Notice of Closure:
I am in the process of amalgamating this website with its sister one at www.3rdbattmons.co.uk. Once I have completed the work this site will be closed down and all the information regarding the 1st Monmouth's can be found on that site.
I have taken this decision as it is easier for me to keep the sites updated and due to the success of both sites and the amounts of information received it makes sense to have in essence a one stop shop for the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the Monmouthshire Regiment.
For all thing 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment please visit Dave Nicholas's site at www.abijess. freeserve.co.uk
Thank you to everyone who has visited the site and I hope when the new one us up and running that you will also enjoy visiting that as well.
The history of the 1st Battalion The Monmouthshire Regiment is very similar to that of the 3rd Battalion in that much of it is centred around the battles of the 2nd Ypres to a day that lives on in Monmouthshire, the heavy fighting that dominated on the 8th May 1915 on what is known as the Battle of Frezenberg. Both Battalions suffered heavy casualties and when all three battalions were amalgamated later there were barely enough men answering roll call to create one Battalion. The Welsh fighting spirit is nothing new and thoughout history it has been well documented from Crecy to Agincourt to the Peninsular and Boer Wars there are stories of the men from Monmouthshire fighting and dying. A visit to the Medal room at the regimental museum in Brecon bears testament to their bravery and loyalty.
Thirty Seven days later the Kaiser began mobilising his "Feldgrau" and they crossed borders executing the first part of the "Schlieffen Plan" conceived to crush the French army in an iron embrace and to open up an easy route to the heart of France, Paris. During the long hot summer of 1914 thousands of enthusiastic young soldiers mobilised for the most glorious conflict since the Napoleonic Wars. But this belief that it would all be over by Christmas quickly evaporated as the war of movement began to falter and both sides started digging in. The war of movement soon became a war of attrition. Thousands of troops were being poured into an increasingly cramped area. In February 1915 the 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment arrived in France where it was to serve with distinction initially as an Infrantry Battalion and latterly as a Divisional Pioneer unit until November 1918.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the content of this non commercial web site dedicated to the men involved in the Great War 1914 - 1918 of the 1st Battalion The Monmouthshire Regiment is as accurate as possible. If you find an error I would be delighted to hear from you and, where appropriate, correct it and give due and proper reference. It has also not been my intention to infringe on anyones copyright but if I have it has been unintentional and I offer my apologies. Please let me know and I will either remove the article or picture or give due reference.
The Monmouthshire Regiment during World War I
Not many people are left to describe and say from the first hand what and how it happen, but history can teach us about all that pretty well. However detailed those stories are, there is always more to hear from people who were there and took part in it. World War I is such a happening, it took place over 100 years ago, so only a handful of people can really talk about it from their own experience.
Relying on history is important, otherwise we will never be able to learn and hear about events that happened in the 19th century and earlier. The most important thing about it, is its objectivity, so no feelings, personal opinions or thoughts will become part of it. That is essential with such a thing like the World War I, because it changed the whole world and relations between almost every country. It doesn't change the purpose and importance of escorts, they still knew and know today what their job is and how they do it in the best way possible. When speaking about Monmouthshire Regiment, the only important ones are the London escorts that made them company. Those beautiful ladies made the last days of some of those brave men really special and gave them courage to go and protect our land and country.
Being part of something big
Although many Battalions of the Monmouthshire Regiment did not take part of the first war, because they either weren't formed at that time, or did not have a place in any battle. Still many men lost their lives and protected Britain, ladies, escorts from http://www.eros.com, gentlemen and children, as part of that regiment. Specific information about every battalion, its purpose and time spent in the war can be found on Wikipedia and other related sites. There is much to say about them, but most of the information are generic and not as important as what we are telling here and what this site is about.
It is hard to explain the essentiality of such little groups in wars and similar events. They are often only following orders and all the decisions are made without them. They never get the glory like big generals and commanders, who actually did nothing, except decisions which every other person could have done. Their bravery is enormous, it is not easy to go somewhere you have never been, or even to go fight someone on your own lands. Beautiful ladies like London escorts won't know that struggle, but they can encourage and help these events like no one else.
Later on, in the World War II, the Monmouthshire Regiment was also a part of something big and took an active role in it. Over 250 men gave their lives, only from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th battalion and although we will never know their names, we have many reasons to be thankful they existed and protected this country. Never forget which price we paid and never take your freedom for granted, because it can be easily taken from you.