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A highly ornate 36 inch x 30 inch Challenge Shield from The Royal Sussex Regiment.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Background

The 11th Battalion’s War Diaries give little information as to what was actually happening in Russia. Daily occurrences are reported but are very repetitive and generally only refer to “carrying out the usual work or duties”. There are little or no reports of any operational commitments, but this might be because such duties seem to have been carried out by a company on detachment, and thus away from Battalion Headquarters, where the war diary was compiled.

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The 2012 Olympics provided an opportunity for the Armed Forces to display their professionalism and capabilities. All three battalions provided assets in support. The 2nd Battalion was key as their normal Woolwich ceremonial role was replaced by a new task as the Military Contingency Force or reserve in support of security for the games, comprising ten sub units under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Adam Crawley.

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The Victoria Cross is the nation’s highest award for conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

The PWRR and its forebears have won a total of 57 Victoria Crosses, including that of Sergeant Johnson Beharry who was awarded a VC for his actions in Iraq in 2004. He is one of only two serving VC holders in the British Army today.

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s fifty-seven past recipients are listed below.

Crimean War

Date Regiment Recipient

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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.

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There were no battle honours awarded to the Regiments forebears for their involvement in the American War of lndependence. Although the regiments fought with distinction and achieved many victories against the rebel forces, the colonies successfully rebelled against the rule of King George Ill with the support of France, Spain and the Netherlands. The Buffs, 31st, 35th, 37th and 57th Foot were all to take part in the War and the 50th participated in a naval battle against the French off Ushant in 1778, serving as marines.

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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.

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The Albuhera Memorial

This silver centrepiece with oak base was commissioned by the officers of the 1st Battalion The Middlesex Regiment in 1925/6. In 1924, the same officers had purchased the Army Gold Medal awarded to Lieutenant William Mann, the Adjutant of the 57th Regiment, for his actions at the battle of Albuhera. It is recorded in the Die-Hards Journal Volume 2-4 p195 of 1926 that the medal was hung in the centre of the Memorial. The design is based on the Albuera Memorial at La Albuera in Spain.