Account of entertaining wounded Tommies in hospital, Llandrindod Wells
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|Title||Account of entertaining wounded Tommies in hospital, Llandrindod Wells|
|Notes||Walter Powell's notes record the hotels and large houses in Llandrindod Wells which were commandeered by the War Ministry and turned into a military hospital for Tommies coming back from France with rheumatism etc. in 1914. This carried on to 1923. Also that when I came home [from France] in 1919, I belonged to a Pierotte troupe and we used to go around the boys in Blue and give concerts and have a jolly time... before radio and TV we had to make our own entertainment. We were often a hundred or more. Happy days.|
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 - 1923|
|Creation place||Llandrindod Wells|
|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|