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'.
Silver model of a jungle milestone engraved & titled, 'The Malayan Milestone Presented to 1st Bn QORWK Regt by The Federation of Malaya Police 1953.
Silver statuette of a period soldier on a plinth titled, ‘The man of Albuhera’. The Battle of Albuhera was fought on 16th May 1811, during the Peninsula War.
This statuette depicts a typical soldier of the 57th Regiment of Foot, later know as the Middlesex Regiment, who fought at the Battle of Albuhera:
This statuette, depicts a World War I soldier and is modelled on the picture titled ‘The Man of Kent’ by the artist Lady Butler of an image of a soldier of the Buffs. The two Kent Yeomanry Regiments, The Royal East Kent and The Queen’s Own West Kent were amalgamated and converted to Infantry in Feb 17 1917 making them the 10th Battalion the Buffs. The 10th Battalion were in the 74th (Yeomanry) Division fighting in Gaza from 23rd April. In October they took part in Allenby’s famous right hook which involved long night marches to bring about the fall of Beersheba and Gaza.
Sergeant Bernard McCabe occupies a special place in the history of the Regiment. As a Sergeant in the 31st Foot he displayed outstanding bravery at the Battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846. When both officers carrying the Colours had been shot down he carried the Regimental Colour to the top of the Sikhs' Army ramparts, and by this action the Regiment was inspired to go over and through the defences, leading on to the final defeat of the Sikhs in the short, but very intense 1st Sikh War.
An elaborate 21" high two handled trophy with a 7.5" base and 13.5 distance between handles. This trophy is very ornate with no engraving other than the Middlesex Regiment Badge. There is a detachable domed lid to the trophy of layered leaves surmounted by a kneeling rifleman in a pith helmet.
One of three Middlesex Regiment Menu holders .
Each one is engrave with the presenting officers rank and name:
Lieutenant William C Hendricks
2nd Lieutenant J E Knowles
2nd Lieutenant A K Budge
These items are used to hold Menus Cards, with details of the lavish sustenance at Regimental Dinners, held by our forebears.
These items are currently used at Regimental Headquarters, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Tower of London.