1st Panteg (St Mary's) Scout Group
Below is the history of members of 1st Panteg Scout Group during the 1st and 2nd World War. Many thanks to Gwyn James, previous Scout Leader of 1st Panteg St Mary’s, for collating the information.
Corporal Neville Francis Brindley, RAF , service number 576778.who died in 1944 aged 20 is buried in the Delhi war cemetery. His parents donated a flag to the scout troop in his memory. He was a member of the scout troop and was Cyril Payne’s patrol leader? He had been a church scout joining in 1934 This proves that that the troop has an unbroken lineage since 1910.
The Roll Book 1910 to 1918
The roll book is kept in the county archives item number DPA. 111.68
Proof if any was needed is provided by this book and the letter to the “Brigader” that Rev Williams was a very active man and believed in the scout system. However it also reflects the times and the attitude of people then. His notes in the record book must have been written with some emotion and there are inaccuracies in what he reports. These are probably notes he has taken as people have told him what has happened to ex members. (Typical of many long serving scouters.) Records show that in excess of twelve members gave their lives in WW1.
It can be seen that many left to join the 2nd Battalion, The Monmouthshire Regiment in August 1914, and he refers to their OC, Col AJF Bowen DSO in the notes (He also died in WW1). This Territorial Regiment is the only Territorial regiment to be awarded the 1914 star and battle honours. They had a large drill hall on Osborne Road in Pontypool it closed in199? The regiment was then called The 3rd V Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales. This was demolished to make way for a centre for wayward youth and drug addicts. From once marched heroes now slouch mislead youth.
It is worthy of note that three of the scouts died in the 2nd Battle of Ypres in May 1915. This battle is infamous, as it was the first time the Germans used mustard gas.
Arthur William Day (Penyrhoel), Army Number 2192, was killed in action on the 3rd February 1915 when he was shot through the temple, the same bullet killing another of his comrades who was standing ten yards away. Private Day was only 16 years old. 2 weeks cinse his birthday.
L/Cpl Herbert Lewis (St Matthew’s), Number 2255, was killed during a fierce attack by the enemy on 3rd May 1915.
Harry Williams (St Matthew’s), Number 1615, was killed on the 8th May 1915 in desperate fighting during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge. Sgt Frederick Humphreys (St Matthew’s), who was wounded about the same time, reported that Williams had ‘died a hero’.
Alfred James (St Matthew’s) Number 1612, was killed in action later that same month. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916,
Arthur Jones (St Matthew’s), Number 1611, was killed at Beaumont Hamel, one of nearly 20,000 men to die on the worst day in British military history.
Other lads joined units such as the Royal Navy, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Marines. George
Arthur Robotham, Number 13913, was killed serving with the 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards in November 1914. He lied about his age he was 20 years old but military records record him as 24.
Jack (John) Jones, Number 346130, was only 17 years of age when he was killed fighting with the Devonshire Yoemanry near Jerusalem in 1917. This lad ran way from home at 15 yrs old to join without parental permission. His uncle signing in loco parentis. He is buried in Basra, now in modern Iraq.
John Horrobin (St Matthew’s) was awarded the Military Medal.
Francis Lindsey who ran away from home to join the Cameron Highlanders in 1914. He was born in 1899 so was only 15yrs old (under age). But this was typical. The Cameron Highlanders are the parent regiment of the Lovat scouts. (An elite reconnaissance unit) which this lad joined .
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