First World War Poetry Digital Archive

On Guard Duty' - Story of Leonard Haynes

My Grandfather Lance Corporal Leonard Haynes No 26356 C Company 17 Welsh Regiment was apparently on gaurad duty one evening whilst serving in France(sometime between June 1916 and February 1918)had been told not to give anyone directions if asked. He was approached by 2 officers in clean uniforms and was asked for directions to the camp.

Gransha was suspicious as the uniforms were too clean for serving officers and thinking they may be the spies they had been warned about told them "on your bike".

The one officer asked "Don't you recognise me- I'm the Prince of Wales" Gransha replied "And I'm the King of Prussia" Apparently it was the Prince of Wales visiting to the Welsh Regiments and Gransha ended up on a charge for insubordination!!

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