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South Wales Borderers

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Those known to have served with

South Wales Borderers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Atkin Joseph. Pte. 3rd Batallion
  • Baker Cecil Avery. Lt. 1st Battalion
  • Baker Harry . Pte. (d.9th Oct 1918)
  • Beashel Nicholas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Bennett Albert James. Pte. 6th btn. (d.30th Apr 1918)
  • Bennett Frederick R.. Sgt. 4th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Bennett Frederick Christian Richard. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Chapman William Henry. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Chatter John Howard. Pte. 140th Bde (d.1st May 1916)
  • Coggins John Bernard. Pte. 6th Service Battalion (Pioneers)
  • Collins H. Private
  • Cook Edmund David. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Apr 1916)
  • Cook Joseph Herbert. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Cox Joseph. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th January 1915)
  • D'alton Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Davies John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st November 1918)
  • Davies Thomas . Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Jan 1915)
  • Davies William. Capt. 2nd Battalion (d.11th April 1918)
  • Duckworth Benjamin. Pte. 4th Btn (d.12th February 1917)
  • Earl Robert Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13 April 1917)
  • Eccleston Thomas Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Aug 1918)
  • Eccleston Thomas Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th August 1918)
  • Edwards Ellis. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.4th November 1918)
  • Ellis George Robert. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Evans Arthur John. Capt. 10th Btn. (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Farmer William Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Featherstone George Richard. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.18th Aug 1917)
  • Flynn James Henry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.30th Mar 1917)
  • Foley William. L/Sgt. 11th Btn. (d.10th Dec 1917)
  • Fynn James Henry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.30th March 1917)
  • Gatenby Joseph. Pte.
  • Greenway William Prosser. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Griffiths David Idwal. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd October 1918)
  • Hales Albert Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th August 1915)
  • Hargreaves Frank. Pte 2nd Btt. (d.11th April 1918)
  • Harrington William James. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Higham David. Pte. 8th (Service) Btn.
  • Hodges William Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Hollingsworth Frank. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Aug 1917 )
  • Howell Frederick James. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Howells John Oswald. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Hughes William. Pte. 6th Bn (d.12th April 1918)
  • Johnson Herbert William. 2nd Batt. (d.23rd April 1917 )
  • Jones Arthur Reginald. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.8th October 1918)
  • Jones David. Pte 10th Btn (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Jones J. D.. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.18th October 1918)
  • Jones Thomas Glasfryn. Padre. att. 11th South Wales Borderers (d.12th April 1917)
  • Kimber William . Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Lewis Thomas William. Pte. 1/1st (Brecknockshire) Btn. (d.7th November 1918)
  • Lewis William Patrick. L/Cpl 4th Btn.
  • Llewellyn Thomas G.. Sgt. 11th Btn. C Coy. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Martin Leslie Henry. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • Mason Stanley James. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn
  • Noble Herbert Gibbon. Pte. 10 Battalion (d.18 September 1918)
  • Nunn Frederick Walter. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • O'Neil Anthony. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Apr 1916)
  • Owens John William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Parker Robert Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Paul William Henry. Pte. No 6 Platoon (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Phillips Edgar James. Pte.
  • Phillips Evan Lewis. Pte.
  • Phillips Major. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Poole J.. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Preston Herbert. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Price James A.. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Reid George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th Nov 1917)
  • Richards Cyril. Pte. 53rd Btn., 9th Platoon, C Company
  • Rigby Thomas H.B.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Riley Herbert. L/Cpl. 12th Btn.
  • Roberts William. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn. (d.18th Sept 1918)
  • Rumsey William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th Sep 1916)
  • Scholes William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Aug 1918)
  • Scott Frederick. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Sear Albert Walter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Sep 1914)
  • Shepherd John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Smith William Edwards. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Smithey George. Cpl. 5th Battalion
  • Spinks Alfred Richard. L/Cpl. 2nd Batallion (d.13th July 1916)
  • Stapleton Albert Leonard. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.9th May 1918)
  • Sterndale J. B.. Capt.
  • Taylor Edward Roy. Capt. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Oct 1918 )
  • Type Charles. Pte, 4th Btn. (d.15th Feb 1917)
  • Walsh Thomas. Pte.
  • Webb James.
  • Wheeler Bertram. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.3rd March 1916)
  • White Albert. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.19th May 1917)
  • Williams Albert. Cpl. 6th Btn.
  • Williams Daniel . Pte. 2nd Btn
  • Williams Robert William. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
  • Williams William John. Sgt. 1/1st (Brecknockshire) Battalion
  • Wood John Norris. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Aug 1916)
  • Woodward Herbert. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.13th Feb 1917)
  • Woodyatt Thomas Frederick. 5th Battalion (d.18th April 1918)
  • Young Joseph. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.15th April 1917)
  • Young William James. 2nd Btn. (d.1st July 1916)

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Pte. Joseph Gatenby South Wales Borderers

I found my Grandfather's service records on line, and discovered he was notified of the death of his one-year old daughter at the end of his service in Salonika (Thessalonica). What a terrible shock for him and the family.

