Recollections of the Great War, by Walter Powell
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|Title||Recollections of the Great War, by Walter Powell|
|Notes||Published in the Llandrindod, Cefnllys and Disserth Church Magazine in a November issue during the 1980s. These record Walter Powell's repeated attempts to join-up under-age, as well as his friends' attempts - some of them successful; also how he finally managed to join-up by trying a recruiting office away from home - after all his friends and his brothers were in the army. Also described is his work as a despatch rider in France.|
Part of a collection relating to Walter H. Powell, Llandrindod Wells, (private / driver M2-267205 Mechanised Transport Army Service Corps). Born 1898, Walter tried to join up under-age on a number of occasions, finally succeeding in 1916. He served many months - (more than 2 years?) - in different army units in Britain, before going over to France. He served as a despatch rider for an anti-aircraft battery in 1918-1919. Walter was gassed suffering the effects all his life. He was a founder member of Toc-H in Llandrindod, and a keen footballer - he died in 1994 aged 96. However Walter's older brothers (Cliff and Percy Powell) and his uncle (Humphrey Powell) died of wounds sustained during the war.
|Item Date||1914 - 1918|
|Copyright||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor|
|Digital repository||The Great War Archive, University of Oxford|
|Contributor Name||Alun Edwards (Powys Archives submissions day)|
|Contributed on the behalf of||Bryan and Liz Edwards|