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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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