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Regimental History of the 2/20th Bn London Regiment

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Hi Gents,

My Xmas present from the missus this year was another rather rare history to a SE London unit. This is the original 1920 edition - a nice touch is the sticker inserted proclaiming that 'A copy of this book has been presented to His Majesty the King'. My copy belonged to George W Osborne (haven't managed to identify him.

The 2/20th had a distinguished record in France, the Middle East and Germany. The history features detailed accounts of call-up, engagements with the enemy, Roll of Honour, awards and details of officers and NCO's. Naturally, I am happy to do lookups for any soldiers or events concerning the 2/20th, and would also be interested if any other forum member has an original copy.



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Hello Gilbert,

That's a fantastic Christmas present, you must have been over the moon when you unwrapped it.

I bought myself the Surrey recruitment CD if you need (or anyone else) the name(s) of any 2/20th looking up (or anyone else in another unit), they may have joined up in Surrey, you never know.


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Thanks Tony,

I may well take you up on that if I have a chap who joined in Surrey.

Meanwhile, I have done a little research and tracked down a few details of the chap who once owned my copy of the book. George W Osborne was appointed Sergeant in Dec 1915 and was wounded on 5/10/1916.

According to his MIC, he was entitled to the BWM/Vic pair, it would be great to reunite his battalion history with the medals... who knows?



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My uncle Sid Kitchen was pre-war / WWII 20th London, I met him for the first time in about 20 years or more a few months ago, I knew that he was looking for a 20th London white horse cap badge & posted ione to him a few days ago. He wore that badge initially, then the RE's, then the RA's, as the unit changed titles and roles within a decade or less in the 30's - 40's.

I've photos of him badges up as RE & RA, but have to find out if he has one of himself wearing the horse.

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