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Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Some who returned and settled in Rushden.
Ainsworth, Albert Wm Morris, Samuel Hubert ‘Bert’
Jones, David
Jones, David Richard Williams, Vaughan

Spelt the native way

Corporal 893 Albert William Ainsworth

The Welch Fusiliers was a Territorial battalion based in North East Wales. William as he was known joined the Territorials in April 1911.

The battalion was called to duty on the 4th August 1914 and William joined them the next day and was promoted to Lance Corporal the same day. He transferred to Higham Ferrrers with the battalion and from there on July 1915 they were sent to Gallipoli arriving on the 9th August, with a battalion strength of 26 officers and 811 other ranks. By October 1915 there were only 88 other ranks left.

We do not know for sure exactly when William was wounded by shrapnel in both legs but we suspect that it was only a week or two after landing. He was transferred to Malta on the 17th August 1915 and from there he returned to Devenport on the 5th October 1915 before being discharged on the 25th April 1916.

Prior to leaving for Gallipoli he married Mabel Annie Tailby and before his death in 1937 they had 5 children.

More about the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Rushden

David Richard Jones

David joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as a pre war territorial in the Summer of 1912 when he was allocated the number 329. He was given the number 310072 during the First World War, and the Regiment was first stationed in Northampton before moving on to Higham Ferrers. He met his first wife, Miss Maud Mann of 43 Campbell Street, Northampton, and they married at St Sepulchre’s Church, Northampton in January 1916. Tragically in November 1918, Maud died aged 23 years of age (possibly as a result of the Spanish Flu Epidemic).

David married his second wife, Miss Ida Kate Hodson of Windmill Cottages, Burton Latimer, in 1920. They eventually moved to Higham Ferrers where he found work at the Victoria Leather Company in Midland Road. David also played for Higham Town Football Club in the early 1920s.

Together they had two daughters, Mrs Gwendoline ‘Gwen’ Murdin (1921-2015) and Mrs Iris Leeson (born 1926) both of whom served the local community. Mrs Murdin was honoured with the B.E.M. and was Mayor of Higham Ferrers on three occasions and also the Chairman of East Northamptonshire District Council.

Samuel Hubert ‘Bert’ Morris

Samuel was born in Llanidloes, Mid Wales in 1890. He came to Rushden in 1915 with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was billeted in Crabb Street. He became friendly with Miss Ella Chettle who lived at 42 Crabb Street.

When he returned from the war, Bert was unable to get work in Wales and so he went to Bradford. Ella decided to make contact with him, and they eventually married at St Mary’s Church, Rushden on 27th December 1922. They stayed in Bradford for a short time and then returned to Rushden to live. They had four children, Dorothy (later Mrs Rawlings), Eileen (later Mrs Robinson), Clifford, and Megan (later Mrs Laughton).

The Rushden Echo, 5th January 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Bugler Killed – Many Rushden residents will hear with keen regret of the death of Bugler Vaughan Williams, late of the 7th R.W.F. Bugler Williams was billeted with Mr and Mrs C Lingard during the war, and afterwards saw much fighting with the R.W.F. He was riding a motor-cycle recently in Birmingham and met with an accident which proved fatal. The parents of the deceased had both been dead some time. The father was the late Rev. Williams. He leaves a wife, but no family. Mr Williams was one of the most expert with a bugle.

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