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Hearson Camp

10th Aug 1914   The Territorials of the 5th Battalion Welsh Regiment arrived at Hearson Camp, Hearson Mountain, Houghton, Pembroke in South Wales, in mid August from Fort Scoveston. The book ‘Burton Parish’ by H.J Dickman records : "One of the immediate results of the arrival in the parish of soldiers with their demands for Sunday newspapers and shopping facilities, was to signal the end of Traditional Sunday Observance." One of camp huts still survives as Burton village hall.

Oct 1914 5th Welsh return from Portmadoc  The 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment left Hearson Camp in Oct 1914 for Haven Fort

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Pte. Goronwy Cuffin Roberts MM. 1/5th Battalion Welsh Regiment

Goronwy Roberts joined the 5th Battalion the Welsh Regiment on 15th of October 1915 three days before his 18th birthday. The following letter was sent from Hearson Camp before the battalion moved to East Anglia in November.

Hearson Camp, Monday

Dear Dad & Mam

Just a line to let you know that I am all right hoping you are all the same. I have not received a letter from you yet how is that I have sent you my address? We are not having a bad time down here. We have a cooked dinner every day & a decent breakfast we had sausage on Saturday, bacon on Sunday & bread & butter & cheese Monday morning. The tea is a mixture of cocoa and coffee it is a toss up which it is. There was no church parade on Sunday & it did not seem like Sunday at all, but I went to a small Weslayan chapel with Dared Thomas on Sunday night. I am orderly for the day at our hut, this is I have got to get the food from the cookhouse & wash the dishes after the chaps have had it, everybody has to do it in their turn. I shall be very glad if you could send me some cakes and ask Maggie has she got any to give away she said she would send me some. There is a draft going from here to Cambridge to make up the division for the Dardanelles. West is going with them. I have no more to say now. Hope you are all right. Remember me to Jon and Mag, Mailys and Dyfan. Please write soon. I am, Your loving Son, Goronwy.

Matthew Roberts

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