1/5th Battalion The Welch Regiment

The Welch Regiment (or "The Welch", an archaic spelling of "Welsh") was an infantry regiment of the line of the British Army in existence from 1881 until 1969. The regiment was created in 1881 under the Childers Reforms by the amalgamation of the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot and 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot to form the Welsh Regiment, which it was known as until 1920 when it was renamed the Welch Regiment. In 1969 the regiment was amalgamated with the South Wales Borderers to form the Royal Regiment of Wales.

 

Meanwhile, the 1/5th and 2/5th Battalions, mobilized at the same time as the 4th Battalion, were retained at home where the 2/5th also trained and prepared drafts for overseas although it remained at home throughout the whole war as a Home Defence battalion. The 1/5th Battalion, originally with the 160th Infantry Brigade, moved to Normandy in late June 1944 and fought alongside the 4th Battalion in the 53rd (Welsh) Division in the North West Europe Campaign distinguishing itself at 's-Hertogenbosch, the Falaise Gap, the Ardennes and the Reichwald Forest. In August 1944 the 1/5th Battalion was transferred from 160th Brigade to the 158th Infantry Brigade, still with 53rd (Welsh) Division. Some of the hardest fighting took place around the Falaise Gap where on 16 August 1944, near Balfour, Lieutenant Tasker Watkins of the 1/5th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for supreme personal bravery and inspired leadership.

Name: Jones, David Thomas

Rank: Lance Corporal

Age:30

No.3976184

Unit:

Missing since: 24-09-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas Griffith and Frances Ann Jones, of Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Netersel area.


Name: Hambleton, Thomas

Rank: Private

Age:18

No.14746301

Unit:

Missing since: 30-11-1944

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas and Ann Hambleton, of Horwich, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on Buggenum Railway Bridge.

Name: Williams, Joseph Edward

Rank: Private

Age:32

No.3976266

Unit:

Missing since: 24-09-1944

Next of Kin:

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Netersel area.

Name: Loosemore, Frank Eli

Rank: Private

Age:18

No.14716807

Unit:

Missing since: 18-10-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Eli and Gwenllian Loosmore, of corntown, Glamorgan.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in Sint Oedenrode area.