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9th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers served with the 19th Division near the Hollandscheschurr Farm mines, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.




Those who served with the 9th Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Davies  MM.
  • Edward L/Cpl
  • Davies
  • J. Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Harwood  
  • Hubert L/Cpl. d.22nd Jun 1917
  • Jenkins  MM.
  • Frank Mason L/Sjt. d.8th May 1918
  • Mason (John Davies)  
  • Thomas Milton "Hammie" Pte. d.7th Jun 1917
  • Nicholls  DCM.
  • John Thomas Sergeant
  • O'Brien
  • Peter Cpl. d.12th Apr 1918
  • Williams
  • H. Lloyd




    Old Soldiers Never Die

    Frank Richards


    Frank Richards served in the 2/ Royal Welch Fusiliers along with (at one time or another) Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, and Dr Dunn (compiler of the amazing 'The War That The Infantry Knew'- possibly THE best battalion history of WW1- and a good companion to this book as its interesting to cross reference small incidences somtimes...). Anyway, Richards was slightly different to his literary contemporaries in that he was 'Other Ranks', and a miner by trade. He was recalled to the colours in 1914 after several years on the reserve, and served as a Private right through to 1918. He writes his story as one would imagine he spoke- and for me as I read it, it was a style as if he was telling me his war history in anecdotes down the pub or something, supping over a pint of mild: theres no deep soul searching here, but plenty of bitterness, a lot of detail, and what an experience he had... So if you don't have this in your collection then get it now- one of the very few 'OR' books (I
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    Up to Mametz - and Beyond

    Llewelyn Wyn Griffith


    Llewelyn Wyn Griffith s Up to Mametz, published in 1931, is now firmly established as one of the finest accounts of soldiering on the Western Front. It tells the story of the creation of a famous Welsh wartime battalion (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), its training, its apprenticeship in the trenches, through to its ordeal of Mametz Wood on the Somme as part of 38 Division. But there it stopped. General Jonathon Riley has however discovered Wyn Griffith s unpublished diaries and letters which pick up where Up to Mametz left off through to the end of the War. With careful editing and annotation, the events of these missing years are now available alongside the original work. They tell of an officer s life on the derided staff and provide fascinating glimpses of senior officers, some who attract high praise and others who the author obviously despised. The result is an enthralling complete read and a major addition to the bibliography of the period. Llewelyn Wyn Griffiths was born into a Wel
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    Never so Innocent Again

    Richard Llewellyn Davie


    A narrative written from the notes and diary of Corporal Richard Llewellyn Davies of the 3rd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment and the 9th Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers.He left his native village of Hollybush in the Sirhowy Valley Monmouthshire on the morning of the 5th of August 1914. Three times wounded and twice gassed he survived the whole of the main battles of the Western Front and returned home in January 1919. Of the nine volunteers that left the village with him, he was the only one to return home in 1919.
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    Never so Innocent Again






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