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Unit History: Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Royal Welsh Fusiliers The Regiment’s history is rooted in 1689 following the Glorious Revolution. King James II was an unpopular King in Protestant England due to his Catholic religion and only managed to reign for 3 years. In 1688 his brother-in-law, Prince William of Orange was invited to take the throne by the English Lords and upon his arrival in England James II abdicated. The Regiment was raised in 1689 by Lord Henry Herbert, as ‘Herbert’s Regiment of Foot’, to oppose James II when he landed in Ireland with a French Army and supported by King Louis XIV, in an attempt to reclaim his lost throne. The Regiment was soon in action at the Battle of Boyne, defeating James II’s forces.

In 1702 the Regiment was armed with the ‘Fusil’ muskets, the most modern weapon of the day, instead of matchlock muskets became the Welch Regiment of Fuziliers. The Regiment went on to serve during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14) fighting at the Battles of Blenheim, Malplaquet and Minden and was granted the title of Royal in 1713 for its actions during the campaign.

The Regiment then went on to serve during the American War of Independence (1775-83) fighting at the Battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill and Yorktown. In 1751 the British Regimental naming system was simplified to an assigned number according to the order of precedence and therefore the Regiment became 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers.

The 23rd went on to serve during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars fighting at the Battles of Martinique, Albuhera, Badajos, Corunna, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes, Toulouse and Peninsula. It was the last British Regiment leave Corunna in the retreat of 1809 and also fought at the Battle of Waterloo (1815).

The Regiment has a very unique feature to its uniform; a black flash made up of five overlapping silk ribbons at the back of the neck (seven inches long for soldiers and nine inches long for officers). This legacy is from 1808 when the common practice of soldiers wearing pigtails was abolished. The Regiment did not receive the orders until 1809 when it returned to England and then continued to wear the ribbons which had tied the pigtails. In 1834 the Regiment was finally given permission to wear this non-regulation item by special royal concession.

The Regiment also served during the Crimean War (1854-56) fighting at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol and the Regiment received its first four Victoria Crosses during this Campaign. The Regiment went on to serve during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 fighting at the Relief of Lucknow.

In 1881 Childers Reforms restructured the British army infantry Regiments into a network of multi-battalion Regiments of two regular and two militia battalions. The Regiment managed to avoid amalgamation with any other Regiment and then went on to serve during the Boxer Rebellion (1900-01) in China suppressing an uprising opposing foreign imperialism and Christianity in Beijing. The Regiment also served during the Second Boer War (1899-1902) and two World Wars. In 2006 the regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Regiment of Wales to become The Royal Welsh.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WW1

Since 1815 the balance of power in Europe had been maintained by a series of treaties. In 1888 Wilhelm II was crowned ‘German Emperor and King of Prussia’ and moved from a policy of maintaining the status quo to a more aggressive position. He did not renew a treaty with Russia, aligned Germany with the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire and started to build a Navy rivalling that of Britain. These actions greatly concerned Germany’s neighbours, who quickly forged new treaties and alliances in the event of war. On 28th June 1914 Franz Ferdinand the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated by the Bosnian-Serb nationalist group Young Bosnia who wanted pan-Serbian independence. Franz Joseph's the Austro-Hungarian Emperor (with the backing of Germany) responded aggressively, presenting Serbia with an intentionally unacceptable ultimatum, to provoke Serbia into war. Serbia agreed to 8 of the 10 terms and on the 28th July 1914 the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, producing a cascade effect across Europe. Russia bound by treaty to Serbia declared war with Austro-Hungary, Germany declared war with Russia and France declared war with Germany. Germany’s army crossed into neutral Belgium in order to reach Paris, forcing Britain to declare war with Germany (due to the Treaty of London (1839) whereby Britain agreed to defend Belgium in the event of invasion). By the 4th August 1914 Britain and much of Europe were pulled into a war which would last 1,566 days, cost 8,528,831 lives and 28,938,073 casualties or missing on both sides.

The Regiment raised 39 Battalions, was awarded 77 battle honours and 8 Victoria Crosses during the course of the War. The Regiment also included several notable authors, such as; David Jones (both a painter and one of the first-generation British modernist poets), Siegfried Sassoon (an English poet, writer who greatly influence the work of Wilfred Owen), Robert Graves (an English poet, scholar/translator/writer) and the Welsh-language poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed at Ypres in 1917.

