Gallery

We would welcome any photographs and photo postcards you could share with us of the Welsh regiments and soldiers who spent time in Bedford, particularly pictures taken in and around Bedford, and copies of any documents relating to the Welsh regiments and soldiers in Bedford that would contribute to the story we are aiming to tell.

Photographs appeared in the local Bedfordshire papers and also in local newspapers in Wales. Families have photographs of their own,  and a particularly rich source of pictures are the many postcards that were produced during the course of the war not only of soldiers but covering many aspects of the war.

There are examples in the Gallery of posters that were issued by the Government to inform, encourage and inspire the people of Wales; and of posters issued across the country as part of the Government’s extensive and wide ranging poster campaign.

Soldiers of the 1/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, June 1915
Soldiers of the 1/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, in Bedford in June 1915
Soldiers of the 1/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, June 1915
Soldiers of the 1/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, in Bedford in June 1915, including the mascot dog
Artillery at Cardington, Bedford
Artillery at Cardington, Bedford
The goat presented by the King to the 7th Battalion (Reserve) Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The Welsh Fusiliers had always had a white goat as a mascot, drawn from the famous herd of Cashmere goats which also supplied the King's gift. On the left in the photograph in Newtown are Lady Magdalen Herbert, sister of the Earl of Powis, and the Earl's young daughter, Lady Hermione Herbert. On the right are Captains J H Addie and Oswald Davies (from The Illustrated War News, 18 November 1914).
The goat presented by the King to the 7th Battalion (Reserve) Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The Welsh Fusiliers had always had a white goat as a mascot, drawn from the famous herd of Cashmere goats which also supplied the King’s gift. On the left in the photograph in Newtown are Lady Magdalen Herbert, sister of the Earl of Powis, and the Earl’s young daughter, Lady Hermione Herbert. On the right are Captains J H Addie and Oswald Davies (from The Illustrated War News, 18 November 1914)
The 1/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, with their mascot, the regimental goat 'Billy' with gilded horns
The 1/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, with their mascot, the regimental goat ‘Billy’ with gilded horns
Soldiers of the 1/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment
Soldiers of the 1/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment
A Christmas postcard
A Christmas postcard
Soldiers of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Soldiers of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

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2nd Welsh Field Ambulance 1915

2nd Welsh Field Ambulance 1915

Both sides of a postcard sent in May 1915 by Second Lieutenant William John Ackland, 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, to his seven-year old daughter, Vera, in Glamorgan (kindly submitted by a visitor to the site)
Both sides of a postcard sent in May 1915 by Second Lieutenant William John Ackland, 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, to his seven-year old daughter, Vera, in Glamorgan (kindly submitted by a visitor to the site)

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Come with me boys Immediately after the call to the front a smile was on every face Sign up today
Come with me boys
Immediately after the call to the front a smile was on every face
Sign up today
Independence calls for the bravest of men
Independence calls for the bravest of men
Army boys of Wales Despicable is the man who does not hate his country's enemies Wales Forever
Army boys of Wales
Despicable is the man who does not hate his country’s enemies
Wales Forever

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