Gresham’s Archivists Group given access to impressive collection of military memorabilia

Gresham’s Archivists Group had a real treat as they were allowed to explore the uniform and kit of Major Thomas Warcup Kirkbride (1867-1953), who had been an officer in the Royal Horse Artillery and seen active service in India, before coming out of retirement as a major in charge of a camp in World War One. Pupils enjoyed exploring Major Kirkbride’s medals, uniforms, swords and First World War periscope. The kit was also seen by one Year 9 History class, and we hope the rest of the year will have the chance to view it at a later date. We are very grateful to the Ashby family for the opportunity to experience such an unusual and immaculate collection of military memorabilia from over a century ago.