1st Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Malta.
03.09.1914 Embarked for England joining the 22nd Brigade of the 7th Division on arrival and then moving to Lyndhurst.
07.10.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Zeebrugge and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1914
The First Battle of Ypres (the Division suffered severe losses and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1915
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Festubert, The second action of Givenchy, The Battle of Loos.
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Guillemont, Operations on the Ancre.
1917
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
Nov 1917 Deployed to Italy to stiffen Italian resistance to enemy attack after a recent disaster at Caporetto and engaged in various actions including;
Battle of Vittorio Veneto
04.11.1918 Ended the war west of Udine, Italy.

2nd Battalion
04.08.1914 station stationed at Portland.
11.08.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Rouen to defend the Lines of Communication.
22.08.1914 Transferred to the 19th Brigade at Valenciennes.
12.10.1914 The 19th Brigade attached to the 6th Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The action at Hooge.
31.05.1915 The 19th Brigade attached to the 27th Division.
19.08.1915 The 19th Brigade attached to the 2nd Division;
1915
The Battle of Loos.
25.11.1915 The 19th Brigade attached to the 33rd Division;
1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The attacks on High Wood, The capture of Boritska and Dewdrop Trenches.
1917
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The actions on the Hindenburg Line, Operations on the Flanders coast (Operation Hush), The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood.
06.02.1918 Transferred to the 115th Brigade of the 38th Division;
1918
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Aulnoye, France.

3rd (Reserve) Battalion
04.08.1914 Station at Wrexham.
May 1915 Moved to Litherland, Liverpool.
Nov 1917 Moved to Ireland and then Limerick.

1/4th (Denbighshire) Battalion Territorial Force
04.08.1914 Stationed at Wrexham as part of the North Wales Brigade of the Welsh division and then moved to Conway and then Northampton.
06.11.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre.
07.12.1914 Transferred to the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
Winter Operations 1914-15, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Loos.
01.09.1915 Transferred to the 47th Division as a Pioneer Battalion and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The German attack at Vimy Ridge, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges, The attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt.
1917
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Third Battles of Ypres, The Cambrai Operations.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The First Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of the Ancre, The Battle of Albert, The Second Battle of Bapaume, The operations in Artois.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Bizencourt N.E. of Tournai.

1/5th (Flintshire) Battalion Territorial Force & 1/6th (Carnarvonshire & Anglesey) Battalion Territorial Force.
04.08.1914 The 1/5th stationed at Flint and the 1/6th stationed at Carnarvon both as part of the North Wales Brigade of the Welsh division and then moved to Conway and then Northampton and then Cambridge.
May 1915 Moved to Bedford.
13.05.1915 Formation became 158th Brigade of the 53rd Division.
19.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport, Plymouth via Imbros.
09.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
Dec 1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather. (The Division was reduced to just 162 officers and 2428 men, about 15% of full strength).
03.08.1918 Amalgamated with the 1/6th Battalion to form the 5/6th Battalion and engaged in various actions of the Palestine Campaign including;
1916
The Battle of Romani.
1917
The First Battle of Gaza, The Second Battle of Gaza, The Third Battle of Gaza, The Capture of Beersheba, The Capture of Tell Khuweilfe, The Capture of Jerusalem, The Defence of Jerusalem.
1918
The Battle of Tell'Asur, The Battle of Nablus.
31.10.1918 Ended the war moving back from Palestine to Egypt.

1/7th (Merioneth & Montgomery) Battalion Territorial Force.
04.08.1914 Stationed at Newtown, Montgomery as part of the North Wales Brigade of the Welsh division and then moved to Conway and then Northampton and then Cambridge.
May 1915 Moved to Bedford.
13.05.1915 Formation became 158th Brigade of the 53rd Division.
19.07.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli from Devonport, Plymouth via Imbros.
09.08.1915 Landed at Suvla Bay and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
Dec 1915 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather. (The Division was reduced to just 162 officers and 2428 men, about 15% of full strength).
24.04.1918 Transferred to the 160th Brigade of the 53rd Division
1916
The Battle of Romani.
1917
The First Battle of Gaza, The Second Battle of Gaza, The Third Battle of Gaza, The Capture of Beersheba, The Capture of Tell Khuweilfe, The Capture of Jerusalem, The Defence of Jerusalem.
1918
The Battle of Tell'Asur, The Battle of Nablus.
31.10.1918 Ended the war moving back from Palestine to Egypt.

