P – R

Including athletes, frost bite, the ‘Gallipoli Gallop’ and a Military Cross:

Parrott, Lance-Corporal A H of the EARF, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Parry, Private A of the Brecknockshire Regiment, from Cefn-y-Bedd.

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Parry, Captain John E of the 1/5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Mold. Captain Parry’s cablegram to his sister in Mold  informing her that from Gallipoli he had been removed to hospital in Alexandria suffering with frost-bite in the feet was reported in the Flintshire Observer of 9 December 1915.

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 Parry, Private R Williams of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon.

Private R Williams Parry, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private R Williams Parry, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Parry, Private Willie from Cwmyglo.

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Parsons, Lieutenant Godfrey of the Welsh Divisional Ammunition Column, who was on duty on 6 August 1915 when Driver John Rice Jones was badly kicked whilst grooming a mule and subsequently died of his injuries; Lieutenant Parsons gave evidence at the inquest that followed on 14 August at the Coroner’s Court in Bedford.

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Payne, Gunner S J of the 3rd Glamorgan Battery, 2nd Welsh Brigade, who gave evidence in a case of a stolen skirt before the magistrates on 25 October 1915.

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Parsons, Second-Lieutenant G V H of the Welsh Division, Ammunition Column, summonsed in July 1915 for riding a bicycle in Bedford without red rear lights. Presumably, the Lieutenant Godfrey Parsons, of the Welsh Divisional Ammunition Column, who gave evidence in August 1915 at the inquest into the death of Driver John Rice Jones, who died after being kicked by a mule.

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Pearman, Private Herbert of the 5th Welsh, from Penrhiwceiber, killed in action at Gaza in 1917, aged 19 years. Private Pearman enlisted at the outbreak of war, having joined the Territorials at the age of 14. He trained in Pembroke, Bedford, Tunbridge Wells and Scotland, before leaving for the Suvla Bay landing. He had not been home for two years. From the Dardanelles he was sent to Egypt and then Gaza. His death was reported in the Aberdare Leader of 21 April 1917.

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Penno, Colonel F L of the 53rd (Welsh) Division, AA and QMC, who wrote in July 1915 to the North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality to refute a disparaging rumour about the Welsh (Carnarvon) Royal Garrison Artillery.

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Perkins, Drummer of the 2/6th Cheshires, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Phillips, Major of the 5th Welsh Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, from Aberdare.

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Phillips, Captain Cecil of the 4th Welsh (T), from Llanelly, awarded the Military Cross, when a Lieutenant, for his bravery under fire in the Dardanelles rescuing a wounded officer at the risk of his own life, as recorded in the Llanelly Star of 5 February 1916.

Lieutenant Phillips suffered dysenteric diarrhoea, the ‘Gallipoli Gallop’, in common with some 80% of the Allied force there, and described in a letter ‘the frightful pains and sickness’ and feeling ‘as weak as a cat’. He had gained the reputation of being something of a ‘mad jack’ and had written that he walked about outside the trench, when the men would not show their noses out, to give them courage.

On 14 August 1915 he rescued a fellow officer who was lying wounded some 70 yards from the Allied trenches under heavy enemy fire. Lieutenant Phillips and a staff-sergeant from the 4th Welsh repeated this heroic act a further three times ‘running a terrible gauntlet of fire’. Lieutenant Phillips received the Military Cross for his ‘great gallantry’ and was promoted to Captain, and Staff-Sergeant Grundy received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Captain Phillips survived the war and resumed his career as a solicitor.

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Phillips, 3314 Bugler Evan Richard of A Company, 2/6th Cheshire Regiment. (The 2/6th Cheshire Battalion was transferred to 204th Brigade, 68th Division in April 1915 and moved to Bedford in August 1915. In November 1915 it absorbed the 2/5th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment and moved to Lowestoft in September 1916.)

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Phillips, Private F G B of the 2/3rd WF Ambulance, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Phillips, Trooper Glyn of the Welsh Horse, from Carmarthen.

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Phillips, Sergeant J of the Royal Engineers, from Pencoed, recorded in the Glamorgan Gazette of 3 November 1916 as the first Pencoedian to receive a commission on active service: after nearly 12 months service in France, Sergeant Phillips was at Bedford attached to a Cadet Corps for officers.

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Phillips, Rev J T BA chaplain with HM Forces at Bedford, from Minffordd, and conductor of the 68th (Welsh) Division male voice choir which debuted at the “Our Day” fund raising event on 13 October 1915.

