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Welsh Fusiliers WW1

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borollan Report 23 Sep 2019 17:35

Would anyone happen to know if you had to Welsh to join them in World War One?

Husbands Grandfather, Sidney John Sales, has turned up a match in this regimet but we are not aware of any welsh connections at all, family from London.


greyghost Report 23 Sep 2019 18:37

If a Regiment was short of members, then the next folk to sign up would probably be sent there - or transferred in from elsewhere. but in this case looks as though the RWF had a London Battalion.

Is this him ?

British Army Service Records

First name(s) Sidney
Last name Sales
Age 20
Birth year 1895
Birth town Lambeth
Birth county Surrey
Birth country England
Service number 22815
Regiment Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Unit / Battalion 15th Battalion
Year 1915
Series WO 363
Series description Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents'
The National Archives
Record set British Army Service Records

Enlisted aged 20 (a Labourer) at Holborn 23rd Jan 1915 to 15th Battalion (LW) RWF - so London Welsh Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Became unlikely to make an efficient soldier as Medically unfit and was Discharged 19 March 1915

Married Emily Louisa Williams at Christ Church, Southwark 15th June 1913.
Of 30 Milcote Street, Blackfriars

Daughter Emily Mary baptised 27th June 1913 Southwark


borollan Report 24 Sep 2019 15:56

Thank you so much

That’s solved that mystery


Jennifer Report 1 Oct 2019 00:47

The Welsh Fusilliers was my Grandfathers regiment ,and there is no Welsh connection..He was Irish Roman Catholic 1st generation...There has been a book written about them by Grahame Knight,and my Grandfather is there as he was the first man to enlist, from Birmingham Warwickshire as it was back then,and from Grahame I garnered little snippets of information,he knew where my grandfather drank ,some of his colleagues,this was the 1800's,all the information was correct as my father when alive related the majority . I personally have found army records an excellent source of tracking down your relatives.