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Including a controversial and politically active Reverend ‘the Sledgehammer Pastor’, a water polo player, a boxer and a prize winning trumpeter:

Gay, Private of the 1/4th Welsh, from Llandovery.

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George, Sergeant W R of the 2/1st WCCS, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Goddard, Private E of the 5th Welsh, from Treharris.

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Gordon, Gunner T of the 1st Welsh Howitzer Brigade, 53rd Welsh Division, from Swansea, competitor in the water polo tournament held at Bedford in June 1915.

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Gough, Private W of the 2/3rd Monmouthshires, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Gray, Major F N of the 5th Welsh Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, from Mountain Ash.

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Green, Private John Thomas of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

Private John Thomas Green, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private John Thomas Green, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Green, Private Tommy of the Cardigan Battery, from Post Office, Goginan.

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Gregg, Private of the 2/2nd Welsh Field Ambulance, RAMC, who played in a rugby match against the 2/1st Welsh Division Signal Company  on 13 November 1915.

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Gribble, Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the 2/1st Welsh Royal Army Medical Corps, who was married at Elstow Church on 26 August 1915 with a unique guard of honour, an archway of ambulance stretchers.

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Griffith, Private Evan of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Clwtybont.

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Griffith, Private Johnnie of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Ebenezer.

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Griffiths, Signaller Barnett of the 2/5th Welsh, attached to the 2/6th Cheshire Regiment, from Cwmaman.

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Griffiths, Charles of the 2/3rd Battalion, the Monmouthshire Regiment, absent from the Regiment without leave in January 1916.

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Griffiths, Corporal E P of the 2/1st Brecknocks, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Griffiths, Frank of the Cycle Corps (Signal Section), Royal Engineers, from Bangor, whose stepbrother, Gwilym O Richards, from Bangor, was in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

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Griffiths, Jesse of the 4th Welsh, from Haverfordwest, one of three brothers serving in the forces (Harry is with the machine gun section in France, and Alfred is with the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Melbourne, Australia.)

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Griffiths, Lieutenant R Trevor of the 2/1st Battalion, the Brecknockshire Territorial Force, from Hay.

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Griffiths, Gunner of the 1/2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Hamments, Lance-Corporal of the 5th Welsh, from Aberaman.

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Harding, Sergeant J of the 2nd Welsh AC, military police, who gave evidence in a case of a stolen skirt before the magistrates on 25 October 1915.

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Harris, Private David Thomas of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Welshpool, and reported in August 1917 to have been missing since 25 July. He had been in France for about eight weeks, and had enlisted two months after the outbreak of war. Prior to enlistment he had been a wheelwright.

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Harvard, Private W of the Brecknockshire Regiment, from Cefn-y-Bedd.

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Hay, Private Charles T of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Welsh Field Hospital, Bedford, who was reported in The Aberdare Leader of 12 February 1916 as being due to proceed to the front in the course of the next fortnight, from Cwmaman.

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Henderson, Private John of the 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

Private John Henderson, 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private John Henderson, 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Herbert, G Emrys of the 2/1st Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery, from Aberayon.

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Herbert, Private J of the 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

Private J Herbert, 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private J Herbert, 2/6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Hicks, Alfred granted a commission in December 1915 in the 3rd Gloucester Regiment, and undergoing a course of instruction at Bedford, from Tenby.

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Higgs, Sergeant took part in the boxing contest at Bedford in June 1915, from Llandovery.

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Higson, Corporal of the 1/1st Cheshire Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Hiles, Driver Albert Reginald of the 3rd Glamorgan Battery, 2nd Welsh Brigade, who was summoned in a case of a stolen skirt before the magistrates on 25 October 1915; the Bench concluded that the case was ‘Not proven’ and dismissed it.

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Hobson, Fred of the 2/5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Mold, charged in November 1915 with being absent without leave and remanded to await an escort.

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Hodges, Trumpeter E A of the 2/1st WRFA, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Horne, Private Arthur of the Herefords, assaulted by Colonel Joseph Sunderland JP as reported in November 1915 whilst with the regimental mascot, a terrier, on manoeuvres over ground owned by the Colonel.

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Hopkins, Daniel H of the South Wales Borderers, having accepted a commission in October 1915 and was to take up his duties with the regiment after a short stay at the quarters of the Officers’ Training Corps in Bedford, from Abercrave and formerly on the staff of the Abercrave Schools.

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Howard, Captain of the 4th Welsh Regiment, from Haverfordwest, who was killed in the Dardanelles during an advance to recapture lost ground in August 1915. Gunner R Frederick Thomas recounted that the Captain passed away with the words ‘It’s all over boys’ on his lips. Later he was laid in his grave on which was placed a wooden cross.

