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The Suffolk Regiment Museum

The image below shows the Keep from satellite imagery. It is on the Newmarket Road into Bury St. Edmunds - to find this image on Google earth just put in the post code IP33 3RN. 

The Museum is located in the Keep of Gibraltar Barracks at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.  This seems to be the only building remaining from the barracks but it is a very imposing structure.  The museum opens on the mornings of the first Wednesday of the month for the whole year and also on the first Sunday of the month during the summer - do check before you go to ensure that they are open!

This is the flag flying over the Keep with some delightful yellow forsythia in the foreground

The entrance at the side of the Keep.

An exhibit of First World War uniforms - The officer on the left is wearing his gas protection!!!  Just a cloth which was kept damp to absorb to gas.  The Suffolks were the first British regiment to be attacked by gas during the conflict.

Here is a display of silver and jewelry including a Suffolk Regiment brooch made for Princess Margaret and which was presented back to the regimental museum after her death.

The  name plate from the steam train below is proudly exhibited in the museum - a similar one went for 30,000 in auction.

"The Suffolk Regiment" engine pulled the train which collected the returning troops from Malaya and then took them from Liverpool, round the county of Suffolk, dropping men off in their home towns.

Arthur is well represented in the museum - there are two photographs and his wounded discharge certificate.  

Also a set of miniature medals which were said to have been given by the family.

I have a problem with this set of miniatures because, although I agree with the others I can not agree with the 1914 Star and Bar.  Arthur and the 9th Suffolks did not arrive in France early enough to qualify for the 1914 star - he would have had the 1914/15 star as proved by his MIC.

Of course the greatest treasure in the museum is Arthur's Victoria Cross - although this is not on general display.  We made special arrangements prior to our visit and it was brought up from the safe in order that we could look at the real medal.  What a treat this was - to see the actual medal that was awarded to Arthur all those years ago for such a brave deed.

  

The rear of the VC contains the Regimental Number, his rank and name with the regiment underneath.

In the centre of the cross are the details of the date of the heroic deed for which he was awarded the cross - 26th September 1915

There is a superb display of weapons at one end of the museum - amongst them is a Lewis machine gun which was the type which Arthur was using on the day he won his Victoria Cross - could this have been the actual one??