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Phillips, Pioneer R E of the Signal Service, Royal Engineers, from Ystalyfera, transferred from the King’s Liverpool Regiment, and stationed at Silsoe, Bedford, and expected shortly to be drafted out to France.

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Phillips, 200200 Private Thomas James  of the 1/4th Carmarthenshire Battalion, Welsh regiment, from Haverfordwest.

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Phillips, Private Tommy of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Cwmbach.

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Podd, Driver 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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Pollard, Quarter-Master Sergeant of the 1/1st Cheshire Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, who competed in the military aquatic sports in July 1915.

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Powell, Lance-Corporal attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps, from Swansea, whose postcard from Alexandria arrived home in August 1915, indicating there was a ‘distinct chance that the Swansea contingent were not on board the ill-fated transport’ (the Royal Edward) reported the South Wales Weekly Post of 21 August 1915.

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Powell, Private D E of the 2/3rd WF Ambulance, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Powell, Private W J of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Llansantffraed, killed in action in France on 8 May 1918: a report was carried in the Brecon County Times, Neath Gazette and General Advertiser of 6 June 1918.

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Price, Lance Corporal Clifford of the 2/1st Brecknocks, D Company, from Wern, third in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916. His athletic achievements received a glowing report in Llais Lafur of 5 August 1916, which also reported in its Ystalyfera Notes the Brecknocks’ good reputation in Bedford and the stirring scenes in the town of Welsh lads forming singing parties in the streets.

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

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Price, Private E W of the Brecknockshire Regiment, from Beulah.

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Price, Private James of the 2/1st Brecknocks, from Hay, charged in April 1916 with being an absentee without leave and remanded to await an escort.

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Pritchard, Gunner an artillery man, from Glanogwen.

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Pritchard, 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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Pritchard, 8035 Lance-Corporal T of the 2nd Battalion, the Herefordshire Regiment, part of the first reinforcement draft of 47 men who left for Gallipoli in August 1915.

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Pugh, Signaller Edward John of the Welsh (Carnarvonshire), Royal Garrison Artillery, from Caernarfon, pictured in Herald Cymraeg of 1 February 1916. (His brother, Private David Samuel Pugh, served with the 1/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, in Gallipoli.)

Signaller Edward John Pugh, Welsh (Carnarvonshire), Royal Garrison Artillery
Signaller Edward John Pugh, Welsh (Carnarvonshire), Royal Garrison Artillery

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Pugh, Gunner Willie of the 1st Welsh Howitzer Brigade, from Llandovery.

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Pughe-Morgan, Major R B of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, organiser of the winning team in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Rafferty, Patrick of the 1st Welsh Howitzer Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was charged in Swansea Police Court in June 1915 with being an absentee from the Brigade at Bedford and was remanded to await an escort.

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Rea, Major J C commanding officer of the Cardigan Battery, from Cardigan.

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Reade, Major-General  R N R, CB Commanding the 68th (Welsh) Division, and an adjudicator at the Eisteddfod at Bedford in April 1916.

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Rees, Private B Edgar of the Royal Army Medical Corps, from Swansea. Before enlisting, Private Rees had worked for Mr D Ivor Evans, who had taken over the business of Messrs. Morgan Davies and partners, mining and civil engineers, and had a staff of 12 assistants. The Herald of Wales of 3 June 1916 recorded how the whole staff together with Mr Evans were then with the colours. Second-Lieutenant D Ivor Evans was with the Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers in France, as was his former assistant, Second-Lieutenant  A Ifor Jones. The paper listed the details of the other assistants.

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Rees, Sergeant Cecil of the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment, a drill instructor, from Abercynon.

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Rees, Sapper E of the 2/1st Welsh Field Company, Royal Engineers, who was honoured by the Royal Humane Society, with Sapper D G Davies, for rescuing a drowning woman from the River Nene at Northampton on 4 May 1915.

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Rhys, Lieutenant-Colonel O I of the Royal Army Medical Corps and in charge of the military staff  at Ampthill Road schools VAD hospital.

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Rice, Private James of the 2/1st Brecknocks, from Hay, charged in May 1916 with being an absentee and remanded to await an escort.

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Richards, Lance-Corporal D J of the 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, stationed at Bedford, was best man at a wedding in Aberdare in June 1915 (Private Evan Evans, of the 5th Battalion, stationed at Haverfordwest, married Winifred Maud Craven, from Aberaman).

