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A victory medal for Samuel Osborne #'s 2289/TR4-21696/58092 Samuel was the son of George and Miriam Louisa Osborne, of Menai Cottage, Bangor, Caernarvonshire. He had originally enlisted into the Welsh Guards, but was discharged after being found to be under-age and re-enlisted on 7 February 1917, age 17 years and 10 months, joining the 62nd Training Reserve Battalion, the 12th Reserve battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers being sent to Kinmel Park classified as a Young Soldier. In November 1917 he was posted to France, joining the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. He saw plenty of action during the following year, when the 19th Division was caught up in the three main German offensives, first on the Somme, then on the Lys and finally on the Aisne in April. Each time the 9th Welsh was virtually annihilated, so Samuel was lucky to have survived this tumultuous period. His luck ran out when he was killed in action during the battalions’ final battle of the war, on 4 November 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois, France. He was also entitled to the British War Medal, which is missing. he died less than a week before the end of the war after first joining up too young and even when he died he was still only 19. He gave his all, let us not forget him. A brief history of 9/Welsh Regiment. 9th (Service) Battalion Sept 9th 1914 Formed at Cardiff as part of the K2 Second New Army and then moved to Salisbury Plain to join the 58th Brigade of the 19th (western)Division then moved to billets in Basingstoke, November 1914. Jan 1915 Moved to Weston-super-Mare and then Perham Down in May 1915. July 1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; 1915 The Action of Pietre; diversionary action during the Battle of Loos 1916 The Battle of Albert, The attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre. 1917 The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele. 1918 The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre and the passage of the Grand Honelle. 11.11.1918 Ended the war at Wargnies north of Le Quesnoy, France.
Jerry B posted a topic in Orders, Awards & DecorationsGreat war 14/15 star trio for 17672 Jones B, 1st Bn RWF when he was wounded by a gunshot in the arm on the first day of the battle of loos, 25th September 1915. He was from my part of Wales near Cardiff and was an engine driver when he enlisted in November 1914. As happens sometimes, his full pension/service papers survive which gives lots of details about him, height, hair colour, next of kin, units he served with, rank etc...... He was a lance corporal with the 5th home service Bn on his discharge in 1917 as unfit for active service because of his gun shot wound. It will take a few posts to get it all up.
Jerry B posted a topic in Uniforms, Equipment & Clothing HeadgearIt is an officers Glengarry cap, which during the period was worn by most units of British infantry, officers had silk trim and OR's were leather trimmed but like the officers version had silk tails. On OR's version there was often not a backing for the badge, though this example has a red backing patch and the rosette that became common for all ranks in the later period, when this type of cap became something only worn by Scottish units to this day. The badge is in silver which denotes it was for an officer in a Volunteer battalion of the Welsh Regiment and dates to the period 1881 to 1896, though it is likely to be from nearer the end of the period, as it has the correctly translated version of the motto. This is a fairly rare cap, being more than circa 120 years old and as a collector of both headgear and Welsh items, I am very pleased and somewhat surprised to have picked it up.