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Those known to have served with

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ackers Thomas Owen. Sgt. 23rd Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Adams Percy Harold. L/Sgt. 19th Battalion
  • Austin Harry. Pte 17th Btn (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Bailey Samuel. Cpl.
  • Barber Norman. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.28th Nov 1915)
  • Barter Frederick. Capt. 1st Battalion
  • Battersby G. L.. Mjr. 2/6th Battalion (d.29th Oct 1919)
  • Bennett John. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • Bonnett John. Pte. 19th Btn (d.12th June 1916)
  • Boyes Alfred. Sgt. 25th Btn. (d.30th November 1917)
  • Brooker Cuthbert Howard. Pte.
  • Brown Richard William. A/Sgt. 17th Btn. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Brown Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1915)
  • Burnell Edward Owen. L/Cpl 1/6th (Carnarvonshire & Anglesey) Bn
  • Cadwallader Charles Henry. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.20th September 1917)
  • Cartwright Robert. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Catherall Edwatd. A/Sgt.Mjr. 5th Btn. (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Ceshion James. Pte. 16th Battalion
  • Cord Robert. Sgt. 8th Btn (d.27th Oct 1915)
  • Costall George . Cpl
  • Cox Arthur Howard. Pte. 15th (1st London Welsh) (d.7th Sep 1918)
  • Cranmer Charles Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Crawford William. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Davies Arthur. Sgt. 1st/4th Btn. (d.11th May 1915)
  • Davies Arthur. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.11th May 1915)
  • Davies Edward. L/Cpl 9th Btn.
  • Davies J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Davies James Llewellyn. Cpl. (d.31 July 1917)
  • Davies Joseph. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th November 1918)
  • Davies Richard Lewis. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.1917)
  • Davies Richard Llewellyn. Cpl. D Coy. 9th Service Btn.
  • Davies Richard Llewellyn. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Davies Richard Llewellyn. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Davies Robert Owen. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Davies Robert Edward. 16th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Davies Thomas Albert. Sgt. 14th Btn. (d.18th Sept 1918)
  • Davies Thomas Pryce. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.6th October 1916)
  • Dean John Charles. A/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Dean John Charles. A/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Deeble Arthur. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Deeble Arthur. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.18th Sept 1918)
  • Dodd Martin Henry. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.14th June 1917)
  • Doherty Charles Leonard. 5th Battalion, C Company
  • Doughty-Wylie Charles Hotham Montague. Lt.Col. (d.26th April 1915)
  • Dunnicliffe William Henry. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1917)
  • Edmundson James. Pte. 21st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Edwards David Thomas. Pte. 1/4 Btn. Territorials
  • Edwards Edward. Pte. 24th Denbighshire Yeomanry Btn. (d.9th March 1918)
  • Edwards Edward. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.16 August 1916)
  • Edwardson Frederick Charles Henry. Lt. 4th Btn.
  • Elliott S.. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Ellis Evan. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Sept 1916)
  • Ellis John. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Evans Evan. CSM. 13th Btn.
  • Evans John. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Evans Stanley. Lance Corporal 1st Btn. (d.1st October 1917)
  • Evans Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.9th Jul 1916)
  • Evans William. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Fulford Thomas. Pte.
  • George Thomas. 2nd Lt. 16th Btn.
  • Gladden George Henry. Pte. 15th Battalion
  • Griffiths Rhys. Pte. 9th Btn (d.24th Jul 1918)
  • Gunter Frederick Somerton. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Hall Samuel Joseph. Pte 3rd Btn
  • Hammond Thomas James. Cpl. 3rd Btn.
  • Hardy William James. L/Cpl. 17th Btn (d.13th July 1916)
  • Harwood Hubert. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.22nd Jun 1917)
  • Heatly Charles Frederick. 2nd Lt. 16th Battalion (d.17th April 1918)
  • Heaton Lionel James. 2nd Lt. 3rd Bn (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Holt Joseph. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.5th April 1918)
  • Hornby Gordon. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1916)
