TOLD BY TOMMY. INTERESTING SOLDIERS' LETTERS, j Driver S. P. Allan, or the Anununi- tioii Column. Lith Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division, who will be ranvembered in Swa-neea a6 horse keeper at the L. anci N.W. Railway. writes an interesting i letter home to Mr. W. Tanner, a w(,,Il- know-a Swanspa voe&list. The following ar? extracts" We »ro till away from the RTt-n? 1i, [ tMhpv? we ar? wait?l, ing until we have isor,?, favourable w-a.tbpr, as we are having a tremendous lot of raia, which makes it very had for traveling. We are up to owr eyes in mud. and our boot^ are never dry. Wp are sleeping in banas; we haw a good b^d of ft raw. Jt would be much nicer to have a !)d -Rpring bed. hut still we can't havp it all gain on active service. Under the circumstances wo cannot GRTUNFCIE. There is Oil-B thing the Gov- ernment is doing, and that is feeding the ¡ soldiers well. Great credit is dw for qJ,P wonderful way in which the trans- portation of food is carried out by the A.S.C. Soaae of my friend« are, on police duty looking after the cafes and French beer. As r am writing his letter there is an everlasting stream of Highlanders going by playing their pipe*. I received a parcel at Christmas containing some fchagg and rake Wbacco. 1 guessed that the boys had sent it. 1 am going through the hoops, an^i there is no way out of it until the end, when we shall all roll on." The writer dOiRS with a re- quest for an old sou'wester, an article which is unobtainable in France for love or money." How South Wales Borderers1 Officers I Wsrc Averuted. How Corporal know Sergeant) Mathew Pugh, of the South Wales Borderers, won the Distinguished Conduct Medal at Ypres was told by himself in a graphic narrative. Sergeant Pugh, who is recovering from ho effects of a wouud received during severe fighting, resides at No. 17, Carne- own, d hercyoIl, and he joined the Expe- ditionary Foree as a reservist, having seen active service previously in South Afriv.a. 1 It was on October 2Sth, just outside that we lost our gallant Major Law- rence," lie said. I conveyed a man a couple of mike into safety," he added. We lost Sergeant Ailman, of Ponty- mister, and Sergeant Smith was wounded, and I took charge of our platoon. On November 1st we were literally blown out of our trenches by the enemy's artillery, which was then only 300 yards aivay from us. Lance-Corporal Stone was jent with a diojjateii to headQuartprb. and In returning behind the Gloucestershires, \0 was hit by a piece of shell. That nigiit ve were relieved by the. BOth Rifies. and tell hack about two miles to the dug-onte. I' Then, the following day. an order came to retake the trenches which had. in tho I meantime, been lost, and the Borderers, the Queens, the Gloucesters, and the l Welsh Regiments went into the charge together. In the twilight with bayonets fixed we went on for about 2.000 yards, and bad « twief, at far to go again, when] fell be- ¡ saasp 1 had no more wind to do on. Private Bob Black, of the Borderers, who is now corporal, and also a D.C'.M., asked mp, Have yon been hit, Barney?' which is my nick-name). I explained to iiixn what was the matter, and he stayed with mo. for he. too, was exhausted. "We bad been there for about 10 minutes when I heard a machine-gun 1w ing fired, not far off, and I spotted the a-c", when it was concealed to be a house .n the roadside. Bob and myself pro- ceeded to the spot very cautiously. liotli ascertained that ther wan no back door, and we decided to rush the house by the only entrance at the front. We foued it open with a bang, and found there in the kitchen a German cincer who said something in English to Bob. who lost Mf time in taa'nn? sure of his work, and having attended to another