Saturday, 15 October 2016

15th October 1841 - ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY

Lt Col Arthur Wellesley Torrens assume command of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Originally commissioned into the Grenadier Guard he transferred to the RWF as a Lieutenant Colonel. It was common for officers to transfer between Regiments during the 18th and 19th Centuries in order to advance their careers. Torrens went on to command a Brigade in the 4th Division during the Crimean War. He was mortally wounded at the battle of Inkerman and died, in Paris on the 24th August 1855 some nine months later.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Weeping Window Poppies opened today at Caernarfon - they will be there till November 20th

Last Post on Summit of Snowdon 9th October 2016

Yesterday we played Last Post on the summit of Snowdon - the highest mountain of Wales and England.

Lest we Forget

Photo by Mel Garside

9th October 1932 - On this Day in RWF History

2nd Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers sail for Gibraltar.

2 RWF departed the UK for a two year tour of duty in Gibraltar on the 9th October 1932. The Battalion arrived on the 13th October and having served for two years on the Rock were moved to Hong Kong on 21 October 1934. During their tour in Gibraltar training was restricted by the geography of the Rock. Never the less, the Battalion had a range facility for shooting and sports were very popular. US Marine Corps ships detachments also paid a number of visits to cement the bond between the two Regiments forged in combat during the Boxer Rebellion.

Monday, 3 October 2016

World War II tags found in Caernarfon shop spark search for evacuees

Ian Martin, who discovered the tags as he rummaged through boxes at Bygones Antiques, is trying to find Valerie and Theodora Keatley or their relatives.
Evacuee name tags dating back to World War II have been found in an antique shop.
The tags, which belonged to sisters Valerie and Theodora Keatley, were discovered by Bygones antique and collectors shop owner Ian Martin as he rummaged through boxes.
It is thought the children would have been between five and eight years old when they were evacuated from Liverpool to North Wales in the 1940s , and now Mr Martin wants to reunite the women or their family with the tags.
He said: “I was going through a box of stuff I bought recently and the tags were at the bottom.
“I’d love them to be reunited with the ladies or their families.
"It’s very possible that the sisters are still alive, so it would be great to give them these tags back.
“They should be with the family. That’s their rightful place, but if I can’t find them then I will be giving them to a museum in Liverpool .”
Mr Martin, who only opened his shop in Caernarfon in May, has already been contacted by two museums who would like the tags in their displays.
The grandfather has attempted his own research into the lives of Valerie and Theodora, and discovered the school named on their tags on Clint Road, Liverpool, was demolished in 1976.
He added: “My mother was an evacuee, sent from Birmingham to Leicester when she was seven in 1940.
"I imagine the sisters would have been around the same age as my mother.
“She talks very fondly about being evacuated and, having heard her stories, I’m even more determined to get the name tags back to the family of these women.
"I know how much it would mean to them.”
During WWII , approximately 130,000 people were evacuated from Merseyside to protect them from possible bombing.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

2nd October 1956 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY

Death of Brigadier Sir Eric Skaife CB OBE DL, 1956

An Englishman, he was commissioned RWF in 1903. He was made a prisoner of war in October 1914. Whilst a prisoner of war he learnt Welsh. He commanded 1 RWF 1929-33. In 1937 he came Commander 158 (Royal Welch) Brigade TA in North Wales. He was Colonel of the Regiment 1948-52. He immersed himself in Welsh cultural life for which he was knighted in 1956. He left a generous bequest to the Regiment when he died.

Another RWF sporting hero - Captain Robert Barclay

200 years ago he walked 1000 miles in a 1000 consecutive hours for a 1000 guineas!!
An acknowledged strongman, the Scot had no hi-tech equipment, support bus or energy drinks to help him.
On 1 June, 1809, a crowd of thousands gathered to watch Captain Barclay embark on his much-heralded challenge.
The newspapers had been full of his 1,000-guinea wager that he could walk 1,000 miles in 1,000 consecutive hours and the Royal Welch Fusiliers officer had become something of a cause celebre in Newmarket.
Dressed in the gentleman's fashion of a heavy woollen overcoat, flannel breeches, lambs wool stockings and heeled leather shoes - no cushioned trainers and Lycra here - he set out on his first mile.
Many doubted he could do it.
Walk the distance, yes. But to go without a night's sleep for six weeks was unheard of, so many betted against him.
The sums of money changing hands over the challenge were phenomenal and when he succeeded, Captain Barclay not only earned the title of Celebrated Pedestrian but became a very rich man as well. The 1,000 guineas bet in itself was worth about £35,000 in today's money, and the captain is estimated to have made £100,000 on side bets (about £40 million today).
But his feat of endurance was not without its difficulties.
Among the complaints he listed were "a little pain in his legs" on the twelfth day; pains in his neck and shoulders and nausea in the second week; toothache in week four; and "very ill" two days before the end.
When he was called to start the 607th mile, he could not be woken.
So his brother and friend dragged him to the starting line and pushed him off and when he still did not wake - and with just 20 minutes left to complete the mile - his groom William Cross smacked him across the shoulders with a stick to startle him into action.
By the end of the six weeks, he had lost 32lbs.