48246 Private Joseph Gatenby served with the South Wales Borderers during WW1. He also served as a Driver in the Army Service Corps (T/359186) On 21 May 1918, he had been alarmed by a machine gun opening up, ran for cover and in the darkness fell into a trench/drain where he sprained an ankle. He was demobilized in November, 1919 to return to house painting in Middlesbrough, with a 10% disability arising from malaria, and a very sore ankle.

Ian Black


Pte. John Howard Chatter 140th Bde Machine Gun Corps (d.1st May 1916)

My Great Uncle, John Howard Chatter, enlisted into the South Wales Borderer's in approximately August 1915 at the age of 17 years along with his brother and my Great uncle Charles E. Chatter aged 19 years. They both went on the end up in the Machine Gun Corps.

On 1st of May 1916 John Howard was killed at the age of 18 years and his grave stands in Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez. Great Uncle Charles survived WW1 and returned to his family and friends back in Shifnal, Shropshire where he finally passed away and is buried in St Andrews church yard. I know John Howard was in 140th Bde., Machine Gun Corps. If anyone might have a picture or knows of any pictures of my Great Uncles during WW1 please could you get in touch with me.

Rob Chatter


Sgt. Albert White VC. 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.19th May 1917)

Albert White was killed in action on the 19th of May 1917, aged 23. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. White, of 58 Lamb St., Liverpool.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 27th June, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Realising during an attack that one of the enemy's machine guns, which had previously been located, would probably hold up the whole advance of his Company, Serjt. White, without the slightest hesitation and regardless of all personal danger, dashed ahead of his Company to capture the gun. When within a few yards of the gun he fell riddled with bullets, having thus willingly sacrificed his life in order that he might secure the success of the operations and the welfare of his comrades."

s flynn


Pte. John Shepherd 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.21st Nov 1917)

John Shepherd my Great Grandfather was a Coal Miner before enlisting. He was married with 7 children, 1 being my Grandmother. He was shot by a sniper 2 days after his 41st birthday, his body was not recovered. He is remembered on Panel 5 of the Cambrai Memorial Louverval. He served with the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers and was killed by a sniper on the 21st November 1917.

Alison Stewart


Pte. Thomas William Lewis 1/1st (Brecknockshire) Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.7th November 1918)

Private Lewis was the son of Mr and Mrs William Lewis, of 44 High St., Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil.

He was 41 when he died and is buried in the Indore New Cemetery in India.

S Flynn


Pte. David Higham 8th (Service) Btn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry

David Higham was my grandfather. He left work in the cotton mill in Blackburn at the age of 19 and enlisted in 1915. He was small at enlistment. He was only 5 Ft 1 and a half inches tall, which would have prevented his earlier enlistment until there was a relaxation of the minimum height requirements. He enlisted in the South Wales Borderers before joining his intended unit the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. My grandmother came from Shropshire so that may have encouraged that. He served in Salonika with the allied expeditionary force there and, after seeing active service, suffered a common fate there as he was invalided back to Malta with illness. He spent some time in Malta recovering (he had fond memories of his time there) before being discharged on 20th of Novemeber as no longer fit for war service.

Howard Thomas


L/Cpl William Patrick Lewis 4th Btn. South Wales Borderers

I never knew my grandfather William Lewis as he passed away in 1937 from illness. I only ever knew the story as told in the newspaper clipping about the death of his brother Thomas Frederick Lewis.

Paul Lewis


Capt. Edward Roy Taylor MC. 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers (d.23rd Oct 1918 )

Captain Edward Taylor was killed in action in Sambre Canal, just north of Catillion.


L/Cpl. Joseph Young 4th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.15th April 1917)

Joseph Young died at sea. Sadly, I am unable to find any record of why he should have been at sea, as his battalion was in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq, Baghdad) at the time.

Paul Young


Pte. Frederick James Howell 3rd Btn. South Wales Borderers

My grandfather, Frederick Howell, volunteered for the South Wales Borderers in March 1915 in Newport, he was just 17. He told me that when he was in the trenches the men either side of him were killed by snipers' bullets, he couldn't understand how he survived. He talked about the conditions in the trenches and how he was lucky to have been invalided out, having lost some of his toes as a result of frostbite. He walked with a drunken lilt for the rest of his life and counted himself lucky. He talked about Ypres (which he called Wipers) and sang Mademoiselle from Armentieres to me!

