"There is a race in an island place which rose in the morning gleam
And made its sword of an olden song, its armour out of a dream.
Its warriors died with a stubborn pride that reeked no price of tears.
But followed the call of the singing sword that rang athwart the years."
- A. G. Prys-Jones
The recent Welsh programme, 'West to the Sounding Sea,' given in honour of famous Welsh sailors, needs this its counterpart in honour of the soldiers of Wales. This programme is intended as a tribute to the gallantry of the sons and daughters of the Principality, from the days of Caractacus and Gwenllian to the heroes of Mons and Mametz Wood. It may not be generally known that 280,000 troops were recruited in Wales during the Great War, this number being 13.82 of the population. According to a famous General these Welsh troops 'Sang like angels and fought like devils.'
The Station Orchestra
Rhycfgyreh Gwyn Harlech (march of the Men of Harlech)
Tradition attaches this march to the siege of Harlech in 1468 and to the valiant defence by Dafydd ap Einon
Marches of the Welsh Regiments: Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South Wales Borderers, The Welch Regiment, The Welsh Guards
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, one of the oldest regiments in the British Army, was formed in 1605. It is the only Regiment allowed to wear 'the flash,' and its forty-two Battalions worthily upheld the fighting traditions of the Welsh during the Great War.
The South Wales Borderers had eighteen Battalions in the War. It has a record for collecting V.C.'s, and won nine by its famous defence of Rorke's Drift on January 22, 1879. In commemoration of this heroic stand against overwhelming odds, H.M. Queen Victoria ordered that a silver wreath should be borne on the pole of the colours of the Regiment. The story of the saving of the Colours at Rorke's Drift will be given in our programme.
During the Great War the Welch Regiment had thirty-four Battalions and its soldiers served on every front. Its motto is 'Better death than dishonour.' The war-cry 'Stick it, Welsh,' was given by Capt. Mark Haggard when leading a forlorn hope in the grim days of September, 1914, and will live long in the annals of the old 41st.
The Welsh Guards were formed in the early days of the War and first mounted Guard at Buckingham Palace on St. David's Day, 1915. It had the honour of leading the famous attack of the Guards' Division at the Battle of Loos. Its emblem is the leek and its motto 'Cymru am byth.' Colonel-in-Chief, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
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