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Including deaths in the Dardanelles, and the award of medals:

Jackson, Corporal G E of the 2/4th WRFA, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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

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James, Lieutenant A W T of the 1/2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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James, Driver John Henry of the Royal Engineers, from Cwmbach.

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James, Private Lewis N the well known Abernant footballer, who in June 1915 told ‘Optimist’ who wrote the ‘War Jottings’ column in the Aberdare Leader that his company had won the football championship of their district. The winners were not given medals, but pipes and tobacco pouches and a cup each.

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James, Sergeant W R of the 2/7th RWF, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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James, Sapper William of the Royal Engineers, from St Clears, killed on 6 September 1915 while carrying ammunition to the firing line, at the Dardanelles, and reported in the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser of 24 September 1915.

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Jenkins, Sergeant of the 2/3rf WFA, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Jenkins, Rev Private Alfred BA with the 2/1 WCCS, Royal Army Medical Corps, chaired bard at the Eisteddfod at Bedford in April 1916, from Ardwyn.  Presbyterian minister at Pencoed. He won the bardic chair with his poem “A Soldier’s Life.”

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Jenkins, Private Charlie of A Company, 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, from Abergwili, who wrote to his employer, Mr D Davies, as he was leaving Bedford for Avonmouth to sail to the Mediterranean and returning with his letter his insurance card. His letter was recorded in the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser of 10 September 1915.

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Jenkins, Driver Daniel of the 2/1st Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery, from Aberayron, two of whose elder brothers had been in active service in France for nearly a year ‘and, so far, we are glad to say, have escaped without a scratch’ commented the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser of 14 July 1916.

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Jenkins, Captain D R of the 1/2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Jenkins, Lieutenant J H of the 1/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon, stationed in Bedford before going to the Dardanelles.

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Jenkins, Sergeant Thomas D was a member of the 1st Cardiganshire Artillery, from Aberystwyth, and was called up on the declaration of war and transferred to the second line as sergeant instructor at a unit at Bedford which in March 1916 was awaiting orders for foreign service. Sergeant Thomas whose time had recently expired, rejoined for the duration of the war. (His brother, Corporal E R Jenkins, of the Pembroke Yeomanry, sustained a serious injury that threatened his military career. He elected to undergo an operation rather than claim his discharge. His regiment was then in Egypt and he hoped to rejoin it on recovery. The brothers were pictured in the Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard of 10 March 1916.)

Sergeant Thomas D Jenkins
Sergeant Thomas D Jenkins

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Jenkins, 182786 Driver Thomas of the Royal Engineers, from Blaenrhondda, stationed at the Signal Depot Haynes Park, died at Bedford on 25 December 1916 and buried in Kempston Cemetery, Bedford.

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Jenkins, Private Trevor of the Royal Engineers, stationed at the Bedford Signal Depot, from Ammanford, and well known in the district as an accomplished musician.

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Jenkins, Private W training at Bedford, from Trallong.

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Jenkins, Gunner W S of the Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

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Jenkins, Sapper of the 1/1st Welsh Company, the Royal Engineers, played in a cricket match against The Barracks, Kempston, on 3 July 1915.

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John, Lieutenant Martin stationed in Bedford, from Ammanford (his brother Captain John, of the 1/4th Welsh, had been acting-colonel for some time in the absence of his colonel; brother Lieutenant Harold, of the Royal Engineers, was going out; and brother Sidney was engaged in the Meteorological Office in France: all were brothers of Mrs J W Jones, The Vicarage, Ammanford). 

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John, Robert an assistant stableman in the Army Service Corps, from Blaenavon, who was successful in a court case in 1917 seeking continued payment of compensation whilst serving in the army for a mining accident that occurred in 1913.

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Jones, Corporal of the 2/7th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, C Company, runner in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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

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Jones, Sergeant of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Cwmyglo.

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Jones, Corporal Arthur Llewellyn of the 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps, from Pontycymmer, who served in the Dardanelles, Egypt, the Persian Gulf and Gaza, where he was killed on 7 May 1917, aged 21 years. Corporal Jones’ death was reported in the Glamorgan Gazette of 15 June 1917 which included a letter to Corporal Jones’ parents from his friend, who was nearby when he died, Private W L Griffiths, RAMC.

Alan Jones, Corporal Jones’ great nephew, has compiled an illustrated page on his great uncle’s life and his time in the Army, with extensive detail about the work of the Field Ambulance unit, the campaign in the Dardanelles and the fighting in Gaza.

Corporal Arthur Llewellyn Jones, 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps
Corporal Arthur Llewellyn Jones, 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, the Royal Army Medical Corps

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Jones, Driver Ben of the Army Service Corps, from Ceryg-y-Druidion.

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Jones, Private Charlie from Ebenezer.

