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.
This Gorget was worn by an Officer of The Queen’s Royal Regiment and was the last piece of armour worn by soldiers, but at this time it was purely for decoration.
Embroidered postcards from WW1 represent wonderful examples of art from the period. The majority of embroidered postcards from World War One were produced between 1914 and 1918 and featured many different designs. Generally up to 25 were embroidered by hand onto silk mesh strips, usually by French or Belgium women working at home or in refugee camps. They were then sent to factories to be cut and mounted on postcards.
The Hawkins grenade was in use from 1942 to about 1955 by the British Army and the Home Guard.
After the evacuation from Dunkirk in May/June 1940 it was realised that there was the need for a new anti-tank weapon. It was roughly four months later Captain Hawkins submitted a design for a hand thrown anti-tank mine. After successful trails the General Staff placed an initial order for 2.5 million Hawkins Grenades.
The powder horn was carved and carried by a soldier of the Queen Dowager's Regiment. It has a map of North America in 1707 carved into the horn. It was purchased by an Ensign Holdsworth of the Regiment. He had silver embellishments added and it was mounted on a wooden base. He presented it to the Officers' Mess in 1837.
The inscription on the top of the horn reads:
Carved by a Soldier
of the Regiment
Presented to the Officers' Mess By
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 6th June 1944 marked the long-awaited invasion of Europe across the English Channel at Normandy. The 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment were the first British infantry to land on the Normandy beaches in France and The Middlesex Regiment was also to gain the battle honour of the 6th June. As the allies advanced across North-West Europe, many battalions and individuals were in converted unfamiliar roles with tanks, artillery and as paratroops.
Private Beharry carried out two individual acts of great heroism by which he saved the lives of his comrades. Both were in direct face of the enemy, under intense fire, at great personal risk to himself (one leading to him sustaining very serious injuries). His valour is worthy of the highest recognition.
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.