The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Maiwand - The Last Stand of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment

The Society’s March Meeting will be held on Friday 12th March 2010 at The Savage Club, housed in the premises of the National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.30pm. The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station and Charing Cross main line station. It is usually possible to find a nearby parking space at this time – though you may have to pay the congestion charge.

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £8.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £35.00 per head. This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day. For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Roast Loin of Pork with Apple Sauce, Bread and Butter Pudding, Coffee and Mints. A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.

A cash bar will be open in the Savage Club Room on the ground floor of the building from 6.00pm. After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar. Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm. We anticipate that the meeting will finish around 9.45pm, though many members stay on to chat.

We are delighted to announce that there will be real value for money this evening, since we have two speakers.

Our guest speaker is Colonel (Retired) M. J. Cornwell OBE. He is currently the Manager / Curator of the Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, which houses the Artefacts and Archives of the County Infantry Regiments of those two counties dating from 1744 to the present. Prior to that, from 1994 – 2007, he worked for the Territorial Army as an HR Administrator. During this time he served as the County Commandant of the Wiltshire Army Cadet force for 6 years, working with the youth of the county. His career began in 1966 when he entered RMA Sandhurst, being commissioned into the Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) in 1968, leaving in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was been made redundant whilst serving in Sarejevo in 1993, receiving an operational award of the OBE.

Col. Cornwell will give an illustrated talk, "Maiwand the Last Stand of The 66th (Berkshire) Regiment in Afghanistan in 1880". The talk starts in 1870 when the regiment leave Ireland to serve in India, sets the scene as to what we were doing in Afghanistan in the first place, deals with the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath. Details of Major Preston, the Surgeon serving with the Regiment, who is attributed as being the model for Doctor Watson will be dealt during the phases of the Battle and the aftermath.

Our second speaker for the evening is Dr. Auberon Redfearn, who needs no introduction to the Society. He is a past Member of Council and members will know his regular column in the Journal, It Seems to Me. Auberon will, in his own inimitable style, tell us everything we need to know about Dr Watson's Wandering Wounds.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Saturday 6th March.

Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members. They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night. If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application. Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie. As in most London clubs, tee-shirts and trainers are not acceptable. This is not our rule and we must comply with the club’s.

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