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Jones, Quarter-Master D R of the Royal Engineers, who was a patient at Bedford Hospital for eight months, from Lllanelly, and who was welcomed back to the Llanelly Borough Education Committee in June 1916, having done his duty to his country for nearly two years.

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Jones, Private D R of the Welsh Horse, the well-known Welsh professional who sang at the farewell concert in Turvey on 10 August 1916.

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Jones, Corporal D S 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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Jones, Private David of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Cwmbach.

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Jones, David, Cardigan Battery who had been with the Territorials for five years and had been at Bedford, where he had broken his arm and could now only lift it up to the level of his shoulder. He had been allowed by the authorities to come back to help his father, a carter and carriage driver, but he was willing to go back to the colours: he was granted a period of exemption to the end of September by the Aberystwyth Borough Tribunal in June 1916.

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Jones, Drummer David Henry of the bugle band of the 7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Machynlleth, who was with the bugle band in his home town in October 1915.

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Jones, Lance-Corporal E of the 2/7th RWF, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Jones, Private E R of the Brecknockshire Regiment, from Beulah.

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Jones, Lieutenant E P R of the 1/4th Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Jones, Private Frank of the 1/5th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, from Cwmaman, who rescued Private J A Jones (below) who had been wounded in fighting in the Dardanelles on 10 August 1915 and who later wrote a glowing tribute to Frank’s bravery.

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Jones, Gunner Fred of the Royal Garrison Artillery, from Bangor, who was, in December 1915, in hospital at Bedford where he had undergone an operation which necessitated skin grafting on one of his arms. It would be remembered said the North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality of 23 December 1915 that it was Gunner Jones who succeeded in selling a thousand tickets for the football match recently held at Bangor in aid of Red Cross funds.

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Jones, Private George of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

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Jones, Private Griffith of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon, one of three brothers serving in the army.

Private Griffith Jones, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private Griffith Jones, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Jones, Gunner H 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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Jones, Gunner Harold G of the Royal Garrison Artillery, from Llandudno Junction.

Gunner H G Jones, Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner Harold G Jones, Royal Garrison Artillery

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Jones, Private Hugh of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Llanaelhaiarn.

Private Hugh Jones 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private Hugh Jones 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Jones, Private Hugh G of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Llanberis.

Private Hugh G Jones, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private Hugh G Jones, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Jones, Driver Idris of the Royal Engineers, from Beulah.

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Jones, 2615 Private J A of the 1/5th Battalion,  the Welsh Regiment, was wounded in fighting in the Dardanelles on 10 August 1915 and rescued by Private Frank Jones (above). He wrote a glowing tribute to Frank’s bravery which was published in the Aberdare Leader of 25 December 1915.

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Jones, Bombardier J F J a winner in the athletic sports held at Kempston, Bedford, in August 1915, from Bangor.

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Jones, John of the Royal Field Artillery, from Llanfihangel-ar-arth, Pencader.

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Jones, John Arthur of the 2/5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Greenfield, who died with his wife in 1915 in a double tragedy recorded in the Flintshire Observer of 7 October 1915.

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Jones, Private John Ellis of the Royal Field Artillery, from Abercynon.

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Jones, Private John Emlyn of the 2/6th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment, transferred from the 5th Welsh, from Aberdare, who died in hospital in Bedford in January 1916, aged 18 years, as fully reported in the Aberdare Leader of 29 January 1916. Private Jones was buried at Aberdare Cemetery with full military honours.

Private John Emlyn Jones, 2/6th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment
Private John Emlyn Jones, 2/6th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment

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Jones, John James of the 2/1st Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery, from Aberayon.

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Jones, Driver John Rice  of the Welsh Disional Ammunition Column, from Newport, who was kicked by a mule and died on 12 August 1915, aged 18 years, from peritonitis, following ruptured intestines, which might have been caused by the kick.

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Jones, Private Ll of the 5th RWF, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Jones, Private Llewelyn from Llew Colwyn.

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Jones, Sergeant M of the 2/3rd Monmouthshires, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Jones, Private Morgan of the Cardigan Battery, from Genallt, Goginan.

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Jones, Sergeant-Fitter Moses David an artillery man, from St Ann’s.

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Jones, Sergeant P J 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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Jones, Private Rees attached to an infantry regiment, from Ammanford, and saw active service in France where he was wounded, was eventually transferred to England, but died in Bedford. He had been in the army for several years and had been in France for about ten weeks. It was reported on 21 November 1918 that the body would be brought back for a military funeral on 30 November in Ammanford.

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Jones, Private Richard of the 2/5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

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Jones, Signaller S Vaughan of the Royal Engineers, from Caernarfon.

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Jones, Private Sam of the Brecknocks, from Ystalyfera, who after months of training in Bedford was due to proceed with his regiment to France. Llais Lafur of 19 August 1916 wished him the best of luck.

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

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Jones, Gunner Tom of the 1/4th Welsh, from Llanelly, who had received a commission and would probably transfer to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, it was reported in June 1915.

