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January 5th

Lance Corporal Herbert Harding, Welsh, of Thomas Street and Private E Powell, Welsh, of Greenhill Cottage are home on leave from hospital. Private Hall and Tom Thomas, R.W.F. and Corporal T Hadley, A.S.C. are also home on leave.

Trelewis news - Sapper Bert Frowen, R.E., of High Street, Trelewis is home on short leave.

January 12th

Private Richard Morgan, S.W.B., son of Mrs Morgan of The Royal Oak Hotel, arrived home on Friday from a Manchester hospital.
Private Richard Addis, K.S.L.I. has been reported missing since December 4th.

January 19th

Private M Blake, Royal Marines, of Shingrig Road and Private T Blake of Commercial Street have been home on short leave. Sgt M Andrews, R.I.F. is home from hospital. Private Morris, A.M.T. is home from France and Private Tom Peek, A.S.C. from a home camp. Driver George Davies, Welsh, of 6, Dynevor Terrace, is again down with fever at Salonika and Driver Wyndham Davies, R.F.A. is now at a convalescent camp.

January 26th

Lance Corporal Herbert Harding, Welsh, has been admitted to a French hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown. Cpl David Jones, Royal West Kents, is now home on hospital leave. Private Addis, K.S.L.I. is a P.O.W. at Limburg, Germany. There are now five Nelson men prisoners in Germany.

February 2nd

Corporal W A Williams, Welsh, of Ashgrove and Private Will Price, R.W.F. of Caerphilly Road, are home on furlough.
Local soldiers home on leave - Private Trevor date, R.W.F., Pte Emlyn Pearce, Welsh, Driver C Davies, R.F.A. and Private E J Davies, K.S.L.I, two brothers. Driver C Davies was the best man at the wedding of his brother E Davies to Miss Elsie Price of Bedlinog.
Other soldiers home are Gunner Ivor Reed, R.G.A., Pte Jack Breeze, Welsh and Pte E Phillips, Gloucester Regiment.

February 9th

A social was held at Mount Zion Church for Private Trevor Date, R.W.F.. Another social was held at Calfaria for two brothers, Driver Charlie Davies, R.F.A and Private E J Davies, K.S.L.I. on their return from France.

February 16th

From Hospital - Corporal Willie Chant, Welsh Regiment, of Commercial Street, arrived home last week from hospital at Torrington, Devonshire where he has spent 3 months as the result of wounds received in action.
Private James Bonney, Welsh, of Shingrig Road and Private Ted Williams of Heol Fawr are home on rest leave. There was also a social evening for Privates Bonney and Williams held at Mount Zion and Salem Chapels. Seaman Willie Whiteman, 39 Shingrig Road is home on leave from the North Sea theatre of war. On Sunday evening Seaman Whiteman occupied the pulpit at the Salem Chapel and delivered a powerful sermon to a large and appreciative congregation.

February 23rd

Private D Lewis, R.W.F. of Pencarth Farm is home on leave. Bombardier Bert Watkins of Station Terrace is home on leave. Private Walter Hughes of Heol Fawr is also home on leave.
Home from Italy - Lieut F Mathias, R.F.C., son of Councillor and Mrs J H Mathias, The Hollies, is home on rest leave from Italy.
L/Cpl D Beck of Springfield Terrace, who has been in various hospitals for over a year has now been discharged from the army.
Sgt M Andrews, R.I.R. of Station Terrace has been discharged from a Cardiff hospital where he has been laid up for over 6 months.
Mrs Addis, 21, Thomas Street, has received another letter from her husband, Private Dick Addis, K.S.L.I. who is a P.O.W. in Germany, stating that he has a broken collar bone.
Lt E T Owen, Lincoln Regiment, formerly headmaster of the Council Schools is now at Swansea, recuperating after some months in a London hospital as the result of severe wounds. ‘The London Gazette’ of last week contains an account of the gallant deed for which Lance Corporal Lyn Austin, London Regt, of Station Terrace, was awarded the D.C.M.

March 2nd

Ebenezer Chapel held a social evening on Monday to welcome home Bombardier Bert Watkins, R.F.A. and Private D Lewis, R.W.F.
Other soldiers home on leave are Driver Phil Pearce, R.F.A. of Donald Street, Private Will Phillips, Welsh, of Shingrig Road, and Cpl Edgar Lewis, R.F.A. of Dynevor Terrace, also Private Angus Thomas, A.P.C.

March 9th

Private Eddie Beddoe, Welsh, is now home on rest leave. Private Albert Matthews, Late of 15th Hussars, son of Henry Matthews, Shingrig Road, is home on leave.

Military Wedding - Corporal Thomas Phelps, 18th Welsh, married Eleanor Maud Jones at Llanfabon Church on Tuesday.
Private W J Osborne, Monmouthshires, was home during the weekend.

March 16th

Private Edward Date, Welsh, is home on rest leave. Private Idwal Williams, Station Terrace is also home on rest leave.
The wife of Driver Peter Mathias, R.G.A. of Boot Stores, Commercial Street has died, leaving three young children. Driver Mathias is now serving in Italy.

March 23rd

Sgt Jack Hughes, S.W.B. of Wern Crescent has been given a commission, He was previously in the K.S.L.I. Private D Morgan, Welsh, of Dynevor Terrace, Sapper Will Nicholas, R.E. of Commercial Street, Private Fred Jenkins, of Trelewis, and Private Will Steers, Welsh, of Caiach Terrace, Trelewis, are all home on leave.
Private Fred Hill of Springfield Terrace has come home because of the death of one of his children.

Trelewis News - Official news has been received of the death in action some months ago of two Trelewis soldiers:
Privates Morgan Martin and Charles Morris, R.W.F. Both lived at Warren Terrace, Trelewis.

March 30th

Cpl Frank Gibbs, R.E. of Springfield Terrace, is home on rest leave from France. Also home is R.S.M. Charles Osborne, Welsh, and Privates Percy Evans and Will Smith. A cablegram was received on Monday from Driver Peter Mathias, R.F.A. serving on the Italian front, whose wife died suddenly a fortnight ago, stating that he is coming home. Sapper L G Morgan, R.E. of Brynderwyn has been discharged from the services. Private Eddie Bevan, Shingrig Road, is home on leave. Sapper David Morgan, R.E. of High Street, returned to France on Tuesday evening. In the course of a conversation prior to his departure, Sapper Morgan remarked that he did not know where he was going to as the Germans had stolen his lodgings, and had even taken the station of Bapaume, where his ticket was booked to.

