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THE 10th ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS

AT DELVILLE WOOD - 20th/21st July 1916

The 10th RWF was part of the 76th Brigade of the 3rd Division which arrived in the Somme sector early July 1916 from the North of France.

The battalion was not involved in the action of the 5th Divison at Bazentin and Longueval, 14-18th July.

The 10th RWF was ordered to take position in Delville Wood on the 20th July (without reconnaissance) and to push through it from Princes Street. As so many troops (of whom the remains of the South African Brigade) were involved in such small area the order was given that there should be no firing.

Reaching the wood at 2.45am, they were misled by the 53rd Brigade Guide (some declared that he was drunk) and directed to Buchanan Street right in the German lines. Suddenly the whole wood seemed to be full of Germans. The Welsh encountered a heavy machine gun fire and many of them were surrounded. A close quarter fighting followed in which Corporal J.J Davis (D Coy) and Private O.A. Hill (C Coy) were to gain the V.C.

The battalion was relieved on the 21st at 3.00am and  posted in Breslau Trench (between Carnoy and Montauban) until the 25th July. It was again in action on the Somme mid-August on the South of Guillemont, sustaining 224 casualties.

The 10th R.W.F. sustained 228 casualties in Delville Wood of whom the following 91 men killed, died of wounds or missing in action, and buried or commemorated in France (no included potential wounded men died at home during or after the War).

Private

Sydney John ARTHURS

Born at South Kensington, London. Lived at London. Enlisted at Carmarthen.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 22

Rest in peace in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval (3.A.22.)

 

Private

George William BIRCHALL

Born at St Luke's, Middlesex. Enlisted at London.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 40

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Captain

George Penderell BLAKE

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 37

Rest in peace in AIF Burial Ground, Flers (XV.F.26.)

 

Private

Harry BOWKER

Born at Sharrow, Yorks. Lived at Northwich. Enlisted at Merthyr.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 28

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Tom Francis BRINDLEY

Born at Fenton, Staffs. Enlisted at Longton, Staffs.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 39

Rest in peace in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval (4.G.3.)

 

Private

Charles BULLOCK

Born and enlisted at Wednesbury.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 32

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (VIII.G.1.)

 

Private

Harry BURGESS

Born, lived and enlisted at Denton.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XXVI.P.3.)

 

Private

James BURGESS

Born at Kippax, Yorks. Enlisted at Castleford, Yorks.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Robert Henry CAMPION

Born and enlisted at Burton-on-Trent

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 29

Rest in peace in Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban (M82)

 

Private

John CARROLL

Born at Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth. Enlisted at Pwllheli, Carnavon.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

John CARTWRIGHT

Born at All Saints, Wigan, Lancs. Enlisted at Wigan.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 29

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

William Henry CLAYTON

Born at Brymbo, Denbigh. Lived at Wrexham. Enlisted at Caergwrle.

Died of wounds on the 8th August 1916 - Age 25

Rest in peace in La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie (I.F.3.)

 

Private

Thomas COLOHAN

Born at St Mary’s, Chester. Enlisted at Chester.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 30

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XXIII.N.7.)

 

Private

John DAVIES

Born at Cheltenham, Gloucester. Enlisted at Aberbargoed.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

LanceCorporal

John Lewis DAVIES

Born and enlisted at Liverpool.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IX.J.1.)

 

Corporal

Robert Owen DAVIES

Born and lived at Manchester. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Thomas Frederick DAVIES

Born at Kensington, London. Lived at Newport. Enlisted at Ruthin.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 34

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

John Thomas DEAN

Born and enlisted at Stockport, Cheshire.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

William Charles DEAN

Born at Lambeth, London. Enlisted at Holborn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 35

Rest in peace in Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban (M79)

 

LanceCorporal

Wilfred Alonza DEEN

Born at Merthyr, Glam. Lived at Dufryn. Enlisted at Cefn Coed

Formerly South Wales Borderers

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IV.I.3.)

 

Sergeant

Frederick DIVER

Born at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Lancs. Enlisted at Manchester.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Samuel Walter DOMINEY

Born at Hoxton, London. Enlisted at Shoreditch.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (III.J.3.)

 

LanceCorporal

Charles Henry DUNFORD

Born at Wedmore, Somerset. Lived at Weston-super-Mare. Enlisted at Birmingham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 31

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Simon Lambert DURBIN

Born at Bristol. Lived at Bedminster. Enlisted at Newport.

