SAD RETURN OF WOUNDED BLAENGARW SOLDIER

12/3/1914.
On Wednesday of last week the second son of Mr. Bailey, of 7, Greenfield Terrace. Private 1214. W.Bailey, of the 2nd Batt: Welsh Regiment returned on leave to his home village, having been wounded at La Bassee. (France) He was on the Army Reserve list, and rejoined his regiment on August 8th 1914. He proceeded to France on October 30th and after marching 30 miles non-stop went straight into the front-line. Soon after he was shot through the wrist. His enforced homecoming proved to be a sad one however for he found that his 16 year old sister had died suddenly and was to be buried on the very day of his arrival.
The family had also just received official notification that another son Private 10866 Frederick Bailey of the 1st Welsh Regiment, had died at Givenchy (France) on the 5/3/1915. Pte F. Bailey was with his regiment in India at the outbreak of war and left there in January for France.

Note: Up to this date 1500 men of the Garw Valley had joined the services.


Extract from the Glamorgan Gazette.

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