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”
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”
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.
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.
This fine piece of silver is a large fruit dish on a column entwined scroll and three kneeling figures and is enscribed 57th of Foot and engraved "The Captain Norman Memorial". This piece was presented to the officers of the 57th Regiment as a memorial to Captain George Herman Norman by his father George Warde Norman of Bromley, Kent.
Although lacking attachment to any direct action in the Peninsula War this piece is a tribute to a member of the Buffs who served, in a notable and trusted position, during this lengthy campaign; that being Paymaster Berry. The Douro is the river that runs through Porto, Portugal. The Douro Cup itself is the 2nd Battalion’s gold gilded silver cup. It has a fine lid and is ‘Campara’ shaped with applied vine leaf decoration and two masked handles. The body has an engraved Buffs badge and is surmounted with a bud finial.