Formerly South Wales Borderers

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 19

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Daniel Edwin EDWARDS

Born and lived at Llanon, Cardigan. Enlisted at Abertridwr.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 25

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (III.K.10.)

 

Corporal

Thomas Frederick ELLIS

Born and enlisted at Wrexham. Lived at Cowling, Yorks.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in AIF Burial Ground, Flers (XVI.A.13.)

 

LanceCorporal

John Garfield EVANS

Born at Cellan. Lived at Lampeter. Enlisted at Tumble.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 22

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Peter EVANS

Born and enlisted at Flints.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 21

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

LanceCorporal

Richard EVANS

Enlisted at Rotherhithe, London.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

William John EVANS

Born and lived at Ferndale. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

SecondLieutenant

Leonard George GODFREY

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 27

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A) 

 

Private

Harry GOWER

Born at Highgate, London. Enlisted at Holborn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 20

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Thomas GREEN

Born and lived at Swadlincote, Burton-on-Trent. Enlisted at Burton-on-Trent.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 28

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (III.A.5.)

 

Private

Joseph HILL

Born at Windlebury, Staffs. Lived at Denton. Enlisted at Hyde.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Ernest HOLLAND

Born at Church Gresley. Enlisted at Derby

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 21

Rest in peace in Carnoy Military Cemetery (O.26.).

 

Private

Hugh HUGHES

Born at Llanddona, Anglesey. Enlisted at Bangor.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 29

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XXIII.N.1.)

 

Sergeant

Ephraim JACKSON

Born at Northop, Flintshire. Enlisted at Buckley, Flintshire

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 26

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XI.J.4.)

 

Sergeant

John Thomas JENKINS

Born at Treharris, Glam. Enlisted at Merthyr.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Joseph JOHNSON

Born and enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XI.K.7.)

 

Private

Frederick White JONES

Born at Kensington, London. Enlisted at Holborn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

CompanySergeant Major

George JONES

Born at Coity. Enlisted at Pontypridd.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XIII.I.1.)

 

Private

Gilbert Parry JONES

Born at Weston Rhyn, Salop. Lived at Ruabon. Enlisted at Chirk.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XXIII.N.3.)

 

Private

Thomas Arthur JONES

Born and lived at Wrexham. Enlisted at Manchester.

Formerly Royal Garrison Artillery.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 26

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Thomas Charles JONES

Born and lived at Llanrug. Enlisted at Llanberis.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 26

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

LanceCorporal

Wilfred JONES

Born at Blaenau Festiniog. Lived at Bridgend. Enlisted at Maesteg.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

William JONES

Lived at Llanfairfechan. Enlisted at Canavon.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 24

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Thomas Henry KELLETT

Born at Rhondda, Glam. Lived at Tonpentre. Enlisted at Pentre.

Formerly Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery

Died of wounds on the 8th August 1916 - Age 25

Rest in peace in Dive Copse British Cemetery (II.B.1.).

 

Sergeant

David James LEWIS

Born and enlisted at Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 19 (Born on the 1st February 1897).

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

John Francis LEWIS

Born and lived at Penrhiwfer, Glam. Enlisted at Tonypandy.

Formerly South Wales Borderers.

Died of wounds on the 8th August 1916 - Age 38

Rest in peace in Abbeville Communal Cemetery (V.D.4.).

 

Private

Albert Frederick LINDSAY

Born at Finchley, Middlesex. Enlisted at Holborn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Eynon MALONEY

Born at St Mark’s, Swansea. Enlisted at Swansea.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 24

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Charles MORGAN

Born and lived at Rhymney, Mon. Enlisted at Newport.

Formerly South Wales Borderers.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 33

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A).

 

LanceCorporal

Jenkin MORGAN

Born and enlisted at Swansea.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 29

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XXIII.N.2.)

 

Private

Isaac Jones MORRIS

Born at Blackyn, Flintshire. Lived at Rhydymwyn. Enlisted at Mold.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 19

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Walter NEAVE

Born at Hackford, Norfolk. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 36

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Edward James OWEN

Born and lived at Carnavon. Enlisted at Liverpool.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 21

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Hugh OWEN

Born at Llangefni, Anglesey. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 30

Rest in peace in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps (I.BB.55.)

 

Second Lieutenant

Henry PAGE

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in AIF Burial Ground, Flers (XV.F.25.).

