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milkman Posted - 22/05/2020 : 20:03:15
Thinking of the recent VE Day celebration I thought worth mentioning some small things concerning WW!.
My Dad served throughout the war (but more of that later). He told a few tales of Tredegar chaps out there.
The first concerns a chap from Georgetown known as Bill Ferret. He went for his medical and the doctor mentioned that his teeth were terrible, to which Bill replied "Shoot them I am going to doctor, not eat them" I believe Bill was from Pretoria Tc but cannot remember his name.
The second also has no name- A Tredegar private was detailed by one of those posh Junior officers with- "What company do you belong to, my man". To which the peply came "The only company I know is the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company".
So to my Dad. He was cavalry trained in England but was then posted to France to an Irish Regt. The Irish Regt belonged to the Indian Expeditionary Force. It was actually part of the MHOW Brigade. It had been serving at the garrison town of Mhow in India until the war started then was despatched pdq to France..
My great grandfather was Irish, born in Co Roscommon. He joined the British armyin Ireland in a Scottish Regt (The Atgylls) and was posted immediately to Walas. After training he spent several spells in South Africa and earned Kaffir War medals.
He married a Pembroke girl.
Talk about being posted near home!!!

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