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History of the Welsh Guards

The destruction of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 called for new regiments to be formed.

The Welsh Guards was one of these regiments.

On 26 February 1915, King George V approved the creation of a Welsh Regiment of Foot Guards.

Within a month, the Company Colours and their uniform details were settled.

In August, 1915, the Welsh Guards sailed to France to participate in the First World War. They immediately began training.

Times were hard and the regiment’s first test was the Battle of Loos: the first major action of the war to use the new Kitchener’s men.

Captain Dudley Ward served in the Welsh Regiment. His historical account of the men who fought through the battles tells the story of the hardships encountered, and the courage and determination these men showed.

Four years of the battles fought were retold in compelling detail.

Captain Dudley Ward thoroughly captures the sequence of events that unfolded, providing a detailed regimental history of the Welsh Guards during the First World War.

Captain Dudley Ward (b.1879-1945) was the author of many regimental histories, including The Fifty Sixth Division: 1914-1918, The 74th (Yeomanry) Division In Syria And France, and Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers – Vol III. 1914-1918.

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