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Royal Marines - Side Drum by A.F. Matthews, 1946
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Royal Marines - Side Drum by A.F. Matthews, 1946

Measurements: Height: 39.5cm (15.5in)



An Elizabeth II brass cylinder, rope tension, side drum emblazoned with post-1952 Royal arms, with letter of provenance: viz, 'This Royal Marine Drum was presented to Mr E. Delia of 99 Coulsdon Road, Caterham-on-the-Hill on the 3rd August, 1960 to mark the occasion of his visit to the Depot Royal Marines, Deal for the 1960 Searchlight Tattoo and Exhibition', signed and dated Colonel R.D. Houghton, 3rd August 1960.

Major-General Robert Dyer ‘Titch’ Houghton, R.M., M.C. (1912-2011) was second-in-command of 40 Commando during the Second World War and was captured on the Dieppe Raid of 19 August 1942. During his three years as a PoW, he endured 411 days in handcuffs in consequence of Hitler’s decree that all commando prisoners be shackled. Post-war he held key roles with the Royal Marine Commandos.