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 Monmouthshire Regiment
A photograph from the Aberdare Leader of 24 July 1915 of three boys of the 5th Welsh then stationed at Bedford but taken during their earlier posting at Burntisland, Fifeshire – they are Bugler Gwilym John Lloyd, left; Lance-Corporal Hamments, centre; Private E Goddard, right. The little chap was a regimental pet during their stay in Burntisland.
Haynes Park, near Bedford, during the Great War when there was an army camp in the grounds
British troops attacking at Gallipoli
Troops dug in at Chocolate Hill, Suvla Bay
British troops at Suvla Bay
From the heights above Gallipoli the Turks had an open field of fire
Allied and Turkish troops collecting the dead for burial whilst the guns had stopped firing