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Divisions & Regiments

There is more information revealed now about the composition of the two Welsh divisions that spent time in Bedford – the first line 53rd (Welsh) Division and the second line 68th (2nd Welsh) Division – and new regiments have been identified from which battalions were attached to the 160th (Welsh Border) Brigade of the 53rd (Welsh) Division.

More information has been included about the units attached to these two Welsh divisions from the Royal Regiment of Artillery, the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Engineers, the Army Service Corps, the Army Cyclist Corps and the Army Veterinary Corps. New pages have been added and the section on the Welsh divisions in Bedford (in the Divisions & Regiments page) has been restructured to give easier access to information about the various regiments and corps that were part of the two divisions.

The timeline has been updated to include the new information.

Watch out too for future posts on the cigarette case that saved a young soldier’s life and the moving tribute to three brothers in arms compiled by the grandson of one of the brothers.

The photograph is of a commemorative plaque in Ramleh Cemetery in Israel.

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Inspection of the Welsh Division

On Thursday, 8 July 1915, there was an official inspection of the Welsh Division by General Sir Leslie Rundle.  Led by General Lindley, Commanding the Division, ‘superbly mounted’, the long procession of  troops, accompanied by their bands and including the horse-drawn heavy artillery, took one hour and forty minutes to march past the saluting base in De Parys Avenue.

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A full report on the Inspection of the Welsh Division was included in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent of 9 July.