April 6th

Private Angus Thomas, Army Pay Co, is home on leave. Sgt W Edwards, R.W.F. of Thomas Street is now a drill instructor. Driver Peter Mathias, R.F.A. has now arrived home from Italy. Private Jim Matthews, Welsh, from Shingrig Road, is ill in hospital at Greenhithe, Kent, having been invalided home from France. Another postcard has arrived home from Private Dick Addis, K.S.L.I., who is a P.O.W. in Germany, saying his health is improving.
Private Tom Phillips - His many friends will be pleased to learn that Private Tom Phillips, Welsh Regiment of Springfield Terrace who is serving in India is rapidly acquiring a great reputation as a baritone singer. Private Phillips is now attached to the staff concert party and has travelled with them hundreds of miles, having had the honour to sing before the Viceroy of India on three occasions. Prior to enlisting he was employed by the Treharris Co-op society and was in great demand at local concerts and entertainments as a singer. He is a brother of Mr Jack Phillips, checkweigher, Penallta Colliery.

April 13th

Private Jack Burley, Welsh, has been wounded and says in a letter he was one of 38 men captured by the Germans, but he and another managed to escape. Private W Blake, R.M. is home on leave. Able Seaman Will Jenkins, Caiach Terrace is also home.

Trelewis news - Private DJL Griffiths, R.A.M.C. of 13 Field Street, Trelewis has been wounded. Private Sid Williams, M.M., Dorsetshire Regiment, of Warren Terrace has been wounded. Sgt H Warrington, R.W.F. of Llanfabon Road has also been wounded. Private Dai Griffiths, Bontnewydd Terrace is reported as being killed in action.

April 20th

A presentation was made at the Council School on April 11th to Lt E T Owen, Lincoln Regiment, former headmaster. He was presented with a cheque by the teaching staff on the occasion of his recent marriage. Lt Owen was severely wounded several months ago.
Sgt Patsy Fleming, Royal Munsters, of 11 Shingrig Road has been home on rest leave.
Gunner Peter Mathias, R.G.A., Commercial Street, who is home on leave from the Italian front because of the death of his wife, has secured an extension to his leave to make suitable arrangements about his business.
Private W J Osborne, Mons, is home on leave. Also home is 2nd Lt J Hughes, S.W.B. of Wern Crescent and Sapper Fred Durbin, R.E. of Heol Fawr. Sapper Albert Rosser, R.E. has been in a Manchester hospital for over 6 months as the result of wounds.

Trelewis news - Died in France - Official news has been received that Sgt Frank Mason, Dorsets, of High Street, Trelewis, died from fever on March 12th in a French hospital. Sgt Mason enlisted in September 1914 and went to the front early in 1915.
Private Danny Bridges, Welsh, 51, High Street, Trelewis is now home on rest leave. Another soldier home is Driver W Picken, R.F.A. who arrived in this country with a convoy of German prisoners.
Driver Tom Hurley, R.F.A., son of Mr and Mrs Hurley, 18, Mackintosh Terrace, is now in a hospital at Birkenhead suffering from a gunshot wound in the right hand. Driver Hurley is 19 years old and joined the colours in May 1915

April 27th

Mrs Jones, 81, High Street, Nelson has now been officially informed that her husband, Private Robert Jones, 19496, R.W.F. is missing since March 22nd. Private Jones enlisted in January 1915 , going to France in December 1915. He was severely wounded at Mametz Wood in July 1916.
Private Will Jones, Welsh, son of Mr and Mrs Ted Jones, 2, Caerphilly Road is now home from hospital having been wounded some months ago.
Shoeing-smith Ivor Reed, R.F.A., grandson of Mr and Mrs Daniel Williams, 2, Station Terrace, has been awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty. He was wounded last year and in February this year was gassed.
Four Nelson men have now won the M.M. and three the D.C.M.
A memorial service was held at the Calfaria Chapel on Sunday evening for the late Lt H H Morgan, Manchester Regiment, who was killed in action on March 30th.
Private Edgar Hopkins has been home on leave. Cpl Joe Edwards, Welsh Horse, of Shingrig Road and Able Seaman Arthur Meredith of Brynglas, have also been home.

Trelewis news - Private Arthur Davies, Welsh Guards, of 2, High Street, is now in hospital suffering from burns sustained in a German liquid fire attack.
News has been received that Private Sam Jayne, South African Infantry, a former resident of Treharris, is missing. Pte Jayne emigrated to South Africa a few years ago, and joined the colours in that country.

May 4th

Driver Wyndham Davies, R.F.A., son of Mr and Mrs Davies, Post Office, is now home on leave from Salonika, having been invalided home with malarial fever. Prior to joining the colours he was employed at the Western Mail offices, Cardiff.
Mrs Daunton, Thomas St, has been notified that her son, Lance Corporal Herbert Harding, Welsh, is in a London hospital suffering from shell shock. His brother, Private Arthur Harding, Welsh Regiment, was killed in action in 1916.
2nd Lt Fred Whiteman, R.W.F. has been appointed divisional instructor in signalling at an army school in France. Lt Whiteman, who is the 2nd son of Tom Whiteman, 39, Shingrig Road, enlisted in the 15th Hussars early in the war and later transferred to the Welsh Guards. He saw service with them in France as a Corporal Signaller and was granted a commission about 9 months ago. Private Robert Jones, R.W.F. who was reported missing, is a P.O.W. in Germany.
L/Cpl Lyn Austin, D.C.M., London Regt, who is a P.O.W. in Germany, has recovered from his wounds, and is engaged in farm work. Mr John Andrews, Shingrig Road, has received the welcome news after a silence of nearly two years that his son Emlyn is alive and well and is engaged as a petty officer’s mate on board a trans-Atlantic liner.

Trelewis news - Private Sam Jayne who was reported missing, is a P.O.W. in Germany.

May 18th

Gunner Peter Mathias, R.F.A. has had his leave extended to May 31st.

Wounded - Mrs Hughes, 20 Wern Crescent, has been notified that her son, Second Lieut Jack Hughes, S.W.B. has again been wounded in action in France. A telegram to this effect arrived from the War Office on Saturday evening, followed on Sunday morning by a letter from Lt Hughes himself in which he says he was wounded on May 6th and is now in a casualty clearing station. This is the third occasion on which Lt Hughes has been wounded and he has also been gassed and in hospital with shell-shock. Sympathy was extended to Mrs Hughes who has lost one son, Private W Hughes, in the Dardanelles campaign and who has also got another son, Private R Hughes serving in Ireland.

