Tuesday, 6 December 2016

28th November 1885 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY


Surrender of King Theebaw, Burma, 1885
1 RWF, serving in India, was ordered to join the force about to leave for Rangoon because of strained relations between the King of Burma and the Indian Government. A brigade, which included 1 RWF, was sent to Ava. The Burmese requested an armistice. This was refused until King Theebaw surrendered himself. On the 27th this was agreed and next day he surrendered unconditionally, and was escorted by B Company to the waiting steamer.


25th November 1917 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY


40th Division, with 19 RWF, at attack on Bourlon Wood, France, 1917
The failure to take Bourlon ridge during the tank battle of Cambrai meant its capture was given to 40th Division with 19 RWF, a ‘bantam’ battalion of men under 5' 3". The wood was cleared, and the ridge occupied with difficulty. The Germans counter-attacked from dawn on the 24th and the defenders were driven off in the afternoon. It was regained by an assortment of ad hoc units. When relieved on 26th/27th 19 RWF had suffered 370 casualties.

18th November 1857 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY


Lieut TB Hackett and Boy G Monger won VCs, 1857
In capturing the hospital at Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, India its thatched roof caught fire. Lieut Hackett and Boy Monger rescued a corporal of the 23rd who was lying in the open and exposed to very heavy fire. They then climbed on the roof of a bungalow and cut down the thatch to prevent it being set on fire. They were both awarded VCs.
“For daring gallantry at Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, on the 18th of November, 1857, in having volunteered to accompany Lieutenant Hackett, whom he assisted in bringing in a Corporal of the 23rd Regiment, who was lying
wounded in an exposed position.”
LG 12th April 1859
“For daring gallantry at Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, on the 18th November, 1857, in having with others, rescued a Corporal of the 23rd Regiment, who was lying wounded and exposed to very heavy fire. Also, for conspicuous bravery, in having, under a heavy fire, ascended the roof, and cut down the thatch of a Bungalow, to prevent its being set on fire. This was a most important service at the time.”

15th November 1924 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY


Regimental Great War Memorial unveiled in Wrexham, 1924
It was dedicated by the Archbishop of Wales in front of a large number of serving and former members of the Regiment. It was designed by Sir William Goscombe John, RA.


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.