My interest in military history began at an early age and developed during my years studying the subject at university.  It is still my main hobby.  The photographs above are of some of the items in my collection.  They include:

  • A Ceasefire communique giving the order for hostilities to cease at 11 am on 11 November 1918. It was found by my uncle in a skip on the drive of the house he bought in the late 1970s. He had it framed and passed it on to me a few years ago.
  • Transcript of the above
  • A rum jar (3 different views) Here’s a good link explaining their use. My example was bought for £1 from Chirk car boot sale a couple of years ago.http://www.worldwar1postcards.com/the-rum-ration.php
  • Certificate that goes with the Death Coin (see photo further on) to Pte Joseph Henry Lea, Shropshire Yeomanry. He is buried in Ellesmere. There’s a little info on him on this website:http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Shropshire/Ellesmere.htmlThe cert and Death Coin or Widow’s Penny were found in a garden shed and donated to me by Liz Austen.
  • Derby Scheme armband. Donated by Gilbert Carswell, of Pulverbatch. It belonged to his father-in-law who had served in the Army Service Corps in World War 1.
  • Post-war souvenir guide bought from a car boot sale.
  •   Hereford Regiment cap (3 different views) bought from Church Stretton antiques centre C.2000 for £10.
  • WW1 Womens’ Royal Naval Service cap tally. This was donated by Joan Parker, who had been a Wren officer in WW2. A family friend/neighbour had served in the Wrens, during WW1, and gave her her cap tally.
  • Front site from a Lee Enfield rifle, with bayonet attached, found by myself in 2000 at Delville Wood, Somme. At the time a number of new paths had been cleared around the wood and the debris had just been piled along the edges. This was lying on the surfaceof a pile of earth.
  • Lee Enfield rifle stripper clip. This contained 5 bullets, which you loaded into your rifle before discarding the clip. I found these clips lying on the surface of a newly ploughed field near X Beach. Gallipoli in September 2008.
  • Various service medals
  • Musketry regs. This book belonged to Charles Powell, of Castle Pulverbatch, who served in the Shropshire Yeomanry in World War 1. It was donated to me by his daughter.
  • A Death Coin or Widow’s Penny ( See previous certificate that goes with this.)