  • Hughes Edward. Pte. 16th Btn. D Coy (d.11th April 1916)
  • Hughes Horatio Clement. Second Lieutenant 1st Bn (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Hughes Hugh Elias. Pte. 10th Battlion
  • Hughes John. Pte 1st Btn (d.3rd Sept 1916)
  • Hughes John Richard. Pte 1st Btn (d.20th July 1917)
  • Hughes Robert Thomas. Pte. 4th Btn (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Hughes William Owen. L/Cpl. 1st Btn (d.16th May 1915)
  • Humphreys Thomas Humphreys. Pte. 1st/6th battalion (d.6th November 1917)
  • Ingman Aneurin. Pte. 15th Btn (d.4th Sep 1917)
  • Jasper Henry Lesie. Pte.
  • Jasper Henry Leslie. Pte.
  • Jenkins Frank Mason. L/Sjt. 9th Battalion (d.8th May 1918)
  • Jenkins William Henry. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Johns Bernard Digby. Capt. 10th Btn. (d.17th Feb 1916)
  • Johnson Charles Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Jones Daniel. Pte 9th Battalion, C Coy. (d.28th Jun 1918)
  • Jones David. Pte. 12th Bn (d.11th Sep 1915)
  • Jones David Chambers. Pte. 1st Btn (d.14th Sep 1917)
  • Jones David D. Pte. 17th Bn (d.4th August 1916)
  • Jones Edward. Pte. 4th Bn (d.19th April 1918)
  • Jones Edward Stanley. Pte. 4th Bn (d.3rd December 1917)
  • Jones Elias. Pte. 1st Btn (d.23rd Aug 1915)
  • Jones Elias A.. Cpl. 4th Btn (d.9th April 1917)
  • Jones Evan. Sgt. (d.29th September 1918)
  • Jones Jack. Pte. (d.25th Oct 1918)
  • Jones James. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.11th Nov 1917)
  • Jones John Allen. Sgt. 10th (Service) Battalion
  • Jones John Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Jones John. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • Jones John Milton. Pte. 4th Btn. G Coy. (d.10th Mar 1915)
  • Jones John William. Sgt. 10th Btn.
  • Jones John Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Jones Lewis Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Jones Llewelyn. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.6th July 1916)
  • Jones Robert. Pte. 10th Bn (d.13th May 1917)
  • Jones Robert Thomas. Pte. 1st Bn (d.16th May 1915)
  • Jones Thomas Arthur. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th Jul 1916)
  • Jones Thomas Edward. Pte. 1/4 (Denbighshire) Btn.
  • Jones Thomas Owen. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Jones Thomas William. Pte. 13th Bn (d.10th October 1916)
  • Jones W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th Oct 1917)
  • Keepfer William Robert Cyril. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Kimber William . Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • King Thomas William. Sgt. 189th "Hackney" Bty.
  • Knight Charles W.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1915)
  • Knowles Thomas Reginald. Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Lakey William John. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Sept 1916)
  • Langton John Henry. Major 1/4th Btn.
  • Larwood Ernest. Sgt. 25th Batallion (d.8th Sept 1918)
  • Lewis George. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lewis Reginald. 4th Btn
  • Lloyd Edward. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.9th August 1915)
  • Lloyd Evan. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.22 June 1916)
  • Lloyd Evan. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.11th April 1917)
  • Lloyd Norman Lewis. Cpl. 1/1st
  • Lloyd Robert. Pte. 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) Btn. (d.8th Nov 1917)
  • Lloyd Robert. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Marrow David. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.24 January 1916)
  • Martin William Charles. A/CQMS. 9th Btn.
  • Mason Samuel. Pte. 13th Battalion
  • Mason Samuel. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Mason (John Davies) Thomas Milton. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Matthews Jack. Pte. 1st Battalion, C Company. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Matthews Joseph Thomas. Sgt (d.22nd April 1918)
  • McLaren James Davie. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.6th Oct 1916)
  • McLaren Thomas. Pte. (d.24th Dec 1917)
  • McMillen Hamilton. Col.Sjt. 11th Btn
  • Mills Joseph James. Pte. 15th (London Welsh) Btn.
  • Monnelly Francis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st Sep 1917)
  • Morgan Edward. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.25th Jan 1915)
  • Morris David Robert. Cpl. 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) Btn. (d.4th Sept 1918)
  • Morris Thomas. Sgt. 13th Btn. (d.4 November 1918)
  • Moss Samuel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.26th March 1917)
  • Nicholls John Thomas. Sergeant 9th Btn.
