Safe and sound
WITH reference to the letters regarding the Surrey Infantry Museum (March 22 and April 12), Roderick Mellotte is correct about the loss of priceless artefacts, including the Nevill football. However, I can reassure readers that our nine Victoria and George Crosses were not destroyed in the fire—those on display were replicas and the originals are safely stored in a secure location. The museum’s body of skilled volunteers, in conjunction with a professional restoration company, is currently working on returning many of the recovered medals to their former glory. Cleaned, ribboned and remounted, they are on display in the Surrey History Centre (above) in Woking.
The museum would be honoured to receive Orme Olliver’s medal group in due course and he may care to know that we have an image of his uncle in our archive as part of the 1931 Surrey Rifle Shooting Challenge Cup-winning team. Stephen Johnson, Manager, Surrey Infantry Museum