Military funeral - On Saturday evening the remains of Gunner Tom Exon, R.G.A. of 10, Thomas Street, were brought home to Nelson from Freshwater, Isle of Wight, where he had died in hospital the previous Tuesday. There was a large and sympathetic crowd awaiting the arrival of the train at the TVR station, and the coffin was borne reverently on the shoulders of friends to deceased’s home, only a short distance away. Gunner Exon was well known locally and prior to being called to the colours worked as a repairer at the Penallta Colliery. He was 40 years of age, and it is said that he was not at all physically fit for army life, being subject to rheumatism. The greatest sympathy of all the inhabitants has been extended to the bereaved widow and family. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred at Llanfabon Churchyard with full military honours. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and was escorted by the Treharris detachment of the VTC under Sergt Instructor Burman, who also provided the firing party at the graveside.

Trelewis News - Killed in action - Official news was received on Saturday of the death in action of Driver Bert Sellick, R.F.A. of 1 Edwards Terrace, Trelewis. The deceased soldier was well known locally. He has seen much service on the Western Front and the news of his death has been received with keen regret by all who knew him
Official news has been received that Rifleman George Carpenter, Royal Irish Rifles, of Llety-Clyd, Bontnewydd Terrace, is a prisoner of war in Germany. Rifleman Carpenter enlisted three years ago and has been much service. Prior to his enlistment he was a baker at Trelewis and later at the Cooperative bakery, Treharris. News has also been received that Private Jack Williams, K.S.L.I, son of Mr John Williams, Glynbargoed, was captured by the Germans in the recent fighting.

May 25th

2nd Lt Jack Hughes, S.W.B., son of Mrs Hughes, Wern Crescent, has now been brought to England and is at Danell hospital, London, suffering from a shrapnel wound in the left thigh. This is the third time he has been wounded.

Home on leave - Sapper A Rosser, R.E. is home from hospital, Gunner W A Jones, R.G.A., Driver Martin Evans, R.F.A., Driver Wyndham Davies, R.F.A. are home from Salonika. Private W Slade, Welsh, is home from hospital. Drivers Leonard Bolton and Will Morris, R.F.A., R.S.M. Charles A Osborne, Welsh, Airman Idwal Shankland, R.A.F. of Pentwyn and Private Loveday, Welsh, are home on leave.
Signaller W Alfred Lambert, West Yorks, is reported missing since April 25th

Military Cross won - Flight Commander E W Mathias, R.A.F., son of Coun J H Mathias, J.P., The Hollies, has been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery and gallant conduct on the Italian front. Flight Commander Mathias joined the forces in 1916, leaving Clifton College for the purpose, although only 17 and a half years of age, and became attached to the Flying Corps. He soon obtained his certificate and wings, and then went to France. He was afterwards transferred to Italy.

June 1st

Cpl David Jones, R.W.K. and Pte Cyril Day, R.W.F. are home from hospital. Sapper Tom Andrews, R.E. who had been reported missing is now in a Liverpool hospital recovering from wounds. Pte Idwal Williams, Mons, Pte Walter Kelland, R.W.F., Stoker Charlie Herbert, H.M. Submarines, Driver Percy Way, A.S.C. are all home on leave. Ptes Tom Davies, S.W.B. and Ted Jones, Welsh, are home from hospital. Driver Martin Evans, R.F.A. has received his discharge from the forces.

Trelewis News - Private J N Nathan, M.G.C., son of Mr and Mrs Tom Nathan, 45, High Street, Trelewis has been wounded in the ankle, and is now in hospital at Birmingham. Pte Nathan enlisted when only 15 years old and spent his 16th birthday in the trenches. He was subsequently discharged for being under age, but rejoined on reaching the age of 18. Prior to enlisting he worked at Treharris Colliery. [1911 Census report shows John Nathaniel Nathan as being 12 years old, born at Nelson to Thomas and Ellen Nathan]

Private William Stonebridge, South Wales Borderers, of 5, High Street, Trelewis has been killed in action.

June 8th

Items of Interest - A complete list of the names of Nelson soldiers who have been killed, died, and taken prisoners, in addition to those who are missing, and those who have won honours during the present war has been compiled by our local representative and is on view in the window of Smith’s shop on the Square.

D.C.M. and M.M. - To a Nelson soldier has fallen the unique honour of having won both the D.C.M. and the M.M. during the present war. We refer to Battery Sergeant-Major John Miles, late 16th Irish Division, C 152 Brigade, R.F.A., son of the late Mr and Mrs David Miles and grandson of the late Mr Wm Rowlands, Heol Fawr. Sgt Maj Miles, who was in civil life on the clerical staff of the Taff Vale Railway at Pontypridd, joined the forces at the outbreak of was, and won the Distinguished Conduct Medal on May 24th for conspicuous gallantry and leadership in the field during the German advance, and was also recommended for a commission for services rendered. The Military Medal was awarded to him last year for bravery in the third battle of Ypres and he was also awarded the Parchment of Ireland for gallantry and devotion to duty in July and August 1917. Sergt-Major Miles is now home on a well-earned rest prior to joining the artillery school at Brighton, and he has been the recipient of much congratulations from the villagers. His friends will be interested to learn that he was awarded the D.C.M. on the recommendation of the Guards, Yorks and Lancs Regiment and the R.F.A.

June 15th

2nd Lt Jack Jones, S.W.B., who has been in a London hospital suffering from wounds has now been transferred to the Llandaff hospital. He spent a few hours in Nelson one day last week. Cadet Percy Rees of 60 Shingrig Road, who is in the officers training corps school in Bath, has been home for a few days. Pte Jim Matthews, Welsh Regt, of 33 Shingrig Road, who was invalided home from France some months ago is now in the Caerphilly V.A.D. hospital.
Privates Treharne Jones and V Tuthill, Welsh, are both in hospital at Salonika with malarial fever. Sapper Fred Durbin, R.E. of Heol Fawr and [Olive or Mabel] Blake, (W.A.A.C.) of Shingrig Road, daughter of Mr G Blake (G.W.R. ganger) have been home on short leave. Mr Blake has two sons serving in the Royal marines and 2 daughters serving with the W.A.A.C.

June 22nd

Private Lewis Morgan, Welsh, son of Mrs Morgan, Royal Oak Hotel, arrived home on sick leave from Salonika.
Mrs Edwards, Tylers Arms, has received a letter from Pte W Edmunds, Welsh, late of Station Terrace, stating that he has now arrived in England from Switzerland as an exchanged P.O.W. Private Edmunds was one of the first Nelson men to be captured by the Germans being picked up on the battlefield severely wounded in the legs. After a long spell in Germany he spent several months in Switzerland, and is now in a London hospital.

