Letter to Mr Victor Wakeling

Object number

LDVAL 2006.21.6


January 18th, 1985


Letter dated 18 September 1985 to Mr Victor Wakeling from Captain C H Turner, QC Signals, Traingin Team Brunei. Captain Turner writes to thank Mr Wakeling for a consignment of books. 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

Typescript letter on a single sheet of cream A4 paper. The letter is typed on the TTB headed paper. The salutation and signing-off are handwritten in black ink.




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.




Whole length: 298mm
width: 211.5mm

Collection type



Inscription Typed On front: From: Captain C H Turner QC SIGNALS Training Team Brunei Medicina Lines Seria BRUNEI British Forces Post Office 11 DO: TTB 4/1 Mr V A Wakeling 25 Bradfield Drive Barking Essex IG 119AW ENGLAND 18 September 1985 Dear Mr Wakeling, The books and puzzles that you kindly despatched to us in June at last arrived in Brunei. Thank you very much indeed for all your efforts. Unfortunately I was in the jungle when the consignment actually arrived, but my Chief Clerk said that they arrived in their original wrapping. I look forward to receiving your next consignment, and I would like to thank you once again for all your hard-work in sending us the books and puzzles, they are very much appreciated by all our students. Yours sincerely [signature]

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1656/6 (2006-06-27)

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DateJanuary 18th, 1985
InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera