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-M The War. Pte. Joseph Japies, Penrhiwceiber, whose death in action we reported in -Our last issllP. This is a photo of Corporal Davies^ of 30 Wenallt Road, Abernant. He re- joined the colours on the 8th of August, 1914. He was in the great retirement from Mons, and was wounded very bad- ly. He was invalided home on Janu- ary 5th, 1915, and was in hospital for four months. He got better and had a few days' leave. After rejoining his unit he left for France the second time on July 28, 1915. He was in the last battle of Loos on the 25th September, when he was wounded again and sub- sequently discharged as unfit for further service. He had served in the South African War from February, 1900, up to September, 1903. Corporal Davies is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D&vies, Abernant. The Army Service Corps. A letter has been received by the parents of Driver S. G. Wilcox, A.S.C., 2 Brecon Place, Aberaman, from their son. His photo appeared in the Leader some few months ago. He was then in the Dardan- elles, but is now at Salonica. In the letter Driver Gibbon says he is in the best of health. He enclosed the fol- lowing few lines with the request that they be published in the "Leader THE POOR A.S.C. He's a hero-Tommy Atkins, and he's never known to run, There are tales about his prowess and the victories he has won; The public buy the papers and loud the tales they read; Do they ever think, I wonder, how Tommy gets his feed? There are other busy soldiers by night as well as day, Who with mules and limbers loaded to the units wend their way, For when Tommy's tummy's empty amidst the cannon roar, The crush that fills his "Mary" is the Army Service Corps. They dish us out with mules" that kick and bite and buck. And the tracks they say are roads are ankle deep in muck But men can't fight and starve, so we always play the game, An4 no matter what the danger is we get there just the same. All honours to yon gallant lads whose bayonets bar the foe, We don't consider that our risks are yours for half-a-mo; But they scandal us at home, and it makes us mighty sore, So we'll help you when you need us, Will the Army Service Corps. Driver Sid Wilcox, and some of his comrades at Salonica. Daily Routine at Kinmel Park, Rhyl. 3.30 a.m.-Revellle: How bright those glorious spirits 9 shine. 8.45 a.. ri-itoll Call: Come unto me, ye weary. 7.0 a.m.—Breakfast: Oh! Lord, how joyful 'tis to see. 3.45 a.m.-C.O.'s Parade: When he appeareth. 9.15 a.m.—Riding School: Into thy hands, O Lord. 11.0 a.m.-Swedish Drill: Here we suffer grief and pain. 1 p.m.-Dinner, We'may not know, we cannot tell. 2.15 p.m.—Rifle Drill; Art thou weary, art thou languid? 3 15 p.m.—Lecture by M.O-: Tell me the old, old story. 4.30 p.m.—Dismiss Now thank we all our God. 3.9 p.m.—Tea: Meekly wait and murmur not. 6.0 p.zq.-Retreat At even, ere the sun is set. 7.0 p.m.—Route March: Far from my heavenly home. 7.15 p.m.—Defaulters: Work, for the night is coming. 10.0 p.m.-Bed: We love the place, Oh God. 10.15 p.m.—Lights Out: Christian, seek not yet repose. Extras. Light Manouvres- Lead Kindly Light. Out of Bounds-- There is a happy land, far far away. Fatigues- Thy will, not mine, Oh Lord. i. ii. Glyn Neath Soldier'sN"hanks. Dear Sir, Through the medium of your always welcome paper I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Glyn Neath War and Football Com- mittees and also the people of Glyn Xeath and Cwmgwrach. for their welcome Easter gifts, just received. It was greatly appreciated. I only hope their wish (that I return safe- ly) will materialise. I should also like to acknowledge the Xinas gift of linen from the Glyn Neath Ladies Sewing Class. Words fail to ex- I press my heartfelt appreciation < f same; it was a God-send, as I hadn't received a change of linen for weeks. I have read with deep regret of the death at Loos of Sapper Simon Thomas, and I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere sympathy with Mrs. Thomas in her bereavement. —I remain, vours faithfully, Lance Corporal A. Morris. 