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Grenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor Cap

Article about: This is the dress visor cap of Lieut. Anthony Desmond Winch, 4th Battn. Grenadier Guards, 6th Guards Tank Brigade, equipped with Churchill Tanks. He was killed by a mortar round on 24 Januar

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    Default Grenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor Cap

    This is the dress visor cap of Lieut. Anthony Desmond Winch, 4th Battn. Grenadier Guards, 6th Guards Tank Brigade, equipped with Churchill Tanks.
    He was killed by a mortar round on 24 January, 1945, in Holland. He was later Mentioned in Dispatches on 9 August, 1945.
    He was one of only five 4th Battalion officers KIA during the war.

    BobSGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  CapGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  CapGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  CapGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  Cap

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    Historical cap, did you buy it knowing about the owner or find out from research after you got it?
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    It was described as Winch's cap on Ebay & I was the only bidder.
    I looked him up in my copies of the history of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade & the two volume history of the Grenadiers in WWII.
    Both sources confirmed his death & later MID.
    On the "other" forum, someone came up with a photo of his portrait as a child in 1932.
    As a collector of medals & militaria to the Grenadier Guards, I was thrilled to get this cap.

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    That is a superb acquisition , my Uncle was in the same Brigade but with the 4th Coldstream Guards .
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Nulli secundus! Thanks much.

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    Thought I would also show the medals of Gdsmn John Widdowson, of HQ Sqdn, 4th Grenadier Guards, 6th Guards Tank Brigade.
    He may well have known Lt. Winch.

    BobSGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  CapGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  CapGrenadier Guards KIA Officer Visor  Cap

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    A lucky addition BobS I'm sure the family will appreciate it going to a good home.

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