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A George VI Hampshire Regiment Silver Bugle, 1937
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A George VI Hampshire Regiment Silver Bugle, 1937

Measurements: Length: 28cm (11in)



Sterling silver. A presentation Commanding Officer’s Bugle, No. 1 Model, engraved with 2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment badge of the Tiger over the Hampshire Rose and Roman numeral LXVII for the pre-1881 number in the Line of the 67th (South Hampshire ) Regiment. Maker’s Mark of H.M. War Office warrant holder Henry Potter & Co, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2. Hallmarked London 1937.

The 2nd Hampshires were stationed at Aldershot in the late 1930’s and embarked with the British Expeditionary Force on the outbreak of war in September 1939 as part of the 1st Guards Brigade. Following the Nazi Blitzkrieg of May June 1940, the Battalion came away from Dunkirk with 100% of their small-arms, mortars and anti-tank rifles, earning the congratulations of Anthony Eden, then the Minister for War. In November 1942, the 2nd Hampshire embarked with 1st Guards Brigade for the invasion of North Africa (Operation Torch). In early December it was attacked by a force four times its size. This was the start of a period of fierce close combat, that saw the loss of two thirds of their strength, the award of a Victoria Cross, and the capture of their commanding officer. After reinforcement, the 2nd Hampshires joined the 128th (Hampshire) Brigade - one of three British brigades that made the assault landing at Salerno, Italy. In the subsequent heavy fighting around the bridgehead and during the northward fighting advance the Battalion suffered further heavy casualties. In August ’44 it took part in the assault on the Gothic Line, and later encountered yet fiercer German opposition after crossing the Rubicon. In recognition of its service during the World War, the Hampshire Regiment as a whole was awarded the title of Royal in 1946.