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THE BULLETIN Issue 273, August 2018

This issue includes major articles on the 'The Royal Malta Fencible Artillery' and 'Enlistment and the Depot'. Other shorter articles cover various badges and insignia, James Sadler, London Artillery Brigade, Book Reviews and Correspondence.

Members are advised that a small number of copies of this Issue have been made up incorrectly with the two middle double pages (25-32) missing and replaced by two double pages from the beginning and end of the Issue. Anyone who has received a faulty copy of this Issue should return it to MHS Bulletin, Lower Brook Farm, Smithy Lane, Rainow, Macclesfield, SK10 5UP in order to receive a replacement copy.



The Annual Exhibition was held at The Maltings, Farnham on Sunday, 30 September 2018, in conjunction with the Aldershot Militaria Society, when a varied series of Exhibits from beginners to established experts was displayed by Members. The overall standard of the exhibits made the job of the judges extremely difficult, but the four society Cups were eventually awarded to:

The Duke of York’s Cup for First Place was awarded to Barry Renfrew for "Volunteer Units of South Africa 1800-1914"

The Weston Cup for Second Place was awarded to Tim Withey for "Sealed, Standard and Working Patterns of Uniform Chevrons"

The Peninsula Cup for Third Place was awarded to Steve Hammond for "The Queen’s Westminsters"

The Atkins Cup for a First-Time Exhibitor was awarded to John Murdoch for "The Royal Observer Corps 1925-1995"

The Bill Carman Award for Exhibitors under the age of 21 was awarded to the cadets of 229 Farnham Squadron, Air Training Corps.

In addition, two of our Members who are also Members of the Aldershot Militaria Society, gained Aldershot awards: Clive Elderton, Best in Show, for "Reconnaissance Corps Long Runners" and Derek Tomkins was First in the Uniform and Badges category.



Following on from the great success of the Special Numbers commemorating activities during the First World War, the Society is publishing the last Special Number in this First World War series. This issue is based on an original 1920 publication by Vincent Wheeler-Holohan which had been annotated with hand-written notes by Bill Carman. The text and illustrations have been updated by Clive Elderton and Gary Gibbs to produce this fitting conclusion to the WW1 centenary Special Numbers.

Members of the Society will automatically receive a copy of this Special Number with the November issue of The Bulletin.

Non-Members can purchase a copy and Members can purchase additional copies from the Shop at a cost of £12 each plus £1.50 p&p (UK rate)



The new Society website went live at on 6 November 2018. Members of the Society who already have an email address registered with the Society, will have received a message explaining how to create an account. Members who do not receive emailed instructions, but who would like to create an account, are asked to send their email address to the Treasurer and Membership Secretary by post or telephone. This is the first part of a two-stage launch of the website which will enable Members to search and view articles in every issue of The Bulletin from issue number 1 in 1950, and keep their contact details up to date.

When the second stage is launched in a few weeks’ time, Members will be able to renew their Membership and buy back issues of The Bulletin and Special Numbers through the Society Shop.


THE BULLETIN Issue 274, November 2018

The two principal articles in the November issue of The Bulletin are: The Badges, Titles and Buttons of King Edward’s Horse by Keith Hook and David Knight, a detailed study which covers the whole period of the existence of the Regiment from 1901 until demobilisation in 1919 and official disbandment in 1924; and Third Colours in the British Army by Alan Grosart, which covers the third honorary colours granted to British regiments, including those granted by The Honourable East India Company to the 74th and 78th Regiments for their distinguished service at the Battle of Assaye in 1803 and the 76th Regiment for distinguished service in the Mahratta War of 1803-4. There are also a number of shorter articles on a variety of subjects, together with the regular sections on Badge Notes and Book Reviews.



The Southern Branch meets in the Boys’ Brigade Hall, Sawmill Lane, Dorchester with meetings starting at 13.00 hours. The meetings for 2019 are scheduled for 19 January; 9 March (talk on Exercise Yukon by Sheila Meaney); 6 April; 11 May; 15 June (Exhibition & Competition – bring one, several or many items!); 13 July; 7 September (Quiz or War Songs); 16 November.

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

Photograph courtesy of Jaggery.