Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh

We made visit to the Barracks at Brecon and into the Regimental museum with the main reason being to see some Zulu war artefacts up close.The Museum is packed full of weapons,uniforms ,medals and loads more from the regiments many different forms throughout history .The regiment have had 43 of their soldiers awarded the V.C  10 of course during the Zulu War . The museum is run by volunteers all have an amazing knowledge and nothing is too much trouble for them this is now my favourite museum . The Zulu War room alone is worth the entrance fee of £5. A amazing diorama of Rorkes drift original uniforms ,weapons and other items from both sides are in the Zulu collection . I have read many times how the helmet plates were not worn during campaign but the museum owns 2 dug up on the battle fields one from Isandhlawana and the other from Rorkes Drift still attached to part of a smashed helmet . Below are some of the many photos I took mainly of the Zulu war room .

John Fieldings(williams) original headstone

The VC collection

Zulu War VC'S these are copies but all the originals are owned by the museum 

Some WW2 VC's

WW1 VC's

part of a huge Great War Diorama

The Famous Mountain 

Lt Coghills Uniform and Personal Items

Part of the Rorkes Drift Diorama

Another view of the Diorama

The Flag from Rorkes Drift

Items recovered from Rorkes Drift

The full R.D Diorama
 The Diorama of Rorkes Drift shows everything happening at the same time all the zulu attacks the camp before it was struck etc.An amazing piece of work
Another close up 

Part of the Medal Room

Col. Pullienes Medal

Frank Bournes Medals 

One of the famous biscuit boxes

one of the infamous ammo boxes an original from the battle field at Isandlhwana

The museum is very hands on as the lovely Elaine shows.

The Museum Entrance.

We spent over 2 hours mainly in the Zulu Collection we will certainly go again the famous Queens colours are on display at Brecon Cathedral ashore walk down the road. 

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