Our last mystery object for now...
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum showcases the history of the County Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire and their more recent successors.
Our last mystery object for now...
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party.
Answer to the mystery object... 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment - A cigarette holder originally owned by Corporal Nelson A Carrier.
Another mystery object to contemplate....
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5th Battalion Berkshire Regiment, June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party on the beach at Bernieres. There was low tide on 'Juno' Beach on the evening of D-Day with follow up forces and HQ vehicles coming ashore. The tracked vehicle in the centre is a tank destroyer followed by a Sherman tank - note that all allied vehicles displayed the 'American Star'
Mystery object answer...Weapon Cleaning Equipment; Unit unknown or none - A rifle pull through.
Can you guess the mystery object?
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party to get the Canadians ashore on the beach at Bernieres landing at the West end of the beach.
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Every now and again something is donated to the Rifles Museum that really stands out. This happened recently when an original complete First World War Uniform was donated to the museum by the family of a Royal Berkshire Soldier.
The soldier in question was Corporal Fred BUTTER of the 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was gassed in 1918 and after demob became a Police Officer in the Hampshire Constabulary, retiring as an Inspector and dying in 1957. When he was demobbed and after receiving hospital treatment he retained his full uniform, including his greatcoat, puttees, gloves, cap and other similar items. In addition, he kept a ‘Gas Rattle’ which was used in the trenches to warn of a gas attack [Very unusual as most were left to rot in the trenches], and a trench club, used on trench raids and fighting patrols. Unusually the uniform jacket still has the Divisional arm badge which is a round blue circle signifying the 61st Division to which the battalion was attached on both arms, and the Regimental shoulder titles.
Mystery object answer...From the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment it is a bed plate belonging to Private Biggs.
Another mystery object..
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment A black and white photo of D Day and thereafter in June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party etc mainly to get the Canadians ashore on the beach at Bernieres - 9 Brigade, 3 (Canadian) Division, landing at about midday with the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment already on the beach.
Answer to our mystery object.... A burnisher, used by L/Corporal Cox during General Allenby's desert campaign in 1917. This object belonged to W J Cox who had previously served in the Hampshire Yeomanry, the photograph was taken around 1918. In the 2nd World War, he served in the 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.
Any guesses to this mystery object?
D-Day 75 years.
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party. German medical staff bringing in their wounded to the beach for onward transmission to UK and POW camp.
Our Mystery object yesterday was a piece of weapon cleaning equipment from the Wiltshire Regiment - It was a brass button stick originally belong to L/ Corporal J Bird who served both before and subsequent to his discharge in 1913, during the 1st World War.
Can you guess what this mystery object is??
D-Day 75 Years.
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party; mainly to get the Canadians ashore on the beach at Bernieres. Intelligence Section with RMP Beach Group with German prisoners at Berniers Railway Station.
Our Mystery object from yesterday was from the 1st Batallion, Wilshire Regiment - A 1st World War British fuse cap for a shell - probably an 18 pounder found in the Lines of 'C' Company at Hooge on the Western Front on 25/11/1915.
Another mystery object for discussion!
With the 75th Anniversary of D Day this year we have been looking at photographs of our Regiments and where they were during this historic time.
5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, June 1944 in their role as Beach Landing party, mainly to get the Canadians ashore on the beach at Bernieres Hobbart. Work was done allowing reorganising behind the beach.
Get away from the crowds!! Don't forget that you can bring your own picnic and use our beautiful gardens over the Easter break. We still have the free Grenade trail to keep your mini soldiers busy!! Or it is just £2 to use the garden or £5 for a session ticket.
One of our lovely Volunteers is involved with this event.
Answer to Yesterdays mystery object....it is a compression spring for a Flintlock Musket.
We have been looking through our collections here and have come across some objects even we had to look up to see what they are.
Can you guess the mystery object??
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Fancy coming to volunteer at the Rifles Museum?
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We are looking to recruit 3 Front of House Volunteers to come and help our team as we head into better weather.
If you are interested please contact [email protected] or message us here.
It’s not just weapons and uniforms in our collection we also have Bobbie!
Bobbie of the Berkshires was owned by Sergeant Kelly, he survived the Afghan Campaign 1879/80 after being wounded at the battle of Maiwand. Bobbie was decorated with an Afghan War Medal by Queen Victoria at Osbourne House in 1881.
Got kids with you this week?? Come and see if you can find the grenades hidden around the museum.
VOLUNTEERS!! We are looking for more volunteers to join our front of house team, have you got a morning or afternoon available either Tuesday or Friday to come and join us here??? Drop us a line on here or email: [email protected] to find out more.
We have a new exhibition opening on 4th February. We look forward to seeing you pop in and see it!
We are looking forward to reopening on Monday 4th February.
Happy New year to all!! Please spend a minute to look at this page. They are looking to return to the families a numerous amount of dog tags that have been found from the 1st World War.
We have 30k+ UK identity discs of armoured unit soldiers spanning from WW2 through Korea. Our hope is to get as many home as possible.
Seasons Greetings! With another Christmas card this time form 1900: 3rd Bn, Wiltshire Regiment - A Battalion Christmas Card sent when the Battalion were guarding Boer prisoners on St Helena, from Private A Goddard to Miss E Goddard
Thank you Wendy for sharing another Christmas card from the 1900's! 'Here's another Royal Berkshire Christmas card, or at least the inside. Sent by my grandfather (Charles JD Cave) Christmas 1915. I can't identify him in the photo.' Wendy Wright
Here is one of the Christmas Cards we have in our collection from 1895 associated with the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire regiment.
We thought we would share this lovely photo of the museum at night!
Tomorrow is the last day we will be open to the public. We will be back open on the 4th February 2019 with our new exhibition on Burma.
ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO...until we close for our annual winter closure. Last chance to see our 1918: War and Peace Exhibition.
Our final day of opening is Thursday 30 November 2018. We will reopen on 4 February 2019.
Bored of the same Christmas presents each year?
Looking for something new this Christmas?
Have a browse in our shop or check out what we have online
Something for all ages!
Welcome to the museum shop. From here you can browse the sections and choose to purchase products by selecting them and placing them in your shopping basket.
Here is just one of the commemorative memorials we have here in the garden at the museum.
Interested in a career in museums? Or do you want to find out what happens behind the scenes!
We will be recruiting more Volunteers in the new year. Even if you have only a few hours per week we would love to hear from you.
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The museum garden looking frosty but bright this morning.
Don’t miss out!
1918: War and Peace Exhibition
This is the last month that our First World War exhibition at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury will be open. The exhibition focuses on the Allied victory a century ago in 1918 and on the dramatic, and sometimes tragic, personal stories of the Wiltshire Regiment and Royal Berkshire Regiment soldiers who played their part in it.
1918: War and Peace explains the broad context of an epic year which saw Germany launching a desperate last attempt to win the war, but it also looks at the personal cost inflicted by the war on soldiers of both regiments and their families back home. As they found themselves pawns in a huge global conflict, they experienced fear, love, relief, despair and pride.
This exhibition is the museum’s final instalment of a four-year programme commemorating the First World War.
1 February - 30 November 2018
The Wardrobe, 58 The Close
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