Letter to Mr Victor Wakeling

Object number

LDVAL 2006.21.9


January 1st, 2005


Letter dated 1 August 2005 to Mr Victor Wakeling from Mr T R Brown, Head of Library Services, Barking and Dagenham. Mr Brown writes to thank Mr Wakeling for all his work. 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

Printed letter on a single sheet of white A4 paper. The letter is typed on headed paper. The letter is signed in black biro.




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: 296mm
width: 210mm

Collection type



Inscription Typed On front: Mr Wakeling 25 Bradfield Drive Barking Essex IG11 9AW 1 August 2005 Dear Mr Wakeling On behalf of the Library Service I would like to thank you for your kind donation of approximately 12,000 books over the last 14 years. A Senior Librarian carefully assesses all donated material which may then be added to stock if the items are considered suitable. In some cases items may either be offered to branches in the borough or to other libraries with specialised collections to maximise their usage. Those items not added to stock because of content or condition are given to local charities such as Friends of Valence House Museum. Gifts to the library are always appreciated, once again thank you for helping us improve our service to the public. Yours sincerely [signature] Mr T R Brown Head of Library Service Central Library Unit 53 Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre Ripple Road Barking IG11 8DQ

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1656/9 (2006-06-27)

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DateJanuary 1st, 2005
InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera