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  1. Picked up yesterday from a local antique center. Quite a rare example as it has the C in Welch which suggests it belonged to a member of a Volunteer battalion and also and for me even better it has the misspelled version of the motto. It is written as GWELL ANGAU NEU CHYWILYDD, which translates as better death OR dishonour, while it should read GWELL ANGAU NA CHYWILYDD which translates as better death than dishonour. They used the incorrectly spelled version for about 80 years as a cap badge, from 1831 until circa 1909, when they introduced the correct version as a collar badge. The cap badge with the wrong spelling is very hard to find, so to get this really was a great find for me.
  2. A post 1953 and pre 1969 version of a regimental side drum for the Welch Regiment. It has 28 battle honours which are most of them shown on the Queens and regimental colours. Note the version of the colours shown is that from before the reign of QEII whilst the drums have the queens crown from after 1953. The regiment was amalgamated with the South Wales Borderers to form the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1969 and then in 2006 were again amalgamated with the RWF to form the current regiment the Royal Welsh Regiment.
  3. This cap is named to Dudley Edwin Thornton, who was originally with 2/5th Welch serving at home until he was transferred as a Colonel to Africa. He was a big collector of Welsh medals and the below is from when they were being auctioned after hs death Colonel Dudley Edwin Thornton, CBE, ERD The collection of medals to the 41st and 69th Regiments of Foot (The Welch Regiment) formed by the late colonel Dudley Thornton, CBE Dudley Thornton died on 22 April 2009, just a week before his 90th birthday. Born in Surrey on 1 May 1919, he was brought up and educated in Bristol before embarking on a military career. He joined the Supplementary Reserve and was commissioned into the Welch Regiment as a Second Lieutenant just before the outbreak of World War II. After serving in the anti-invasion forces on the south coast, he was sent to East Africa in 1943 to join the 18th (Nyasaland) battalion of the King's African Rifles, and from there took part in the Burma campaign until the end of the War. Coming from a musical family helped his language skills and he learnt Chinyanja - and he played the flute which he always carried in his kitbag. After the War he served with the Welch overseas, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Cyprus and Libya, before becoming the last Commanding Officer of the regimental depot in Cardiff and then Deputy Commander of the Welsh Brigade at Cwrt-y-Gollen, near Crickhowell. He was awarded the CBE for his special contribution to the army of Malawi. He greatly enjoyed being back with soldiers he had fought with 20 years earlier, and commanded the army between 1965 and 1967. Colonial rule had just ended, Dr Hastings Banda was the country's first president and it was a time of change and instability. He was absorbed in this challenge. His interest in military history was also put to good use in designing many of the emblems for the new republic. He went on to other overseas postings in Europe and the Far East before retiring in 1974 to live in Burton Lazars, Leicestershire, with his wife Joan. Throughout his life he had a strong interest in military history and assembled a small collection of medals, badges and other militaria. He never really parted company with his regiment as almost immediately on retiring from the regular army he became a trustee and chairman of the Welch Regiment Museum in Cardiff Castle and remained deeply involved with it right up to the time of his death. London Gazette entries for D E Thornton SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 27 FEBRUARY, 1945 The undermentioned 2nd Lts. (War Subs. Lts.), from Supp. Res. of Offrs. to be Lts., 28th Feb. J 945. with seniority as stated: — Welch R. Dudley Edwin THORNTON (72799), ist Nov. 1941. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 2 JULY, 1946 INFANTRY. The undermentioned Lts to be Capts. 1st July, 1946.— (War Subs Maj.)' D: E. THORNTON (72799). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 AUGUST, 1946 Welch R. Lt. (War Subs. Capt.) D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Capt., ist July 1946. (Substituted for the notifn. in Gazette ((Supplement) dated 2nd July 1946.) SUPPLEMENT TO The London Gazette OF FRIDAY, 22nd MAY, 1953 Welch. Capt. D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Maj., 1st May 1953. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 1 DECEMBER, 1953 The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to confer the award of the Army Emergency Reserve Decoration upon the following officers:— Welch. Capt. D. E. THORNTON (72799) (now Maj., Reg. Commn.). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14TH DECEMBER 1962 WELSH BRIGADE, WELCH REGIMENT, REGULAR ARMY Maj D. E. THORNTON, ERD (72799) to be Lt-Col 15th Sept 1962. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14TH SEPTEMBER 1965 WELSH BRIGADE Welch Regiment REGULAR ARMY Lt-CoL D. E. THORNTON (72799) to be Supernumerary to Establishment, 15th Sept 1965. FRIDAY, 3RD DECEMBER 1965 The undermentioned Lt.-Cols. to be Cols, on the dates shown: D. E. THORNTON, E.R.D. (72799), from Welch, 15th Sept. 1965. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, STH NOVEMBER 1974 Col. D. E. THORNTON, C.B.E., E.R.D. (72799) late INF. retires on retired pay, 25th Jul. 1974. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 10th JUNE ,1967 C.B.E. To be, Ordinary Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order: Colonel Dudley Edwin THORNTON, E.R.D. •(72799), late Infantry, Commander, Malawi Army. I have included a photo of him with his CBE.