2/4th (Denbighshire) Battalion Territorial Force.
Sept 1914 Formed at Wrexham.
22.11.1914 Moved to Northampton and joined the Welsh Division and then moved to Cambridge.
22.04.1915 Transferred to the 203rd Brigade of the 68th Division and then moved to Bedford.
Nov 1916 Moved to Aldeburgh.
May 1917 Moved to Henham Park, Halesworth.
Oct 1917 Moved to Yarmouth.
Mar 1918 Disbanded.

2/5th (Flintshire) Battalion Territorial Force.
Sept 1914 Formed at Wrexham.
April 1915 Moved to Northampton and joined the 203rd Brigade of the 68th Division and then moved to Bedford.
Nov 1916 Moved to Westleton.
May 1917 Moved to Henham Park, Halesworth.
Oct 1917 Moved to Yarmouth.
16.03.1918 Disbanded.

2/6th (Carnarvonshire & Anglesey) Battalion Territorial Force.
Sept 1914 Formed at Carmarthen.
April 1915 Moved to Northampton and joined the 203rd Brigade of the 68th Division and then moved to Bedford.
Nov 1916 Moved to Southwold.
April 1917 Moved to Henham Park, Halesworth.
08.09.1917 Disbanded.

2/7th (Meroneth & Montgomery) Battalion Territorial Force.
Sept 1914 Formed at Newtown.
April 1915 Moved to Northampton and joined the 203rd Brigade of the 68th Division and then moved to Bedford.
Nov 1916 Moved to Wrexham and absorbed the 2/1st Brecknockshire Battalion.
12.09.1917 Disbanded.

3/4th 3/5th 3/6th & 3/7th Battalion Territorial Force.
Mar 1915 The 3/4th & 3/5th formed, May 1915 The 3/6th formed and June 1915 The 3/7th formed, all at pre-war stations of the 1st Line Battalions.
08.04.1916 Became the 4th 5th 6th and 7th (Reserve) Battalions.
01.09.1916 Moved to Oswestry and the 4th absorbed the other battalions as part of the Welsh Reserve Brigade.
Mar 1918 Moved to Kinmel and then Herne Bay.

8th (Service) Battalion
Aug 1914 Formed at Wrexham as part of the First New Army (K1) then moved to Salisbury Plain to join the 40th Brigade of the 13th Division and then moved to Chisledon.
Feb 1915 Moved to Blackdown.
July 1915 Deployed to Mudros.
16-30.07.1915 at Helles and then back to Mudros.
04.08.1915 Landed at Anzac and engaged in various actions against the Turkish army including;
The Battle of Sari Bair, The Battle of Russell's Top, The Battle of Hill 60.
Jan 1916 Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt due to severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather and moved to defend the Suez Canal.
Feb 1916 Deployed to Mesopotamia and engaged in various actions of the Palestine Campaign including;
1917
The Battle of Kut al Amara, The capture of the Hai Salient, The capture of Dahra Bend, The passage of the Diyala, The pursuit of the enemy towards Baghdad, Capture of Baghdad.
28.02.1916 Moved to Basra;
1918 Advance towards Turkey.
31.10.1918 Ended the war dispersed around Kirkuk and Kifri north of Baghdad.

9th (Service) Battalion
09.09.1914 Formed at Wrexham as part of the Second New Army (K2) then moved to Tidworth to join the 58th Brigade of the 19th Division and then moved to Basingstoke.
Mar 1915 Moved back to Tidworth.
19.07.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The Action of Pietre; diversionary action during the Battle of Loos
1916
The Battle of Albert, The attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre and the passage of the Grand Honelle.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Eth west of Bavai, France.

10th (Service) Battalion
16.09.1914 Formed at Wrexham as part of the Third New Army (K3) then moved to Codford St. Mary, Salisbury Plain to join the 76th Brigade of the 25th Division and then moved to Bournemouth.
29.04.1915 Moved to Romsey and the Barrosa Barracks, Aldershot.
27.09.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne.
15.10.1915 Transferred to the 76th Brigade of 3rd Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1914
The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, First Battle of Ypres.
1915
Winter Operations 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde, The Actions of Hooge, The Second Attack on Bellewaarde.
1916
The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Arleux, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of the Menin Road, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Cambrai 1917.
08.02.1918 Disbanded.

11th (Service) Battalion
18.09.1914 Formed at Wrexham as part of the Third New Army (K3) then moved to Codford St. Mary, Salisbury Plain to join the 76th Brigade of the 25th Division and then moved to Bournemouth.
29.04.1915 Moved to Romsey and the Barrosa Barracks, Aldershot.
27.09.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne.
15.10.1915 Transferred to the 76th Brigade of 3rd Division and engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
1914
The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, First Battle of Ypres.
1915
Winter Operations 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde, The Actions of Hooge, The Second Attack on Bellewaarde.
1916
The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters, The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Arleux, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of the Menin Road, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Cambrai 1917.
08.02.1918 Disbanded.

