Little is sadly known of 8850 Private Bertie Cecil Hutchings apart from the fact that he served in B Company of the 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment in December 1914 near the village of Ploegsteert (known by soldiers as ‘Plugstreet Wood’).
The town hall or Cloth Hall in Ypres as it was known was completely destroyed during the First World War. The keys to the outer gates reputedly got caught in the web equipment of Private FC Fidler of the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as he was passing through Ypres on his way home on leave and he attempted to bring them home with him as a souvenir.
A highly decorative embroidery, depicting the Badge of Kneller Hall and the Regimental Badge of The Royal Hampshire Regiment. These were traditionally placed on the front of the music stands of each of the instruments played when the Band is giving a seated concert, such as in a Band Stand or when a small group such as a quartet is playing at a small function.
This is a light multi-use weapon, consisting of a brass knuckleduster and a short single edged blade. It could be used in various ways during a silent attack to kill or disable the enemy. The blade is marked “Sheffield” and on the other side marked “Pound 67 Piccadilly”.
This magnificent silver centrepiece was inherited from the 3rd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment and displays six statuettes depicting six different forms of dress, relating to theatres in which the Battalion served. Scrolled around the base, are names of battle honours awarded to the Regiment.
This is one of three Latham centrepieces held by the Regiment; one is with the 2nd Battalion; one with the 3rd Battalion and the third was gifted by The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) to the National Army Museum. This third piece is currently on loan and can be seen in the Beanie Museum, Canterbury, where several items of The Buffs are also on display.
This depicts Lieutenant Latham post Albuhera (1811) with new colours. It was commissioned by the 3rd Battalion to have bronze statues to be presented to members of the Officers’ Mess after leaving the Battalion. The sculptor Bob Rowe presented this silver statue to the Officers in May 2005.
Kirke was involved in many of the most significant events of the late 17th Century. He served his military apprenticeship in the Army of Louis XIV during the 1670s. From 1681 - 1683 he was the penultimate governor of Tangier, where he undertook a diplomatic mission to the Dey of Algiers, with whom he became a great favourite. He fought at Sedgemoor in 1685 and conducted part of the punitive action against the rebels which followed.
Painted in oils on canvas the piece depicts the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and hangs in the public rooms of the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
Silver two handled Cup on two column stems & circular base. Suspended beneath the cup a replica of the Peninsula War Medal c/w 5 bars (Nive, Nivelle, Pyrenees, Vittoria & Albuhera) awarded to Pte Henry Holloway. The body is engraved with a Colour on each side. On the reverse, plain with punched crown & LVII on the obverse, the West Middlesex crest in the colour with the Battle Honours around. The foot is engraved, 'To the Memory of the Diehards May 16th 1811- 415 Rank & File Who Fell At Albuhera'.