Unexpected visits can often brighten our days. The unexpected visit made by a battalion on manoeuvres in 1910 caused great excitement. Here is how the local press covered proceedings on August 4th …. Yn aml gall ymweliadau annisgwyl greu cyffro mawr. Achosodd yr ymweliad annisgwyl gan fataliwn o feicwyr ym 1910 lawer o ffws. Dyma sut yr ymddangosodd y stori yn y wasg leol ar Awst 4ydd….
- Military Manoeuvres at Fishguard At about 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, a detachment of the 7th Welsh Regiment (Cyclists) of the Territorial Forces, to the number of about two hundred, entered Fishguard by way of High street, and mustered on the Square and along Main street, where bicycles were stacked in a line stretching as far as the corner of Pentowr. For a quarter of an hour the men were dismissed, but at 11 o’clock reassembled, and, accompanied by a motor-mounted machine-gun, moved off in the direction of Letterston.
Unexpected Invasion — Lower Town was alive with excitement on Sunday afternoon when the 7th Battalion” Welsh Cyclists’ Territorials, numbering between 300 and 400 passed through the place, under the command of Colonel Wilson, en route from Haverfordwest to Aberystwyth. At Lower Town a brief halt was made for refreshments, which attracted a large number to the place.
Owing to the steep acclevity of Dinas Hill, the heavy motor transport waggon had to be assisted, a large number of the battalion towing the vehicles up the incline with the aid of ropes.
Late the same evening another transport waggon was due to arrive, and in order to lend assistance, a number of the men had to remain in waiting at this spot. In order to while away the time the party, assisted by local talent, indulged in an open-air sacred concert on the Lower Town Square, where solos, glees, hymns, etc., were effectively rendered, the assembled crowd joining in the choruses, and not dispersing till about 10 o’clock.
The men behaved splendidly throughout their brief sojourn in the place. One of the transport waggons broke down on Garngelli and remained there until the following day.”
Military Manoeuvers 1910 Ymarferion Milwrol
The County Echo - Hydref/October 1909