P.O.W. - On Saturday morning, Mrs Jones, 116, Shingrig Road, received a postcard from her son, Signaller W Alfred Lambert, West Yorks, stating that he is a P.O.W. at Limberg in Germany. Private Evan D Powell, Welsh, who has been twice wounded in action was home on draft leave last week. L.Cpl J Matthews and Privates J Burley and A Rosser are on leave from hospital. Private William Blake, R.M., is home on rest leave. Private Olwen Meacham, W.A.A.C. is home on leave. Driver E Jones, R.F.A. son of Mr and Mrs W Jones, Fairfield House is home on leave.

June 29th

Private Jack Breeze, Welsh, is in a French hospital as the result of serious injuries to the head and body received in a trap accident. It appears that Pte Breeze, who is an officer’s orderly, was engaged in some important work, when the horse bolted and the occupants of the trap were thrown out.

Home on leave - Gunner James Farrant, R.G.A., Pte Will Price, R.W.F. and Pte Tom Hopkins, R.F., are home on leave. Pte Isaac Treharne has also been home from hospital wearing the Mons ribbon. Pte Nebo Green, Welsh is also home on hospital leave. Sgt Harry Warrington, R.W.F., Llanfabon Road, arrived home last week. Driver Jack Probert, R.F.A., Llanfabon Rd, also arrived home. A smoking concert was held at the Railway Inn for these two soldiers on Tuesday evening.

Private Albert Hanbury of the Dorsetshire Regiment has been killed in action.

Private W H Jones, Welsh, has now received his discharge from the army. Pte Dick Morgan, S.W.B. also received his discharge. Pte W J Osborne, Mons, occupied the pulpit at the Salem Chapel on Sunday evening.
Private Albert Cooksley, Hollybush Terrace is home on leave.
Bomber Arthur Meyrick, R.G.A. is in hospital in France.

July 6th

Private Tom Davies, S.W.B., son of Mrs Davies, 71, Heol Fawr, has been discharged from the army. Pte David Daniel Richards, Welsh, son of John Richards, 36, Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis has also been discharged from the army. Sapper William Nicholas, R.E., Commercial Street, and Private Hughie Gibbs, Welsh, of Springfield Terrace, are home on hospital leave.
2nd Lt J Hughes, S.W.B. and L/Cpl J Matthews, Welsh, have been home from hospital. Private Albert Rosser, Shingrig Road is also home.
Cpl Will Chant, Welsh, Commercial St and Pte Harry Williams, Welsh, are home on leave as are Private David Thomas, Welsh, 12, High Street and Sapper Eddie Spiller, R.E.
Sergeant Frank Harley, Welsh, arrived home from France on Saturday evening. A smoking concert was held at the Balfour Club for Privates L Morgan, W Edmunds, D Thomas and Sgt F Harley, all of the Welsh Regiment.

July 13th

Corporal Angus Thomas, A.P.C. is home on leave. Private Ted Jones, Heol Fawr is home from hospital. 2nd Lt Fred Whiteman, R.W.F. is home on rest leave and Private Eddie Price, Canadian Forces, is home.

July 20th

Private Eddie Bevan, R.W.F. has been missing since between May 28th and June 14th, somewhere in France.
A social was held at the Salem Chapel for Lt Fred Whiteman, R.W.F.

August 17th

Private Eddie Bevan, R.W.F. is a P.O.W at Limburg, Germany.
Mr Robert Walters, Shingrig House, has been officially notified that his eldest son, L/Cpl Will Walters, R.W.F. was wounded in action in France on Thursday week. He is now in hospital at Oxford.

August 24th

Emlyn Andrews, Merchant Service, son of John Andrews, 98, Shingrig Road, is home on leave. A social evening was held at Salem Chapel for Sapper Wallace Evans, R.E. and Emlyn Andrews.

August 31st

L/Cpl William Walters, R.W.F. has had his right leg amputated at the 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford as a result of wounds received in action in France a few weeks ago.
Private George Spiller, Welsh, of Commercial Street, returned to duty on Wednesday after some rest leave. He has seen 18 years service with the colours and was in India when war broke out. Since then he has seen active service in France and the Balkans.

A smoking concert was held at the Balfour Club to bid farewell to Private W Edmunds, Welsh, after spending 2 months furlough in Nelson. Pte Edmunds was one of the first Nelson men to be captured and spent over two and a half years as a P.O.W. in Germany, Switzerland and Holland.

September 7th

Home from France - Pte Edward Breeze, Welsh Regt is home on rest leave from the Western Front. He was given a hearty welcome by his many friends. On Saturday afternoon, Bombdr Bert Watkins, R.F.A. of Station Terrace, arrived home on rest leave from France. Bombdr Watkins has seen much active service and has been wounded on two occasions. He was accorded the usual hearty welcome by his relatives and friends.
Wounded - Mrs Tucker, Beech Villa, has received information that her grandson, Sergeant S C Tucker of the Civil Service Rifles has again been wounded in action in France, and is at present in hospital at Devonport suffering from shrapnel wounds in the thigh. This is the third time for Sgt Tucker to be wounded and he has also been gassed twice. Information has been received by Mrs Griffin, Shingrig Road, that her husband, Private John Griffin, Royal Naval Division, is in hospital at Nottingham suffering from shrapnel wounds in the left foot, received in action in France. Mr James Date, Shingrig Road, has also been informed that his son, Private Edward Date, Welsh Regt, has been wounded in the left arm and is now in hospital in Devonport.

Home on leave this week we have noticed Sapper Fred Durbin, R.E., Private Will Slade and Private Idris Slade, Welsh Regt, Pte Jack Burley, Welsh Regt, who has been wounded in action on three occasions and Pte D Nicholas, Machine Gun Corps. Cpl William Pugh, R.E. is home on short leave. Considerable anxiety prevails in the village regarding the safety of many local soldiers on the Western Front of whom nothing has been heard for a long time.

Mons Hero Home - Driver Edgar Jenkins, R.F.A. of Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis, who arrived home on rest leave from France on Saturday, has been four years at the front, this being his fourth rest leave. He has been through most of the big engagements during this time and has been wounded once. Driver Jenkins went out with th original Expeditionary Force and is the proud wearer of the Mons ribbon and five chevrons. He looks the picture of health and his numerous friends gave him a hearty welcome. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Ocean Pit, Treharris. He is the son of Mr John H Jenkins.

