The Middlesex Regiment (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) embroidered silk picture circa 1920s, showing crossed regimental standards each with battle honours, with a sepia photograph of a soldier in tropical uniform.

The embroidery is of the highest standard, exquisite overlaid details. Framed in period birds eye Maple, glazed in original spun glass and original oak panel back.

Overall size 64cm x 49cm.

Formed on 1 July 1881 with two regular, two militia and four volunteer battalions: Middlesex was one of the principal home counties based regiments with a long tradition. They inherited their nickname, the “Die-hards”, from the 57th Regiment of Foot (West Middlesex), which later became the 1st Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. The 57th gained the name during the Peninsular War when, at the Battle of Albuera on 16 May 1811 their commander Colonel Inglis had his horse shot from under him, severely wounded and outnumbered by the French he called to his men “Die hard, 57th. Die hard!” "Albuhera" was the principal battle honour on the Middlesex Regiment's colours.

This particular item was once part of the Jack Webb collection of medals and militaria.

Jack Webb (1923 - 2019) was a highly regarded Antique Dealer with a personal passion for militaria and medal collecting. Author of a number of books on the subject and wider topics such as the Royal Flying Corps, he had the incredible foresight to collect the most desirable and well recognised and the most obscure and undiscovered long before they became popular and highly sought.

As a younger man, on 5 June 1944 he was on a troop ship preparing to take part in the D-Day landings. As the soldiers around him were ordered to remove their regimental badges Jack hurried around picking up one of each regiment. Even on the eve of the greatest military invasion of Europe, Jack was not going to miss a chance to add to his collection.


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1920s Regimental Embroidered Silk Picture - The Middlesex Regiment