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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)
  • 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)
  • Davies Thomas . Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Jan 1915)
  • Davies William. Capt. 2nd Battalion (d.11th April 1918)
  • Earl Robert Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13 April 1917)
  • 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)
  • Fynn James Henry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.30th March 1917)
  • Gatenby Joseph. Pte.
  • Hales Albert Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th August 1915)
  • Hodges William Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Howell Frederick James. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Johnson Herbert William. 2nd Batt. (d.23rd April 1917 )
  • Jones David. Pte 10th Btn (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Jones J. D.. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.18th October 1918)
  • Kimber William . Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Martin Leslie Henry. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • 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)
  • Paul William Henry. Pte. No 6 Platoon (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Phillips Evan Lewis. Pte.
  • Phillips Major. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Poole J.. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Smithey George. Cpl. 5th Battalion
  • Type Charles. Pte, 4th Btn. (d.15th Feb 1917)
  • Walsh Thomas. Pte.
  • Webb James.
  • White Albert. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.19th May 1917)
  • Williams Daniel . Pte. 2nd Btn

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1206568

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




1206469

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




1206392

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




1206083

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




233751

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




225937

Pte. William Thomas Farmer 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.13th Aug 1915)

William Farmer was a member of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. He died at the age of 18 aboard the Royal Edward on the way to Gallipoli, Turkey.

According to authors James Wise and Scott Baron, the Royal Edward‍'s death toll was 935 and was high because the ship had just completed a boat drill and the majority of the men were below decks re-stowing their equipment. Since William never saw action in WWI, he did not receive a war medal for his service.

Sue




224387

Pte. Cyril Richards 53rd Btn., 9th Platoon, C Company South Wales Borderers

Cyril Richards was born in Llanelli on 8 March 1899. As a young boy aged 11 years he worked at the copper works (Nevill, Druce & Co). Following the outbreak of World War 1 and the example of seven of his older brothers, Cyril enlisted on 18th of April 1916 (when he was 17 years and 1 month old) as a private with the 53rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. This battalion’s full title was 53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion, named to reflect the very young age of these new recruits. Indeed, across Britain there were many of these “53rd (Young Soldier) Battalions” attached to different regiments. His battalion never saw action during war-time, but after the war was over, on 22 March 1919, they moved to Germany as part of Western Division of the Army of Occupation on the Rhine. At about this time he was photographed with the 9th Platoon, C Company 53rd Battalion in Germany.

After his return from Germany Cyril returned to work at the Llanelli copper works as a mill man and, during 1920-21 played for their rugby football club. He finished working there as a furnace man on 6th January 1925 at the age of 26.

Some months later on 1 May 1926, Cyril emigrated to Australia, departing from London docks aboard the Orient Line’s SS Orvieto. He arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, after the 9˝ week journey, on 6th July 1926. He married in 1931 and had four children. He and his family ran a dairy farm at Ranceby near Poowong, Victoria, Australia.

With the outbreak of World War 2, Cyril enlisted on 28th March 1942 at Korumburra, Victoria in the 23rd Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps. This corps was an Australia-wide home guard; paramilitary in nature, run by the government and the Returned Services League and composed of volunteers. Cyril was discharged on 15 October 1945. He died in Melbourne, Victoria on 8th June 1954 at the age of 55 years.

Private Cyril RICHARDS, South Wales Borderers (1916)

Dennis Richards




222951

Pte. Albert Edward Hales 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.13th August 1915)

Albert Hales was onboard the troopship Royal Edward which was torpedoed by the German U Boat UB14. Of the 1500 plus on board, over 900 people lost their lives on Friday 13th August 1915. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn




222733

Cpl. William Henry Chapman DCM. 1st Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.5th Oct 1918)

Grave stone in tin court cemetry

Citation for DCM awarded to Cpl. William Chapman dated 3rd September 1918:- "For conspicuous gallentry and devotion to duty, during a counter attack he led his section with great courage and determination and on reaching his objective proceeded to account for any remnants of the enemy defenders left in the trench. In doing so he was confronted single handedly by fourteen of the enemy. But he contained them until assistance arrived, and then they were secured. Two days previously, he had been surrounded with his section, in a heavily bombarded position, but he managed to extradite his men with great skill, from the difficult position."

Leanne Bessant




222468

Pte. James Henry Fynn VC. 4th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.30th March 1917)

James Fynn died on the 30th of March 1917, aged 23 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq. He was the son of Mr. J. Fynn, of 19, Downing St., Bodmin, Cornwall.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated, 26th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. After a night attack he was one of a small party which dug in in front of our advanced line and about 300 yards from the enemy's trenches. Seeing several wounded men lying out in front he went out and bandaged them all under heavy fire, making several journeys in order to do so. He then went back to our advanced trench for a stretcher and, being unable to get one, he himself carried on his back a badly wounded man into safety. He then returned and, aided by another man who was wounded during the act, carried in another badly wounded man. He was under continuous fire while performing this gallant work."

s flynn




222208

Pte. Joseph Herbert Cook 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers

I have call up papers for Joe Cook, from the recruiting office sworn in Birkenhead court on 8/9/1917 and note on form b104-81 informing his mum he was wounded and gassed in France 30/9/1918. I would like more info if possible.

