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The Worcestershire Soldier - Room 3 - The Late 19th Century and World War 1
 
The Worcester Soldier Exhibition - One of the 29th Regiment's Afro-Carribean Drummers c.1770 The Worcester Soldier Exhibition - A Regimental Badge embroidered by one of the troops The Worcester Soldier Exhibition - A soldier of the 29th Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars
The Worcester Soldier Exhibition - A Gift Tin from the Malayan Emergency of 1950-53
 
 
 
Room 3 - The Late 19th Century and World War 1 - Click on any highlighted areas for more information or to go to another room
The Worcestershire Soldier - Winners of the Victoria Cross - click on image  for more information

The Worcestershire Regiment in the Late 19th Century - In 1881 the Army went through considerable reforms, including the names and numbers of Regiments. The 29th and the 36th Regiments of Foot were so close to each other geographically that it was decided to link these two old and distinguished Regiments together.

The 29th Regiment, which had long been associated with Worcestershire, was made into the 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. - go to room plan.
The Worcestershire Regiment - Soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment, c.1990 - Click on image for a bigger picture.
The 36th, whose connections had been with Herefordshire, was made into the 2nd Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. The Worcestershire Militia and Volunteer Regiments were also linked to these, making up further Battalions.

The base for the new Regiment was built at Norton, just outside Worcester. This grew over the years into a vast camp, and although budget cuts forced it's closure and redevelopment in the 1990's, the front section of the building still stands, and the Regiment maintains it's Head Quarters only a few hundred yards away in a new building.

The Worcestershire Soldier - Pear Blossom - Click on image for a bigger picture Pear Blossom - In 1899 volunteers from the Worcestershire Yeomanry went to fight in the Boer War. When they left, Lady Dudley gave each man one of these silk pear blossoms to pin on their hats. The pear blossom was chosen because of its links to the black pear - the symbol of Worcestershire.

The volunteers served with distinction in South Africa, and returned home as heroes. In honour of their courage the pear blossom was adopted as the formal badge of the Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars (Yeomanry) - go to room plan.

Soldier's Embroidery - Soldiering was often a boring job. Many hours were spent simply sitting around in barrack rooms, troopships or trenches. Many soldiers did craft work to pass the time. Embroidery and cross stitch were popular pastimes; they were quite easy, and very time consuming. Badges of the Regiment, or its Colours, were often popular subjects as they were very familiar to the soldier, and a source of pride.
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The Worcestershire Soldier - Soldier's Embroidery - Click on image for a bigger picture

The Yeomanry in the Boer War - The Malvern Detachment in 1900 - Click on image for a bigger picture and more information
The Worcestershire Yeomanry in the Boer War- In 1899, British and Boer ambitions in South Africa came to a head. The Boers, descendants of the original Dutch colonists, and the British had been in dispute for years., and now this came to a head, fuelled by the newly found diamond and gold resources in the area - to find out more, click here.

The Worcestershire Soldier - The Yeoman, 1916 - Click on image for a bigger picture Yeoman, 1916 - This Yeoman is stopping to check his compass while on patrol in the Sinai Desert. During the First World War the Worcestershire Yeomanry fought in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. Roving across wide open desert in the blistering heat for days on end, the Yeomanry led the British Army all the way from the Suez Canal to Damascus in one of the most successful British campaigns of the war. It was a tough life in a very harsh environment. Water was always short and disease common.
The Yeomen also carried out raids on enemy positions, and could act as storm troops in battle. At Huj, in November 1917, less than 200 Yeomen charged eleven Austrian field guns and over 2000 Turkish infantry with swords drawn - and won. It was the last great charge of the British cavalry - go to room plan.

The Worcestershire Regiment in World War 1 - A Recruiting Poster from 1915 - Click on image for more information and pictures
The Regiment in WW 1 - Over 130,000 men served in the Worcestershire Regiment during The Great War, 1914-19. Between them they won 9 Victoria Crosses and over 1,500 other decorations, while 9,463 of them were killed and countless more wounded.

