NEWTOWN REMEMBERS Commemorating 100 years since the First World War
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Horace Blair

Birth: September 1894
Death: 25/8/1918
Regiment: Pte 27290/4155 Welsh Regiment & 10th Battalion South Wales Borderers
Battles: Western Front
Killed: 25/8/1918 on Somme

 

Horace was born in Newtown to George and Mathilda Ann (Nicholls), and was the eldest of six (2 sisters and 3 brothers). The family moved to Aberystwyth where he enlisted and landed in France in 18/7/1915. He had married Annie in April of 1914 and had 2 sons, Bertram who died aged 2 and William who was born in June of 1918 .  His battalion went to Loos and he took part in the battle there on 25th September before being transferred to 10th Battalion SWB. He was wounded at Mametz Wood in July 1916 but rejoined his regiment at Ypres and was involved in the capture of Piltern Ridge. They then moved to Albert and on the 21/8/1918 launched the famous attack on the river. 3 days later they met resistance around La Boiselle. Horace was killed there in the final action on the Somme in August of 1918.  He is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery (VC17) at Gezaincourt, France. The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard reported Horace's death on 6th September, 1918.  He was awarded the British War & Victory medals.

Mrs A Blair, Cambrian Gardens, was notified on Thursday that her husband (Private Horace Blair) had been killed in action in France. Private Blair had been in France for the past three years, having enlisted soon after the outbreak of war, he had served with the 9th Welsh under Major Sir Edward Pryse and had been twice wounded. He was the son of Mrs Blair, Bryn-y-place, little Darkgate Street, and previous to enlisting was a baker. He leaves a widow and a child, a son whom he had never seen, although a photo of his boy reached him a short time before he was killed.'

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