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Museum Update - 2011

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Regimental Museum

When we look back over the past decade we recall a period beginning with great uncertainty about the Museum’s future. It was closed in the early years, and we sadly lost both Curator Tom Ball and his assistant Bob Steinson. The later part of the decade saw the reestablishment of the Museum. This was achieved through the hard work of Nigel Wilkinson, who took on the job of Curator. We thank and congratulate him on a job well done. The Museum can now play its full part in the life of the Regiment.

Alex Shooter.

Recent Museum Acquisitions:

Volunteer Force LS&GC: QMS H White LIR and Sgt CT Spanswick LIR.

• Queens South Africa Medal(3 Clasps; Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901) Pte H T Boswell Vol Coy RIR RIF.

• Military Medal Geo V For Egypt LG 27.6.1918 L/Cpl F Mabe 2/18th London Regt.

• British War Medal and ID Disc Pte J Thomson 18th London Regt.

• ID Disc Thomson J 2/18th London Regt.

• British War Medal Lt S D Anderson (gift)

• Victory Medal Pte A Burnes 8th London Regt.

• Group of 7: OBE, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Territorial Decoration (dated 1949) Col the Earl of Courtown.

• Group of 6: MM Geo VI, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal - plus Photographs & documentation Sgt G Guild (gift from Sgt Guilds’ family)

• Group of 3: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal , Victory Medal A/WO2 A G James 18th London Regt (killed in Action 25-5-1916).

• Group of 3: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal Pte H Morton 18th London Regt.

• Group of 5: 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal - plus photos and documents Sgt A A Moran (gift from Christopher Hill of Dix, Noonan & Webb).

• Group of 4: 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal Cpl J Panter (gift from Mrs Annette Panter (Wife))

• Territorial Efficiency Medal miniature, Royal Irish Rangers Tercentenary, Royal Irish Fusiliers Bicentenary WO2 M P Wall LIR (gift from Mike Wall’s Sister).

• London Irish Rifles 150th Anniversary. Gift from Maj J E Fallis TD.

• Military Cross Geo VI dated 1945 cased, plus documents Lt R W Satchel Loan from family.

• Bombing School Diary & Medal acquired by John Robinson NI Branch.

• ‘The London Irish at War’ together with Col Richards’ letter to next of kin: Donated in memory of Rfn D W Fraser by Sue Kacarevic and Ellie Cooke.