This is the Burgess Ticket presented by the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Peebles to returning Servicemen after the end of the Great War and then to service men and women after the end of the Second World War. My Father - Lance-Corporal Neil Brown, 8th Volunteer Battalion The Royal Scots - received his in 1919. I received mine in 1948 as did my four Big Brothers. As a boy in the mid-1920s remember seeing my Dad's Burgess Ticket framed and hanging in the sitting room. Little did I know that some twenty years later I would have one of my own to hang in my house, receiving it with a £5 note. My Brothers and myself would unhesitatingly claim that my Dad had the worst to face. The hellishness of the four years of trench warfare. Whereas as a Royal Scots infantryman in WW2 I was defending from slit-trenches sited on commanding ground to give all-round protection and linked in depth with fields of covering fire; our attacking tactics based on fire and movement and rarely relying on the full frontal charge. I lovingly guard and treasure the three mortar shell tops strung together as alarm bells which my Dad had brought home for my Big Brothers. They are still bound together with the original cord and had hung in front of a sector of trench which he was manning in 1916. Joe Brown.