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Donation of World War 2 medals at the Wardrobe

A welcome addition to our collection was made this week when the medals of Frank Wells were presented to the Museum by one of his four sons, Peter Wells.

Frank had been called up in 1940 and commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment, serving in the 2nd Battalion in Madagascar, India, Syria, Sicily, Italy and North-West Europe. On 18th July 1943, during the invasion of Sicily, Frank's gallantry resulted in the award of an immediate Military Cross.

After demobilisation he returned to his profession of teaching. He died on October 6th.

In his will Frank specified that his group of medals should be given to this museum. Peter and his wife had been caring for Frank since 1997. Together with their son, they decided to travel to Salisbury to present the medals in person, which they did.  The image, taken in our memorial garden shows Peter presenting the medals to the curator, David Chilton.