Gorman soldier we went upstairs, with our bayonets still fixed, and, to our sur- prise. there were concealed 11 Prussian Guards. We accminted for 13 in all in that little j.oh.' added Sergeant Pugh. and we fetched the machine gn back with us, too," It was on November 21 si that I was mounded," said Sergeant Pugh. H but we bad avenged the death of Major Lawrence %ad Sergeant Allman." Remarkable Coincidence. I A rrmarkabie swry is told by Private I Patrick Murphey, who has just been in- valided home to Llsnelly from the froit. Morphy, who was employed as a haulier, by Mr. Protberoe, Pen?ea?r. wa& s<,ran?ply ?toacu. given (m his &r?iTa? in France, the very horse that he had been wdrking 'tt J .Is nelly. At ArNontiH'S, hOWCTer. a sh<all M?w t.b? animal' head o?f. and & ,I i'? ?,? t?rnek Morphy on tho 6caJp. He is making I ►rood r?c?v?r?'. Imprisoned at Wahn. i Writtin.g to bwtber-tn-te-w, Mr. George grans, the Swansea forwwrio. Private Torn I Jones, cf tbe let B8.tt. Grenadier (nø., who is a. prisoner at Waisi, Germany. eeuys: I I am glad to inform you that I am aJl rigitt. 1 aim allowed to write every week, amt you oaa do likewise. I ww pieaoed t.(\ bear that you had a good genie a t Oetidrcs. otod bar-, you enjoyed ChrhJtanae* If you see MfDe of the boye, remember me to riicm. Write soon and let me know hew thinss aore at home." Pri^ast-e .foRa>, who was a reaonro, was called up at the hegmning of the war. He ia a oi Ki-. John Jonee. Ma«on's-road, <»or»iiK>ttt, and a snae-rt,, well formed athiete. During tlw period of service with the Guards he made a name, for himas'lf ir. boxing, and b,not all comers in the re^uaeiu. at his weiefet. PreTicms to the w a >• he took part in maay botrw in-i^'aoeaa and d rbt, aind witi Mr. George Evans aawated in ol),enialc the gyamaaitvai at, PoilardtiL-iis. A few #e»eons eeo be was -one of the bast forwards in fcbe Goreeinon pack. Glais Seldier's Hard Let. II Private Cnal, of th? DtMt?et Segiment, who live at G4aia (S.a Valley-), but who&e p<a?Mttf refeidc in AJKmvos, hae written hom. ?jt?Ung that he i8 a pfte?ner I cf war in Germany. He write«:—l have been captured by tho trerraane. There were over 20C of U$ #a4zh-, and "e thank God that we were aot. kiliicU instead of being taken prieowers. We got caught on October 13th. and 1 hope that I 60 not have, te go tSiroufrh »mch a da.y jigain it. wae terrible. I am getting on weN a6 can be expected under the circum- stancffls. anil I expoot that we ahall be kept INre M priaccers until peace is proclaimed, vfilich I-tope wiH be yery aoon. In a -sufceequent letter Private Crystal liwits at the bard lot of the priaoners of War. Withou? fjDC' bton?y t11M they nhaÝe enough food, ht? request f?r i i^nancia! a^iistance akowo cleariy that Eugliek prwoacrs cf war in Germany do not receive the careful attention and troai-j jaent that the Teuton prisoners receive!n I this* oountry. I «,-ritWi, "I am gettirig on aiR wou as caa ift etl, but 1 have not had any raoxtm I for five weeks. and I should be thankful if you could mamase to send lOt" eome. so tb:\t we y-an bsiy breed and otDør eatablen h. We are not allowed to saaoke. so it ia ILIQO- less te se«d swtokee. I hepe t'he w-ar witt 1(X)n md, wi, t-bat I c-uai Pee yjn all agaig. ft sees** years instead of montàe see* I eft home." Philosophic Trooper. I Writing toO bag brother, Mr. fWjorjre Hux- able, )f01Te, .JJ, John lkixiahie, 4th Oa^airy Bfipswle, »64fc y^goon Gua^rae. «ays:—0»»r troep officer, who is Ð. rood oiid moo,-t. t-mutod vs well at <^hrwtin«:iis. and rave us < rogso per f w. agv i4.iY be,ring <lr>e«dfnl weather, rwsn pen rirMc down dxy a nd nigdhrt. wifh -tbe re«iit 'a: tfce !'('ad.. are under w.c:ht<r in stasy I (Vi0<-06>. 