The Welsh guards are the newest of the regiments of Foot Guards. They were founded in 1915 to provide a Welsh component to the elite Guards regiments - drawing most of their required numbers from Welsh men serving in the existing Guards regiments. The order to raise the regiment was given in early February, with the Royal Warrant issued on the 26th of February, and the regiment mounting their first ‘King’s Guard’ on St. David’s day just three days later.
This collection is drawn from C H Dudley Ward’s ‘History of the Welsh Guards’, which explains much of this early history of the Welsh Guards. The details of the men who served overseas with the 1st Battalion have been transcribed. These details include most of the basic military information as well as a home town and more unusually whether or not they were ‘officially’ wounded and thus eligible for the wound stripe. It also records if a man received multiple woundings – spare a thought for Lance Sergeant R Jones who was wounded on five separate occasions!
Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.