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THREE CHARGES IN ONE DAY
THREE CHARGES IN ONE DAY. GALLANT DEEDS BY l/7th BATT., ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS IN GALLIPOLI. Rank and File Casualties. Sergt. Tom Oswald Davies killed in Action. Several Corwen Men Wounded, Gallant deeds by officers and men in the l/7th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (the Montgomery- shire and Merionethshire Territorials) d uring four days fighting at the new landing at Sulva Bay, in the Gallipoli Peninsula, are described in letters just received from the men who are now back at a rest camp, particular reference being made to the bravery of the Commanding Officer, Colonel Jelf Reveley, Dolgelley Capt. Gordon Reed, Welshpool, who was killed in action; and Second-Lieut. Morris Vernon Jones. The last-named officer was wounded. Sergt. David Rees, of the Corwen Half- Company, ]/7th Batt. R,W.F. writing to his mother (Mrs. Rees, Reliance House, Corwen), from the Dardanelles, on Aug. 15th, states I am in the best of health and spirits. You will be sorry to hear that Sergeant T. 0. Davies was killed on the 10th of Aug. and that J. Barnett and J. Deering (Rtig), and R S. W. Williams have been wounded. Capt. Williams is alright. I am still in the Base with rations. It is very hot here. Could you send me some thin shirts, also some tobacco and matches. The flies here are a nuisance. Send me some newspapers we are glad of any news. Trusting you are all in the best of health and spirits. With love to all. Your affectionate son DAVID. Please send me a pipe." Private Evan Richards, Berthddu, Corwen, writes The 7th Battalion R.W.F. has been fighting desperately for one week—day and night—and has sufferred heavy losses. One day our company was told off to guard a house but the Turks shelled us heavily and their shells blew the roof off. One shell hit the man next to me in his stomach and blew Mm to atoms. Thank God that I have come out of the first week's fighting without, a scratch. I Mr. and Mrs. Rees Williams, Corwena Terrace, Corwen, received the following letter from their son Private Robert Williams, 1/7th Batt. R. W.F., now engaged in the Dardanelles. Dear Father and Mother. Just a line to let you know that I am quite well at present and hope you are all the same. I have been miss- ing for four days and five nights without any- thing to eat but thank God we are safe again. Tiiere to inform you that the 7th Battalion has been cut up. Poor Tom Oswald Davies has been killed. I will write again. Sorry I have no more writing paper with me now, I hope to obtain some to-morrow. This from your son BOB. Private R. Davies Welshpool, writes that on August 10th we had to march across a dried salt lake. We made a lovely target for them, and they let us have it, what with shell and rifle fire, but we kept straight on, and were up in the first trench that afternoon." Sergeant F. Lambert, a Shrewsbury teacher, says We went beyond the first line trench to attack a Turkish position on a hill. We were met with a perfect hail of bullets, and were practically up to the trenches when terrific shell fire was opened on us. We lost a large number of men killed and wounded. Lieut. Morris Jones was the only officer left and he vory pluckily stood his ground and rallied his men although wounded in the bead. We made three charges in one day, and on each occasion had to seek the shelter of our trenches from shell fire." I Heroic Colonel. I Sergeant T. J. Evans, Newtown, writes :— I saw the charge they made, it was glorious and worthy of Britishers, Colonel Jelf Reveley leading his men with fixed bayonets." Sergeant E. Ellis, Welshpool, writes :— Our brigade did fine, and showed them that the lads in Montgomeryshire could fight. Captain Gordon Reed said Come on lads, we will show them what the Welsh can do." Soon after he was shot." Private Davies, Newtown, says The Colonel is safe he has been a hero." Signaller Clifford Harris declares that a watch presented to him by his aunt before left home saved bis life. I The Casualties. Casualties in the rank and file of the Mont- gomeryshire and Merionethshire Territorials notified to relatives over the week-end include eight killed and 38 wounded. The list (all privates, unless otherwise stated) includes KILLED. Sergt. T. Oswald Davies, a Corwen painter and plumber. 1; Company Sergt. Frank Rogers, a Llan- idloes stationer and tobaconist. Sergt. Thomas Jones, a Wallasey post- man formerly of Welshpool. Mills. Pengraig-street, Llanidloes. Bert Jordan, Newtown. Oswald Price, do. Thomas Owen Morgan, Newtown. Ernest Williams, Newtown. WOUNDED. R. S. W. Williams (butcher), Corwen (wounded in back and abdomen), and is now in B Ward, Royal Naval Hospital, Malta Sergeant John Williams, Tynycefn, (wounded foot) J. Deering and J. Barnett, Rug, Corwen Albert Davies, Bala David Roberts, Cynwyd W. H. Thomas, Welshpool; James Jones, Guilsfield Corporal W. Mills, Welshpool D. S. Evans, A berdovey Alfred Jones, Machyn- lleth Lance-Corporal David Arnold, Machyn-, lleth F. Williams, Newtown J. B. Mills, Llanidloes Hugh Edwards, Llanidloes J. Rees, Llanidloes; T. Evans, Llanidloes;, Walter Davies, Welshpool D. Davies, Billy W. Roberts, Thomas Evans, Barmouth Fred Williams, Newtown Balfour Morris, Kerry E. Lloyd, Llanidloes; Vernon Owen, Llanid- loes Vernon Owen, Llanidloes T. E. Owen, Welshpool G. Rusbgrove, Welshpool; Drum- mer Beedles, Newtown R. 0. Jones, New- town Sergt. W. Phillips, Newtown A. Williams, Llanmerewig Bugler H. T. Edwards, Newtown; James Sissons, Newtown Marshall Phillips, Newtown J. R. Jones, Machynlleth Alfred Thomas, Machynlleth Jacob Edwards, Towyn Lance-Corporal S. Roberts, Towyn Owen Savage, Caersws R. Brunt, Caersws.
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