LCpl Harman served with the 4th Battalion The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment serving in Burma. The Battalion held out for fifteen days against a complete Japanese division, thereby buying enough time for two British divisions to arrive and prevent the invasion of India. It was at Kohima that LCpl Harman won his VC by first killing a Japanese machine gun crew and capturing the gun singlehanded, then rushing another post alone and killing all five Japanese in it. He was then killed by a burst of enemy machine gun fire.
The Lieutenant Colonel Harrison statuette is a silver statuette of a private soldier of the Regiment in the period dress of 1815 mounted on a wooden plinth. Due to its historical period this piece is often displayed in conjunction with a fine statuette of a mounted Duke of Wellington.
The inscription reads, “Presented to the 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regt by Lt Col Harrison”
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.
A highly ornate 36 inch x 30 inch Challenge Shield from The Royal Sussex Regiment.
Top: Crown with raised wording ‘Challenge Shield’.
Upper Centre: Winged angel blowing horn (Fame) Centre: Royal Sussex Badge with ‘2nd Royal Sussex Regt’ under.
Lower Centre: Plate showing officer on horseback leading marching troops.
Centre left and right: 2 identical plates of crossed sword scabbard and rifles.
Bottom: Royal Sussex badge with raised ‘2nd Royal Sussex Regt’.
Outer ring of 14 circular engraving plates Inner ring of 16 circular engraving plates.
This is believed to be a Swiss Sapper and Pioneer sword Model 1842 - 1875. It has a 19 inch saw back blade, 26 inches overall length with a brass cruciform hilt. The hilt is stamped 1844
This crudely made device switch by the Taliban was found and disabled by the 1st Bn The Princess of Wales’s Regiment whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2004. Unfortunately it was destroyed in the fire at Clandon House in April 2015.
While the Latham Centrepiece tells the heroic tale of Lieutenant Latham and the Buffs on the battlefield of Albuhera, it is the Loving Cup that reminds the Battalion of the equal sacrifice of the Middlesex regiment (57th of Foot) on that bloody field. It was on the ridge of Albuhera that the Middlesex Regiment withstood a four hour pounding by grape shot, round shot and massed close range French musketry.
On display in the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, this oil on canvas depicts a chestnut stallion which served with the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment in theatres from the Crimea to Ireland between 1855 and 1877.
This large centrepiece of 3 figures consists of an officer with a cane and two soldiers carrying rifles on a rocky base sitting on a plinth which has a silver plate which lists all the battles in which the 23 Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment took part during WW1. This piece was the Regiment's main centre-piece commissioned after the Great War as a commemoration. Included among the Battle Honours is "Murman 1918-19", which is why the Royal Sussex always refer to WW I as the 1914-19 War.
Rope tensioned side drum of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) later The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). From 1700 the drum was made of wood, usually ash and shows the Royal monogram, the Buffs dragon, the name and number of the regiment and battle honours. Drums did not change to metal until the beginning of the 1900s.