Photograph of Mr Victor Wakeling

Object number

LDVAL 2006.21.11

Date

after 1989

Description

Black and White photograph of Mr V Wakeling with the two awards he received for his work collecting books for the troops in Northern Ireland and Brunei. 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

Black and White glossy photograph showing Mr Wakeling holding two tropies. In his right hand is the pewter solder (LDVAL 2006.18.1) that he was presented by the troops in Northern Ireland and in his left hand is the shield given to him by the troops in Brunei. He is standing in front of a plain white wall, and is looking directly at the camera. He is wearing a white shirt.

Condition

Good

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

Photograph

Size

Whole length: 203mm
width: 152.5mm

Collection type

Ephemera

Inscription

Stamp Stamped On reverse: GREATER LONDON & ESSEX NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRPH COPYRIGHT WHEN ORDERING QUOTE NO. 15036

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1656/11 (2006-06-27)

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Metadata
Start dateafter 1989
InstitutionValence House Museum
TypePhotograph
Collection typeEphemera