Killed in Action - Mrs Jones, Brynhyfryd, Heol Fawr, Nelson, has received official notice that her youngest son, Second Lieutenant Edwin Jones, Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action in France on August 24th. Lieut Jones was in civil life on the staff of a British bank at San Paulo, South America but on the outbreak of war came back to this country and enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment. He saw service with them in France and was severely wounded on one occasion, subsequently accepting a commission in the Middlesex Regiment. Lieut Jones was 32 years of age and leaves a widow who resides at Leigh on Sea. A brother of Lieut Jones, Private Harry Jones, Welsh Regiment, was killed at the Dardanelles in 1915. Much sympathy has been extended to the family in their bereavement. This is the second Nelson officer to fall in action and brings the village death roll up to 34.

September 14th

Home from France - Private Sid Renfree, S.W.B., of High Street, son-in-law of Mr John Breeze, 90, Shingrig Road, is home on leave from France. Pte Renfree enlisted early in the war in the Welsh Horse but was transferred later to the S.W.B. He has seen much active service. Sapper John Holland, R.E. and Private William Davies, Welsh Regt, of Powell’s Work, have also been home on rest leave whilst Pte D Smith of Dynevor Terrace arrived home from France on Sunday morning.
Sapper Tom Andrews, R.E., son of Mr Richard Andrews, 6, Station Terrace, is now home on leave from a Liverpool hospital where he has been for several months as the result of wounds received in action. Sapper Andrews served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in India and Burmah prior to the war, and as a reservist went to France with the first Expeditionary Force. He was severely wounded in 1916 and was in hospital at Whitchurch. Later, he was transferred to the Royal Engineers. He has been awarded the Mons ribbon and star. His many friends accorded him a hearty welcome.

During the weekend we have noticed the following soldiers on leave from home camps: Lance Corporal Jim Matthews, Ptes Harry Williams, Percy Barnes, Arthur Farrant, Joe Davies and John Williams. A.B. Emlyn Andrews is also home from the Crystal Palace training centre and A.B. Victor Holloway of Caiach Terrace is home on rest leave from his ship. Bombdr Bert Watkins, R.F.A. of Station Terrace, returned to France on Friday evening week.

Trelewis News - The death in action is reported of Second Lieutenant W Jewell, S.W.B. of Trelewis.

September 21st

Pte W J Osborne, Pte Bryn Skett, Pte Lewis Morgan and Gunner Will Thornton, R.G.A. have been home on leave. A concert was held at the Balfour Club on Tuesday for Pte Sid Renfree, S.W.B. and Sapper Tom Andrews, R.E.
Another concert was held at the Balfour Club on Thursday for Privates George Spiller and Dennis Smith, Welsh Regiment who are on leave from France.
Private Lewis Morgan, Welsh, is home from hospital.

October 5th

Private Cyril Day, R.W.F. of Springfield Terrace, has been wounded for the fifth time in action and is now in a French hospital. His brother Jack Day was recently discharged.
A.B. John Griffin, R.N.D. is now in a Cardiff hospital. Pte William Edmunds, Welsh, who was a P.O.W. for nearly 3 years has been discharged owing to ill health. Driver Wyndham Davies, R.F.A. is home on leave. Sgt Will Fowler, R.F.A. is home on hospital leave.

Sgt Frank Harley, M.G.C. of Springfield Terrace and Private Myrddin Price, Durham Light Infantry have both been killed in action.

Trelewis News - Private James Jones, Welsh Regiment has been killed in action.

October 12th

Sapper Tom Andrews, R.E. of 6 Station Terrace, Nelson, who has completed eleven and a half years service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Royal Engineers has been discharged from the forces for coal mining.
2nd Lt R.L.A. Tingle, West Yorkshire Regiment is believed to be a P.O.W. in Germany.
Sgt Patsy Fleming, Royal Munsters, of 11, Shingrig Road, has been wounded and is now at Perth hospital, Scotland.

Home on leave - Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A., Pte Gwilym Davies, Sapper Vernon Jenkins, R.E., Private James Warne, Welsh, Pte Jack Prosser, M.G.C.
L/Cpl Tom Smith, R.E., of Ashgrove Terrace has been wounded in action.
Bombardier Harold Pitt, 13492, Royal Field Artillery, has had his right leg amputated above the knee as the result of wounds received in action.
Private Ted Jones, Royal Naval Division, has had his left foot amputated.

Trelewis News - Private Will Steers, Welsh Regiment, of Caiach Terrace, Trelewis has been killed in action.
Soldiers home on leave include Privates D T Belt, Welsh, home from Palestine, Pte John Davies, Welsh, of High Street and Pte Tom Edwards, R.F.A., Sgt Major A J Owens, Welsh, of St Mary Street are all home from France.

Privates T Batten, Owen Williams, W Bufton and Driver W Picken have now returned to civil life, all having been placed in ‘Class W’.

October 19th

Private George Innes, A.S.C. of Shingrig Road is home on leave from Salonika. This is his first leave for over three years.
Driver Jack Haverlot, R.F.A. of Heol Fawr, has been invalided home from Palestine and is in a hospital in Stockport. Bombardier A.M. Thomas, R.G.A. is in hospital at Boulogne having been gassed.
Driver Fred James, R.F.A. of High Street, and Pte George Tranter, of Wern Crescent, are home on leave.
Private Willie Davies, S.W.B. of Powell’s Works is home from hospital. Private W Kelland, R.W.F. is home on leave, as is Sapper Harry Daunton, Royal Engineers, of Thomas Street. Private Emlyn Morgan, Welsh Guards, is also home on leave.
Sgt Edgar Lewis, R.F.A. of Dynevor Terrace, has been wounded and gassed.
Sgt Will Fowler, R.F.A. has been discharged for work in the mines.

Trelewis News - Private Sam James, Welsh Guards, of 3, Warren Terrace is home on leave.

We report the death of Lance Corporal Joseph Jones, Machine Gun Corps, of 7, Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis. L/Cpl Jones died of pneumonia in a hospital at ‘Archangel’ on 25th September. He was sent to Russia about six months ago, serving with the North Russia Expeditionary Force. His brother, Private Bob Jones, died in a French hospital some months ago.

October 26th

We regret to record the death on Saturday last of Benjamin Williams, son of Mr and Mrs David Williams, 42, Commercial Street, Nelson, who had been ill for a considerable period of time, served in the forces for a short while after the outbreak of war, but was discharged through ill-health.

Private John Griffin, R.N.D. is home on leave from a Cardiff hospital. Lance Corporal Will Walters, R.W.F. is now in a Gloucester hospital.
The following soldiers are home on leave: Gunner Will Jenkins, R.N., Privates Ralph Wellington, Welsh, of Shingrig Road; Eddie Beddoe and Will Jones, both of the Welsh Regiment and Ira Meredith of High Street.
Flight Commander E W Mathias, M.C., R.A.F. is home on leave as too is Lieut Charles Lewis of High Street.