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The Worcestershire Regiment in World War 1 - A conscript with his family, just before leaving for France - Click on image for more informationand pictures

First World War Body Armour - This is a set of First World War body armour, used by the British Army. It has curved metal plates for the chest and the back, and was supposed to protect snipers and other vulnerable soldiers by stopping or deflecting bullets. Unfortunately, the metal is very thin, and probably would not have stopped a direct hit. Also, the metal curves in to the middle, so any bullet hitting in the centre of the armour would have been deflected inwards!

This set belonged to Private A. W. Tunkiss of the 1/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. He used it in France in 1916. He was wounded in action on the 5th November 1916, and discharged from the Army the following March - go to room plan.
The Worcestershire Soldier -  First World War Body Armour - Click on image for a bigger picture

The Worcestershire Soldier - The Jack Parsons' Collection - Click on image for a bigger picture Jack Parsons' Collection - Jack Parsons, from Birmingham, served through the First World War in both the Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanrys. He won the Military Cross for leading part of the charge at Huj, 8th November 1917, after which he was one of only two men from his Squadron still on their feet. He carried and used this revolver at the charge.
After the war Jack Parsons became a vicar, and for the 1946 Remembrance Day sermon he decided to follow the Bible's advice 'and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares.' He took his old sword, plus a captured Turkish one, and got a blacksmith to forge them together into a ploughshare (the part of the plough that makes the groove). He later used the ploughshare to sow wheat, which he grew for Communion bread. The ploughshare and sword hilts were later given to the museum by Canon Parsons, and take pride of place in our displays - go to room plan.

Winners of the Victoria Cross - click on the names below to read about their exploits - go to room plan.
Lieutenant Eugene Bennett, 2nd Bn. Transloy Ridges, the Somme, 5th November 1916.
Lieutenant (acting Captain) John Crowe, 2nd Bn. Neuve Eglise, 14th April 1918.
Private Frederick Dancox, 4th Bn. Poelcappelle, Ypres, 9th October 1917.
Lieutenant-Colonel (acting Brigadier) George Grogan, 1st Bn and temporary commander 23rd Brigade. Aisne, 29th May 1918.
Second Lieutenant Herbert James, 4th Bn. Krithia, Gallipoli, 3rd July 1915.
Second Lieutenant Edgar Myles, Welch Regiment attached to 9th Bn. Sannaiyat, Mesopotamia, 9th April 1916.
Lieutenant Willaim Leefe-Robinson, attached to Royal Flying Corps. Over Cuffley, Essex, 2/3rd September 1916.
Private Thomas Turrall, 10th Bn. La Boiselle, the Somme, 3rd July 1916.
Captain (temporary Major and acting Lieutenant-Colonel) Frank Roberts. Pargny, Somme, 23rd March 1918.
Lieutenant Edmund Wedgbury, 1/8th Bn, later Gloucestershire Regiment attached to 1/8th Bn. Various actions 1915-18.
Awang Anak Rawang, Iban Scout attached to 10 Platoon, 'D' Company, 1st Bn. Malaya, 27th May 1951.

 
EXHIBITION PREVIEW
 
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Room 1

Introduction
Special Exhibition Area
The Regiment Today
Medals

Room 2
The Early Years
Militia and Local Volunteers
The Yeomanry, 1794-1899
The Napoleonic Wars
The Regiment, early 19thC
The Sikh Wars, 1845-49
Room 3
The Regiment, late 19th C
The Boer War
The Yeomanry in WW1
The Regiment in WW1
Victoria Cross Winners
Room 4
The Inter-war Years
The Yeomanry in WW2
The Regiment in WW2
The Postwar Years
HISTORY ZONE
 

Commandery - Origins
Worcester 1250AD Model
Worcester - Medieval
Worcester - Old Maps
Worcester - Old Paintings
Worcester - Old Photos
Worcester - Potted History

A Worcestershire Yeoman, 1916 - Click for more information The Worcestershire Yeomanry in the Boer War - Click for more information The Worcestershire Regiment - The Late 19th Century - Click for more information The Worcestershire Regiment in World War 1 - Click for more information Winners of the Victoria Cross Jack Parson's Collection - Click for more information First World War Body Armour Pear Blossom and Soldier's Embroidery - Click for more information Go on to Room 4 - World War 2 and the Late 20th Century Go back to Room 2 - The 18th and 19th Century