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Bisley Shooting Prize

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 9:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a silver teaspoon that was apparently won by my Dad as a shooting prize at Bisley during the 1920s-1930s. He was in the Coldstream Guards at the time. The spoon is very ornate, with the end of the handle showing a shooting target over a powder horn with a crown and crossed rifles above, all surrounded by a laurel leaf. There is more patterning along the handle.
Does anyone know how (or if) I can find out when this prize was won and what level of prize it represents?

Re: Bisley Shooting Prize

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 10:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
It could be a personal prize from a Regimental or perhaps Army or Inter Service Shooting Championships.
The obvious contact is the Guards Museum to see if they can shed any light on it, but I suggest you write to them and send pictures of both sides of the spoon and close-ups of any detail. If you know his service number and rank mention that in the letter.

Although service records of men who served after 1923 are with the MoD, the Coldstream Guards HQ may have some information or even a duplicate service record for him, write to:

Regimental Archivist
RHQ Grenadier/Coldstream/Scots/Irish/Welsh (select as appropriate) Guards
Wellington Barracks
Birdcage Walk
London SW1E 6HQ

Re: Bisley Shooting Prize

Posted: 25 Aug 2012 8:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks very much indeed for that advice. I'll try it and see what happens. Thanks again.

Re: Bisley Shooting Prize

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 1:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
This may have gone through twice - computer seems to be misbehaving. Suggested you contact the National Shooting Centre at Bisley. I have about 40 of these spoons, they were often given for top score at each range, so there could be a set of six for one competition, rare occurrence to get all six. I also have enough tankards to run a pub, c. 75 sew-on, stick-on badges, silver cups etc. etc. Unfortunately target shooting is not a spectator sport so if there is no personal interest they are simply not wanted. However I would be surprised if Bisley could not identify it for you. Good luck

Re: Bisley Shooting Prize

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 10:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks very much indeed for that advice. It hadn't dawned on me to try the Shooting Centre itself - I had contacted the Guards HQ but they were unable to help, so I shall now get in touch with Bisley. Thanks agai for your advice
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