Where There’s Tea, There’s Hope.

Berlin Wall, Tea stop, DCLI, Light Infantry, Cornwalls Regimental Museum, Bodmin Keep

9th November 1989 – The Day The Wall Came Down 

In 1989 1LI (the 1st battalion of the Light Infantry) were part of the Berlin brigade and over the period of their posting hundreds of photographs were taken.

The first photograph gives a great view of the wall and of the people crossing over from East Berlin.

Berlin Wall, Tea stop, DCLI, Light Infantry, Cornwalls Regimental Museum, Bodmin Keep
Potsdamer Platz November 1989

1LI were not passive bystanders at this significant moment in history.  There are many images showing members of the battalion at refreshment stops handing out good old British tea to East Germans venturing over the wall for the first time.  The one I have included shows Private Steve Jones seemingly enjoying his new role as a tea boy.

Berlin Wall, Tea stop, DCLI, Light Infantry, Cornwalls Regimental Museum, Bodmin Keep
Private Steve Jones November 1989

With the reunification of Germany there was now no longer a reason to continue running the Berlin Military Train which ran between the East and West daily.  1LI provided soldiers for the train guard along with other Berlin units but in late 1990 the last regular service ran with Light Infantry soldiers providing security.  Our final image this month shows that train guard commanded by Serjeant Wright at Braunschweig Station with a member of civilian staff.

Berlin Wall, Light Infantry, Cornwalls Regimental Museum, Bodmin Keep
L-R Sjt Wright, L/Cpl Cook, Mr Franck, Pte Eames and Pte Harding.

As with every Notes from the Archive, I am always keen to hear from anyone who can shed any light on the stories and photographs I mention, especially If I have got something wrong.

Don’t forget at the museum we have a large portion of the Berlin Wall on display, voted Cornwall Museums ‘Object Of The Year 2018’!

Our chunk of wall is well worth a visit, if only to marvel at how it was transported to the UK and how staff got it up the stairs!

berlin wall, Cornwalls Regimental Museum. Bodmin keep
Installing the very large piece of the Berlin Wall we have at the museum! 
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