The painting by Leslie Arthur Wilcox was commissioned by the Royal Hampshire Regiment and is oil on canvas 60 x 105cms.
This painting depicts Her Royal Highness Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, which hangs in the Officers' Mess of the 3rd Battalion, in Canterbury
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark married Prince George on 29 November 1934, the first to be broadcast on radio, having met at a party at Claridge’s Hotel Mayfair, hosted by her sister Olga and brother–in-law, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.
Just before the marriage King George V created Prince George Duke of Kent, Earl of St Andrews and Baron Downpatrick, meaning that on the marriage, Princess Marina becomes the Duchess of Kent.
Queen Catherine of Braganza, Portrait circa late 17th century, wife of King Charles II.
Sergeant Major Desmond Lynch served in The Queen’s Royal Regiment, including during the 2nd China War, and on retirement from the regular army joined the Royal Surrey Militia as an instructor.
Sadly missing in action, due to the Fire at Clandon House (Nov 15)
The defeat of the Sikhs at the Battle of Sobraon on the 10th February 1846 marked the end of the 1st Sikh War. The British assaulted the enemy positions, but received heavy casualties and at one point it was thought that the battle was lost. Both officers carrying the Colours of the 31st were killed, and at that moment when defeat seemed inevitable, Sergeant Bernard McCabe of the 31st picked up the Regimental Colour, dashed forward under heavy fire and planted it on the highest point of the Sikh entrenchment.
On the 7th of February, 1825 the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment marched to Gravesend to embark for Calcutta on board the Honourable East India Company’s ship Kent, under Major Tovey. The voyage of the right wing of the regiment was the subject of a catastrophe by fire during a storm in the Bay of Biscay. On board were some 640 people. The ship was crowded and uncomfortable and was loaded with 100 tons of shot and shell as well as the victuals and equipment for the voyage.
Edmund Lenon won his VC at Taku Forts 21st April 1860. After his retirement from the Army in 1869, he went on the London Stock Exchange where he made a considerable amount of money. Unfortunately, he later lost all of it in unlucky speculation and to raise some money pawned his VC and China War medal for the princely sum of 10/- (50p)!
Fortunately the medals were recovered and after a circuitous route arrived at the Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum in Winchester.
This particular vase was brought home by the officers of The Queen’s after the 1860 2nd China War and was housed, until it’s closure, in the Officers' Mess at Stoughton Barracks.
This item is missing in action, due to the fire at Clandon House Apr 15.
The Battle of Minden, which took place during the Seven Year’s War of 1756-63, was the first time that infantry were able to successfully engage and defeat Cavalry.
The Battle itself took place on 1st August 1759 north west of the town of Minden. The Allied armies (Commanded by Ferdinand Duke of Brunswick) formed up on Minden Heath in order to oppose the French. The aim was to prevent the French from securing Hanover by bringing them to battle. The main body, with the 37th Foot in the first line was ready by 7am.
In April 2004 1 PWRR deployed for a six month tour to Iraq. The battalion grouping took over responsibility for Maysan Province. One company was deployed to Basrah and one, as the Brigade Reserve, covered the whole of the Southern Iraq area of operations. Already present was a PWRR composite platoon from 2 and 3 PWRR, attached to the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.