2nd Welsh Regt., No. 1 Div. Base, La Havre, France. In. Defence of Edgar Jones, M.P. Dear Sir,—In your paper, which is welcomed out here in the Mediter- ranean, I read of the cowardly way in which some members of Parliament ™ Wlth the absence of our Senior M.P., Edgar Jones. I should like to il/re-DSP11:ie so-called Patriotic M.P. s out here, returning from the trenches in a forlorn state and in a broken state of health. If they had been in our place would they not wel- come the good old sign, Y.M.C.A., where you can receive a good cup of hot tea ? How often have I thanked God for giving us such a boon. T think it unfair of them to say such things behind a man's back. If they want to show us their patriotism. then why don't they enlist and come out here and do their bit, instead of wearing a shirker's cloak in the House of Commons, and condemning others for doing their duty ? Mr. Edgar Jones is a man who has used /11s ability for our sakes. Therefore I call on the dwellers of Aberdare and Merthyr Boroughs to join in a national hand-shake with him. — Yours, Aberdarian on Active Service. From a Dugout in France. Sir,-Kindly allow me through the medium of your paper to thank the townspeople of Aberdare and sur- rounding districts for their generous gifts of comforts and cigarettes for the boys out in the trenches who are doing their little bit for King and Country. I received a parcel last week, and the men of my Platoon were highly delighted with the con- tents. Sending such useful things to the boys who are out all night in very Hard weather tends to show that we have some in Sweet 'Berdar who take an interest in us, and they deserve the very highest praise from us boys, and also the wholehearted support of the people of Berdar and district. Knowing that the people at home are thinking about us tends to raise the spirits of the lads in khaki, and goes a long way to bring this awful war to a successful issue. I am an old soldier who has seen previous service in Chitral '96 and '97, and throughout the South Afri- can War and was wounded. I did not wait to be called upon when the country of my birth was in danger at the commencement of this war, I en- listed in the 10th Devons on the 12th of September, 1914, and was trans- ferred to my present Regiment on the 21st of December, 1914. I have been here in France since December 4th, 1915, and have so far escaped from the dreaded Hun sniper. — I am, sir, 23421 Sergt. A. J. Hacker. B. Coy., 16th Welsh Regt., (Cardiff City Batt.) B.E.F.. France. We Know Them Not." Sir,—I am an Irishman myself, but there are a great many fine Welsh laddies in the Brigade to which I be- long. They are in action in one of the hottest of the hot little corners of the Western Front, and occasion- ally I get a glimpse of your paper from some of the 'boys.' My reason for writing to you is simply to say that the speakers who ventilated their opinions at the recent demon- stration at Aberaman no more speak for the collier lads of gallant Wales out here than do they, I am sure, voice the opinion of the working men at home. We are absolutely sick of reading of all the pleas and subter- fuges of the so-called Conscien- tious Objectors. We firmly believe there are no such in reality. They are shirkers pure and simple. I "We know them not." But we do acknowledge (if asham^l of the men we left behind us) and are proud of the assistance the women of Wales, I in common with other Britons., have j given to us out here in Britain's hour of stress. And long after the white-livered "shirkers" are forgot- ten— In days to come some future sage No doubt will write in history's page The Kaiser's scheming; His, too, the task for to. record How Britain's All-Victorious Sword I Was whet by British women." I "The Dungiven Poet." 95th B.A.C., Guards' Div. I Mountain Ash Hero Drowned. News has been officially received from the Admiralty that Mr. Archi- bald J. Grier, the only surviving son of Mrs. Grier, Rushbrook, Mountain Ash, has been drowned whilst serv- ing on H.M.S. Crocus. The de- I ceased had been on active service I since the outbreak of war. He was I on H.M.S. Venerable, which did such effective work at Antwerp. After- wards he helped with the landing of the Welsh troops in the Dardanelles, and for four months took part in the land fighting until he was wounded last August. Since his eovery he had been stationed at a wireless tele- graphy depot until drafted to the Crocus ill February last.

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