12th (Reserve) Battalion
Oct 1914 Formed at Wrexham as part of the Fourth New Army (K4) joined the 104th Brigade of the 35th Division.
10.04.1915 Became a 2nd Reserve Battalion then moved to Kinmel.
01.09.1916 Became the 62nd Training Reserve battalion of the 14th Reserve Brigade.

13th (Service) Battalion (1st North Wales)
03.09.1914 Formed by Denbigh & Flint T.F. Association at Rhyl and then transferred to the Welsh National Executive Committee.
Nov 1914 Moved to Llandudno and transferred to the 128th brigade of the 43rd Division.
28.04.1915 Formation became the 133th Brigade of the 38th Division.
Aug 1915 Moved to Winchester.
Dec 1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert (The Division suffered severe casualties and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1917
The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemark.
1918
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Wattignies N.E. of Avesnes, France.

14th (Service) Battalion
02.11.1914 Formed at Llandudno by the Welsh National Executive Committee (W.N.E.C.) as part of the 128th Brigade of the 43rd Division.
29.04.1915 The formation became the 113th Brigade of the 38th Division.
Aug 1915 Moved to Winchester.
Dec 1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert (The Division suffered severe casualties and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1917
The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemark.
1918
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Dimont N.E. of Avesnes, France.

15th (Service) Battalion (1st London Welsh)
20.10.1914 Formed in London and then moved to Llandudno and joined the 128th Brigade of the 43rd Division.
29.04.1915 The formation became the 113th Brigade of the 38th Division.
Aug 1915 Moved to Winchester.
Dec 1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert (The Division suffered severe casualties and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1917
The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemark.
27.02.1918 Disbanded.

16th (Service) Battalion
Nov 1914 Formed at Llandudno by the Welsh National Executive Committee (W.N.E.C.) from the 13th Battalion and joined the 128th Brigade of the 43rd Division.
29.04.1915 The formation became the 113th Brigade of the 38th Division.
Aug 1915 Moved to Winchester.
Dec 1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert (The Division suffered severe casualties and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1917
The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemark.
1918
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Dimechaux N.E. of Avesnes, France.

17th (Service) Battalion (2nd North Wales)
02.02.1915 Formed at Llandudno and joined the 128th Brigade of the 43rd Division.
29.04.1915 The formation became the 113th Brigade of the 38th Division.
14.07.1915 Transferred to the 115th Brigade of the same Division.
Dec 1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916
The Battle of Albert. (the Division suffered severe casualties and took the rest of the year to rebuild).
1917
The Battle of Pilkem, The Battle of Langemark.
1918
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Bapaume, The Battle of Havrincourt, The Battle of Epehy, The Battle of Beaurevoir, The Battle of Cambrai, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Dimechaux N.E. of Avesnes, France.

18th (Reserve) Battalion (2nd London Welsh)
Feb 1915 Formed in London as a service battalion.
June 1915 Moved to Bangor and joined the 38th Division.
Aug 1915 Moved to Kinmel and became a local reserve battalion of the 14th Reserve Brigade.
01.09.1916 Amalgamated with the 20th Battalion to become the 63rd Training Reserve Battalion.

19th (Service) Battalion
Mar 1915 Formed at Deganwy by the W.N.E.C. as a bantam battalion of the 38th Division.
Sept 1915 Moved to Aldershot and joined the 110th Brigade of the 40th Division.
Early June 1916 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
1916
The Battle of the Ancre.
1917
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The capture of Fifteen Ravine, Villers Plouich, Beaucamp and La Vacquerie, The Cambrai Operations.
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Hazebrouck.
06.02.1918 Disbanded in France

20th 21st & 22nd (Reserve) Battalion
Formed in North Wales as second reserve battalions.
April 1916 Moved to Kinmel as part of the 14th reserve Brigade.
01.09.1916 The 20th Battalion and the 18th Battalion formed Training Reserve Battalion in the 14th Reserve Brigade.

23rd Battalion Territorial Force
01.01.1917 Formed in Mundesley from the 47th Provisional Battalion of the 224th Brigade and then moved to Bacton and then Hemsby, Norfolk where it remained.

