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11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment

   11th (Service) Battalion, Welsh Regiment was raised at Cardiff in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army and joined 67th Brigade, 22nd Division. They trained on the South Downs and spent the winter in billets in Hastings from December 1914. They moved to Seaford in April 1915 and then to Aldershot in May for final training. They proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne on the 6th of September 1915, the division concentrating near Flesselles. In October they moved to Marseilles by train and embarked for Salonika on the 30th. 67th Brigade, 9th Borders, 68th Field Ambulance and the Advanced Divisional HQ saw their fisrt action in the second week of December in the Retreat from Serbia. In 1916 the division fought in the the Battle of Horseshoe Hill and Battle of Machukovo. In 1917 they were in action during the Battles of Doiran. In mid 1918 a number of units transferred to France, the remainder fo the division again being in action at Doiran just before the Armistice with Bulgaria was signed at the end September 1918. By the 20th of October the Division was at Stavros and embarked on destroyers to attempt a landing at Dede Agach, but rough weather forced abandonment and the infantry finally landed on the 28th and reached Makri before the Armistice with Turkey. Demobilisation began at Chugunsi and was complete by the end of March 1919.

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Pte. Vincent Melandri 11th Battalion, B Coy, 5 Pl. Welsh Regiment

My Uncle Vincent Melandri enlisted with his brother Leonard. Although wounded in the head Vincent stayed with his unit as long as he could. He served the entire War being demobbed in 1919. He worked as an electrical linesman after the war and sadly he never married and kept to himself. He visited us in London on at least three occasions and was a lovely man.

David Melandri


Cpl. Leonard Melandri 11 Battalion, B Coy, 5 Pl. Welsh Regiment

Uncle Leonard enlisted with his brother Vincent. They served in Greece, France and Belgium. Leonard was severely wounded in the leg and received a disability pension after the war. I remember that he said his wound was packed with sulphur and strapped up so he could still keep fighting. He was unable to bend his leg for as long as we knew him. He married Clarice after the war but they were never able to have any children perhaps that is why they spoiled my brother and I as children.

David Melandri


L/Cpl. Ivor Williams 11th Btn. Welsh Rifles

Lance Corporal Ivor Williams of the 11th Welsh Rifles, served in France during 1915, then Salonika in 1916. He was in the Carmarthen Red Cross Hospital on May 31st 1917 where he wrote in the recently discovered grandmother's diary.

Chris Adams


Pte. John Pearce MM. 11th Btn. Welsh Regiment

John Pearce survived the war and raised a family, he died in the 1920s, possibly due to lung weakness from gas attacks in the trenches.

Cathi Pearce

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