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Including weddings and brave deeds:

Sandbach, Major-General Arthur Edmund CB, DSO Commanding Officer of the 68th (2nd Welsh) Division from November 1915 to February 1916.

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Savage, Captain W H of the Welsh (Carnarvonshire) Royal Garrison Artillery, from Bangor, whose son, Private Fred Savage, of the 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, died of pneumonia in Winchester and was buried in Bangor with full military honours in November 1915.

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Say, Private A J of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, B Company, fourth in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Shackerly, Colonel Sir Walter Commanding the 2/7th Cheshires.

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Silverman, Private Solomon of the 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment, from Aberdare.

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Sims, Charles of the Royal Field Artillery, from Talgarth.

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Smith, Private Alf of the 5th Welsh, from Aberaman.

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Smith, Corporal Edwin of the 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Aberystwyth, who went home in September 1915 to marry Miss Mary Lloyd. They received many presents including one from the Cambrian News works, in which newspaper the wedding was reported on 1 October, where the bride had been employed.

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

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Spence, Lieutenant Geoffrey Shalders of the 8th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, died of malaria on 15 April 1917 aged 23 years, and is buried in Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road.

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Stallard, Gunner J of the 1/1st Welsh Carnarvon, Royal Garrison Artillery, who at an open-air concert on Mill Meadows on 5 July 1915 performed a comic duet with Gunner R Stallard (below).

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Stallard, Gunner R of the 1/1st Welsh Carnarvon, Royal Garrison Artillery, who sang in an open-air concert on Mill Meadows on 5 July 1915, and who also performed a comic duet with Gunner J Stallard (above).

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Stephens, Private Ian of the 2/3rd WFA, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Storrar, Major D M Assistant Director of Veterinary Services of the 2/1st Welsh Division, previously on the Headquarters Staff of the 53rd (Welsh) Division, from Newport.

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Story, Lieutenant J E assistant adjutant and musketry officer, from Dolgelley.

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Stroud, Sapper T of the Llanelly Royal Engineers, from Llanelly, who saved a girl from drowning in the River Ouse in May 1915, and who in September that year was wounded in the Dardanelles. On 18 September 1915 the Herald of Wales reported also the sad news that his brother, Private William John Stroud, of the 4th Welsh Regiment, aged 20 years, had been killed in action in the Dardanelles.

Sapper T Stroud, the Royal Engineers
Sapper T Stroud, the Royal Engineers

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

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Swift, Lance-Corporal Chas of the 2/6th Cheshires, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Taylor, Gunner R E a winner in the athletic sports held at Kempston, Bedford, in August 1915, from Bangor.

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Taylor, Private Robert of the 2nd Brecknockshire Regiment, from Ystradgynlais. The regiment had now been removed from Bedford to Bradford, and Private Taylor had again been recalled to the colours. When his father had been killed at a local colliery a short while before, he was discharged owing to the fact that there was a large family to support. He was then recalled, discharged again and had now been recalled again, reported Llais Lafur in its 17 June 1916 edition.

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Thomas, Sergeant of the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the Welsh Division, from Llandovery.

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Thomas, Lance-Corporal A D of the 2/3rd WFA, who took part in the Easter Monday Eisteddfod in the Skating Rink in April 1916.

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Thomas, Private Albert from Mountain Ash (32 Mostyn Street).

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Thomas, Lance-Corporal David John of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Cwmaman, one of three brothers serving King and country.

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Thomas, Private Daniel of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, who died aged 33 years in his billet in Bedford of a cerebral haemorrhage in March 1916, the death being the subject of an inquest in that month.

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Thomas, Evan of the Welsh (Carnarvonshire Battery), Royal Garrison Artillery, who attempted the rescue of Gunner Griffith Evans who drowned in the River Ouse at Kempston, Bedford, on 26 May 1915.