1' raakc thi bad for aø. cs iLie POrlr horses have to be Attended w. w. m not forget them, for I they are great fnends to uo. For quite a good time we ha ve be&n bHleJed. which truly is a blessing, as we ha,* h<&aci-cover and rrome istjswv for a bM. 1 would now feel rather efen&nge to be on a feeuther one, but. am living in hope of having one under me eome day. Only two pau-fro-z my old section a.re now jetft. The other*, have left ins. but neverthe- less we are ha-ppy. it's a aaae of England, irekind asid W»!« for ever. The gims were buey tlmiu.-houl laet night, and to-day I suppose our boys aIle givias them their New Year e gift. Ro 11 oo I eay, but 14iat will not be until those nioe Ger- maiM get wiped out. I do love them (l don't think). Part Nobiv Play-ed. A letter, dated the 7th insi.. has been reeeivod by Mr. Jflmes Harris, Earleewood Hotiee, Britonferrj*, iDtormang him of his uncle"? death. The following is the text of the communication:— The Non-Com. OSicers and men of the hi Gloncefiters' Stretcher HeaTers l'áotili to coone into close syaipathetic touch with you at. tJiis eritioal time, and to tell you how much they appreciate the heroism sJiown by Benj amia Harris and the sacri- fice in nobly playing his part. I am sorry to inform you of hifi death. He was killed on the 6th in at. whilst in action, and twekei up by the Gloucester's Btti i^ers. You mav rest assured that he was decently buried. You may know me. as my brother li^ e« at 72, Hunter-street, Britonferry.:—(Signed) H. E. Wilson, 1st G.R. Stretcher Bearer, 7992." Benjamin Harris. Harris, whose portrait is reproduced above, was the son of the late Mr. Edwin Harris, of < rumlin Burrows. He joiined the Grenadier Guards as a regular on January 2nd, 1833, he them being 1;11 years old. He was discharged on Janu-ary 1st, 190.5, with an excellent character. He served through the South African aDd Egyptian canipaignfl, and earned the Queen't; and Khedive medal and clasp, the ^oudan, and also the South African medals and clasps. He wa-s the reventh or nine sons, and of hifi brothers there are two in America, one in Australia, and three in Briton- ferry. After 1)16 discharge from the Army be -secured a situation at the Cape Copper W orks. When the present war broke out he could not., as ono who ■aerved under him, turn a deaf ear to the call of hi.. previous Genoral (Lord KitcheneTl. and volunteered again for active service. Leaving bis em- ployment at (xarnant Colliery, he enlisted, and was pnt immediately on the pfrengtth of the 1st Grenadier Guards. No official news has yet reached his rela- tives, but several lottery have been re- em^M in Swansea as to his death, and where he lodged oi Port Tennant his land- lady has gleaned that when the Highland Infantry, together with tho Gurkha, had lost Mmf trenches, the Minister Fusiliers, the 2nd Welsh and South Wales; Borderers went to their assistance, and successfully drove off the fuem v arid re-took the t rerw-he.s, after desperate hand-to-hand fighting. Harris fell, together with several of is comrades. who had shown great courage and daring. It was only last Monday that the nephew named above received from him the box and contents of Princess Mary's Christmas gift. I The deceased was a finely built fellow. I standing a .li-iile over six f. and was well known in Swansea and district. '.With the Heavy Artillery. I Mr. Jack Andrews, now serving with ] tbf 114th Heavy Battery, R.G.A. at the front, where he. has been einco the be- ginning of the war, writes as follows to his mother and brother (Mr. Phil Andrews, 128, Strand, Swansea) •- Our battery has been very setive for several days, and done grand work, .» Mr. Jack Andrews, I shelling a town which the Guards took I in front of TM last night. We have had terrible weather. The trenches are full of water, and all the mads flooded. We are anxiously waiting for the time when we shall be abJ. to have a few days' leave, which I believe is coming oor way shortly." ————— .—————
CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY. I Oorpora-I T. If. Woiinacott, of the 2nd Grenadier Guartte, who has recently re- ceived the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry Corporal T. H. Wonnacott. I "08 :Konmbe-6th-WttToIuned I to round up some of the enemy ?ho had broken tkrongh the Britih Ib,. He shot three of the e»emy, and captured thr? ohera.' Jíe is a B?t-tve of ievuu Sist
I SERVING THE COLOURS, The three 601diof the Rev. Hywel I Parry, of Llaiicamlet, who are now serv- I ing with the colours. Jim Parry. I Emrys Parry. I PJ,Otnsl Tom Parry, I [Ghapmaji. WHEN THE LOAF CO^T 1/10J. I It may prevent excessive grumbling at a 74d. loaf, to realise that in the-only crisis of our history with which the pre- fsentcan be compared the price never ap- proach so low a. level. The highest price touched by the quartern loaf in the Napoleonic War seems to have been Is. 10jd., and this time last century it was Ifl Ojd. During the Crimean War it hovered between lOd. and lid., and for ¡ years afterwards it remained generally I above the price which rules to-day. I
THE ARMY AND WAVY. Among the Swaneea families who have I sent several &OBS to eerve their King and country, is that of Mr. and Mrs. T- I j Sergt. Edgar Davies (2nd Welsh). J _r First-class Stoker Ivor Davies (H.M.S. t Panther). Private Clifford Davies CRoyal Irish I Regiment). Davies, 12, Westbury-street, Swansea. Two of their boys arc in the Army and another is in the Navy. Sergeant Edgar Davies, C Company, 2nd Welsh, who is believed to be a prisoner of war, has been in the>Army for many years, and was a member of the, original Expedi- tionary force, taking part in the great retreat, and the forward movement which followed. He is an extremely popular non-commissioned officer. Of the younger sons, Ivor is a first- class stoker on H.M.S. Panther, a (le- stroyer. Clifford enlisted in the Royal Irish Regiment at the outbreak of the war, and is now in Ireland, training. He is a ba-ker by trade. Both took an active part in the religious work at Mount! Zion Baptist Cliapel, Swansea, acting rt8. Sunday school teachers and leaders. of I the Band of Hope. )
BROTHERS IN ARMS. Three Swansea brothers and their brother-in-law are serving their King and country. Lance-corporal Walter Antwis Gunner B^rnard Westenborg. Sergt. Herman Westenborg. Private G. Westenborg. Lance-corporal Walter Antwis. is at the front with the 3rd Welsh Regi- ment,and his brother-in-law, Private G. Westenborg, is in Edinburgh with the ardRA.M.C. Sergt. Herman Westen- borg is with the Garrison Artillery at Milford, and Gunner Bernard Westen- borg is with the Garrison Artillery at Plymouth. The latter are shown to- gether. 1 Their relatives reside at 35, Plymouth-street, Swansea.
I MORRISTON FAMILY'S PROUD RECORD. '(Photo by Chapman). Mrs. Jenkins, Morriston, is a very proud mother. Her six sons are soldiers, and her daughter is a nurse -ail are serving their King and country. Photographs of this., patriotic family are given abo?e, the names being:— Top row: Francis Jenkins and Ernest Ivor Jenkins. Second row: James Howell Jenkins, Agnes Mabel Jenkins, Herbert i Llewellyn Jenkins, Cawsr row; GMCfle c Jenkins aod Syjiitfy Oswald Jenkins. J
I MISTAKEN FOR A SPY. South Wales florderers, of Carltov- terrace, Swansea, whoso thrilling stor)" I of capture first by the Germans and then Private Harry Lovell, by the French, who mistook him for a German spy dres^csrl in British uniform, appeared in the « Leader on Saturday last. lie returns to the front very shortly.