Dave




221540

Capt. William Davies 2nd Battalion South Wales Borders (d.11th April 1918)

William Davies served as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers. He was born in 1889 (place unknown). He died on the 11th of April 1918 and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. His parents were David William Davies and Margaret.

Gail Neal




220932

Pte. George Robert Ellis 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers

My grandfather, George Robert Ellis, served his country throughout the Boer War with the North Hants Regiment, and saw action in at least six major battles as the clasps on his campaign medals testify. He then enlisted into the Second Battalion of the South Wales Borderers on 5th Sept 1914. He landed as part of the 87th Brigade of the 29th Division at Helles Gallipoli in April 1915. After being withdrawn from Gallipoli he then fought on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He was discharged from the Army in Sept 1917 due to sickness as a result of battle injuries. He never rose above the rank of private.

At the outset of WWII he volunteered again even though he was over 60. He was given a tin hat and became an air raid warden for the duration. He earned six medals in all; two from the Boer War, three from WWI and one from WWII. In addition he was also awarded a Silver War Badge in WWI. One of the unsung heroes who survived, and never ever talked about his military service. I have in my possession his medals and his service pocket watch issued to him in Sept 1914. This watch is still ticking away, and I wind it every evening in his memory.

He shall grow not old as we who are left grow old, age shall not weary him nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning, I remember him. God rest his soul.

Keith Ellis




220162

Sgt. Frederick Walter Nunn 2nd Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.13th Aug 1915)

I was brought up in the same house that had been occupied by my grand parents and their family of 4 sons and a daughter. One of them was my father Percy Nunn who was a Sgt in the Royal Fusiliers in the 1914-18 war. His three brothers, Ernest a private in the AIF, Albert a Corporal in the Grenadier Guards, and Frederick Nunn, a Sgt. in the South Wales Borderers were all killed in the Gallipoli Campaign. Frederick is listed in a book "Fastest to Canada" the story of how the ship HMT Royal Edward became the first troop ship to be torpedoed in the Aegean Sea. It had on board 53 men of the South Wales Borderers and it is told in our family history that Fred saved four men before drowning himself. The ship had 1600 on board and 600 were lost at sea. It was ironic that my father was also at Avonmouth Docks on the same morning as brother Fred, but they did not meet and boarded separate ships. That was on 29th July and The Royal Edward was struck on the 13th August 1915.





219637

Pte. William Rumsey 1st Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.8th Sep 1916)

Pte. William Rumsey served with the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers. He died on 8th September 1916





219206

Pte. Albert James Bennett 6th btn. South Wales Borderers (d.30th Apr 1918)

Albert Bennett served with the South Wales Borderers 6th Battalion. He died on 30th April 1918 and is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Bush Hill Park United Reformed Church, 25 Main Avenue, Endield.

Sylvia Page




218300

Pte, Charles Type 4th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.15th Feb 1917)

Charles Type was killed in action 15th February 1917 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn




218248

Pte. James Henry Flynn VC. 4th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.30th Mar 1917)

Private James Henry Flynn VC served with the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers and died, age 23, on the 30th March 1917. He is remembered on the Basra War Memorial, Iraq. Son of Mr. J. Flynn, of 19, Downing St., Bodmin, Cornwall.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated, 26th Sept., 1916, records the following;- For most conspicuous bravery. After a night attack he was one of a small party which dug in in front of our advanced line and about 300 yards from the enemy trenches. Seeing several wounded men lying out in front he went out and bandaged them all under heavy fire, making several journeys in order to do so. He then went back to our advanced trench for a stretcher and, being unable to get one, he himself carried on his back a badly wounded man into safety. He then returned and, aided by another man who was wounded during the act, carried in another badly wounded man. He was under continuous fire while performing this gallant work.

S Flynn




218106

Pte. Anthony O'Neil 1st Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.30th Apr 1916)

Pte. Anthony O'Neill served with the South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion. He was executed for desertionon 30th April 1916 and is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery and Extension, Mazingarbe, France.

s flynn




217924

Pte. Thomas H.B. Rigby 10th Btn. South Wales Borderers (d.22nd Nov 1917)

Thomas H.B. Rigby was executed for desertion 22/11/1917 age 21 and buried in Cite BonJean, Armentieres, France.

S. Flynn




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