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Robert Malcombe Benner, Private 3rd Battalion The Queen's Regiment.

Died 29 November 1971. Aged 25.

Robert was shot when he was off duty and unarmed, he was abducted and murdered , at Teer near Crossmaglen, South Armagh.

Robert was visiting his fiancée at the time.

The 3rd Battalion were heavily involved in the internment operations, at first in Londonderry, and then later in Belfast where it was deployed chiefly in riot control in 1972. It was during this period that Robert Benner was murdered, becoming the second member of the Regiment killed in Northern Ireland

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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.

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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”.

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The Korean War is the most recent of the Regiment’s battle honours. The communist North Korea made a sudden, surprise attack against the democratic South Korea in 1950, determined to remove the pro-Western ‘puppet’ government. The first bloody introduction to the Korean War for the Hong Kong Garrison was on the 8th July 1950 when five soldiers, including two Non-Commissioned Officers from The Middlesex Regiment, were killed whilst aboard HMS Jamaica during bombardment by enemy shore batteries off the east coast of Korea just north of the 38th Parallel.

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Lance Corporal Wood is employed as a dismounted Section Commander in C Company, 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, deployed in Al Amarah,Iraq.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Charles Henry Nevile (recorded as John in the Admiralty registers of those embarked in ships in 1794) was born in 1775 at Badsworth, near Harmsworth, in West Yorkshire. He was the son of John Pate Nevile Esq, a well-to-do gentleman with extensive estates and sporting interests in the county, where the family had been landowners for at least three hundred years. He purchased a commission as Ensign in the 2nd, or Queen’s Royal, Regiment of Foot in February 1791 and a Lieutenancy in April 1793.

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Lieutenant Eric Archibald McNair VC - Royal Sussex, Hooge, 1916
Born: 16 June 1894, Calcutta, British India. Died: 12 August 1918 aged 24