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Sidney Walter Antwis
Sidney Walter Antwis was born in 1893 in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, the son of Robert Wallace Antwis and Elizabeth Annie Luchesi.
For his early life, please see The Family of Robert And Elizabeth Antwis page.
Military Record -
13.08.1914 - enlisted as a Private in the Welch Regiment and was mobilised at Cardiff.
22.09.1914 - posted to 3rd Battalion
22.09.1914 - Appointed to Lance Corporal
30.11.1914 - Posted to 2nd Battalion
01.10.1915 - Posted to the Depot
30.11.1915 - Posted to 3rd Battalion
23.02.1916 - Posted to 9th Battalion
07.07.1916 - Promoted to Corporal
07.07.1916 - Appointed to Lance Sargeant
05.08.1916 - Promoted to Sargeant
30.09.1916 - Reverted to Corporal at his own request
08.04.1917 - Appointed Lance Sargeant
19.07.1917 - Appointed Acting Sargeant
18.09.1917 - Promoted to Sargeant
20.09.1917 - Awarded Military Medal
03.03.1919 - Discharged having been appointed to a comission
04.03.1919 - Commisioned as 2nd Lieutenant The Welch Regiment
17.02.1922 - Relinquished his commission
From 1914 - 1917 Sidney Walter kept a detailed diary which is transcribed on the page
Sidney Walter Antwis Diary 1914-17
In 1917 Sidney Walter was awarded the Military Medal for outstanding bravery and the following report appeared in the local Telegraph newspaper in 1918-
Military Medal - An interesting Presentation At Milford Haven
A pleasing function took place at the Central Hall Milford Haven on Wednesday evening when Cadet (ex Sargeant) Walter Antwis late Welsh Regiment was presented with the Military Medal for bravery in the field.
Councillor Hugh Thomas Chairman of the Urban District Council presided and was supported on the platform by Col.W.Roberts and Councillor E.Jones and Mr Lewis.
the Chairman explained the object of the gathering mentioning that Sergt Antwis was born and brought up in the town but he had left some years ago and perhaps would not be known to many. He (the Chairman)well remembered his father and could recount many tales of the sea he used to tell. He was delighted to be present to do homage to his son for a deed worthy of the traditions of the army and the regiment. He had been unable to get anything from Cadet Antwis regarding the deed which won for him the medals, that was characteristic of all heroes. When the clarion call came to the young men of the Nation, Sgt Antwis was among the first to repond and only just missed the honour of the Mons Star. he hoped he would be long spared to wear the decoration he had won. They were proud of him and he extended to him their heartiest congratulations. Mr T.H.Lewis read the official order setting forth the award as follows:-
" 1920. Sgt Antwis, Welsh Regiment, is awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in that he, at Husian Wood, on September 20th 1917, when all his officers had become casualties, acting on his own initiative, took command of what men were left and succeeded in reaching their objective where he consolidated and held on until the time he was relieved. Later on, as he received no orders from headquarters, he himself voluntarily crossed the open under heavy shell fire and, in full view of the enemy's snipers, established connection with his headquarters"
The Chairman then pinned the medal to the breast of the gallant young soldier.
Sgt Antwis, wearing two wound stripes and three chevrons, rose to respond amid applause. He was not much of a speaker, he said, and it was hard to find words to express his feelings on being thus honoured by the people of Milford Haven. He spent his school days there and, early in life, most of what was essential to every lad, a good mother and father. he and his brother set out to fight for themselves in Canada, where he had worked hard and with some success. Taking a holiday in the old country just after the war broke out, he could do nothing else but join up and was drafted to the 2nd battalion Welsh Regiment. He had seen hard and incessant fighting and hoped to be spared to do something more bye and bye. At present he was in a Cadet School at Oxford and had volunteered for the Fying Corps. he thanked them all for the great interest they had taken in him.
Col. Roberts said he was grateful for the opportunity of witnessing the reward for courage and devotion to duty. All eyes were upon the gallant men who were pouring out their blood on the plains of france. What they were going through no words could tell. Our sailors and soldiers were adding a brilliant chapter of courage to the history of the Empire. Let them re-echo the the sentiments of their gallant young friend, and may he pass unscathed through the trials that may yet come to him.nHe had pleasure in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman to whom he paid a tribute on the manner he was carrying out his public duties. Mr G.E.Jones in seconding, said the reason he was there was that he felt it was one of the only things the older men could do to show their appreciatin to the younger men for fighting their battles.
The proceedings closed with the National Anthem
Sgt Antwis is the nephew of Mrs Nelson Owen, Robert Street and the grandson of the late Mrs Gillard.