A Bugle carried by Drum Major J. Hutchinson, 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, throughout the 1914-1918 war.
Following a dispute over opium between China and Great Britain, it was agreed that a treaty of peace be signed between the two nations to be concluded at Pekin. Unfortunately when Sir Frederick Bruce attempted to sail up the Peiho River to Pekin for the negotiations, three of his gun ships were sunk by fire from the Taku Forts. Subsequently the Chinese Expeditionary Force in 1860 totalling 16,000, in which the 67th Regiment was part, sailed from India and landed at Talien-Wan Bay to the north of the Peiho River in early June.
The "pace stick" is issued to Company Sergeant Majors and the Regimental Sergeant Major and Colour Sergeants and Sergeants while undergoing instruction. For those serving with the Tigers, they are required to have a highly polished black stick with highly polished brass fixtures. When opened to the correct pace length, the pace stick can be held alongside the holder's body by the hinge, with one leg of the stick vertical to the ground, and the other leg pointing forward.
These WWI wire cutters were found by a French farmer near Cuinchy, Northern France, part of the Loos battlefield. They were issued to troops when assaulting enemy positions guarded by barbed wire.