  • O'Brien Peter. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Oliver Mathias. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Parker Thomas Henry. A/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Nov 1916)
  • Parry Edward Ernest. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • Parry John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Penny David Ernest. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.27th May 1917)
  • Pierce Oswald. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Pierce Reginald. Sgt. 24th Battalion (d.10th Nov 1918)
  • Povah Thomas. Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.19th May 1918)
  • Powell Hugh John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.26th Jan 1917)
  • Prater Picton. Sgt. 15th (1st London Welsh) Battalion (d.26th May 1916)
  • Price Llewelyn. Cpl. 1/4th Btn.
  • Price Llewelyn. Lt. 1/4 Btn
  • Pritchard Henry. 2nd Lt. (d.7th Apr 1917)
  • Pritchard William. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1915)
  • Roberts Arthur. Lt. 16th Battalion (Cardiff City)
  • Roberts Elias. Drvr. 490th Coy (d.26th March 1919)
  • Roberts Goronwy Cuffin. Pte. 1/5th Battalion
  • Roberts John Henry. Cpl. 8th Btn (d.15th Feb 1917)
  • Roberts John Owen. Pte. 24th (enbighshire Yeomanry) Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Roberts Thomas. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.25th January 1915)
  • Roberts Thomas John. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Roberts William. 8th Btn (d.5th Apr 1916)
  • Roberts William. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.15th February 1919)
  • Roberts William Owen. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.15th Nov 1918)
  • Roberts William Owen. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Rowlands John Francis. L/Cpl. 19th Btn (d.27th Sep 1917)
  • Russell John Fox. Capt. att. 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Russell John Fox. Capt. Att. 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Salusbury John Evan. CoyQMSgt. 13th Btn. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Sharpe Thomas Breedon. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.18th May 1916)
  • Shore Thomas John. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Short William John. Pte
  • Smith George. Pte. 25th (Montgomeryshire & Welsh Horse Yeomanry) Btn (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Smith William John Thomas. Pte.
  • Sproule James Chambers. Lt.
  • Strode Ernest. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.29th Apr 1917)
  • Talbot Henry Waletr. 2nd Lt. 9th Battalion
  • Tatum George. Pte 9 (Service) Bn
  • Thomas John Price. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.25th January 1915)
  • Thomas Llewelyn. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn. (d.27th December 1917)
  • Threlfall William Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Aug 1918)
  • Tyler Edward Frederick. Capt.
  • Vane David Francis Ellison. Pte. 16th (Service) Btn.
  • Ward Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Waring William Herbert. L/Sgt. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Waring William Herbert. Sgt. 25th (Montgomery and Welch Horse Yeomanry) Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Waters Isaac. Sjt.
  • Waters William Glyn. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.26th September 1917)
  • Weale Henry. Sgt. 14th Btn.
  • Welson William Taylor. Pte. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Wilde William Stanley. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.7th Apr 1915)
  • Wilkins George. Cpl. 16th Bn (d.5th July 1916)
  • Wilkins Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th September 1915)
  • Williams David. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Williams Edward Samuel Lloyd. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.8th August 1915)
  • Williams Edwyn. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Williams George William. L/Cpl. 16th Btn. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Williams H. Lloyd. 9th Btn.
  • Williams Martin Luther. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Williams Richard. Pte. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Williams Richard. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Williams Richard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Williams Shadrach. Pte. 15th Battalion
  • Williams Thomas. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Williams William. Sgt. 19th Btn.
  • Williams William Conway. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th November 1914)
  • Wilson Albert. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Wolffsohn Arthur William. Capt. 9th Btn.
  • Wynne Robert Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th July 1916)

