Object archive

Letters and Photographs of Bandsman Holmes

Letters and Photographs of Bandsman Holmes This month we have been looking at a collection of recently donated items relating to Bandsman Albert Holmes who served with the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Bandsman Holmes was among those captured at The Defence of Calais in May 1940. The items include a set of letters and postcards…

The Tusk Of Gullala

The Tusk of Gullala is a silver centrepiece that was commissioned to commemorate the bravery of Rifleman Burke of the 1st Battalion 60th during the Yussufzai Expedition of December 1849.  This was a punitive expedition against the Sam Barzai tribe who occupied tha area between Peshwar and the Swat River and were refusing to pay…

The Lancaster Pistol

The Lancaster pistol was a 2 or 4 barrelled handgun produced in England in the late 19th century.  Based on the patents granted to Henry AA Thorn and Charles W Lancaster, the pistols were manufactured in a variety of calibres using centre fire brass cartridges and had several different grips.  The model in the Museum…

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