The Old and the Bold

Anyone who has visited the Chelsea area has probably come across a smartly dressed gentleman in a redcoat walking down the King’s Road. Many of you have probably been curious to know more about him. Well, so were we!

With the Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea right here on our doorstep, we felt it was about time we found out a bit more about these iconic British Army veterans.

Therefore, we are embarking on an exciting new pilot project, working in collaboration with the Royal Hospital Chelsea, to record the exceptional memories and experiences of the brave Chelsea Pensioners, safeguarding their stories for future generations to explore.

Over the next six months we will be interviewing individuals and groups of Chelsea Pensioners. The recorded interviews will become part of the Museum’s vast collection of oral histories, and will provide first-hand accounts for future visitors to the Museum to listen to and learn from. These unique accounts of life in service offer us valuable content for our archives and unique insights into your history and heritage.

The project started this week. Our first interviewees were Mr Bill Wood, Royal Artillery, and Mr Fred Walker, No 3 Commando, who both had some spine-tingling tales to tell.

We are incredibly lucky to have this opportunity and, with over a hundred years of military experience between all 12 Pensioners interviewed, there are sure to be some fascinating stories.

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