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Sgt. William Williams 19th Btn. Tank Corps

William Williams

From the age of 12, William Williams went down the mines, leading the pit ponies. Trained as a Male Nurse then enlisted in Royal Welsh Fusilliers. Selected to join the Heavy Machine Gun section which became the Tank Corps ; as mechanic/driver/gunner. Later became Sgt. 5/11/18 and Tank commander. Returned to nursing at The Priory with many famous patients 'Grandad Bill' wrote his memoirs which included a significant amount of detail of his time in the Tank Corps. This is his account of being signed up and trained:

The army at this time were stopping men at the railway stations and asking for their papers. I had none so thought I would take a chance and wrote for some. The result was, I got my calling up papers to join the army. I reported and was asked if there was a regiment I would like to join. I said the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, there was a London battalion, so I joined that in 1916. I was sent to Kinnock Park, Rhyl. I found some old school pals in other battalions there. I got through my recruits drill after two months. Then one day coming off parade I got the call, '24477 Williams report to the company office'. I reported and was given a pass for four days. Still in the dark of what it was about, on reporting back I was sent with 10 others to be transferred to the Machine Gun Corp (Heavy Section) at Wool in Dorset. The train was full of men going to the same place. When we arrived we were put in huts for the night, all wondering what it was, there were men from every regiment in the British Army there. We found out that it was for what was to be known later as the Tank Corps.

After a success on the Somme with a few tanks it had been decided to raise four battalions and we were the lot. It was a little while before things were settled down, as there was only one doctor there. No medical examinations were given, instead we were taken to what was an old crater on a hillside, and seven men at a time were put on it to run round, up and down. That was the test, if they pulled a man out he was sent back. I got through it so that was my corp for the rest of the war. I met some very nice men there and formed a friendship with Cliff Baldwin, a Yorkshire lad. We were pals for the whole time.

We were soon put into a new kind of training with machine guns, six pounder guns for the gunners, and driving and maintenance tests for drivers, also signalling, Morse code and pigeon training. So we were kept busy. We were put into crews of seven men and one officer. It was all interesting. I was first gunner and Cliff was the first driver. The gunners were sent to Whale Island, Portsmouth for a course with the Navy, as the Army had not any schools to try us, we would be firing from a moving tank at a moving object.

Tank Corps, 11 section

John Morriss


Sgt. Arthur Davies 1st/4th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.11th May 1915)

Arthur Davies died of wounds on the 11th of May 1915, aged 24 and is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Mr. W. Davies, of II, Lodge Lane, Liverpool, husband of E. Conde (formerly Davies), of 2, Chirk Green, Chirk, Denbighshire.

Wounded at the Battle of Aubers Ridge 9th May 1915 Arthur died of wounds two days later 11th May 1915, his death is mentioned in 'All that we had we gave', by Peter Glynn

s flynn


Pte. George Henry Gladden 15th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

George Gladden went into battle in Mametz Wood in May 1916 with the 1st London Welsh. His fellow soldier, Private F. Laydon wrote to George's wife describing how George had been shot in the neck, the leg and the shoulder. He had been left in a hollow in the ground and his companions were unable to return for him, but other men came back later in the day and reported that " the Germans had taken in our wounded with the utmost care and attention....The gentleness was wonderful and we ourselves could not have cared for them more tenderly."

George returned to England several months later. His wife had eventually discovered that he was in a prisoner of war camp in Nurnberg and had written to him regularly until he came home. George reported that he had been left for dead in the German mortuary, but that a German mortuary attendant had realised he was still alive and had called for assistance. George was attended by a German surgeon, who had trained in London and so spoke good English. The surgeon stitched up all his wounds and George lived to run a very successful engineering parts business and eventually died in 1972.

Kristin Stott


Pte. Joseph Holt 4th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.5th April 1918)

Joseph Holt died from wounds on the 5th of April 1918, aged 29 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the husband of Mrs Holt, 15 Lionel Street, Burnley. A weaver at Messrs. Walmsley's Peel Mill, Rosegrove prior to enlisting, he was married with one child. He died from wounds to the "lower part of his body."

s flynn


Pte. James Edmundson 21st Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.21st Aug 1918)

James Edmundson was killed in action on the 21st of August 1918, aged 34. Buried in Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, France, he was the son of Mr & Mrs Edmundson, Britannia Inn, Guy Street, Padiham, Lancashire. Lived at Harle Syke, Burnley with his wife and two children.