24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) Battalion Territorial Force
01.03.1917 Formed in Egypt from dismounted Denbighshire Yeomanry as part of the 231st Brigade of the 74th Division.
May 1918 Mobilised for war and landed in France.
21.06.1918 Transferred to the 94th brigade of the 31st Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Hazebrouck, The Defence of Nieppe Forest, The attack at La Becque, The capture of Vieux Berquin, The Battle of Ypres, The action of Tieghem.
11.11.1918 Ended the war moving from Avelghem to Renaix, Belgium.

25th (Montgomery & Welsh Horse Yeomanry) Battalion Territorial Force
04.03.1917 Formed at Helmia, Egypt from the dismounted Montgomery & Welsh Horse Yeomanry as part of the 231st Brigade of the 74th Division.
May 1918 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Second Battles of the Somme, The Battles of the Hindenburg Line, The Final Advance in Artois and Flanders.
11.11.1918 Ended the war north of Ath, Belgium.

26th (Service) Battalion
16.07.1918 Formed in France from the 4th Garrison Guard of the 176th Brigade of the 59th Division.
11.11.1918 Ended the war in Delpre N.E. of Tournai, Belgium.

1st Garrison Battalion
July 1915 Formed at Wrexham then moved to Gibraltar and remained there.

2nd Garrison Battalion
21.10.1915 Formed at Garswood Park, Wigan.
06.03.1916 Embarked for Egypt from Devonport, Plymouth where it remained.

3rd (Reserve) Garrison Battalion
Feb 1916 Formed at Wrexham and then moved to Abergele and then Rhyl and then Gobowen.
June 1917 Moved to Oswestry and then to Ireland stationed at Cork.
Mar 1918 Moved to Crosshaven.

4th Garrison Battalion
15.04.1916 Formed at Bebington.
June 1916 Deployed to France as part of the Third Army Troops.
1918 Became 4th Garrison Guard Battalion.
16.05.1918 Transferred to the 176th Brigade of the 59th Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Albert, The general final advance in Artois and Flanders.
16.07.1918 Became the 26th Battalion.

5th (Home Service) Garrison Battalion
Aug 1916 Formed at Wrexham and then moved to Barrow-in-Furness.
Aug 1917 Became 12th Battalion of the Royal Defence Corps.

6th Garrison Battalion
Sept 1916 Formed at Aintree.
Jan 1917 Deployed to Egypt where it remained.

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Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1920

Written by Andrew Kenyon

My great uncle (Alfred Fernes) enlisted in 1916 to fight in WWI. He was 18 years old.
He was killed in France/Flanders on 1st October 1917, nearly 19 years old.
He was born and enlisted in Manchester. So want to find out why he joined as it was then the Monmouth Regiment.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1989 ter Centenary Ludlow Castle Shropshire in 2010

Written by Paul William Simpson

That was a great year for the 1st Battalion, it marked 300 years of History. It`s such a shame that the Battalion had disbanded in 2005 ( i think). If you want my honest opinion the old RRW cap badge does no complement the White Hackle

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving Royal Welsh Fusiliers

"You must all be aware of today’s announcement about the amalgamation of our existing regiments, and this corner of the country will see the merger of the Royal Regiment of Wales with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. It was stated that they will "each maintain their size, but become battalions merged into a super regiment called the Royal Welsh". As they will, apparently, also maintain their respective identities and bases, I must ask what is the point of it all? Can someone explain what will be..."
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"I am looking for my maternal Grandfather John Claude Pope. Last known to be living in Bicester Oxford. I think he was with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers based in Germany during the 50s / 60s. Any information would be wonderfully received as my mum is desperate for any news, good or bad. Thank you for your help in advance! "
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"I am looking for my maternal Grandfather John Claude Pope. Last known to be living in Bicester Oxford. I think he was with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers based in Germany during the 50s / 60s. Any information would be wonderfully received as my mum is desperate for any news, good or bad. Thank you for your help in advance! "
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"For many years I have been trying to find information about my father who was killed in action in Burma when I was a baby.  Any information would be greatly appreciated as would contact from anyone who knew him. Private Ivor George Thomas Enlisted Royal Welsh Fusiliers 30 May 1940, transferred to the Gloucester Regiment on 9 October 1940 and to the First Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment 2 January 1941. He left Britain for the far east on 3 January 1941 and was killed in Burma on 1 May..."
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"any1 know arthur idris roberts who served with the bef in st valery and in north africa italy burma or algiers my grandfather was in the royal welsh fusiliers from 41-45 and was nicknamed pearly roberts he was a cprl any info please contact me as i am desperate to find out more about him and the 5 medals he gained during active service he de mobbed in 1954. "
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