Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Private David John Davies, Lance Corporal Thomas Edward Beadles, Lieutenant George Keith Elliott, and Lieutenant George Williams, 25th (Montgomery & Welsh Horse Yeomanry) Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, were killed in action together on the Somme.
Their battalion was in the lead of the 231 Brigade during an attempt on the trenches north-east of Hargicourt, and they were among other casualties suffered that day, shot down by heavy machine gun and rifle fire. All four lie buried in the Sainte Emilie Valley Cemetery at Villers-Faucon on the Somme.
Private Davies, from Blaen Porth in Cardiganshire, was 24 years old.
Lance Corporal Beadles had previously seen action in Egypt in 1917 where he was gassed. He is remembered on the war memorial in Newtown in Montgomeryshire. From Newtown, he was 25 years old and married with two children.
Lieutenant Elliott was the son of an M.D. and had been educated at Shrewsbury School and University College, Oxford, where he was a Science Scholar. He was the bayonet instructor in his battalion, and had distinguished himself in that skill as well as physical training. On his headstone are the words: “He died with a smile on his face. All he had hoped for, all he had, he gave”. From Nottingham, he was 20 years old.
Lieutenant Williams had attended Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, before obtaining his commission. He was wounded in action in 1917 during the invasion of Palestine. On his headstone are the words: “Let perpetual light shine upon him”. From Wimbledon, he was 20 years old.