James enlisted in June 1916, prior to this he had been working as a weaver at Thornton and Co's. Mill, Harle Syke, Burnley. He initially joined the East Lancashire Regiment but after being invalided home with septic poisoning he went back out with the Cheshire Regiment, whilst with the Cheshires he was injured by shrapnel and sent home, he then was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

s flynn


Pte. William Henry Threlfall 2nd Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.24th Aug 1918)

William Threlfall was killed in action on the 24th of August 1918, aged 29. Buried in Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, France, he was the husband of Minnie Threlfall, of 19, King's Terrace, Burnley.

William enlisted on May 17th, 1916 having previously worked as a weaver for Messrs. Whitehead and Leaver. He had been overseas since June 13th, 1917. His wife, Minnie received news of his death from one of his friends in the battalion: "He was on a night stunt, and when they called the roll next morning he was not there. I and a lad from Waterfoot could not rest, so we went over the ground to look for him, and found him, to our sorrow, dead."

s flynn


Sgt. Thomas Owen Ackers 23rd Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.2nd Nov 1918)

Thomas Owen Ackers served with the 23rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WW1. My grandfather was a patient at 1st Eastern General Hospital between 6/11/17 and 28/12/17 when he was discharged on medical grounds. He had been an asthmatic since childhood but didn't let this stop him being an active and dedicated soldier. After discharge he became a photographer and drill teacher at the local grammar school in Portmadoc. Sadly this was a very short career, he died of Spanish 'flu on Nov 2nd 1918.

Lynda Shaughnessy


Pte. John Jones 16th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers (d.10th July 1916)

Private John Jones

John Jones served with the 16th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers.


Short Service Record


Karen Smith


Pte. William Taylor Welson Montgomeryshire Yeomanry (d.5th Aug 1917)

I have been researching the names of the 7 young men remembered on Gladestry War Memorial, it was the first War Memorial Dedicated in Radnorshire. William Taylor Welson is remembered there.

William Taylor Welson and his brother Hugh Powell Welson were the sons of William Welson of Llanyfelin Farm, Gladestry. William Taylor originally joined the Montgomery Yeomanry, No.2779, he was later transferred to 17th. Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He had enlisted at Gladestry. William Taylor Welson was killed in action in France/ Flanders on the 5th. August 1917. Gladestry parish magazine regularly gave news of the young men of the Parish who had enlisted but did not mention William Taylor Welson.

His brother Hugh later enlisted, but his regiment is unknown. Gladestry Parish Magazine recorded, March 1917, that Hugh Welson was in hospital. In January 1918 it recorded that Hugh was in Highbury Hospital and now able to speak a little, and in April 1918 he was invalided out of the army.

Beth Clarke


Major John Henry Langton DSO 1/4th Btn. Welsh Fusiliers

Served with the 1\4 RWF 2nd February 1917 through to end of hostilities, leading the Battalion as Lt Col in the final 100 days.

Barry Hayter


Pte. Hugh John Powell 8th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.26th Jan 1917)

Hugh Powell died of wounds in Mesopotamia

C Powell


Sgt. Picton Prater 15th (1st London Welsh) Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers (d.26th May 1916)

