Now safely returned from a lovely week's rest and recuperation with my family, thoughts are already turning to work and the start of a new academic year. This is all well and good, but looking at my hobby 'to do' list, I am horrified to see that I am falling behind schedule - so much to do and so little time!
24th Regiment shako plate found at Isandhlwana
That said en route to the family pile we took advantage of our somewhat detoured route to pay the briefest of visits to the The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon. This is of course of particular interest to yours truly given that the Royal Welsh is the modern day incarnation of a number of notable regiments including the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, whose history is intrinsically linked with the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
The museum, run by an incredibly friendly and dedicated staff, is crammed full of artefacts from all eras of the regiment's history and well worth a visit if you are in the area; I imagine those with a interest in Victoria's little wars will find it almost obligatory to hum 'Men of Harlech' as they go round, I know I did!
The extensive medel collection includes nine of the ten Victoria Crosses awarded to the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment during the Anglo-Zulu War.
"If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle."
The flag that flew over the forward supply base at Rorke's Drift, January 1879
Even the Saintly Mrs. Awdry was impressed!
Artefacts included most major conflicts, including the First World War.
The Regimental Mascot, Taffy III
Who couldn't resist having their photographs taken behind a Vickers Machine Gun?
Just a cursory glance of my blog roll informs me that a great number of those wonderful web logs that I follow have been very productive during my week's absence from this cosy corner of the blogosphere and I will try and spend some time this morning catching up, but that 'to do' list isn't getting any shorter!
Men of Harlech stop your dreaming
Can't you see their spear points gleaming
See their warrior pennants streaming
To this battlefield
Men of Harlech stand ye steady
It cannot be ever said ye
For the battle were not ready
Welshmen never yield
From the hills rebounding
Let this song be sounding
Summon all at Cambria's call
The mighty force surrounding
Men of Harlech on to glory
This will ever be your story
Keep these burning words before ye
Welshmen will not yield