On this day in 1915 we are mostly reminded that…..

Mr and Mrs John Wile of 1 the Avenue, Pontycymmer have 5 sons, all of whom have responded to their country’s call. Private David Wile, 2nd Batt: Welsh Regiment. Private Morgan Wile, Royal Field Artillery. Private Evan Wile, Royal Field Artillery. Private William Wile. Royal Field Artillery. Bugler James Wile, Bantams. Private 27921. D. Wile….

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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…

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Raymond (Collie) Collishaw: A blueprint for Biggles

Raymond Collishaw was born on November 22nd 1893 at Nainamo, British Columbia, Canada. He was the eldest of 6 chidren. His parents were John Edward (Jack) Collishaw an itinerant miner originally from Wrexham, North Wales. His mother was Sarah (Sadie) Jones who although originally from Newport, once lived in Station Row, Braich y Cymmer, Pontyryhl….

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Pte Frank Shaylor and The Retreat from Mons

The following letter was received by Mr. and Mrs. Shaylor, Pontycymmer, from their son. Pte F. Shaylor, (12/2/1915) who was serving with No 2 Company. 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards in France. “Dear Mother and Father, Here is just a little narrative of what me an my chums have gone through. To start with, there are 91 of…

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