Sgt. Picton Prater

Picton Prater,was born 17th July 1891 and was killed in action on the 26th of May 1916, Aged 25. Picton was born in Maesteg, Glamorgan and served his apprenticeship in the drapery trade with his uncle, Richard Jones, at the Bridge Shop, Bridgend. He then moved to London, working as a buyer in a large drapery establishment, subsequently enlisting in the 15th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Pte 21813 Fred Langdon of the Battalion wrote in a letter to a mutual friend in the weeks following Picton's death: "In training he was a splendid fellow, always genial and never disturbed. His qualities showed themselves out here especially, he rose to the occasion splendidly. Under fire he was always cool and level-headed, a splendid leader of men. For a long time our platoon were without an officer and he was in sole charge. He was remarkably just in his dealings with everybody. I can honestly say nobody had a bad word for him, or dare speak against him. A thoroughly capable and efficient Sergt. and a splendid character indeed. Surely such qualities must be fitly rewarded in the world to come. I was very near him when he was hit, he fell a victim to a wonderful piece of sniping. He had been chatting to me only two minutes before and we were laughing over some past experiences. He left me to speak to our Officer and a Corpl. All three stood together talking and just at that point the parapet was very low. We were about 400 yards from the German front line, so you can understand how we marvelled at his being hit. I saw him fall and it was my affection for him that simply rooted me to where I stood and I was so upset that I could not render any assistance. However, others were on the spot and he received every attention possible. He was never conscious, that we can be very thankful for and he died about one and a half hours afterwards, about 7:30 in the evening. Out here we have to steel our hearts to losing comrades, but in this case it was different. Everybody was affected by the loss of one to whom we mutually agreed was the best man in the trench. He was buried the next day and it was unfortunate that we left this part of the line before it was possible for us to arrange anything like a fitting monument for one we admired so much."

In the letter to his mother, the Nonconformist Chaplain of the 15th Battalion wrote: "He was beloved by all his men. His cheerfulness was the inspiration of his company and he proved himself a most capable NCO and a brave and fearless soldier. His Company Commander, Capt. Howell and several men of the company came specially from the trenches as a mark of the deep respect in which he was held by the battalion. It was a glorious spring morning when we laid him to rest in the beautiful British Cemetery."

Sgt Picton Prater21526 15th Batt RWF

Tom White


L/Sgt. Percy Harold Adams 19th Battalion Royal Welch Fusliers

Percy Adams served with the 9th and 19th Battalions, Royal Welch Fusiliers and as a Platelayer with the 298th Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers

D Adams


Pte. Charles Henry Cadwallader 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.20th September 1917)

Charles Cadwallader died in Passchendaele. He is remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Memorial



Sgt. Reginald Pierce 24th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers (d.10th Nov 1918)

Sgt. Reginald Pierce was a former police officer at Wrexham Police Station. He enlisted at Wrexham on the 13th of December 1915, he was posted with the 2nd Battalion to France on the 4th of July 1916 then posted back to United Kingdom because of illness. He was posted to 24th Battalion on the 16th of February and then to Eygpt, where he was wounded. On recovery transferred with Battalion to France in June 1918. The Battalion entered the line at Ingoyghem on the night of the 29th/30th of October 1918 and advanced on the 31st, being heavily shelled and engaged with rifle and machine gun fire, in the advance Sergeant Pierce was badly wounded and moved to the 3rd Australian Clearing Station where he died on the 10th of November 1918.


Pte. Oswald Pierce 4th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Oswald Pierce enlisted on the 20th of March 1912 at Wrexham. He entered theatre of operations with his battalion, in November 1914. He was wounded during German attack on the battalion's front in January 1915 and is mentioned on bases wounded list dated 2nd of February 1915. He was discharged because of wounds on the 16th of February 1916.


Pte. Thomas Breedon Sharpe 4th Btn. Royal Welch Fusiliers (d.18th May 1916)

Thomas Sharpe joined up in Wrexham on 8th February 1915 and was posted to 3/4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers on 20th February 1915. He was then posted to 1/4th Battalion on 28th March 1915. Thomas was killed in action on 18th May 1916. He died by a shot to the head from a machine gun while working in a mine crater east of Souchez, France. He was first buried in Ablain Saint Nazaire, then in 1921-22 exhumed and reburied at Caberat-Rouge Cemetery, France.

Peter Sharpe


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


Pte. David Williams 1st Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.24th May 1915)

David was the son of Margaret and the late John Williams, 3 Glasfryn Terrace, Henllan Street, Denbigh; and husband of Margaret Williams, Factory Place, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. Robert Albert Wynne MM 10th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.20th July 1916)

Robert was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Wynne, 34 Henllan Street, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts

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