No. 7753 Lance-Corporal William Fuller, 2nd Battalion, The Welsh Regiment, for conspicuous gallantry on 14th September, near Chivy on the Aisne, by advancing about 100 yards to pick up Captain Haggard, who was mortally wounded, and carrying him back to cover under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Chivy sur Aisne, France, 14th Sept. 1914 (LG 23/11/1914)
No. 16224 Pte. Herbert William Lewis, 11th Battalion Welsh R. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during a raid. On reaching the enemy trenches Private Lewis was twice wounded, but refused to be attended to, and showed great gallantry in searching enemy dug-outs.. He was again wounded and again refused attendance. At this point three of the enemy were observed to be approaching, and Private Lewis immediately attacked them single-handed, capturing all. Subsequently, during the retirement, he went to the assistance of a wounded man, and under heavy shell and rifle fire brought him to our lines, on reaching which he collapsed. Private Lewis showed throughout a brilliant example of courage, endurance and devotion to duty. 22/23 October 1916 Macukovo Greece, (LG 15/12/1916)
2nd Lt. Edgar Kinghorn Myles, Welsh R. Attached to the 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment: For most conspicuous bravery. He went out alone on several occasions in front of our advanced trenches, and, under heavy rifle fire and at great personal risk, assisted wounded men lying in the open. On one occasion he carried in a wounded officer to a place of safety under circumstances of great danger. 9 April 1916 Sanna-ii-Yat, Mesopotamia (LG 26/9/1916)
Ambrose Madden
Sjt.-Major Ambrose Madden. For having headed a party of men of the 41st Regiment, and having cut off and taken prisoners one Russian Officer and fourteen privates, three of whom he, personally and alone, captured,. (LG 24/2/1857)
Hugh Rowlands
Brevet-Major Hugh Rowlands: For rescuing Colonel Haly, of the 47th Regiment, from Russian soldiers, Colonel Haly having been wounded and surrounded by them, and for gallant exertions in holding the ground occupied by his advanced picquet against the enemy, at the commencement of the Battle of Inkerman. (LG 24/2/1857)

Medals of the Regiments:
The Welsh Regiment

Welsh Regiment Cap Badge

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Cap badge of the Welsh Regiment, the Prince of Wales's plumes with coronet. The spelling on this earlier version "The Welsh", was changed to "The Welch" in 1920.  
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The Welsh Regiment

1719 - 1969
pre 1881 post 1881
41st (The Welsh) Regiment of Foot 1st Battalion The Welsh Regiment
69th( South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion The Welsh Regiment
Earliest recognised formation: 41st: 1719, when raised as a regiment of Chelsea Hospital out pensioner "Invalids" - then titled "Edmund Fielding's Regiment of Foot".  Known as the Royal Invalids in 1747, becoming the  41st Regiment of Foot in 1787
69th: 1756 when raised as a 2nd Battalion of the 24th Regiment of Foot, redesignated 69th Regiment in 1758
Motto: Gwell angau na Chywilydd = Death before dishonour
Regimental Journal:  Men of Harlech
WWI: Battle Honours; 71 Victoria Crosses; 3 Died; 8360
WWII:    Battle Honours; 22 Victoria Crosses;  1 Died;  ????
Amalgamated: 1969, with The South Wales Borderers to form The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot)
A 2nd battalion of the 69th was operational  1803-1816, and a 2nd of the 41st during 1813, but the latter was amalgamated with the 1st battalion of the same regiment on its arrival in North America in that year.

The 1812 War with America (41st Regiment) and the Capture of Java 1811 (69th Regiment)

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814

Fort Detroit
number: 62


number: 111*

* Two officers also had Egypt clasps: Lt. John Matthews (for service with the 79th Regt.), and Sub Thos Pate Mitchell (for service with the 1st Regiment of Foot)

Battle Honours: Detroit, Queenstown, Miami, Niagara, Java.


Battle of Waterloo 1815 2nd Battalion, 69th Regiment

Waterloo Medal 1815

Number: 344

Casualties 16th, 17th & 18th June 1815 (extracted London Gazette 8/7/1815 & "Medals of the British Army and  how they were won" T. Carter 1861*)

Officers:1 Lieutenant-Colonel, 2 Captains, and 1 Lieutenant killed;  2 Captains, 3 Lieutenants and 2 Ensigns wounded.

