Thursday, 6 August 2020

Museum reopening

We’re pleased to announce that the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum is to re-opening to visitors from the 10th August.

To enter the museum, visitors must pre-book online in advance to enter the Caernarfon Castle.

Time-allotted tickets can be purchased or reserved through the Cadw Website.

For more information contact us - 01286 673362

NEW Opening Times

Monday - Wednesday - 10am - 5pm

Thursday - Friday - CLOSED

Saturday & Sunday - 10am - 5pm


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Britain declares War on Germany, 1914

ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY

Britain declared war on Germany, 1914

After the assassination of the heir to the Austrian Empire and his wife at Sarajevo on 28 June, Europe descended into war with gathering pace.  Britain had guaranteed the integrity of Belgium and when Germany invaded, Britain had no choice but to declare war.  In August 1914 the RWF had seven battalions: two Regular (1st & 2nd), a Special Reserve (3rd), and four Territorial (4th to 7th). By 1918 thirty-three more had borne the Regiment’s name.





Monday, 3 August 2020

3rd August 1879

3rd August 1879 - ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY

The death of Lt Col Sydney Millett in Gibraltar whilst in command of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Sydney Millett served with the Regiment in all their engagements throughout the Crimean war. He was also engaged in General Garnet Wolseley’s the Ashanti Campaign in West Africa. Having survived these actions he died in Gibraltar in 1879, apparently of sunstroke. With modern medicine today, it is easy to forget that many more British soldiers were killed on active service across the Empire by illness, disease and accidents than lost their lives in conflict.

Sydney Millett was commissioned ensign, RWF, on 16 June 1854, lieutenant on 21 September 1854 and captain on 30 November 1855, he was present at the battles of Alma and Inkerman and at the siege and fall of Sebastopol and it was during this period that his next of kin is recorded as E. Millett, Maiden Early, Reading.

During the second assault of the Redan on 8 September 1855 he was severely wounded, his left arm being broken. He was awarded the Crimea medal with the clasps, ‘Alma’ , ‘Inkermann’ and ‘Sebastopol’, the Turkish Crimea medal, the Sardinian medal ‘Al Valore Militare’ and appointed to the fifth class of the Turkish Order of Medjidie. Promoted major on 1 September 1869 he was in command of a wing of 2 RWF engaged in erecting and repairing rifle butts at Gravesend. The work was carried out with such speed and efficiency that the battalion was specially complimented by Major-General Freeman-Murray at the parade to mark the occasion at Chatham on 29 March 1870.

He sailed with 2 RWF for the Gold Coast (now Ghana) on 21 November 1873 and was in command of four companies which were landed on 22 January 1874 and marched up country as far as Ahkam Coomassie in charge of stores for the supply of Sir Garnet Wolseley’s column on its withdrawal to the coast.

For his service he was given the brevet rank lieutenant-colonel on 1 April 1874 and was awarded the Ashanti War medal with the clasp ‘Coomassie’. He died, aged 42, ‘of sunstroke’ at Gibraltar on 3 August 1879 after only a few days illness while in temporary command of 2 RWF.

Obituary
The Times 7 August 1879
References

a. Lysons, General Sir Daniel, The Crimean War from First to Last, John Murray, 1895

b. Ward, Beatrice (Ed.), Letters of Edwin Utterton from the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny, Privately printed Gibraltar, 1964, pages 10, 14
c. Kirby, Major E. L. (Ed.) Letters of Boscawen Trevor Griffith from the Crimea. Privately published,
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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Battle of Blenheim, Germany, 1704

ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY

Battle of Blenheim, Germany, 1704

When the mist cleared the French were astonished to see Marlborough’s army advancing to the attack, led by Rowe’s Brigade with the 23rd Foot.  No one fired until, when only 30 metres from the enemy, the Brigadier gave the sign. Twice they fought their way into the town before Marlborough released the cavalry to attack the French centre.  The result was a stunning victory and 12,000 prisoners. BLENHEIM became a regimental battle honour.




Saturday, 1 August 2020

RWF fought as marines on Royal Naval ships off American coast, 1778.

ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY

RWF fought as marines on Royal Naval ships off American coast, 1778.

In June it was decided to evacuate Philadelphia and move the troops to New York.  Their retreat was frequently interrupted by the colonists, but they succeeded in reaching Sandy Hook where the fleet lay at anchor.  Knowing that the fleet was undermanned one of the first to offer assistance was the 23rd.  They acted as marines on seventeen ships and the last were not released from this role until 14 October.