Award presented to Victor Wakeling

Object number

LDVAL 2006.21.10

Date

After 1989

Description

Decorative award presented to Victor Wakeling for his services to the Training Team Brunei. In original box. For 12 years Mr Wakeling spent all his free time collecting books, games and puzzles to be sent to British troops in Brunei and Northern Ireland. He began in 1976 after his brother-in-law returned from a tour of duty with the Air Force and complained how short of books, playing cards, games etc, troops were while serving abroad.

After making a number of phone calls to the WRVS Head Office in London and to the War Office, it was finally arranged that a van from the WRVS Wapping Depot would visit Mr Wakeling to collect any items that he would like to send to Northern Ireland. Mr Wakeling was later asked if he would like to send items to another forces station, and he chose Brunei.

Between 1977 and 1989 Mr Wakeling collected a total of approx. 34,500 books, 956 packs of playing cards, 978 jigsaw puzzles and 52 games.

After the Wapping depot closed in 1989, Mr Wakeling began collecting books for Barking and Dagenham Home Library Service, and has donated approx. 12000 books.

Mr Wakeling has received two awards for his service to British troops abroad.

Physical description

Varnished wooden shield with an enameled, raised silver field in the middle, which shows the badge of the Training Team Brunei. It shows a black, white and silver pelican above a silver machete with a black handle, on a green background with a black-yellow-black stripe running vertically down the centre. Below this is a raised silver scroll, and above it is a silver dedication plaque.

Condition

Notes

The Training Team Brunei (TTB) comprises a British Army Infantry Battalion and a Bell 212 Helicopter Flight of the Army Air Corps. The Battalion is supported by the small British Garrison, which provides all logistical and administrative support. The TTB is the Army's jungle warfare school. It runs a number of courses, ranging from jungle warfare instructor courses to long range patrolling and tracking.

Type

Memento

Size

Whole length: 181mm
width: 141mm
Mount Depth: 13mm

Material

Mount: Wood
Decoration: Silver
Colouring: Enamel

Collection type

Social history

Inscription

Inscription Engraved On dedication plaque: WITH MUCH APPRECIATION FROM OFFER COMMANDING AND ALL RANKS TTB

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1656 (2006-06-27)

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Metadata
Start dateAfter 1989
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypeMemento
Material
Wood
Silver
Enamel
Collection typeSocial history