Trelewis News - Private Fred Harris, Somerset Light Infantry, of Bontnewydd Terrace, is home on hospital leave.
Privates Eddie Moses, Welsh Guards and Frank Hughes, Welsh Regiment are home on leave.
Private Tom Jewell, Field Street, whose son, Lt W.J.Jewell was killed in action recently, has been discharged from the forces.
Driver R Llewellyn, R.F.A., Glynbargoed Rd, who has been twice wounded, is home this week. Also home this week are Driver Morris Jones, R.F.A.; Cpl Bert Williams, R.F.A.; Sgt A E Moses, Welsh Guards; Pte Ralph Storey, Devonshires; Driver R Woodhouse, R.F.A. and Private Ausin Williams, all from High Street, Trelewis.
Private Tom Jones, M.G.C. is home from a Plymouth hospital.

November 2nd

L/Cpl Herbert Harding, Welsh, of Thomas Street, who has been severely wounded on two occasion, has now been discharged from the forces.
Sapper Will Hopkins, R.E. is wounded in the leg and is now in a hospital at Stoke on Trent.
Corporal Tom Hopkins, Kings African Rifles, brother of Sapper Will Hopkins, has written home saying that on the voyage out to East Africa, his ship was torpedoed by a submarine.
Driver Percy Evans has been wounded and is now in a French hospital. Driver Ernest Pitt, R.H.A., son of Mrs Evans, 77, Shingrig Road, and Private George Davies, Welsh, are home on leave.

Trelewis News - Military Presentation - On Saturday last at Cardiff Barracks, Company Sergeant Major W Owen, of 6, St Mary Street, Trelewis, was presented with a Military Medal and Bar to it in recognition of gallant conduct in France in 1916 and 1917. The recipient has now been discharged from the forces. The presentation was made by Major E L Willcox, officer commanding depot, Welsh Regiment, who said it gave him special pleasure to honour a man of his own regiment who had shown conspicuous gallantry, fearlessness, and devotion to duty. He had been asked to convey to the recipient the personal congratulations of the Major-General of the 14th Division. The Military Medal was won at Loos on December 21st, 1916. The Welsh were making a raid on the enemy trenches in three parties, each under an officer. All the officers were wounded, and Owen, then a Sergeant, took sole charge and successfully carried out the raid through. On returning, he picked up an officer who had fallen on the parapet of the German trench and carried him to safety. The bar to the M.M. was gained at Bourlon Wood on November 21st, 1917. All the company officers were killed or wounded and Sgt-Maj Owen took charge and consolidated the position till relief came on the 25th. Local readers will join in congratulating Ex-Company-Sergeant-Major Owen on his well-deserved decorations. As will be seen from the brief narration of his heroic deeds, he is a man of whom the village should feel proud, and we trust that the inhabitants will also show their appreciation of his gallant conduct in some fitting manner in the near future.

November 9th

Soldiers we have seen home this week are: Bombardier Herbert Spiller, Pte Edgar Hopkins, Bomb Arthur Meyrick, R.G.A. Pte Albert Lee, Welsh and Pte W J Osborne, Monmouthshires.
It is with regret that we report that Private James Fowler, R.A.M.C. has died in a Bristol Military hospital.

Private Will Smith, 40, High Street, has been wounded and is in hospital at Nottingham. Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A. is in a French hospital. Bomb Harold Pitt, R.F.A. is in hospital at Hampstead Heath.

Trelewis News - Driver Fred Stephens, R.F.A. is home on leave and Driver Charles Blunt, R.F.A. is home from hospital.

November 16th

We regret to report the death in hospital at Calais on November the 4th of Private Will Gardner, South Wales Borderers, of Ivy Cottage, and son-in-law to William Jones, 73, Heol Fawr. The deceased joined the forces in 1917 and had been on active service about eight months.
Private John Griffin, R.N.D. has arrived home from hospital.
Corporal Frank Gibbs, Royal Engineers, of 14, Springfield Terrace, has been awarded the Military Medal.

Home on leave are the following soldiers: Trooper Aubrey Green, Privates Eddie Price, A Bickham, W.J. Osborne, Gwyn Jones and Cpl J Rhys Williams, Welsh Guards; Driver Jack Hadley, R.F.A., Pte Ted Date, Welsh and Cpl David Evans, A.S.C.

Peace celebrations

The welcome news that the armistice has been signed became known in the village about 10am, and made the occasion for universal rejoicing. Fog signals and detonators were left off on the railway, the engine drivers vied with eachother in proclaiming the glad tidings, colliery hooters added to the general rejoicing, and above all could be heard the solemn tone of the Church bells telling the story of peace on earth once again. In a very few minutes the village was beflagged, presenting such an appearance as had not been witnesses since the days of the South African war. In the streets there was a smile on every face and “Have you heard the good news?” was the question on everybody’s lips. Tuesday was observed as a general holiday, and the shops were also closed for the day. In the afternoon a Welsh service of thanksgiving was held at Penuel Chapel.

We regret to announce the death in action of Private Josiah Lang, D.C.L.I., and Private Robert E Probert, 12th Welsh Regiment.

November 23rd

Mrs Edgar, 20, Dynevor Terrace has received a letter stating that her son, Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A., who is lying seriously ill with pneumonia at the U.S.A. Base hospital, France, is a little better, but is still in a dangerous condition.

Died of wounds - Mr and Mrs Albert Sims, 21, Llanfabon Road, received the sad news on Sunday last that their son, Private Charlie Sims, R.W.F. has died in France as the result of wounds received in action between November the 4th and 7th. The sad intelligence was conveyed in a letter from a corporal of Pte Sims’ company. The late Pte Sims, who was 26 years old, was called to the colours last May and was attached to the 1st Mon Regt. Later, her transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and with them proceeded to France. He had only been in the firing line about six weeks. He was well known locally and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Abercynon Colliery. He lived next door to and was a firm friend of the late Pte Robert Probert, whose death in action on Nov 2nd we recorded last week.

Welcome Home - At the Primitive Methodist Church on Tuesday evening members held a social gathering for the purpose of according a hearty welcome to Pte John Griffin, Royal Naval Division. Pte Griffin, who is a church member and trustee, was recently wounded by shrapnel in the foot, and has been in hospitals at Nottingham and Cardiff.

Trelewis News - Killed seven of the enemy - Mr and Mrs Robert Jenkins, 3, Caiach Terrace, have been officially notified of the award of the Military Medal to their son, Cpl Robert Jenkins, 241141, 4-5th Batt, Welsh Regt, for a very daring exploit in Palestine. In a recent letter home the gallant corporal makes a brief mention of the incident, and says that he was told he would receive the D.C.M. for it. Readers will agree after reading the official description of his gallant action, that he should receive the V.C.

