The internet is a wonderful place…

On the 18th July we posted a long piece all about Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, a man very important to the Norfolk Regiment during their time in Mesopotamia in World War One – and a fascinating man in his own right.

In this article we included a picture of a drum:

The Ceremonial Drum of the 12th Sudanese Regiment It bears the flags of Egypt and the Regiment's battle honours including 'Firket' public domain image

The Ceremonial Drum of the 12th Sudanese Regiment
It bears the flags of Egypt and the Regiment’s battle honours including ‘Firket’
public domain image

Imagine our surprise and delight when we received an email from the man who owns this drum!

Mr Leroy is actually based in Brooklyn, New York and as well as being a member of the “Baggage Battles” team he is also a collector of memorabilia featuring the 12th Sudanese Regiment. This drum really has travelled the world as Mr Leroy purchased it ten years ago in New Jersey…

In even more of a coincidence only a few weeks ago Mr Leroy also purchased another 12th Regiment item  – this time in Paris.  He has kindly shared the photos of this sword, the officer who owned it is not known, but it was manufactured by Wilkinson’s.

Officer's Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. With Thanks to William Leroy

Officer’s Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. With Thanks to William Leroy

Officer's Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. With Thanks to William Leroy

Officer’s Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. With Thanks to William Leroy

Officer's Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. With Thanks to William Leroy

Officer’s Sword from the 12th Sudanese Regt. This picture of the sword very clearly shows the same crest as on the drum.  With Thanks to William Leroy

 

 

While this post isn’t directly about World War One we always love hearing from people who can add more to things we post – please do email us if you can add any colour to previous posts here or if you have a #WW1 / Norfolk Regiment story to share.

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