Idris Tudor Rees

Idris Tudor Rees by theakston-thomas
Idris Tudor Rees, a photo by theakston-thomas on Flickr.

Via Flickr:This medal is now on its way to Caerphilly in South Wales to be re-united with the Victory Medal to this soldier.Thanks to Stanley F and the internet and the Medal4Heroes site for making this possible.Another successful re-uniting!British War Medal, (entitled to a pair), officially impressed as issued, to:75290, Private Idris Tudor Rees, Welsh Regiment. Idris was the Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Rees, of “Min-yr-Afon,” Cross Hands. He enlisted at Cardiff into the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. The battalion was raised at Rhyl asthe Carmarthen Pals battalion, becoming attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division.Idris joined the battalion as a reinforcement in the summer of 1918, when it was in positions near Aveluy Wood on the Somme. On 22 August 1918 the 15th Welsh made a famous crossing of the flooded River Ancre, which led to the famous advance to victory. The Allies drove the Germans back towards the mighty Hindenburg Line, and the 38th Division fought at the Battle of Havrincourt, and the Battle of Epehy. A short rest period ensued, during which time the Canal du Nord was breached, so opening a passage through the Hindenburg Line. The Division then fought at the Battle of Beaurevoir, and moved up towards Cambrai, capturing Villers-Outreaux. Idris was wounded during this great advance, and died of wounds on 9 October, 1918. He was just 19 years old, and is buried at Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, France.


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