that this is snuff although no one has volunteered to try it.
One of our finest silver statuettes, it depicts an immaculately moustached officer circa 1901 in the uniform of an officer of the Boer War. It is mounted on a silver ground and wooden base with silver inscription plate. It is understood that the piece was an internal Battalion award recognising the most efficient Infantryman, Platoon or Company at any given time, having been instituted in 1905.
The inscription reads, “1st Battalion Queen’s Royal Regiment infantry efficiency prize 1904-05”