*Sergeants, Trumpeters, Drummers, Farriers and Rank and File:

Killed Wounded Missing
Died of wounds Suffered amputation Discharged Transferred to Veteran or Garrison Battalions Rejoined the Regiment Remaining in hospitals in April 1816 Total Rejoined the RegimentNot since heard of, supposed dead.
46 17 2 1 3 136 27 186 44 -

*Carter's figures are in turn extracted from the return prepared by the Adjutant-Generals office, 13th April 1816.

Battle Honour;  Waterloo.


First Anglo-Burmese War 1824-1826 

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826



number: 149

Battle Honour: Ava


First Afghan War 1839-1842  41st Regiment

Candahar Medal 1842

number: 26

Ghuznee Cabul Medal 1842

number: 105

Candahar Ghuznee Cabul Medal 1842

number: 494

Battle Honours:  Candahar 1842; Ghuznee 1842; Cabool 1842


Crimean War  1854 - 1856  41st Regiment 

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

Clasp: → ..none...





Total Medals  
Number: ? 82328 740>1312 1386  
List of Balaklava Recipients

Battle Casualties;

Action. Killed Died of Wounds 'Wounded' Dangerously
Missing Total
Battle of the Alma 4- 23- -- -27
First bombardment of Sebastopol, first battle of Inkermann and minor actions 21 2- 71 -13
Battle of Inkermann 39- -18 7213 -142
Assault on the Quarries -1* -- 414  19
First Attack on the Redan 2- -- 59 -16
Final Attack on the Redan 37- -3 6265 16183
2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Bombardments of Sebastopol and Minor Actions. 243* -6 4881 -162

Grand Total:     


*1 Mortally Wounded


Men who served in the Crimea also eligible for:

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855


VCs: 2;  Rowlands Madden


Battle Honours:  Alma; Inkermann; Sevastopol.

1881: The foot regiments now become The 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Welsh Regiment

Sudan Wars 1884-91 1st Battalion

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89 (undated reverse)

clasp; ...none...

Gemaizah 1888

number; ??


Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star undated.


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  1st Battalion (Nov 1899-end of the war)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, and King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also common:

Relief of Kimberley
Diamond Hill
number: ? ? ? ? ? ?



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW / DOD Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
1st Battalion November 1899 - end of war
5 /4 12 1 67 93 187 2

Battle Honours: Relief of Kimberley; Paardeberg; South Africa 1899- 1902


The Great War 1914 - 1918  (35 battalions; 18 served overseas:- )

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion → 1*  2 1/4** 1/5** 1/6 8 9 10 11
Pioneers 1st Rhondda
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x x     x   x x x
Gallipoli     x
  x     x
Egypt & Palestine     x x   x      
Mesopotamia          x      
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15   x     x        
or 1914-15 only x   x x   x x x x
VCs at a glance:              
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition the regiment as a whole lost an additional  99 officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown'  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)
526 1272 294 361 301 432 747 285 167

* The 1st battalion was in India when war broke out and returned first to the UK
**1/4th and 1/5th temp amalgamation, 8/10/15-10/2/16 as the "4th Welsh Composite Btn"., and again 30/7/18-end (as 4/5th)

Regular Territorial Force New Armies Garrison.


Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
    officers and men of the ---- also qualified for this medal.


VCs: 3;  Fuller;   Lewis Myles   Myles attached to 9th Worcestershire Regiment.


Battle Honours: Aisne 1914, 1918; Ypres 1914, 1915, 1917; Gheluvelt; Loos; Somme 1916, 1918; Pilckem; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Macedonia 1915-1918; Gallipoli 1915; Gaza; Mesopotamia 1916-18. Mons; Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Langemarck 1914, 1917; Nonne Bosschen; Givenchy 1914; Gravenstafel; St Julien; Frezenberg; Bellewaarde; Aubers; Albert 1916, 1918; Bazentin; Pozières; Flers-Courcelette; Morval; Ancre Heights; Ancre 1916; Messines 1917, 1918; Menin Road; Polygon Wood; Broodseinde; Poelcapelle; Passchendaele; St Quentin; Bapaume 1918; Lys; Estaires; Hazebrouck; Bailleul; Kemmel; Béthune; Scherpenberg; Arras 1918; DrocourtQuéant; Hindenburg Line; Epéhy; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; Selle; Valenciennes; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18; Struma; Doiran 1917, 1918; Suvla; Sari Bair; Landing at Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Egypt 1915-17; El Mughar; Jerusalem; Tell'Asur; Megiddo; Nablus; Palestine 1917-18; Tigris 1916; Kut al Amara 1917; Baghdad.



