The title of this piece is ‘The Queen Victoria Cup’ depicting the Duke of Wellington on horseback. The base silver presentation plates are engraved ‘Presented to the Col and Officers 2nd Bn East Surrey Regiment by Capt (Brevet Major) FW King’ and ‘Winners 2nd Bn The East Surrey Regt – Bisley 10th October 1899’. The team fired LM Rifles using cordite ammunition. the plate records the scores of all team members and the ranges at which they fired.The Team member names are also engraved on one of the plates.
On the 1st July, 1916, under heavy enemy fire, the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment were waiting in their trenches ready to go "over the top" in the first Battle of the Somme. Their objective was Montauban Ridge.
Captain WP Nevill, attached from the East Yorkshire Regiment and commanding "B" Company had purchased four footballs for his platoons to kick across No Man's Land "subject to the proviso that proper formation and distance was not lost thereby". Captain Nevill promised a reward to the first platoon to score a "goal" in enemy trenches.
When Lieutenant Colonel Henry Waring retired from The Queen's in 1880 he provided a photoograph of a cap worn by his Great - Grandfather Averell Daniel who served in the regiment from 1757 to 1770.
This cap was presented to the 1st Bn The Queen's in 1927. In 1954 on the amagamation of our two regiments it was loaned to The National Army Museum. It was returned to the regimental museum at Clandon House and is now on display. Sadly the mitre was destroyed in the fire of April 2015.
This silver statue of an Officer sits on a wooden plinth engraved with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment capbadge and "1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Presented by the members of the Officers' Mess OP HERRICK 15 Afghanistan August 2011-May 2012". A second engraved plaque is on the reverse listing mess members who contributed to the cost of the statuette.
The "pace stick" is issued to Company Sergeant Majors and the Regimental Sergeant Major and Colour Sergeants and Sergeants while undergoing instruction. For those serving with the Tigers, they are required to have a highly polished black stick with highly polished brass fixtures. When opened to the correct pace length, the pace stick can be held alongside the holder's body by the hinge, with one leg of the stick vertical to the ground, and the other leg pointing forward.
The Winning of the Victoria Cross
by Major H.W. Le Patourel at Tebourba Gap Tunisia 1942.
The painting by Terence Cuneo was commissioned by The Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1980; it is oil on canvas and measures 98 x 135cms.
Terence Cuneo CVO, OBE, RGI, FGRA had served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War but was famous for his portraits, scenes of railways, horses and military action; he was the official artist for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Burton's military career began in the 2nd Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards, where he rose to the rank of major, serving under George Augustus Eliott, the defender of Gibraltar. In 1754, Burton was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 48th Foot, which was involved in the captures of Quebec in 1759 and Martinique and Havanna in 1762. In 1760, General Jeffery Amherst, Governor General of British North America, appointed him lieutenant governor of the Trois-Rivières district while New France remained under British military rule.
On 23rd December 1947 came the welcome announcement of the appointment of His Majesty, King Frederick IX of Denmark as Colonel-in-Chief of The Buffs, in succession to his father. Following in his father’s footsteps, King Frederick maintained a very close relationship with the Regiment. On Wednesday March 1st, 1961, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) were amalgamated with The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment to form 1st Battalion The Queen’s Own Buffs (The Royal Kent Regiment). King Frederick was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the new regiment.
This painting depicts Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DOO, by the artist Henry Grant in 1921.
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DSO, 2/22nd The London Regiment (The Queen's) was awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and leadership at Tel Esh Sheria, 3rd Battle of Gaza, on the 7th November 1917, his citation reads:
On display in the Officers’ Mess of 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. This oil on canvas depicts an officer of one of the Battalion’s antecedent regiments, who cemented his name in history as a result of his heroic actions during the Crimean War.