1916: Saved by a Gift

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Private Griffith Pritchard Davies, Beddgelert, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was saved from death by his cigarette case during the offensive in France. A piece of shrapnel rebounded from the case, taking part of his arm away. The case was presented to him by a Beddgelert friend when the soldier was home at Whitsun, and Davies, in accepting the gift, jocularly remarked, “Perhaps this will save my life.”

Private Evan Harris, Borthygest, Portmadoc, of the Welsh Fusiliers, and Private David John Williams, Beddgelert, of the Liverpool “Pals” have been killed in action, and Regimental Sergeant-Major Simms, Portmadoc, of the Welsh Fusiliers, has been dangerously wounded.

Published by Liverpool Echo, 15 July 1916