The Great War 1914 - 1918 


Battalion → 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 23 24*
2nd  Rhondda Swansea Carmarthen-
Cardiff City 1st Glamorgan 2nd Glamorgan Glamorgan Pioneers Welsh Pioneers Pembroke & Glamorgan Yeomanry
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x x x x x x x   x
Macedonia               x  
Egypt & Palestine                 x
possible ?
1914  or 1914-15                  
or 1914-15 only x x x x     x    
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition the regiment as a whole lost an additional  99 officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown'  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)
516 559 525 415 245 432 172 31 201

*Formed in Egypt  from the two dismounted Yeomanry Regiments.


1920: spelling changed from Welsh to Welch

Operations against the Waziris and Mahsuds, North West Frontier 1921 - 24  1st Battalion

India General Service Medal 1908

Waziristan 1921-24

Jewish / Arab Unrest,  Palestine 1936 - 39 1st  Battalion

General Service Medal 1918 -62


WW2 1939 - 1945  four battalions served overseas

Battalion → 1st 2nd 4th 1/5th
campaign ↓        
France and
Belgium 1940.
(Dunkirk )
North Africa & Middle East x      
Burma   x    
Sicily / Italy x      
N.W. Europe     x x


  In Palestine at the Start. Served Egypt Libya Crete Sicily and Italy. ( Crete 16/2/1941 - 31/5/1941) In India at the start.
62nd Ind Inf Bde, 19 Ind Inf Div. Moved into Burma 19/11/44
160th Inf Bde Landed NW Europe theatre 28/6/44
  158th Inf Bde from 4/8/44

WW2 Stars common to the Battalion. (excluding 39-45 star )
 Key: A = Africa, P = Pacific, B =  Burma, I = Italy,  F&G = France and Germany

  A, I. B F&G F&G

Most also entitled to the 1939-45 War Medal and many the Defence Medal


VCs: 1; Watkins  1/5th Btn. (Offsite: Times Obituary)


Battle Honours:  Falaise; Lower Maas; Reichswald; Croce; Italy 1943-5; Crete; Canea; Kyaukmyaung Bridgehead; Sittang 1945; Burma 1944-5.  North-West Europe 1944-5; Benghazi; North Africa 1940-2; Sicily 1943; Coriano; Rimini Line; Ceriano Ridge; Argenta Gap; Crete; Withdrawal to Sphakia; Middle East 1941; Maymyo; Rangoon Road.

1948: Regulars reduced to a single battalion. (the 1st)

Korean War 1950 - 1953 1st Battalion   (Nov 1951-Nov 1952)

Queen's Korea Medal

number: ?
Casualties / Honours and Awards.  (extracted from "The 38th Parallel" Peter Gaston: Pub A.D. Hamilton Glasgow 1976  and the separate POW roll compiled by the same individual )

(Attached men included in these figures)

Casualties KIA or DOW Wounded POW
  30 ? 0?
Honours and Awards DSO MC MM US Bronze Star  
  3 3 3 1  

Battle Honour: Korea 1951-52


The Cyprus Emergency 1955 - 1960  1st Battalion (Nov 1957- Oct 1958)

General Service Medal 1918-62






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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in )  


Selected Bibliography;

Author Title Publisher
Lieut. and Adjt. D. A. N. Lomax. A History of the Services of the 41st (the Welch) Regiment (now 1st Battalion The Welch Regiment), from its Formation, in 1719 to 1895. 407 pp. Devonport: printed by Hiorns & Miller, 1899
W. F. Butler A Narrative of the Historical Events connected with the Sixty-Ninth Regiment.. 130 pp.  London: W. Mitchell & Co., 1870
Major A. C. Whitehorne. (Pt. I)
Major-Gen. Sir Thomas O. Marden (Pt II)
The History of The Welch Regiment.
Part I. 1719-1914.
Part II 1914-1918.
Cardiff: Western Mail and Echo Ltd., 1932.
Based on the original work of Capt. J. de Courcy and amplified and enlarged by Major-Gen. C. E. N. Lomax, Colonel, The Welch Regiment The History of The Welch Regiment, 1919-1951. 337 pp. Cardiff: Western Mail & Echo Ltd. 1952
Serjt. Machin 1/5th Battalion The Welch Regiment. D-Day to VE-Day.   68 pp. Duisburg, Germany: 1945
R. G. V. M. Bland The 6th Welsh (T.F.) in France, 1914-1919.  157 pp. Cardiff: The Western Mail Ltd., 1919.


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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