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Jones, Private Tom of the 5th Battalion, Aberdare Territorial Force, from Aberaman.

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Jones, Private Trefor of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Ebenezer.

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Jones, Sergeant William of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Llanberis.

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Jones, Private William of the 1/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon, died in battle in the Dardanelles on 25 August 1915, leaving a widow and seven sons, one of whom was stationed in Bedford with the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Private William Jones, 1/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private William Jones, 1/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Jones, Gunner William of the Royal Field Artillery, from Ystradgynlais.

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Jones, Lance-Corporal of the 1/1st Welsh Company, the Royal Engineers, played in a cricket match against The Barracks, Kempston, on 3 July 1915.

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Jones-Evans, Battalion Captain Harold adjutant of the 7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

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Kemmis, Captain H G of the 2/3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, who whilst at Howbury Camp attended the funeral of Drummer Ware, of the Bedfordshire Regiment, in Renhold at which the Battalion provided a firing party.

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Kendrick, Regimental Sergeant-Major R S of the 2/7th Cheshire Regiment, from Mold, who was presented in December 1915 at a parade of the Regiment in Bedford with the long service and good conduct medal. RSM Kendrick had served in the South African War and afterwards in India.

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

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Kew, Private Robert of the Royal Field Artillery, from Barry, aged 17 years, was wounded in France and invalided home to Bedford hospital in July 1916.

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Knight, Sapper of the 1/1st Welsh Company, the Royal Engineers, played in a cricket match against The Barracks, Kempston, on 3 July 1915.

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Lake, Private Thomas John signaller with the Brecknocks, from Ystradgynlais, expected home in January 1916 on his last leave before going into action; and probably T J Lake, of the South Wales Borderers, from Ystradgynlais, home in August 1916 prior to leaving for India.

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Lamb, William of the 2/5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Ewloe Barn, near Hawarden, was charged in November 1915 with being absent without leave and remanded to await an escort.

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Lancaster, Captain of the 2/3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, who whilst at Howbury Camp attended the funeral of Drummer Ware, of the Bedfordshire Regiment, in Renhold at which the Battalion provided a firing party.

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 Last, 4825 Private E of the 2/1st Battalion, Pembroke Yeomanry, from Woolwich, died 15 November 1918 and is buried in Kempston Cemetery, Bedford.

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Ledsham, Sergeant W of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, presented with the Distinguished Conduct Medal at a ceremony in August 1915 on the Grammar School field in Bedford.

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Lewis, Private of the Royal Engineers, from Cwmtwrch.

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Lewis, Private D T of the 5th Welsh, from Aberaman, was home in May 1915 and expected to be drafted to the front shortly (his brother, Private Jim Lewis was with the South Wales Borderers somewhere in France).

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Lewis, Lieutenant E A of the 1/4th Welsh, 59th Infantry Brigade, from Llandovery, judge at and promoter of the boxing competitions held at Russell Park, Bedford, in June 1915.

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Lewis, Corporal Edgar of the 1st Welsh Howitzer Brigade, from Morriston and it was said the only Glamorgan man serving in that particular brigade.

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Lewis, Gunner John 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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Lewis, Private J of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, D Company, runner in the troops cross country in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Lewis, Lance-Corporal Leonard of the Brecknockshire Regiment, from Builth Road.

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Lewis, Lieutenant Tom from Cwmtwrch-Cwmllynfell.

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Lewis, Private William of Fford, Llanybri, who trained in Bedford, and who after fighting in the Dardanelles was invalided home with dysentery, and some months later after his recovery rejoined his regiment in March 1916.

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Lindley, Major-General the Hon J E commanding the 53rd (Welsh) Division, who issued a ‘special order’ in July 1915 from command HQ at 54 Bushmead Avenue, Bedford, concerning the good reputation of the Welsh (Carnarvon) Royal Garrison Artillery.

54 Bushmead Avenue, Bedford in 2015
54 Bushmead Avenue, Bedford in 2015

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Llewellyn, Private Llewellyn of the 5th Welsh, summonsed in July 1915 for riding a bicycle in Bedford without red rear lights and also for failing to produce a motor drivers’ licence.

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Llewellyn, Sapper S J of the 2/1st Glamorganshire Field Co, RE, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Lloyd, Bugler Gwilym John of the 5th Welsh, from Aberaman.

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Lloyd, Lieutenant J E of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, trainer of the winning team in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Lloyd, John M of the Royal Engineers, from Barry, former organist of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Barry, was stationed ‘somewhere in Bedford’ according to ‘Mrs Grundy’s Jottings’ in the Barry Dock News of 9 June 1916.

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Lloyd, Private S of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, runner in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Londock, Corporal of the Royal Field Artillery, challenged bu Gunner Evan Williams to a boxing contest at Bedford in June 1915.

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