that we ought to realise, and be thankful, for the great work that was being done by the British Navy. The seas were kept open, and the merchant ships were bringing in our weekly supplies of food. The Hall was nearly full, a great number of young men being present. Mr. George Thomas presided. Mr. Herbert Edgar was organist, and carried out the arrangements for the meeting.
1 May 1915
Recruiting Meeting On Friday last a recruiting meeting was held at St Mary's Hall, Fochriw. The band of the 3rd Welsh, Cardiff, came up for the event. Before promenading the village, they were entertained to tea at the Fochriw Schools, the tables being prepared by Mesdames Dr. Davies, John Morgan, M. E. Morgan, J. Davies, James Williams, H. Bates, and Mrs. Roderick, and Misses E. G. Williams, M. A. Lewis, M. Parry, M. Cole, and E. M. Thomas. These ladies, with other members of the Sewing Class, had busied themselves for some little time previously, in preparing seven hampers and a huge parcel of shirts, blankets and socks, for the St. John's Ambulance Association, Cardiff. 453 articles were sent. A further hamper is being prepared. After the tea, the Band, headed by the regimental goat, P.S. Williams, P. C. Perrott, and others, paraded the village. Private John Price of the Welsh Regiment, who has been through several engagements and is now home wounded, was also in the procession. After parading the streets of the village, the Band returned to St. Mary's Hall, where the recruiting meeting was held. The meeting was presided over by Dr. E. Davies, J.P., who gave a very spirited speech. He spoke of the good work done at Fochriw by the ladies of the Sewing Class in providing clothing, etc, for the comfort of the soldiers who had joined. The object of the meeting was to rouse them up and do better. The Rev. James Evans, Cardiff, spoke in Welsh, appealing for recruits. Private Derry of the Welsh Regiment, made an earnest appeal from men to join, and so relieve some of his comrades in the trenches. He gave a thrilling account of the German atrocities he had himself seen. Colonel Marwood Elton gave an account of what had been done by the 3rd Welsh in supplying drafts to fill up the gaps caused by the wastages of war, and appealed to the young men to come forward and offer themselves for recruitment. Major Russell, in a fine speech, made a pressing appeal for recruits. Councillor B. Hughes, Pontlottyn, also spoke in the same strain. A very enthusiastic meeting was bought to a close with the band playing the National Anthem. At the close, a number of recruits offered themselves for recruitment.