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Thomas, Gunner R Frederick of the Machine Gun Section, 1/4th Welsh, attached to the Cheshire Regiment, from Llandovery, billeted at 32 Park Avenue, Bedford, and to whom sporting equipment for the Llandovery boys at Bedford appealed for in the Herald of Wales of 19 June 1915 was requested to be sent. Gunner Thomas had previously written to the Cambrian Leader, printed in the 24 May 1915 edition, to thank the Church Working Party and the committee of the Llandovery Reading Room and Institute for the gifts that had been sent to the Llandovery boys, who were ‘eager to enter the arena and are jubilant at the thought of getting their own back on the destructors of Belgium.’

Gunner Thomas had previously contributed notes to the columns of the Herald of Wales, as recorded in the 15 May 1915 edition,  under the nom de plume of ‘Ciw Bowddwr’. In its 18 September 1915 edition the Cambrian Leader, to which Gunner Thomas had also contributed as ‘Ciw Bowddwr’, printed an article headed ‘How 4th Welsh sailed – story of the voyage and baptism of fire – shells for breakfast’ including a long letter from Gunner Thomas, noted as having been ‘Passed by Censor’, describing the journey eventually to reach the Dardanelles and the hard reality of battle and life under fire.

32 Park Avenue, Bedford in 2015
32 Park Avenue, Bedford in 2015

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Thomas, Private John of the Royal Engineers, stationed at Haynes Park, Bedford, from St Asaph, married Miss Edith Clara Evans, from Chirbury in Shropshire, in April 1917 at the parish church, St Asaph.

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Thomas, Private John James of the 4th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, from Penygroes, who enlisted aged 15 years and whose life was saved in August 1915 in Gallipoli by a cigarette case: a bullet aimed at his heart struck the cigarette case in his breast pocket. Read more about Private Thomas and Porthcawl and the Great War.

Private John James Thomas, middle row
Private John James Thomas, middle row
The cigarette case that saved the life of Private John James Thomas, 4th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, in Gallipoli
The cigarette case that saved the life of Private John James Thomas, 4th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, in Gallipoli

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Thomas, Norton of the 2/1st South Wales Borderers, from Brynmawr, charged with being an absentee in August 1916 and remanded in custody to await an escort.

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Thomas, Private R of the 4th Welsh, from Trevaughan, who attended his cousin’s funeral in the village in June 1915.

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Thomas, Sergeant Sidney J of the 5th Welsh, from Penrhiwceiber, wounded in Palestine in 1917. Sergeant Thomas enlisted at the outbreak of war, and trained at Pembroke, Bedford, Tunbridge Wells and Scotland, after which he left for the Suvla Bay landing. Afterwards he was sent to Egypt and then to Palestine.

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Thomas, Lieutenant T J officer commanding F Company, Royal Engineers, from Llanelly, who commenced his military career with the Inns of Court OTC, as a private, later being gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant, then promoted to Lieutenant, posted to France becoming signal master at Corps HQ, subsequently invalided home and on recovering posted as instructional officer at the Royal Engineers depot at Biggleswade, and thence to Bedford to F Company .

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Thomas, Private W R of the 1/4th Welsh, from Llandovery.

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Thomas, 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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Thompson, Private J of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, B Company, fifth in troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Tooher, Gunner William of the 1st Welsh (Carnarvonshire), Royal Garrison Artillery, from Bangor, who married Miss Minnie Roberts, from Llandegai, on 9 November 1915 in Bedford.

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

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Treherne, Private F of the 2/1st Brecknockshire Regiment, B Company, sixth in the troops cross country race in Bedford on 26 July 1916.

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Tucker, A B of the 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance.

A B Tucker, of the 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, in Cairo, taken by Evan Samuel Rees, of the Royal Army Medical Corps
A B Tucker, of the 3rd Welsh Field Ambulance, in Cairo, photograph taken by Evan Samuel Rees, of the Royal Army Medical Corps
The rear of the photograph of A B Tucker
The rear of the photograph of A B Tucker

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