Military Notes - Pte W Hardman, 1st Devons, of 60 High Street, is home on rest leave from France. He has seen three years service. Trooper W H Davies, 1st Royal Dragoons, of Richards Terrace, is home on short leave from Tidworth Camp.

Death in Germany - The sad news was received on Monday that Pte Jack Wiliams, Welsh Regiment, only son of Mr and Mrs John Williams, 8, Glynbargoed Road, had died in Germany where he was a prisoner of war. Pte Williams enlisted early in the war and had seen much service prior to being captured and was once severely wounded. His death is reported as having occurred in August last. He was well known and highly esteemed by all classes. He was of a bright and cheerful disposition and the sad news has been received by his friends with profound regret.

November 30th

Signaller W A Lambert, West Yorks Regt, of Florida House, Shingrig Road, arrived home on Monday morning after being for many months a prisoner of war in Germany, The street was gaily decorated with flags and bunting in honour of the event, as Signaller Lambert was the first local prisoner to arrive home since the armistice was signed. Taking into account the conditions prevailing in Germany, Pte Lambert looked exceedingly well. He was accorded a warm welcome.

Military Items - Sapper W Hopkins, R.E., of Commercial Street, who was wounded in the recent fighting, has arrived home on leave from hospital at Stoke on Trent. Driver Emlyn Edwards, A.S.C., of Hollybush Terrace, has been home on rest leave from France. Whilst home Driver Edwards’ wife died in North Wales from influenza. A number of local soldiers on home service have arrived home, having been discharged for work in the coal mines. Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A. of Dynevor Terrace, who has been so seriously ill from influenza in France, has now been brought to a hospital in St Albans, Middlesex and is progressing favourably. We are pleased to note that Lieut Edward Idris Walters, Worcester Regt, is home on rest leave from Mesopotamia. Lieut Walters, who is the son of Mr Robert Walters, Shingrig House, was prior to enlisting, on the clerical staff of the Ocean Coal Co. He has seen service in France, Egypt, East Africa, India and Mesopotamia. Private Sid Williams, M.M., Dorset Regt of Warren Terrace, has been discharged from the forces in consequence of severe wounds received in action. Sgt F Every, Wiltshire Regt, formerly a postman in the village, paid a visit to Nelson last weekend. He is a staff sergeant at Devizes since the war started.

December 7th

Lance Corporal W A Williams, Welsh Regt, of Ashgrove Terrace, has received his discharge from the forces in order to resume coal mining. He was one of the first Nelson men to enlist and has seen much active service in France, being wounded on one occasion. Latterly he has been serving on the East Coast. Ptes Emlyn Morgan, Welsh Guards, of Shingrig Road and Private George Tranter of Wern Crescent have also been discharged.

Honours Won - The following is a complete record of the honours brought to the village by local members of His Majesty’s Forces: The Military Cross has been awarded to Flight Commander F W Mathias, R.A.F.; Battery Sergeant Major John Miles, R.F.A. has won the D.C.M. and M.M. and the Parchment of Ireland; the D.C.M. has been awarded to Sgt Tom Loveridge, Royal Warwicks, Sergt Jas Morthey, 2nd Welsh and Lance Corporal Lyn Austin, London Regt. The Military Medal has been won by Pte Sid Williams, Dorset Regt, Pte H Vine, S.W.B., Driver Ivor Reed, R.F.A., Sapper Frank Gibbs, R.E., and Corpl Robert Jenkins, 5th Welsh Regt and a Russian Order of St Stanislaus has been conferred on A.B. Lot Varmin.

Nelson’s Contribution - The figures recently published of the losses sustained by this country in the great war are staggering. Equally so are the local statistics, which show that the boys of Nelson have paid a great part in the fight for world freedom. We have been striving during the war to keep a careful record of all casualties, and if by any change the name of any soldier is not found in the following list, we would ask that full information is given to our Nelson representative. Mr D T Lewis, as early as possible. The following Nelson soldiers have been killed in action, died of wounds or died whilst in training:

Lieut H H Morgan, 2nd Lieut E Jones, Drummer W Gardner, Privates Lewis Edmunds, Ben Jones, R F Meacham, Arthur harding, Harry Brown, W E Hughes, J Parkins, T Mansell, Tom Edwards, Harry Jones, Arthur Dobbs, John Powell, W North, Sam Bundy, Reginald Pugh, A Hanbury, M Martin, C Morris, A Vine, M Price, W Steers, D Lewis, R E Probert, C Sims, Josiah Lang, J Fowler, R Hadley, T Exon, W Cook, W Gardner, Tom Jenkins, Sergeants J Carter, J Northey, J T Jenkins, F Harley, E J Davies, Corporals J Meredith, C Ruck, T Abraham, S Jenkins, Lance Corporal R Brace. A total of 45 whilst three other Nelson soldiers, Lieut H E Osborne, Pte A C Pugh and Pte T Pollard have been missing for nearly three years.

December 14th

Military Notes - Home on leave this week we have noticed Corpl W Pugh, R.E., High Street, son of Mr Ben Pugh, contractor. Cpl Pugh was severely wounded in action in 1917 but he has now practically recovered. Private Eddie Price, Canadian Scottish, has also been on a visit to his relatives in the village prior to returning to his home in Canada. Pte Price is a son of Mr Will Price, formerly the village blacksmith. Other soldiers we have noted home are Pte Percy Lewis, son of Mr George Lewis, Llwyncelyn House, Pte Tom Williams, Commercial Street and Lance Cpl Jim Matthews, Welsh Regt, of Shingrig Road. On Thursday week Lance Cpl Will Walters, R.W.F., son of Mr Robert Walters, Shingrig House, arrived home from hospital at Gloucester. Lance Cpl Walters has had his right arm amputated as the result of serious wounds received in action in France.

Private Jack Powell, M.G.C. son of Mr and Mrs R Powell, Springfield Terrace, arrived home from France on Sunday morning to receive his discharge. Pte Powell had been ten months at the front. Other local soldiers are expected home daily.
Driver John Bickham, R.F.A. of Hollybush Terace, has been discharged to resume coal mining. Pte Ira Meredith, S.W.B. and W J Osborne, Mons Regt, are home on Christmas eve.
Pte Bob Jones, High Street and E Morgan, Pentwyn, both of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, are now home after having been a long time prisoners of war in Germany. Both were employed in a German coal mine for which they received 10d a day. They had to depend for food principally on parcels from this country.

