The 1st Battalion immediately deployed to South Africa, moving to Egypt in 1886, then back to Britain in 1893. It then fought at Paardeberg and the relief of Kimberley during the Boer War (1899-1902). In the following decades both battalions also spent time on garrison duties in Britain, Egypt, the Sudan, Ireland and India.
General Sir Herbert Kitchener praised the regiment after the Battle of Suakin in Sudan in 1888 because they didn't lose a single man during the fight.
During the First World War (1914-18) the regiment raised a total of 34 regular, territorial, reserve and service battalions. These fought at Gallipoli, Salonika, Egypt, Palestine and Mesopotamia as well as on the Western Front.
Lieutenant Tasker Watkins VC of The Welch Regiment was in later life the President of which sporting organisation?
Tasker Watkins won the Victoria Cross (VC) in August 1944 in Normandy after leading a bayonet charge against the enemy and then capturing a machine gun post single-handed. He was president of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. His VC citation was often displayed in the changing rooms of the Welsh national team prior to matches.
The National Army Museum works with a network of Regimental and Corps Museums across the UK to help preserve and share the history and traditions of the Army and its soldiers.
Discover more about The Welch Regiment by visiting the Royal Welsh Museum in Brecon and Firing Line Museum at Cardiff Castle.