  4. One of two recent arrivals, both for officers of the Welch regiment who served during WWII and beyond. This one was stated by the seller to have belonged to Captain R. A. A. Evans whose captaincy was gazetted August 30th 1940, though I could not find it. The seller also had his OSD cap from when Evans was transferred to the Royal Artillery which I did not get. This cap has a bronzed OSD cap badge on blades with the C spelling of Welch which is correct for WWII and also has the bronzed regimental OSD buttons of POW feathers with motto. It can be seen in the hand that this cap had another badge on it at some stage and perhaps the officer when he transferred to the RA added that badge to this cap until he got himself the other RA cap and then maybe replaced the Welch badge back onto it. This is a supposition on my part and perhaps the seller was mistaken about this cap and it has been pimped, though the regimental OSD buttons are hard to find and appear to have always been on it. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 AUGUST, 1940 TERRITORIAL ARMY. ROYAL ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Offrs. are transf'd. from the following Infantry units, retaining their rank and seniority 1st Aug. 1940:— Welch R. Capts.:— R. A. A. Evans (62083). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 27 JUNE, 1947 The undermentioned Capts. to be Lt.-Cols., 1st May 1947: —….(War Subs. Maj.) R. A. A. EVANS (62083)….. The London Gazette of TUESDAY, the 25th of MAY, 1948 War Office, 28th May, 1948. The KING has been graciously' pleased to confer " The Efficiency Decoration " upon the following officers of the Territorial Army: — ROYAL ARTILLERY. ……..Lt.-Col. R. A. A. EVANS (62083). ………. SUPPLEMENT. TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 28 NOVEMBER, 1950 TERRITORIAL ARMY RESERVE OF OFFICERS. ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Lt.-Cols. from Active List, to be Lt.-Cols.:—- R. A. A. EVANS, T.D. (62083), 20th June 1950, retaining his present seniority. SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 13 APRIL, 1951 War Office, 3rd April, 1951. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the award of the "1st Clasp" to the Territorial Efficiency Decoration upon the following officers: —). R.A. Lt.-Col. R. A. A. EVANS, T.D. (62083). ……..
  5. Arrived today, a fairly recent example, 1960's or thereabouts (+or-10 years? though pre 1969), but with its original POW two part metal buttons and also its proper Silver and Gilt officers badge. No makers mark on the cap that I have found so far, but I'll have another look later.
  6. Picked up today, a hand embroidered silk sampler of the regimental colours of the Welch Regiment. The pictures do not capture the beauty of this and the skill that went into its making, a real labour of love for whoever made it. I would guess made by a soldiers wife, though many soldiers did make all sorts of crafts during their spare time. It appears to post date the end of the Great War as it has battle honours from 1918 and earlier including the American wars of independence, the wars of 1812, the Napoleonic wars, the Crimea and the Boer War. It also has the Royal Cypher for George V, so pre mid 1930's. It is circa 29 inches x 28 inches, 74cm x 74cm. I really am sorry that the pictures do not do it justice. The old Welch regiment were my home town regiment, long since amalgamated out of existence, first with the SWB to form the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1969 and then amalgamated again with the RWF to form the Royal Welsh in 2006. The Welch regiment was formed by an amalgamation of the 41st and 69th foot in 1881 The 69th Foot, with regards to the lower honour; 1782 – During the Napoleonic Wars in the latter part of the 18th and early part of the 19th centuries Infantry Regiments sometimes served on board ships of the Royal Navy and performed many of the duties carried out by the Royal Marines. In this year the 69th took part in the Battle of the Saintes. For their share in this victory the 69th was included in a Vote of Thanks passed by both Houses of Parliament, and was awarded a Naval Crown, superscribed '12 April 1782' to be carried on the Regimental Colour. This battle honour is unique as are the Battle Honours Detroit and Miami which are unique to The Welch regiment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welch_Regiment
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