The bleak open hills that stretch on for miles with no trace of human habitation are immediately apparent when flying over the Falkland Islands. The wind is also noticeable, as the turbulence builds to a steady shake south of the Ascension Islands. Trees naturally grow at an angle, slanted away from the relentless prevailing wind. This dictates daily life here, and its continuing presence means it cannot be forgotten. It is not surprising that these islands were initially deemed uninhabitable by early sailors.
Following a dispute over opium between China and Great Britain, it was agreed that a treaty of peace be signed between the two nations to be concluded at Pekin. Unfortunately when Sir Frederick Bruce attempted to sail up the Peiho River to Pekin for the negotiations, three of his gun ships were sunk by fire from the Taku Forts. Subsequently the Chinese Expeditionary Force in 1860 totalling 16,000, in which the 67th Regiment was part, sailed from India and landed at Talien-Wan Bay to the north of the Peiho River in early June.
Commissioned as an ensign into the British Army in 1787, the "Iron Duke" served as aid-de-camp to two Lords Lieutenant of Ireland.
Rising to Colonel by 1796 Wellington is credited with an exemplary military career participating in some 60 battles and most famously leading the British Army to victory against the French during the Napoleonic War, during which most forebear regiments took part, in particular the Battle of Albuhera.
Following his military career Wellington served as Prime Minister twice: once in 1828-30 and briefly in 1934.
This lacquered and inlaid officer’s table is a fine example of what would now be considered antique campaign furniture. Military cammpaign furniture was designed to be carried on campaigns. This table came apart into two pieces and folded flat for ease of transport. The design is of a Chinese style believed to be the mid to late 1800s.
The Friends has been formed for two purposes; First, to raise funds for past and serving soldiers, to enhance their lives. Secondly, to support those who have finished serving in the Regiment to find work and business opportunities. The Friends is a strong network bringing together the whole of the regimental family: Those serving and those who have served; and their family, friends and supporters. The Friends will offer links, social events and help wherever required. It aims to raise funds by running events or offering soldiers a job or advice.
The clay maquette was sculpted by Mary Beattie Scott and shows the Landing at ‘V’ Beach, Cape Helles, Turkey on 25th April 1915 from the Collier the River Clyde. The final bronze version now hangs in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The SS River Clyde was a 3,913 GRT British collier built by Russell & Co of Port Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde and completed in March 1905. In the First World War the Admiralty requisitioned her for the Royal Navy and in 1915 she took part in the Gallipoli landings.
Entry in 1915 the River Clyde was adapted to be a landing ship for the joint French and British invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
This is the painting of Percy Kirke the Younger, who was Colonel of the Regiment from 1710-1741.
The German grenade-thrower was officially designated “Granatenwerfer 16” and the grenade “Wurfgranate 16”.
This German Trench Mortar was made by Maschinanfabrik Alfred Wolff, Berlin SW68 and shows a four fin grenade.
This particular Gorget was found on the Waterloo Battlefield after the battle and returned to the regiment but we have failed to find an officer that served there.