I IN THE ARTILLERY. I Photo] Driver J arvist [Chapman. Driver Jarvis, of Francis-street, Swansea, of the R.F.A., who has taken part in many of the prin- cipal battles of the great war. -0
I THE RUINS OF POMPEII. I Rome. January- gth.-Most iinfeereeting' ruins of Pompeii have been recently dis- covered during excavations which are being carried out by the Italian Govern- I ment. A magnificent, house has been une«.riiio.l, and all the frescoes and vaulting are in a. perfect state. One ol the paintings in the sacrariuxn iep<iesent« the fight between Achilles and Hercules, and there are frag- ments cf anot.her painting repxvoeiiiting the recovery of Hector'^ body by Priam. I A staircase was found intact leading from the lower to the upper floor of the house. The surroundings of tho hou&& have also been explored, and several smaller houses have been brought to light, finely adorned with pictures of exquisite colouring. A few of the houses have mosaic floors with pictures of scenes taken chiefly from the Trojan war. The bo-diee of several persons who must have been surprised in their houses by the disaster which destroyed the city have been found, and i'i several cases their gar- ments are in a very gcod state of preser- vaJtdon..
In view of the number of soldiers and I sailors on week-end fur?o?g'h in London, the Westminster Council has arraKCKl to open two libraries from three to eight o'clock on Sundays,
I WHO STRUCK THE AVIATOR? I COMMANDER BRIGGS SPEAKS OF, HIS ARREST. Amsterdam, Monday.—With a view tm contradicting certain statements which appeared in the" Mabn H of November 27th, the Berliner Tageblat"( pub- lishes a statement purporting to tie made by Flight Com manger Briggs. The statement is as followc. In accordance with orders I appeared on November 24th over the Zeppelin shed-s at Friedrichhafen in a two-seated aeroplane without a companion. About boon, when at a height of about 100 metres my petrol tank was pierced, and I was for cod to descend immediately. My right ear was also slightly grazed by a bnllet, and was bleeding. "I was obliged to come to ground quite near the airship hangars, and I landed on a flat surface near these, my aeroplane suffering no damages. After landing my aeroplane remained OIl the ground. Immediately after landing, a German soldier, from the direction of two han- gars about forty metres away, fired five shots at me in succession, but I was not hit. Then I held up my hands and several people, military and civilians, rushed upon lie and my machine in which I sat bound bv a. belt. The belt was un- done, and I was torn from the aero- plane. While I was bending down I received on my head a heavy blow which I felt powerfully through my thick airman's ca|T. I lost, however, neither conscious- ness nor blood through this blow. I pre- sume the blow, judging by its force, waa dealt by the butt end of a rille. This blow obviously, was struck by a German private, since I only saw such with, rifles in their hands. Judging by his sword, a German officer was also among those who rushed up, but I remember to have seen him last about forty metres away. When I was completely pulled from my machine and was standing up, I found myself be- tween two soldiers who held me fast. Be- hind me was a crowd, which, judging by their behaviour, apparently wished to spring upon me. I was then led away by two soldiers to guard a bouse a few minutes distant. There I remained half an hour, and got a drink of water from a German who spoke English. He then, with two soldiers, took ma in a motor car to the hospital at Fried- richshafen where, the following day, an English-speaking German informed me that the German officer who arrived on. the scene when I landed had probably saved my life, because he placed himself between me and the crowd when I was led away frum my machine, and that officer threatened to shoot down anyone who attacked me. No German officer at any time at- tacked me, or, as has been alleged by the Matin" struck me with a whip after I was taken from the aeroplane. Before that I received only one blow as mentioned, and did not see who delivered it. since I had to hold my head down while being dragged from the machine, but I declare that for the above reasons it is entirely improbable that that officer gave the blow. Besides it is my personal opinion that the German officer, like an English officer, would consider it beneatli his dignity to commit such an act as tba Matin" of November 27th alleged. (Signed) Edward Briggs.
