In addition to the editions of Castle and Key and the Gazette that you will receive, membership of Friends includes the following benefits:
An Invite to Special Events:
Throughout the year, the Friends in conjunction with both the Old Comrades Association, the Regimental Museum and other like minded organisations, help to organise several events both in Suffolk and across the east of England. Special day trips out to places of interest, regimental functions and special openings of the Regimental Museum are all things that are on offer to Friends members. The Friends often get special invites to Old Comrades meetings and parties as well. This is a great privilege. By becoming a Friend, it gives you the chance to meet face to face with men who served in the Regiment. In addition to this, the Friends have recently completed their first Suffolk Regiment battlefield tour to the Western front. Check out the 2013 Battlefield Tour page for more information.
A Chance to Help Out: The Regimental Museum is always looking for keen and enthusiastic individuals to help out as volunteers and attendants at the Regimental Museum on open days and to assist in the running of events such as Daffodil Sunday and the annual regimental reunion, Minden Day. This is a great honour and allows you to get up close with many of the treasures that the museum still has. By becoming a Friend you get the first chance to get involved in a wonderful, fantastic and largely untouched museum.
But most importantly, membership to the Friends also gives...
A Chance for Us to Help You:
We always try to help out members with what ever queries they might have. If we cannot help (as we don't know everything!) we can at least point you in the direction of someone who may know. Within the Friends are authors, historians, militaria and badge collectors along with local and family historians, so hopefully within the 'Friends' there will somebody, somewhere who can help you. We are always interested to hear about what our members are doing and what projects they are currently working on. If you need assistance, then the Friends Gazette is the tool to ask the membership for their help. The Friends also has close links to the Regimental Archives, housed in the Record Offices at Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich. If you are looking for something specific, then we might be able to get hold of it quicker than through the official channels, we also might already have a copy to save you the trouble! Within the Friends too, is the largest private library of Suffolk Regiment related books, pamphlets and photographs. Two of our members have libraries that dwarf those of the archive. Privately published memoirs, out of print volumes and a complete run of the Regimental Gazettes (including those of the first descendant Regiment; 1/1 East Anglian Regiment) are all at the disposal of our membership, so again, if you are looking for a document or a picture or even a news clipping, then we may just be able to help you.
Please keep reading to see what our members are currently researching...
Above: A training squad of young National Servicemen at Gibraltar Barracks c.1951-52. Many of those pictured here would go on to serve in Malaya.