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THE BULLETIN Issue 283, November 2021

The February Issue of The Bulletin will be posted on 11 February 2021. This issue contains major articles on ‘The Uniforms of the Yeomanry of Buckinghamshire, 1877-1914’ by David Knight and ‘Harry Sheldon FRSA, Artist in Peace and War’ by Denis Wood. There is also a number of shorter articles on Mallet’s Mortar at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea; an RA Shoulder Belt Plate; Regimental Marches of the Yeomanry Cavalry; Buckinghamshire Yeomanry 1827; Duke of Gloucester’s Loyal Volunteers 1803-1814; Uniforms of Australia on cigarette cards; Other Ranks’ Collar Badges of The 16th/5th Lancers Queen’s Royal Lancers; and The Perch Club. It also includes the regular sections on Badge Notes, Book Reviews, Questions & Answers, and Correspondence. Sadly, this issue also carries obituaries to Brigadier John Randle OBE MC and Lieutenant Colonel Neville Poulsom.

 


BACK ISSUES OF CROWN IMPERIAL WANTED

Surprisingly, two members are seeking back issues of Crown Imperial at the same time.

The first request is for the very early Issues 1-60 and 67.

The second request is for the last Issues 101-113 and the Yeomanry Special Number.

Please send any offers via the editor at editor@mhsorg.uk

 


WELCOME TO THE INDIAN MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Following the sad news that the Indian Military Historical Society has had to disband with effect from the end of 2020, the MHS is delighted to announce that it has been able to preserve the archive of the IMHS. At the same time, the Society is delighted to welcome the large number of IMHS Members who were not already Members of the MHS, but have now opted to join the Society. The entire 37-year run of Durbar, the journal of the IMHS, is now available to search on the MHS website and Members of the Society will be able to view and download the text of all issues of both The Bulletin and Durbar. Non-Members will also be able to search the text and contents lists to see a list of relevant articles, but they will not be able to view the full text unless they join the Society.

Choose 'Search' on the top menu to search on either the full text or the contents lists. Back numbers of Durbar can also be ordered from the shop. Please note that the back numbers of The Bulletin and Durbar are held in different locations and will be despatched by different people. Combined orders for MHS & IMHS publications will therefore incur two postal charges.

 


GALLIPOLI ASSOCIATION LECTURE SERIES

THE IRISH SOLDIER AT GALLIPOLI

The Gallipoli Association are holding a monthly series of Zoom talks which will last about one hour and are free to attend.

The first talk will be on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at 7.30pm (UK time) and is entitled ‘The Irish Soldier at Gallipoli’ by Ian Binnie, Education Co-ordinator of the Association.

To reserve a place, email education@gallipoli-association.org or warwickfus@btinternet.com .

 


THE BULLETIN Issue 282, November 2020

The November Issue of The Bulletin was posted on 5 November 2020. This issue contains a wide variety of articles on: 5th Royal Garrison Battalion Officer’s Shoulder Belt Plate 1802-1814 ; The Upper Agbrigg Volunteers; The Uniforms of the Yeomanry of Buckinghamshire 1829-1876; The Development of Light Infantry in The British Army; The Last Will and Testament of a Chelsea Pensioner; Medics at Majuba; The Diary of Cyril Dunman Lacy (Part 2); the Indian Subordinate Medical Department; Dressing the Militiamen of 1939; The First RAAF Officer’s Cap Badge; HSH Prince Francis of Teck; & The Corps of Military Accountants. It also includes the regular sections on Book Reviews, Questions & Answers, and Correspondence.

Picture courtesy of the Museum of Military Medicine

 


MHS Special Number 2020: “A MONSTROUS PIECE OF CLOTH” THE BRODRICK CAP by Toby Brayley

Published in November 2020. You may wonder how an army cap which was universally disliked and only lasted for six years could possibly fill a 68-page Special Number. Toby Brayley has produced an absorbing and thoroughly professional account of the design and use of this cap throughout the army. It is superbly and prolifically illustrated and even has detailed photographs of the actual cap worn by the late Canon Lummis, a distinguished Member of the Society, when he was serving as 5428 W M Lummis in the 11th Hussars. This Special Number is surely destined to become the definitive work on the Brodrick Cap and the narrative provides an interesting insight to military service at the start of the twentieth century.

Members of the Society automatically received a copy of this Special Number with The Bulletin in November 2020 as part of their subscription. Non-Members can purchase copies (or Members can purchase additional copies) from the Shop at a cost of £12 each plus £2.00 p&p (UK rate).

 


MEMBERS WANTS & OFFERS

COMPLETE BOUND RUN OF THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH.

Member Ray Westlake has for sale a complete bound run of the Journal for the Society of Army Historical Research including two bound indexes for £950. These would need to be collected from the Cardiff area. Ray can be contacted at raywestlake1418@gmail.com or by telephone: 07887 366642.

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THE BADGES AND INSIGNIA OF THE ESSEX YEOMANRY.

The Badges and Insignia of The Essex Yeomanry. A guide for collectors by Michael Wood was reviewed in The Bulletin in August 2019. The response was so good that the book immediately went out of print. Michael has informed us that it is now back in print and can be obtained from him at £14.00 plus £3 p&p. He can be contacted at expatyeoman@essex-yeomanry.org.uk or 52 Downsway, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 6TU.

 


EXHIBITION & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Sadly, the Annual Exhibition could not take place in 2020 but, as soon as public safety restrictions are lifted, we will start planning for 2021. The event will no longer be held at the Farnham Maltings, but will probably be held close by at the Aldershot Military Museum. This option will give far more flexibility on dates. Further information will be published in The Bulletin and here in the News on the website.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held virtually by Zoom on 12 September 2020. This proved to be a successful format and may be repeated in future years.

 


MEMBERS WANTS & OFFERS

ORIGINAL MILITARY LETTERS AND AUTOGRAPHS.

A fascinating stock of mainly 19th and 20th century military heroes, great commanders and villains. Phone Peter Dunn for a free monthly list: 0208 981 1373

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BRITISH ARMY BADGES

David Smith: A fine selection of GENUINE British army insignia from shako plates to cap badges and shoulder titles, offered with a no-quibble, money back guarantee. Website: British Army Badges

 


SOCIETY SHOP

The Society is coping well with the current coronavirus restrictions and sales from the Society Shop are only suffering short postal delays. Meanwhile, it is worth reminding potential customers that Members of the Society can search, read and download the entire run of The Bulletin (from 1950 until today) on the website. For a very reasonable membership fee, now might be a good time to join the Society to obtain access to this historical archive, as well as receiving all the current publications as soon as they are issued. Go to “Membership” on the top menu of this site.

 


SOUTHERN BRANCH – PROGRAMME 2020

ALL MEETINGS CONTINUE TO BE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Further information can be had from the Branch Secretary, Mr Geoff Pulman on 01308 424799.

Photograph courtesy of Jaggery.©