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  • Douglas Frank Cameron Fisher (1917 - 1944)
    Name: Douglas Fisher Rank: Cadet Death Date: 14 Jul 1944 Number: 2734094 Birth Place: Antrim Residence: London SW Regiment at Enlistment: Welsh Guards Branch at Enlistment: Foot Guards ...
  • Sir Bertrum Clough Williams-Ellis,CBE, MC (1883 - 1978)
    Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, CBE, MC Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, CBE, MC (28 May 1883 – 9 April 1978) was an English-born Welsh architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate v...
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    George Frederick Jones (1894 - 1916)
    JONES, GEORGE FREDERICK Rank: Private Service No: 1140 Date of Death: 28/04/1916 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Welsh Guards 1st Bn. Grave Reference: B. 7. Cemetery: POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND CEMETERY Additio...
  • James John Evans, MBE MC DL JP (1885 - d.)
    Deputy Lieutenant for the Counties of Carmarthen & Cardigan, High Sherriff & in the commission of the Peace for the County of Cardigan, Major Welsh Guards John James Pugh Evans, MBE, MC & Bar, MI...
  • James Llewellyn Davies (1897 - 1953)
    James Davies was born In India, but was educated in England. In World War I he enlisted with the Welsh Guards and held the rank of Sergant. He was wounded at the battle of the Somme. He emigrated to So...
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Badges above from left Welsh Guards - 1.Shoulder Title; 2. -\Puggaree/Pagri badge - (1&2 Courtesy of Military Badge Collection); Cap Badge (Courtesy of British Military Badges);
Image above The Welsh Guards marching in the 2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade by, CC BY 4.0, Wiki Commons

Welsh Guards

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The Welsh Guards

The Welsh Guards (WG), (Welsh: Gwarchodlu Cymreig), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. It was founded on 26 February 1915 by Royal Warrant of George V.

Motto - "Cymru am Byth" (Welsh) - (Wales Forever)

// Guards ButtonUniform -
The Guard's blue cap has a black figured braid band and leek badge. The bearskin cap has a white/green/white plume on the left side. The Welsh Guards rank 5th in the Foot Guards and wear their buttons grouped in fives to show this. The buttons have a crown and a leek encompassed by a scroll inscribed with the motto. '

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Corps March -

  • Quick – Rising of the Lark
  • Slow – Men of Harlech

Nick-name - The Taffs; The Foreign Legion (WWII)

Colonel-in-Chief - Elizabeth II

Colonel of the Regiment - HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT OM AK QSO PC ADC(P)


The Welsh Guards were raised on 26 February 1915 by Royal Warrant of George V in order to include Wales in the national component to the Foot Guards, "..though the order to raise the regiment had been given by the King to Earl Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, on 6 February 1915."

They were the last of the Guards to be created, with the Irish Guards coming into being in 1900. Just three days later the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards mounted its first King's Guard at Buckingham Palace on 1 March 1915 – St David's Day.

On 17 August 1915 the 1st Battalion sailed for France to join the Guards Division to participate in the First World War. Its first battle was some months after its initial arrival, at Loos on 27 September 1915. The regiment's first Victoria Cross came two years later in July 1917 awarded to Sergeant Robert Bye.

Battle honours

  • First World War Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Ginchy, Flers Courcelette, Morval, Ypres 1917, Pilckem, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, Bapaume 1918, Arras 1918, Albert 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Canal Du Nord, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1915–18
  • Second World War - Defence of Arras, Boulogne 1940, St Omer-La Bassée, Bourguébus Ridge, Cagny, Mont Pincon, Brussels, Hechtel, Nederrijn, Rhineland, Lingen, North-West Europe 1940 '44–45, Fondouk, Djebel el Rhorab, Tunis, Hammam Lif, North Africa 1943, Monte Ornito, Liri Valley, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Arezzo, Advance to Florence, Gothic Line, Battaglia, Italy 1944–45
  • Post Second World War - Falkland Islands 1982

Regimental colonels have been:

  • Field Marshal HM King George V, 1915–1919
  • Field Marshal HRH The Prince of Wales, 1919–1936
  • Brigadier-General Lord Gowrie, 1942–1953
  • Field Marshal HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1953–1975
  • Field Marshal HRH The Prince of Wales, 1975–Present

Notable Personnel

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Sources, References and Further Reading

  • Brereton, J M A Guide to the regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head) 1985
  • Griffin, P D Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments (Sutton Publishers) 2006
  • Lumley, Goff Amalgamations in the British Army 1660-2008 (Partizan Press 2009)
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