Departure of Welsh Fusiliers.|1899-10-25|Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General Weekly Reporter for the Counties of Pembroke Cardigan Carmarthen Glamorgan and the Rest of South Wales - Welsh Newspapers Online
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Departure of Welsh Fusiliers. ENTHUSIASTIC SCEXE AT PEMBROKE DOCK. The enthusiasm displayed at Pembroke Dock on Sunday evening on the occasion of the departure of the Royal Wlh Fusiliers has probably never been equalled in the military history of the town. For more than a wee k past the local public mind had been stirred by the alTI \.0.1 of successive ^contingents of Reservites from the regimental depot, Wiexham, each one of which was accorded a splelldlll reception by a considerable crowd which assembled on every occasion to witness their arrival. These incidents, stimulated doubtless in great measure by a feeling of national pride at the victory obtained over the Boers at Glencoe, elevated popular feelings to such an extent that it is no exaggeration to say nearly everybody seemed carried away with the spirit of war. Men and women, girls and boys, the youthful and the aged joined in the cheering. The excitement of all was intense. From the hut eucamn- ment to the railway station the roads and streets on both sides were thronged with people. The entire town seemed to have turned out to give the departing soldiers an inspiriting God-speed. From all parts of the sur- rounding district people had come. At the railway Itation, inside which only a few priviledged individual's were admitted, thousands had congregated. The crush was terrific. The regiment arrived at Pembroke Dock on September oth last after the completion of the recent mann-uvres on Salisbury Plain, in which they had been taking part. At that time the ultimate breaking off of negotiations between this country aud the South African Republic was considered probable, and orders were received for the battalion to be held iu readiness to proceed to South Africa, if necessary, at short notice. Anticipating that such a climax would be reached within a few days, the regimental baggage was not unpacked for a week or more. Then as the outlook for peace seemed more favourable the regiment settled down until the issue of the Boer ultimatum rendered war a certainty. Expectant days followed, during which, as in fact previously, the regiment were put through a rigid course of training. Long route marches took place almost daily, and drills were more frequent than is usually the case under ordinary circumstances. Mean- while preparations in other respects were being steadily proceeded with. The Reserves poured in from day to day, and the regiment, which was previously below its war strength, has been raised consider- ably above. At first it was intended to have sent out 1,059 officers and men. but it has been since determined to augment the number to 1.195. j made up as follows :2,,) officers. on2 warrant officer, aud 1,079 non-commissioned officers and men. The officers of the battalion are Lieutenant-Colonel C. H. Thorold, in command, Major H. J. Archdale, Captains A. P. G. Gough, of the family known in military circles as "the fighting Goughs," P. R. Mantall, G. F. Barttelot, Delme Radcilff, R. C. B. Throckmorton, R. G. B. Lovett, Captain and»Adjutant W. G. Braithwaite, Lieutenants O. D. L. Williams, of the 2nd Battalion, attached to the 1st for duty in South Africa G. S. Salt; Assistant-Adjutant W. M. Kington. in charge of signallers: Second Lieutenants the Hon. C. R. Cleghill, Mounted Infantry D. Powell, W. Harris F. C. A. Hunt, C. C. Norman, F. H. Xangle, A. H. Reynolds, E. A. T. Bayley. Lieutenant and Quarter- master R. S. ltansome. In addition Surgeon-Major Mills, A.M.C., and Second Lieuteuauts Kyrke and Hughes, the two latter of whom were gazetted straight from the university to the regiment, and will join it on board the transport Oriental at Southampton. Warrant Officer E. A. Parker is sergeant-major. The usual church parade on Sunday moruing- was dispensed with, and a number of the meu were engaged from an early hour transporting regimental baggage, which consists of a Maxim gun and 47 tons of mobilisation stores, to the ra:llw.,t y railway station. Others could be seen on the parade ground at different times bidding adieu to their friends, who in many cases had come considerable distances for the purpose. DISTRESSI-NG ACCIDE'T. I  Shortly before noon a serious accident caused by the foolhardiness of a drummer named Grainger cast a gloom over the whole encampment. He appears to have been engaged cleaning a rifle, and while doing so placed a cartridge, which he believed to be blank, but which really was not so, iuto it. In the course of some sky- larking which followed the weapon discharged, and the ball struck Private Jones behind, passing afterwards through his abdomen and striking Private Moran on the arm. The inj ured men were immediately removed to the hospital, and were later in the evening reported to be progressing favourably. Grainger was arrested and a regimental board of inquiry held during the afternoon elicited the fact that the cartridge used was an old one that Grainger had picked up. Jones' injuries subse- quently proved fatal. A report of the inquest will be I found elsewhere. The battalion entrained in two sections, and the first, comprising 150 men, paraded in the encampment at 8.15. After the roll of the several companies had been called the men were each served with a pork pie. Foi miug them in column, four deep, the march to the railway station was commenced. Large numbers of soldiers and hundreds of civilians who had obtaiued admission to the encampment occupied the sides of the road as the men proceeded towards the gate. The baud of the E Company 1st Y.B. Welsh Regiment, Pembroke, which played the departing soldiers to the station, led the way, striking up Soldiers of the Queen." Vociferous cheers were given. Outside the encampment a -,?cked crowd thronged ?he the encampment a cl,3sely-i, crowd thronged :he road, aud rendered progress exceedingly difficult on one side. Turning in Water-street the spectators lined both sides of the street, and towards the railway station they became so dense that the soldiers were hardly able to m,il!taiu their orizin;ll formation. Immediately outside the gate they were obliged to move in single file and force their way to gain admission. From the windows of most houses and other positions of 'vantage groups of excited people waved their handkerchiefs, while the crowd ni tne street ciieered repeatedly. Aow and n CT::ÃŤ11 the cheers were somewhat subdued, doubtless because of the conscioufuc-ss that it was Sunday, but at the head of Water-street aud from the crowd at the station gates it was loud and prolonged. Once within the station the men quickly took their places in the railway coaches, aull punctuallv at 9.25 the train containing Lieutenant-Colonel Thorold and the right half of his battalion steamed out amidst the ringing cheers of the people in the station yard and the assembled multitude outside. The other half of the regiment, in charge of Major Archdale, left at 11.55. The enthusiasm on their de- parture was even greater than before. Both were experiences to be long remembered. The crowd for some time fairly blocked the way for the second contingent. The last occasion on which a regiment left Pembroke Dock directly for active service was during the Crimean War. That regiment was the olst (East Surrey), which left in January, 1854.

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