Twelve Days of Collections: day nine

Welcome to day nine of the Twelve Days of Collections!

In The Twelve Days of Christmas, the ninth day brings 'nine drummers drumming'. And yes, you guessed it, the focus of today is drums!

We are heading to Aldershot Military Museum for this collections item. Unsurprisingly for a military museum, it contains many items relating to military bands including drums, bugles and a piano as well as lots of other military paraphernalia.

The Drummer Boy

A not-so-little drummer boy stands in the corner of the local gallery at Aldershot Military Museum. Dressed as a drummer from the 37thNorth Hampshire Regiment of foot as they served during the Napoleonic wars. Such drummer boys were usually between the age of 12 and 16 years old. In the North Hampshire regiment drummer boys were dressed in yellow regimental colours while the rest of the regiment wore red tunics, common for British infantry soldiers at the time.

The North Hampshire Regiment was recruited from Aldershot and Farnbough and the regiment was posted to the West Indies (1800-1809) and Gibraltar (1812-1814).

The Drummer Boy at Aldershot Military Museum. 

Join us tomorrow for day ten of the Twelve Days of Collections! Or visit yesterday's article here.

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