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The story here is not so much that Lane won a VC at the battle of Taku Forts in 1860 along with 3 officers from the 67th Regiment; it is that he acquired a second one along the way and both of them are now owned by the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester.

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No. 612 Private Thomas Lane VC
Taku Forts 21st August 1860

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WO2 Falconer was the Company Sergeant Major of C Company in heavy mounted and dismounted fighting including Op Waterloo and Danny Boy. He evacuated over twenty casualties from battle, often at great personal risk to himself, always ensuring they reached medical aid as soon as possible.

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Commonly known as the Very pistol this artefact was manufactured in Birmingham during 1918 by Webley and Scott Ltd and shows slight damage to the rim. Mainly brass with wooden hand grips it is attached to a lanyard that would be connected to the firer to prevent loss. The military proof marks and maker’s marks can be seen. It was introduced in 1914 and was used extensively by British and Empire armed forces during World War 1. This version is the Number 1 Mark III* as it has a bell shaped mouth safety hand guard fitted to the front of the barrel.

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Silver desk unit comprising, silver octagonal tray set on 4 claw & acanthus feet. Rim beaded with scroll & scallop attachments. The top plain with qty 4 rivet heads & 2 beaded mounts to hold the 2 cut crystal (Tyrone) glass ink bottles.

The bottles are square (2 7/8" x 2 7/8") with silver tops, square/bevelled, surmounted by a lion on a crown and engraved The Queen's Own'.

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These WWI wire cutters were found by a French farmer near Cuinchy, Northern France, part of the Loos battlefield. They were issued to troops when assaulting enemy positions guarded by barbed wire.

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WO2 (CSM) Benjamin Kelly was the Company Sergeant Major of B Company, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (PWRR) on OP HERRICK 9. The Company was attached to Battle Group (North West) and had responsibility for securing the southern half of the MUSA QAL'EH area of operations. On Wednesday l0 September 2008, B Company was tasked to provide a screen behind which Improvised Explosive Device (IED) search and clearance specialists could work.

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WO2 Norman demonstrated the highest levels of courage, tenacity and good humour over a period in which Y Company, 1 PWRR, were subjected to frequent, sustained and violent attacks during their tour in Iraq.

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This cup is formed from the colours borne by the 5th The Queen's Own Regiment throughout the Crimean Campaign. It was presented by Lieutenant Colonel AE Fyler on attaining Command of the Regiment on 31st August 1880. Fragments of The Colour can be seen in the glass ball at the base of the cup. It is hall marked with a Lyon, capital F and a sovereign's head.

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Conical metal goblet cased in veneers of wood (possibly taken from the pike of the Colours) with 2 gold bands around it (top & bottom) mounted on a glass ball stem to a veneered base with gold band supported on 3 gold plate Sphinxes. On the body 2 gold shields, one engraved, 'Presented by Lt Col A E Fyler on attaining the Command of the Regiment 31st August 1880', the other is engraved, 'This cup (goblet) is formed from the Colours of the 50th The Queen's Own Regiment carried throughout the Crimea Campaign.

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This banner was produced and purchased by the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess members of the PWRR from a UK based embroidery company to be used as a welcome banner for visitors to see when they arrived in the Mess