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Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) :JOSHUA GELLY
Date and Place of Birth: 1883. SWANSEA
Date and Place of Death: 1960. 5 LAURA PLACE, ABERYSTWYTH, CARDIGANSHIRE.
Childhood:Joshua was the third son of four children all male. He spent most of his life in Wales.
Parents: Father: John Gelly, the son of a farmer. Born:in Carmarthen in 1849. In 1875 he married Mary Evans, the daughter of a farmer. Born in Carmarthenshire in 1847. Mary died in 1892 aged 44yrs. Joshua was 8 years old.
John Married Ann Walters in 1899.
John died in 1920. Ann died in 1944
Parent’s occupations: John Gelly was a Coal Miner and Hewer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance:
Education. (taken from Evans/Edwards F/T, many references from Welsh Language newspapers)
1896. Entered Gowerton County School, Glamorganshire from Waunarlwydd Board School with entrance scholarship.
1899. Awarded £30 scholarship by Glamorgan County Council Technical Instruction Committee; University College Cardiff adds studentship of £10 per year.
1900 October Cardiff. Following entrance examination on 17th September 1900and following, University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire awarded Drapers’ Company Scholarship of £30 t Joshua Gelly, Gowerton County School. (renewed for 3rd year in 1902)
Qualification: Teachers Registration Council.
Joshua Gelly. Reg No: 1777
Date of Registration: 1st May 1914.
Professional Address: Grammar School, DOLGELLEY
1. BSc Wales
2. University of Wales Teachers’ Certificate
Place of residence at Gretna: 84-86 The Rand, Eastriggs.
Job title at Gretna: Chemist
Marital status: Married to Verna Davies on 19th September 1917 in Dolgelly, Merionethshire.
Travels: None found.
Trivia / any other information:
War Service. Verna Gelly. Mount Pleasant Dolgelly.
Service: from 10/08/1914 to 22/02/1918
168 hrs. Part Time
Attestation: Joshua Gelly. Addeess: Longhor, GlamorganBorn:1883. Birth Town: Cockett, Glamorganshire, Wales.
Age: 32 yrs. Service No: 120541. 1st Battalion, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers.
9th September 1915. Promoted Corporal (Chemical Section).
25th September 1915. Joined unit on Western Front from OC Depot Spec. Coys. England.
23rd October 1915. Joined 4 G.B.D from Special Battalion unit fro Depot
4th September 1916. Left Unit
8th September 1916. Transferred to Chatham.
13th September 1916. Transferred Army Reserve under Major Alexander DSO, Explosive Supply- Ministry of Munitions
10th November 1915.Transferred Record: Class W No:15917
Joshua would have been on the front line providing covering smoke on a day when the British Army suffered 57,470 casualties including 19,240 deaths to gain 3 square miles of territory.
Special Battalions of the Royal Engineers WW1
Field Marshall Douglas Haig took over Command on the Western Front in late 1915. He formed Four Special Battalions, each of four Companies, to handle gas discharge from cylinders and smoke from candles. They were part of the ‘Special Brigade’ under the command of Col. C. Foulkes. By the end of May 1916 the 1st Battalion was allocated to the 4th Army. It was the Army that led the British forces at the Battle of the Somme.
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Science Master –
Middlesbro High School————————1904- 1906
Dolgelley County School ———————-1907-1910
Barmouth County School ———————1910-1914
Runcorn County School ——————–1914-1915
Mathematics Master –
Dartford Technical Institute——————-1919-1920
Llangollen County School. N.Wales———–1920 1922
Dolgelley Grammer School——————–1924- ?