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Howells, Private Fred from Penycae.

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Howells, Private James of the 5th Welsh, from Abercwmboi.

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Hughes, Gunner Alfred of the Cardigan Battery, 2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

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Hughes, Corporal the Reverend Daniel of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Baptist minister at Pontypool. He was, according to the Free Press of Monmouthshire of 18 February 1916, for some time in charge of the operating ward at Ampthill Hospital, Bedford (there was a divisional VAD hospital in Ampthill Road schoolsand had preached the anniversary sermons at the Central Primitive Methodist Church, Bedford, in February 1916. He was literary adjudicator at  the Easter Monday Eisteddfod at Bedford in April 1916 and as deputy Arch Druid of the Isles of Britain, acted as Master of Ceremonies in the chairing of the bard.

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Reverend Daniel Hughes had been a controversial figure in and at odds with the officers of his church. He had been active in politics before the war, and in the Monmouthshire County Council elections in 1913, was opposed by two Liberal candidates. The result was a gain for Labour:  Daniel Hughes (Lab) 351, T. O. Jones (L) 195, J. Rosie (L) 188.  Llais Llafur, on 8 March reported that ‘The feature of the County Council elections in Monmouthshire is the fact that the Labour Party has gained four seats (three from the Liberals and one from the Conservatives). The most noticeable Labour gain is that of the Reverend Daniel Hughes, Pontypool, of “sledgehammer” fame*, who,  running as a “Labour and Nonconformist Candidate” headed the poll in South Pontynewynydd, obtaining a majority of 156. Daniel Hughes’ supporters followed the custom of the period by singing an election song to the tune, Bluebell’.

Vote, vote for Daniel,
Vote straight and true,
He is the only one to fight for you.
One of the people, our champion he:
Vote for Daniel Hughes and liberty.

Llais Llafur on 29 March carried the report, ‘Freely rumoured in political circles that Daniel Hughes has decided to contest the North Monmouthshire constituency as Labour candidate at the next general election’. The outbreak of the Great War led to the abandoning of that election, due in 1915. The post-war General Election of 1918 was fought with new constituencies and North Monmouthshire disappeared. Reverend Hughes was not a candidate in that election.

A biography of Daniel Hughes (1875-1972) by Ivor Thomas Rees was published in May 2015 ‘Daniel Hughes The Sledgehammer Pastor’

Reverend Daniel Hughes
Reverend Daniel Hughes

* he had used a sledgehammer to break into the church when it had been locked by the officers of the church  to prevent him entering.

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Hughes, Bombardier D W of the Royal Garrison Artillery, from Caernarfon, stationed at Kempston, whose brother (below), Private Thomas Richard Hughes, of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was stationed at Bedford.

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Hughes, Gunner D W of the 1/1st Welsh Carnarvon, Royal Garrison Artillery, who sang in an open-air concert on Mill Meadows on 5 July 1915.

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Hughes, Second-Lieutenant Edward Morgan of the 2/5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, recently commissioned and shortly, in September 1915, to join his regiment in Bedford.

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Hughes, Ben received a commission in the 13th Lancashire Fusiliers, and left to join his regiment at Bedford in October 1915, from Gorseinon. Destined for the Church, he had just completed three years training at Lampeter College, securing his BA degree with honours in history.

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Hughes, Private H of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

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Hughes, Sergeant L R of the ASC, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Hughes, Private Lot of the 1/4th Welsh, of Llandovery, was promoted Lance-Corporal in June 1915, and took part in the boxing competitions held that month in Bedford.

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Hughes, Lieutenant S B of the 1/2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Hughes, Private Robert of the 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was summoned for riding a bicycle without rear lights; he did not appear before the magistrates sitting on 26 October 1915 and was fined 2/6d.

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Hughes, Gunner Thomas H of the Cardiganshire Battery, Royal Field Artillery, from Towyn, captured at a house on the beach and charged in April 1916 with being a deserter. He pleaded guilty and was escorted back to Bedford. He was well known in his home district as ‘Tom Llwyngwril.’

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Hughes, Private Thomas Richard of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon., whose brother (above), Bombadier D W Hughes, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, was stationed in Kempston.

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Hughes, Reverend Captain W G of the 68th Welsh Division, from Clwtybont.

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Isaac, Bombadier J G of the 21st Welsh (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who with the trumpeters of the brigade won first prize at the Bedford Eisteddfod on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916.

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