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Richards, Daniel of the Royal Field Artillery, from Trevaughan, and whose brother, William, was with the Royal Engineers in the Dardanelles. Daniel returned home in August 1915 to attend the funeral of his father who had drowned whilst trying to save a younger son, as reported in the Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser of 3 September 1915.

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Richards, Private David John who returned home from training in Bedford in July 1916 for the special administration of the rite of baptism at Saron Chapel, from Nantymoel.

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Richards, Rev T H Senior Chaplain, vicar of Clynnog.

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Richards, Private T H of the 5th Welsh, from Miskin, late Miskin Scoutmaster, who sent the Aberdare Leader, printed in the 22 May 1915 edition, the 5th Welsh Battle Song.

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Richards, Sergeant-Major W of the Royal Engineers, from Amman Valley, late mechanic from the Gellyceidrim Colliery, returned to his regiment in August 1915 and was going out to France.

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

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Roberts, Private Ellis of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Barmouth, took part in the Suvla Bay landing, later taken to Egypt where he was taken ill with appendicitis which developed into peritonitis, but from which he was recovering in April 1916. His brother, Tommy Roberts, below, served in the 2/7th Battalion.

Private Ellis Roberts, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private Ellis Roberts, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Roberts, Colonel Jones of the 6th Division, from Penygroes.

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Roberts, Second-Lieutenant R 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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Roberts, Gunner R 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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Roberts, Sergeant Robert of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Pwllheli, charged in Northampton in September 1915 with bigamy.

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Roberts, Corporal Robert of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Caernarfon. (His brother, Private Richard Roberts, served with the 1/6th Battalion in Gallipoli and Egypt.)

Corporal Robert Roberts, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Corporal Robert Roberts, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Roberts, Gunner R J of the Royal Garrison Artillery, from Caernarfon,  stationed in Kempston (the brother of Gunner W H Roberts, below).

Gunner R J Roberts, Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner R J Roberts, Royal Garrison Artillery

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Roberts, Private Richard Samuel of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Ebenezer.

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Roberts, Sergeant R Thomas of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Llanberis.

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Roberts, Private Tommy of the 2/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Barmouth, his brother, Ellis Roberts, above, served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the Dardanelles and Egypt.

Private Tommy Ellis, 2/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Private Tommy Roberts, 2/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Roberts, Gunner W H of the Royal Garrison Artillery, from Caernarfon, stationed in Kempston.

Gunner W H Roberts, Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner W H Roberts, Royal Garrison Artillery

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Rogers, Pioneer of the Divisional Signal Company, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Rogers, Private George of the 1/3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, from Swansea. A full column in the Cambrian Daily Leader of 12 May 1916 was devoted to extracts from his diary, referring to time in Bedford, the voyage through the Mediterranean, the arrival at Suvla Bay in August, the fighting that took place and the work of the  Field Ambulance team. Suffering with bad health, Private Rogers was sent eventually by October to hospital in Egypt, and the column concludes with his entry for 2 November ‘The Lieutenant-Colonel saw me and to my delight marked me up for England’.

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Rowlands, Bugler John Emlyn of the 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Barmouth, one of four brothers, the two elder of whom served in the Navy, and the youngest only 11 years of age, a Boy Scout and sorry he was not old enough to follow his brothers’ example.

Bugler John Emlyn Rowlands, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Bugler John Emlyn Rowlands, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

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Rowlands, Driver Llewellyn from Aberystwyth, back in hospital in October 1915 suffering from the old injury he received while in training at Bedford, requiring an operation on his right elbow which was successful and from which he was progressing slowly. He had slipped on the asphalt while on parade at Bedford in May 1915 and was removed to a military hospital. His mother was on a visit to him at the time.

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Rubinstein, Pioneer Ernie from Aberdare, whose letters to his mother were described in the Aberdare Leader of 12 February 1916 under the heading ‘An exemplary Hebrew boy’. His captain had given orders for Kosher meat to be provided, and Pioneer Rubinstein concluded one letter by saying that ‘no Jewish boy need be afraid of joining the Army. It is a fine life’.

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Russell, Lieutenant R P of the Royal Rngineers, Haynes Park, summoned for riding a bicycle without rear lights; before the magistrates on 26 October 1915 he said he had only been in England two months, and at Haynes Park only a few days: he did not know the regulations, and it was the first time he had been on a cycle at night; dismissed on payment of costs 2/6d.

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