THEFTS OF REMARKABLE NATURE. The theft of a most remarkable assort- ment of articles was alleged against two small boys, Thos. D. Davies, aged nine, and William David John, also aged nine, who appeared w ith their parents at ti-it) Swansea Juvenile Police Court, to answer a charge of breaking and entering No. 1261, Neath-road, sometime between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. on January 15th, and stealing therein two bangles, one mar- riage certificate, two birth certificates, two pension papers, and a note book, value in a',] Is., the property of Mary Ann Lee. Mrs. Lee spoke to missing the articles. P.C. (41) Evans said that the boys ad- mitted to him that they had taken the articles, saying that they had a -key with which they opened the door. At first they said they had ripped up the papers and thrown them into the canal. After- wards, however, they said that they had hidden the papers in a hole in the wall near the Morfa Inn. The papers wore found there. The case was adjourned for a month.
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Amsterdam, Saturday.-The ",Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant learns from Arn- ham that the war levy of fifty million francs ( £ 2,000,000), which was due yester- day, has been paid by Antwerp. From now all requisitions by the German autho- rities must be paid for in cash.—Reuter.
I KILLED IN ACTION. I Corporal T. J, Benson, I of Golden-row, Britannia. Hafod. whose I I mother has just been notified that he has been killed in action.
I SWANSEA V.C. I I Photo] [Chapman. I A photograph taken of Lance-Corporal Fuller, 2nd Welsh, wearing the coveted decoration for valour presented to him -by the King.
WELSH CASUALTIES. Glory in the battlefield is purchased at great cost, and the heroic deeds performed in France and Flanders by the three Welsh regiments have been accompanied l7 lengtiliy casualty lists. Since the outbreak of war there have hen no fewer than 4,949 casualties in the ranks of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, the South Wales Borderers, and of the Welsh Regi- ment. and of this large total no less than 619 brave fellows will never return. From the following table, which gives the casu- alties from August 28, 1914, to January 14. 1915, it will be seen tmt the Borderers' fatalities are the heaviest of the three, but the Royal Welsh Fusiliers have a very large percentage of their men rendered how de combat. Wounded, Killed sick and missing, died of and wotinds. prison ers. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 167 1,796 1st S. Wales Borderers. 263 1,247 2nd Welsh Regiment. 189 3,285 619 4,3)0
ALLEGED THEFT BY YSTALYFERA TiNWORKER. David Thomas, tinworker, Ygtalyferm, was charged at Pontardawe Police Court, on Friday, with stealing A:26 on January 2nd, the mflney'l of Samuel Llewellyn, fruiterer, Ystalyfera. Mr. Lewis Thomas (Aberavon) appeared for prosecutor, and Mr. Henry Thompson defended. The prosecutor stated that he and his family lived under the same roof as de- fendant, and they used the same passage to go to their rooms. On the night in question Thorn us'-p wife called upon pro- secutor, his wife, and brother to come out to see an aeroplane. They went, and when they returned they found the money, which was kept on a shelf in the shop, was missing. After a long hearing, defendant was committed to the assizes.
'-ï- >. SMART NAVAL VOLUNTEERS. The first contingent of recruits for I<ord Tredegar's Battalion, Royal Naval Division, left Swansea on Monday for the Crystal Palace, where they will he trained for active service. The men, who numbered 32, were met at Newport hv Lord Tredegar, who com- limcnted them on their appearance. They consisted of mining and civil en- gineers, surveyors, mechanics, solicitors' clerks and ordinary labourers. Mr. John Hodgens, the honorary recruiting agent, is working hard for the battalion, and a good number of men arc enrolling them- selves daily at the Custom Honee.