Evans, Albert (Oral history)

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  • 9992
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  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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Object description

British private served with 16th Bn Welch Regt on Western Front, 1915-1916

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REEL 1: Background in Wales: family; education; activities with Boy Scouts; story of work as volunteer fireman; story of enlistment and question of age, 6/1915. Aspects of training with Cyclist Bn in GB, 1915: description of training at Winchester and Conway and role of cyclists; reaction of parents; uniform and equipment; guard duty; opinion of training. Recollections of operations with 16th Bn Welch Regt on Western Front, 1915-1916: description of journey to France and arrival in Boulogne, 1915; tented accommodation; description of activities in Laventie area; memory of Christmas 1915 and German attempts at fraternization; question of parcels from home; story of wearing disinfectant belt as protection against lice; washing facilities and personal hygiene; attitude to army life and discipline; amusing story of visit to estaminet; description of role in attack on Mametz Wood, Somme, 7/Jul/1916; description of Wood and surrounding terrain; comparison of British and German trenches; preparations for attack; memory of going over top and discarding equipment; question of fear and attitude to desertion; memory of Major Angus; formation of attack; memory of singing hymns. REEL 2 Continues: question of German resistance; story of being shot in leg and sheltering in shell hole for three days; description of medical treatment in France and GB; opinion of medical treatment; question of pension; memory of brothers' service in war; opinion of attack on Mametz Wood and question of competence of junior officers; casualties and loss of friends; attitude to conscientious objectors; further comments on being wounded and lying in shell hole; opinion of medical services; description of Mametz Wood; story of visit to Mametz Wood and dedication of memorial to 38th Div, 1987; discharged from army on medical grounds, 4/1918; attitude to Germans. Reflections on period of service and conditions in post-war Wales.

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