A brass trombone that dates back to the 1920s could be one of 13 instruments hidden in the cellar of a French house during the Second World War.
The Bucks Military Museum Trust (BMMT) is on the hunt for more information about a brass trombone that belonged to the Buckinghamshire Battalion Regimental Band based in Aylesbury.
So far, the museum has discovered that it was produced in 1924 by Boosey & Co, and as the photo far right illustrates, the Bell Mouth is stamped with ‘BUCKS BATT’.
The trombone was donated by a Mr Lawrie of 57a Tring Road, Aylesbury, in 2002 but the museum’s attempts to contact Mr Lawrie have proved fruitless, with trustees believing he no longer lives at that address.
The instrument could possibly be one of 13 of the Regimental Band instruments hidden in the cellar of a house in Wahagnies, near Dunkirk, France in 1940.
The instruments were concealed by Sgt Stan Fowler of Waddeson, when the Bucks Battalion formed part of the Dunkirk Rearguard.
Sgt Fowler recovered the instruments four years later in 1944, when the Bucks Battalion landed back in France on D-Day.
If anybody knows anything about the trombone, or the Bucks Battalion Regimental Band in 1939-45 then please contact Chris Coade at firstname.lastname@example.org