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Tank in Palestine

A sepia photo entitled 'A burnt-out tank on Outpost Hill before the Gaza stunt' in Palestine in 1917. 1st/4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.

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Ration Biscuit

Huntley and Palmer army biscuit inscribed with First World War details. Soldiers often made biscuits like this more edible by crumbling them and adding water to create a paste that was mixed with vegetables or stew. This biscuit has been in the Museum's collection since its records began in 1979. It was kept in storage for many years until 2001 when it was placed on display.

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Mundy Diary

Two-volume journal of events written by Sergeant F. Mundy, 1st/4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Mundy, along with Acting Sergeant Couldrey, was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal. The diary contains a complete record of the Battalion's service from 1914 to early 1918 when Sergeant Mundy moved to become a Drill Instructor near Cairo. The volumes contain maps, drawings, photographs and newspaper cuttings covering the events in India, Palestine and Egypt. The diaries of Mundy and Couldrey were the focus of the National Memory – Local Stories workshops at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum.

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Moonraker Postcard

One of the nicknames for the Wiltshire Regiment was ‘The Moon Rakers.' This relates to the popular story of officials who had captured moonshiners pulling kegs of alcohol out of a pond. The moonshiners claimed that the rakes they were using to pull up kegs were actually being used to retrieve cheese from the pond. The ‘cheese’ was in fact the reflection of the moon in the water. This card was posted in August 1915.

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Bedplate

Bedplate for Sergeant F. E. Green, 1st.4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. This was most likely used while Sergeant Green was in India with the Battalion during the First World War.

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Couldrey Diary

Diary covering the whole of the First World War written by Acting Sergeant G. C. Couldrey, 1st/4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Couldrey, along with Sergeant Mundy, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry during the Gaza campaign.

It's believed that the diary was written after the War was over, perhaps from notes kept during Couldrey's experiences. At the back of the diary are various certificates, Army forms and papers relating to Couldrey. The diary is interspersed with photographs. The diaries of Couldrey and Mundy were the focus of the National Memory – Local Stories workshops at The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum.

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Service Revolver

Webley service revolver 0.455 inch calibre Mark VI. The revolver is inscribed 'F B Adams Wilts'.

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First World War Medals

First World War medals can be divided into two categories, Campaign medals and Gallantry medals. Over 300,000 such awards were bestowed on members of the British armed forces between 1914 and 1918.

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