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Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery

The Cardigan Battery, Royal Field Artillery was a Territorial unit which had been formed during 1908 out of pre-existing volunteer units. Based, as the name suggests, in Cardiganshire, it drew its recruits mainly from the town of Aberystwyth. The battery formed, along with the 3rd and 4th Glamorgan Batteries and the 2nd Welsh Ammunition Column, the 2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery of the 53rd (Welsh) Division.

 

Mobilized in August 1914 the battery, as with all Territorial units, was manned by men who had volunteered for service at home and had no obligation for overseas service. Due to the expansion of the army and the Territorial Force and the forming of a second Welsh TA division, the 68th (2nd Welsh) Division, the 2nd Welsh Brigade was designated the 1st/2nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, while its second line unit, raised in Cardiff on 14 September 1914, became the 2nd/2nd  Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. The Cardigan Battery concentrated with the 53rd Division in the area of Bedford and Northampton soon after mobilisation and later moved to Norfolk and Suffolk. The 69th Division reached Bedford and Northampton by 29 April 1915.

 

The Divisional Artillery did not leave England when the 53rd Division embarked for service at Gallipoli during July 1915. It remained at Bedford and was rearmed before embarking for France from 20 November 1915 and concentrating near Pont Remy. The battery enttrained on 1 February 1916 for Marseilles, where it sailed for Egypt. By 22 February 1916 the artillery had concentrated at Beni Salama and came once again under command of the 53rd Division. It then fought with the division during its long and arduous campaign in Egypt, Palestine and Syria.

Casualties of the Cardigan Battery

 

The Cardigan Battery was exceedingly lucky to suffer very few casualties during the war., suffering the loss of only thirty one known men. Only six of these died while actually serving with the Battery: the remainder had since transferred to others. These men are shown below. If any more are discovered, this list will be updated. The case of Robert Corfield is particularly interesting and can be read on this page: The Forgotten Soldiers.

Rank

Name

Number

Date Died

Serjeant

Banks, Albert Edward

730967

11/08/1918

Bombardier

Beck, Frank

730085

09/03/1918

Driver

Bennison, Frank

730160

21/04/1917

Driver

Brooks, William Francis

730158

18/11/1917

Bombardier

Cartwright, Thomas

730060

07/10/1917

Gunner

Clarke, Arthur

730385

29/04/1917

Gunner

Corfield, Robert

1011

26/08/1915

Driver

Cottrell, Thomas Richard

731008

15/02/1919

Gunner

Cummings, David Lanyon

730501

16/04/1918

Gunner

Davies, David Edward

730230

04/12/1918

Gunner

Davies, Edward James

730295

23/08/1918

Driver

Edmunds, Charles

730809

13/01/1919

Lance Bombardier

Elias, Harold Cameron

730402

29/03/1918

Driver

Evans, Thomas Davies

730701

06/11/1918

Gunner

Evans, William Alcwyn

730711

12/09/1917

Driver

Harvey, W

730133

19/04/1920

Gunner

Haste, Charles John Victor Sealy

730903

18/03/1919

Gunner

Inwood, Francis Edward

730367

15/06/1918

Gunner

James, Harry

730139

23/12/1917

Driver

Jones, John Emlyn

730076

08/02/1919

Gunner

Jones, Leon

1028

21/04/1916

Gunner

Lowe, Reginald John

730912

10/09/1918

Gunner

Morgan, John Ivor

731220

19/09/1918

Driver

Phillips, William Oswald

730605

26/09/1918

Gunner

Plain, Joseph William Percy

730535

06/05/1918

Driver

Rhys, Ivor Towy

730936

28/05/1917

Bombardier

Roderick, Herbert Vincent

730094

04/11/1918

Driver

Smith, Francis Henry

730243

20/11/1917

Driver

Stephens, Albert Hubert

731018

25/05/1918

Shoeing Smith

Wakley, George William

730584

29/07/1917

Gunner

Williams, Leonard William

731038

13/02/1919

Website News

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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