Award presented to Victor Wakeling for his work with the WRVS and the Troops in Northern Ireland from 1977 to 1989.
Small silver trophy of a freestanding, fully uniformed soldier. He stands with his left leg forward and is holding a rifle upright in his right hand. It stands on a silver base bearing a dedication of the Royal Coprs of Transport and the ensignia of Elizabeth Rigina. All set on a solid grey marble base.
The 48th (on foot) Northamptonshire Regiment The Regiment was raised in 1741 during the War of Austrian Succession as the 59th of line. In 1745 it took part in the campaign against the Young Pretender, fighting at the Battles of Falkirk and Culloden. It became the 48th Regiment after Army reorganisation in 1748. The 48th recieved its first battle honour in the America's at the Battle of Louisburg, an honour not given till 1882 . The regiment was involved in the capture of Quebec under Wolf's command . The 48th was present at the capture of Martinique and Havanah in the West Indies before returning to serve in Ireland in 1763. The regiment returned to the West Indies in 1773. This area of the world became a graveyard for British troops, with disease running rampant through the ranks .The remnants of the 48th were captured by the French who had entered the war of American Independence. Repatriated back to England in 1780, the war office began recruitment of troops in the Northampton District and it then became the Northamptonshire Regiment. 1960 saw the 48th become part of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, then following further reorganisation, part of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment. It was not until 1788 that the 48th reached its full compliment of troops and was once again deployed to the West Indies . But yet again, as fortune would have it, in 1793 the Regiment returned to England as it was so depleted, due to again illness. When French activity increased in the West Indies, the regiment was again committed to the area in 1795. By late August 1797, only 50 of the original 847 troops to leave England were able to fight, again due to rampant disease. After returning to England yet again to recruit troops, in August 1799 ,the 48th departed for Gibraltar. The 48th recaptured the island from the French in September of 1800. In 1802 from Malta ,the regiment returned to England . The second Battalion 48th was raised at Manchester as a limited line battalion of existing full service lines, the trek to the Peninsula had began. Both Battalions of the 48th were despatched to this area . As history shows very few of the original 900 or so troops were to survive this war. Only one Battlion was to eventually return to England, a combination of the 1/48th and the 2/48th. On 10th of April 1814, the 48th regiment fought its last battle in Europe at Toulouse, a battle that need not have been fought, Napoleon had already abdicated on the 6th of April 1814. For the 48th the war was over. The regiment retired to Pauillac, it was from here that a battle weary 48th regiment returned to Ireland on the 19th of June 1814. The 48th regiment fought in several of the American battles but were mainly garrisoned in Southern Ireland. The 48th regiment was not called for battle duty at Waterloo, mainly because of the sadly depleted force they were. In December of 1816 whilst stationed at Naas near Dublin , orders were received for the 48th to embark for New South Wales.,The 48th presence in the colony of N.S.W. had commenced. When the regiment's tour of duty in New South Wales ended in 1824 , ten percent of the veteran other ranks and several officers settled in N.S.W. (freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~garter1/north.htm )
Trophy height: 110mm
Base height: 30mm
Inscription Engraved On plaque on base: PRESENTED TO V.A. WAKELING FOR ALL YOUR KIND WORK FROM WRVS AND THE TROOPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND JUNE 1977 – FEB 1989
Entyr Number 1653 (2006-05-12)