 

Private

William Pritchard PARRY

Born at Dolbenmaen, Carn. Lived at Garn, S.O.. Enlisted at Talysarn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 19

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

James William Frances PHILLPOT

Born at Bethnal Green. Enlisted at Shoreditch, London.

Died of wounds on the 20th July 1916 - Age 19

Rest in peace in Dive Copse British Cemetery (II.F.2.)

 

Private

George Francis PIERCE

Born, lived and enlisted at Weston Rhyn, Salop.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 21

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Arthur PLASTER

Born at Bedwelty, Mon. Lived at Abertillery. Enlisted at Brynmawr, Brecon.

Formerly South Wales Borderers.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Lance Corporal

Edward Arthur POLIN

Born and enlisted at Conway, Carn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (X.L.7.)

 

Private

William John PRITCHARD

Born at Llanllyfni, Carn. Lived and enlisted at Bangor.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 20

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (III.G.10.)

 

Private

Thomas Arthur PROSSER

Lived at Hereford. Enlisted at Neath, Glam.

Formerly Welsh Regiment.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

James PUFFER

Born and enlisted at Birmingham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XI.J.3.)

 

Private

John David REES

Born at Llandebie, Carn. Enlisted at Ammanford, Carn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 20

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

CompanySergeant Major

Edward ROBERTS

M.M.

Born and enlisted at Denbigh.

Died of wounds on the 30th July 1916

Rest in peace in Abbeville Communal Cemetery (V.H.14.)

 

Private

John ROBERTS

Born at Llanddeiniolen. Enlisted at Llanberis, Carn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 24

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (V.C.2.)

 

Private

Owen ROBERTS

Born at Bettws-Y-Coed, Carn. Enlisted at Loughborough, Leicester.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 21

Rest in peace in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval (4.G.5.)

 

Sergeant

Robert John ROBERTS

Born at Tydweiliog, Carn. Lived at Pwllheli. Enlisted at Cefnamlwch.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XV.L.7.)

 

Private

Percy ROGERS

Born at Chiddon, Somerset. Enlisted at Birmingham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 27

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IV.H.1.)

 

Lance Corporal

John Howard ROSTANCE

Born and enlisted at Burton-on-Trent, Staffs.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Stanley Thomas William SAUNDERS

Born and lived at Ipswich, Suffolk. Enlisted at Tumble.

Formerly Welsh Regiment.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 29

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Captain

George Devereux SCALE

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 27

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

John Boxell SHAW

Born at Hammersmith, London. Enlisted at Oxford.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 23

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IX.J.7.)

 

Lance Corporal

Charles SHEPHERD

Born at St Oswald’s, Chester. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Lance Sergeant

Jack SMITH

Born at Silverdale, Staffs. Lived at Denton. Enlisted at Hyde, Cheshire.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 25

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Richard STILTON

Born at Bermondsey, London. Enlisted at Holborn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 39

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (V.E.7.)

 

Private

James STOTT

Born at Parr, Lancs. Enlisted at St Helens, Lancs.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

Alfred Claude THOMAS

Born at St Ishmael’s. Enlisted at Haverfordwest, Pembroke.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 23

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (V.E.3.)

 

Private

Arthur THOMAS

Born at Llanddeiniolen, Carn. Lived at Cwmyglo. Enlisted at Llanberis, Carn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 26

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XIV.L.8.)

 

Private

Benjamin WALTERS

Born at Cwmbran, Mon. Enlisted at Barry, Glam.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IX.J.2.).

 

Private

Thomas WALTERS

Born and lived at Britton Ferry. Enlisted at Aberavon, Glam.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)

 

Private

William WILDRIDGE

Born at Liverpool. Enlisted at Seaforth.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (IX.C.7.)

 

Private

Edward Tudor WILLIAMS

Born at Llandelig, Carn. Enlisted at Carnavon.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (V.G.9.)

 

Corporal

Mesech WILLIAMS

Born and enlisted at Holywell.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 25

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XV.K.6.)

 

LanceCorporal

Richard WILLIAMS

Born at Abergele, Denbigh. Enlisted at Colwyn Bay.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 25

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (X.L.2.)

 

Private

Richard WILLIAMS

Born at Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. Enlisted at Menai Bridge, Carn.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 23

Rest in peace in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (XI.J.6.)

 

Private

Robert Albert WYNNE

M.M.

Born at Denbigh. Enlisted at Wrexham.

Killed in action on the 20th July 1916 - Age 24

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Panel 4A)