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2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment - George VI Side Drum, 1947
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2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment - George VI Side Drum, 1947

Measurements: Diameter: 37cm (14.5in)

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Brass cylinder, wood hoops, leather tab and rope tensioning. Cylinder stamped 'Cummings / Kennington / London / SE / C&M’ and with the Broad Arrow mark. Emblazoned with outspread parachute wings surmounted by the royal crest over a wreath of laurel. ‘Drum Fittings’ label of George Potter of Aldershot to the interior visible through the cylinder breather hole. Complete with snares. Height overall 36cm (14.25in). https://www.paradata.org.uk/media/8223

The present drum dates to the formation of the 1st and 2nd Battalion bands in 1947. The 3rd Battalion band was formed in 1948. Side drums bearing this exact emblazon can be seen in a photograph of the Massed Bands of the Parachute Regiment taking part in the Queen’s Parade at Aldershot on 19 July 1950. Accordingly the present drum pre-dates the granting of Second World War Battle Honours to 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 1955. All three Regimental Bands accompanied their respective Battalions providing musical and medical support wherever they were stationed until 1985 when disbanded and reformed into the larger Falklands and Pegasus Bands. It is thus possible that the present drum accompanied 2 Para to Suez in 1951.
 

 

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