Killed in action - On Thursday week, Mr and Mrs George Slade, 31, Heol Fawr, Nelson, received an official notification stating that their eldest son, Pte William Edward Slade, 48910, Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers, was killed in action on 4th November. The deceased soldier was 24 years old. He enlisted in the Cardiff Pals Regiment in September 1914 and after a few months training in this country was drafted to the Balkans. He took part in all the fighting at Salonika until he contracted malaria, from which he was invalided home in May last year after being out of England for 3 years and 5 months. In June, he was sent to Redcar and on the 1st of October to France having been transferred from his old regiment to the Royal Inniskillins. Whilst in training at Redcar, he was married on 20th September to Miss Annie Duncan of Batley Carr, Dewsbury, the ceremony taking place at Ripon. Prior to the army, he worked at Penallta Colliery.

December 14th

Trelewis News - As briefly reported last week, the death occurred at Redcar on December 2nd from pneumonia, of Pte W H Lewis, 6th Welsh, of 14, Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis. The remains were brought to Trelewis on Thursday week and the funeral took place the same day at Beechgrove Cemetery. The Rev W D Nicholas conducted a short service at the house and at the graveside, the Rev W J Williams, Vicar of Ystrad Mynach officiated and also conducted the R.A.O.B. funeral service. Deceased was a member of Gaiach Lodge, R.A.O.B. and the members attended in good numbers. Amongst those also present were several soldiers home on leave and a number of discharged soldiers. The principal mourners were Mr and Mrs Aaron Lewis, Misses Polly and Maud Lewis, Mr Ifor Lewis, Mr and Mrs Jones and Mrs N Morgan.

December 21st

In Denmark - Information has been received that Pte David Evans, Welsh Regt, better known as Dai Lossin, who was captured by the Huns some months ago, has reached Denmark on his way to England. His many friends will be pleased to learn that he is in good health.

During the past few weeks a number of local soldiers have received their discharge from the forces in order to resume coal mining. Amongst the number we have noticed J H Bickham, Ralph Wellington, Will Davies, Gwilym Davies, Leonard Bolton, Will Coles, C J Smith, C Watkins, Idris Slade and E D Jones. Many more are expected home in the course of the next few weeks.
During the past week we have noticed several local soldiers home on the special Christmas leave, amongst them being 2nd Lt Jack Hughes, S.W.B., Corpl W Nicholas, R.E., Lance Corpl Clifford Edwards, Pte Arthur Farrant and Pte W J Osborne. All the men appeared in the best of health and were warmly welcomed by their friends.

On Furlough - Lieut Fred Whiteman, R.W.F. of Shingrig Road and Pte John Griffin, Royal Naval Division, of 126, Shingrig Road, arrived home for Christmas leave on Monday. Pte H E Parry, London Regt, of 1, Caiach Terrace and Pte Angus Thomas, A.P.C., 130, Shingrig Road, are also home. L/Corpl Jim Matthews, Welsh Regt, of 33 Shingrig Road returned to his depot on Wednesday. Gunner Oatley Taylor, R.G.A. of Shingrig Road, arrived from France on Tuesday evening.

Home again - After being a prisoner of war in Germany for over four years, Pte Robert Williams, R.W.F. of Wern Crescent, returned to Nelson on Monday. Pte Williams was on the reserve when war broke out and went to France with the first British Expeditionary Force. He was captured by the Huns during the retreat from Mons and has had some thrilling and exciting experiences whilst a prisoner. He looks in good health at the moment and as can be expected, was accorded a hearty welcome.

Pte J Breeze, Welsh Regt, son of Mr John Breeze, 90, Shingrig Road, has arrived home from France. Some months ago Pte Breeze was seriously injured through being thrown out of a trap, but he has now practically recovered. Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A., who was invalided home some weeks ago, and has been in hospital in St Albans, is now making good progress at a convalescent home. Pte Eddie Bevan, R.W.F., son of Mrs Bevan, 94, Shingrig Road, who has been a prisoner of war in Germany, arrived home from Ripon on Monday morning. Several local soldiers arrived home from France on Sunday morning, amongst them being Pte Jack Prosser, Welsh Regt, of Wern Crescent, Driver Jack Haskell, R.F.A. of Wern Crescent and Pte Will Jones, Welsh Regt, of Heol Fawr.

December 28th

On Leave - Pte Albert Matthews, Shingrig Road and Gunner Emlyn Andrews, R.M.S., Shingrig Road, Bombdr Bert Watkins, R.F.A. and Pte Ted Date, R.W.F. are amongst the latest arrivals home on Christmas leave. Pte Dai Evans, Welsh Regt, a prisoner of war, who we last week reported as being in Denmark, has now arrived at his home.

Military Items - Driver Leslie Lewis, R.F.A. of Dynevor Terrace, arrived home on Thursday week from Potters Bar Convalescent home. Lance Cpl Will Walters, R.W.F. whose right leg has been amputated as the result of wounds in action, is home on hospital leave, and his brother Capt E I Walters, Worcester Regt is also home from Mesopotamia. Both are sons of Mr Robert Walters, Shingrig. Pte Albert Lee, Welsh Regt, of Caerphilly Road, who has seen over three years active service in France, has now been discharged for work in the mines, as also has Pte Hughie Gibbs, Springfield Terrace; Pte Ted Breeze, Pte Evan D Powell and Pte Jack Williams. Driver Jack Haverlot, R.F.A. of Heol Fawr, who has seen active service in Egypt and Palestine and Pte Idwal Williams, Labour Company, are home on Christmas leave.
Sgt Major Olwen Meacham and Pte Maslin of the W.A.A.C. have also been home.
Bandsman Harold Simmonds, Welsh Regt, of Dynevor Terrace is home on leave. Bandsman Simmonds went to France with the ‘Old Contemptibles’ and was the chum of Drummer W Gardner, the first Nelson soldier killed in the war.

Pte George Davies, Welsh Regt, Dynevor Terrace, Pte Will Davies, S.W.B., Powell’s Work, Pte Will Lowe, M.G.C, Taff Cottage, Pte David Nicholas, M.G.C, of High Street, Pte Will Phillips, Welsh Regt, Shingrig Road, Driver Tom Hurley, R.F.A, of Mackintosh Terrace and Driver Jack Hadley, R.F.A., Shingrig Road are amongst the latest arrivals home from rest leave and discharge.
Sgt Patsy Fleming, Royal Munster Fusiliers, 11, Shingrig Road, is home on hospital leave from Scotland. Sgt Fleming was seriously wounded some months ago.
Lance Cpl Tom Smith, R.E., Ashgrove Terrace, has also arrived from France.

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