Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, brothers Second Lieutenant Leonard Tregaskis and Second Lieutenant Arthur Tregaskis, 16th Battalion (Cardiff Pals), the Welsh Regiment, were killed in action during the attack on Mametz Wood.
Born in Cardiff into a family of six children, they attended Penarth County School in South Glamorgan, and Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. Both were employed as clerks before heading off together to farm in Saskatchewan in Canada. After the outbreak of the Great War they returned home to enlist, were commissioned and went to France in 1915.
During the attack on Mametz Wood one was seen to fall, hit by a sniper, and the other rushed to his aid, only to be also shot dead. Leonard was thirty-three years old and Arthur a year younger. Their mother received news of their deaths on the same day but several hours apart.
One of their superior officers wrote: “They fell leading their men in the attack on a big wood on which attack we suffered considerable losses. Leonard was undoubtedly the most popular man in the battalion, beloved by everyone. Arthur was quiet but very sincere and possessed of great courage. They were both among the noblest and bravest of our valiant officers. I always found them true hearted men. The whole Battalion regarded them with deep affection and real pride."
Leonard and Arthur lie side-by-side in the Flatiron Copse Cemetery at Mametz in France