It is estimated that the First
World War claimed the lives of 40,000 Welshmen, all of them heroes whose
sacrifice is acknowledged by a grateful nation. ‘Call Them to Remembrance’,
which includes over 120 illustrations and maps, tells the stories of 13 fallen
heroes who shared the common bond of having worn the famous red jersey of the
Welsh international rugby team.
Gwyn Prescott's acclaimed
and best-selling book, now in a revised second edition, expertly yet sensitively
tells the fascinating individual stories of these 13 multi-talented and
courageous Welshmen and their sporting and military careers, including: 'Lou'
Phillips, a leading amateur golfer who represented Newport at five sports; 'Wyndham'
Thomas, the Cambridge choral scholar who gave up his job in India to volunteer
for the Army; 'Johnny' Williams, the flying Cardiff winger who scored 17 tries
in 17 games; and 'Charlie' Pritchard, the 'lion-hearted' hero of the famous
Welsh victory over New Zealand in 1905.
A native of Cardiff who played
alongside Gareth Edwards in the 1965 Welsh Secondary Schools team and later
played for Cambridge University, Gwyn Prescott was awarded an MPhil on
the history of rugby by the University of Glamorgan, and is author of ‘This rugby spellbound people’ - The Birth
of Rugby in Cardiff and Wales (St. David's Press, 2015).
Foreword by Gerald Davies
Command Structure (Infantry) - A Generalised guide
1. Richard Davies Garnons Williams
2. Charles Gerald Taylor
3. Louis Augustus Phillips
4. Charles Meyrick Pritchard
5. David Westacott
6. Richard Thomas
7. John Lewis Williams
8. Philip Dudley Waller
9. Brinley Richard Lewis
10. Horace Wyndham Thomas
11. William Purdon Geen
12. Fred Leonard Perrett
13. David Watts
(i) Battlefield Maps
(ii) International Rugby’s WWI Roll of Honour