6th July 2009

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens

The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Regimental Museum was opened by the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and Sophie) during a two-day visit to Guernsey. The museum tells the story of the Regiment and its members contribution during the First World War. It’s housed in Castle Cornet’s hospital building, which was built in 1746.

The museum tells the story of the Infantry’s roots in the 13th century, through its official founding in 1916, and up to its disbanding in 1919.

The displays include weapons, uniforms and medals from both the RGLI itself and those it fought against, as well as a number of posters and information boards. The boards are supplemented by a graphic version of the content aimed at younger visitors.

Battle of Cambrai

The opening exhibit is a full-size recreation of infantry soldiers in uniform at the 1917 Battle of Cambrai. This was a British attack in northern France aimed at capturing the town of Cambrai with a view to disrupting German supply lines. The supply lines were so important to the opposition that the battle was followed by the biggest German counter offensive until that point in the First World War.

Entry to the museum is included in the price of entry to Castle Cornet.

Castle Cornet


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Other events that occured in July

Guernseyman Edward Tupper killed by cannibals 1st
Alderney is occupied by German forces 2nd
Seigneur of Sark, Michael Beaumont, dies aged 88 3rd
Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony 4th
New coins are minted for Guernsey 5th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens 6th
Victor Hugo statue is unveiled in Candie Gardens 7th
First Commando raid of the Second World War 8th
Birth of Sark-based writer Mervyn Peake 9th
Guernsey nurses go on hunger strike 10th
ITV broadcasts first episode of Island at War 11th
A Guernsey man posted himself to Sark 12th
Murderer Peter Robin sentenced to death 13th
Victor Hugo plants his United States of Europe oak 14th
Point Law runs aground off Alderney 15th
Racing yacht Westward is blown up off Guernsey
BBC made its first ever Channel Islands broadcast 16th
The Star received some “grave” news 17th
The Guernsey Martyrs were burned at the stake 18th
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey 19th
President Garcia is re-floated in Saints Bay 20th
Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home 21st
Guernsey Controlling Committee’s Sir John Leale died 22nd
Alderney to Guernsey radio connection established 23rd
Val des Terres was first opened for traffic 24th
The BBC broadcasts from Sark for the first time 25th
Guernsey court escapee was caught again 26th
Braye du Valle was gifted by the crown 27th
Murderer sentenced to death in three hours 28th
Guernsey bought Herm from the mainland 29th
Albert Lamy appointed Guernsey Police Chief Officer 30th
Guernsey to Jersey plane crashed into the sea 31st