Glynis Jones


Pte. Edward D'alton 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.1st July 1916)

My uncle Edward D'alton was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was originally from Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) County Dublin. He was my mother's brother. Her name was Christina. His parents names were Patrick and Catherine D'alton. I would love to have some background on Edward if possible.

Peter Kelly


L/Cpl. Herbert Preston 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers

My grandfather, Herbert Preston, was born in Glascoed, North Monmouthshire, Wales on 23rd April 1890. He is listed on the 1911 Return of Military Personnel aged 21 as a Lance Corporal of the South Wales Borderers. I believe that he was stationed at the Artillery Barracks in Pretoria South Africa. I do not know the date he enlisted but his occupation is listed as a miner.

According to the Medal Card, Herbert was in the Royal Field Artillery and served in France from 30th December 1915. He was commissioned as an officer, 2nd Lieutenant on 20th October 1917. Herbert was awarded the Victory Medal, British War Medal and 1915 Star and completed his service on 23rd May 1920. Herbert married in South Africa in 1922 and died in 1937



Sgt. Thomas G. Llewellyn 11th Btn. C Coy. South Wales Borderers (d.7th Jul 1916)

As I was growing up, I became aware that my paternal grandmother lost her brother during WW1, but knew little else other than no member of the family had ever been to France to find his grave, as he didn't have one. He was Sgt Thomas Llewellyn 21590, 11th South Wales Borderers.

In 2008, during a family holiday to Picardy, I decided to find out a little more about him. Being aware he didn't have a marked grave I visited the Theipval Memorial and found his name. Following a little research I discovered that he had been killed on 7th July 1916, during the Battle for Mametz Wood. As it wasn't far away I decided to try to find it. Following local directions, I drove down a small country lane to be confronted by a huge Welsh dragon memorial. I'd found Mametz Wood. I realised that I was the first family member to be here since he'd been killed, and that his body may still lie here, it was quite emotional.

He was only 19 years old and already a sergeant, but was killed on the first day of the Mametz Wood offensive, probably cut down by machine gun fire, with no opportunity to recover his body as the battle rumbled on for days.

I obviously never met him, but feel a close link, and don't want his memory to be forgotten, and the sacrifice he made to be not recognised. I will be travelling to Mametz Wood next July and standing next to that Dragon on 7th July 2016 on the centenary of his heroic death. He won't be forgotten.

Nick Williams


Pte. Arthur Reginald Jones 10th Battalion South Wales Borderers (d.8th October 1918)

Arthur Jones served with the 10th Battalion, South Wales Borderers

Ken Golding


Cpl. Albert Williams 6th Btn. South Wales Borderers

My great grandfather left for war leaving a pregnant wife behind (carrying my grandfather). He never returned and never met his baby boy. All we know is his name, Albert Williams and that he was a Corporal in the 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers at the time of my grandfather's birth (12/8/1915). Great grandmother never talked of her husband, so we know nothing about him.

Lee CLithero


Pte. Thomas Edward Eccleston 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.20th August 1918)

Thomas Eccleston was born in Wolverhampton on 17th May 1893. His father Alfred and mother Anne christened him at St Anne's Parish. Thomas was working in Coppice colliery known as the Fair Lady before enlisting. He was married in December 1914 to Emily Agnes Kathleen Horton.

When he enlisted he was in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (23535) before being transfered to the South Wales Borderers (27655). I am lead to believe he had several near misses, one being his troop ship being torpedoed.

He was killed in action on 20th August 1918 at Outtensteene Ridge. Thomas is buried in France and is commemorated on the Willenhall Memorial under the name `Eccleshall'. His wife remarried and left Heath for the Wirral. By the time the memorial was built in 1927 the locals couldn't remember Thomas's surname, hence the mistake. He left a daughter Dorothy and a son Frank Thomas George. I am his great grandson.

K Moss


William James Young 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.1st July 1916)

Jim Young was the only brother of Nellie Stephenson (nee Young) and fought in the Boer War and probably saw action in Egypt, China and possibly even Gallipoli. He was born in 1880 at Wellingborough and in later life lived in Cardiff where his family moved to in the 1890s.

Megan Jones


2nd Lt. William Roberts 7th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.18th Sept 1918)

William was the son of William and Emma Roberts, 8 Clifton Terrace, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. John William Owens 1st Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.10th Nov 1917)

John William Owens was the husband of Ellen Owens of 7 Greenbank Terrace, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. William Hughes 6th Bn South Wales Borderers (d.12th April 1918)

William Hughes was the son of John and Mary Hughes of Hazelwood, Richmond Terrace, Everton; husband of Bertha Lloyd of Denbigh.

Richard Roberts

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