Posted 08 November 2009 - 05:59 PM
the 15th RWF were titled " 1st London Welsh", to distinguish them from the 18th RWF (2nd London Welsh) who were likewise raised in London, but the 2nd remained in the UK as a reinforcement-training unit.
Being in hospital in Rouen on the 15 July 1916 sounds to me very like he was wounded in the Mametz operations (ended on 12th July, after which the 38th Welsh Division was moved away) - you quote this date exactly, is it because you have a copy of his full service record? The action there spread over a few days, but he would have had to be found first then removed probably via a Field Ambulance and Casualty Clearing Station etc., so 4-5 days to get to the Base isn't inconceivable. His record might detail the various stages and confirm a wounding date.
Assuming he was Private Alfred Kidd RWF no. 22868 it seems he landed in France with his battalion on 2 December 1915. He was later deemed fit enough to be transferred to the Labour Corps, no.191863, but ultimately discharged from the Army on 7 August 1917 and awarded the Silver War Badge and three First World War medals (these details from his Medal Index Card online). Is this your relative?
Your best bets for reading are:
C.H.Dudley Ward, Regimental Records of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Vol III which covers the regiment on the Western Front in WW1. Reprinted 2005 by Naval & Military Press
J.E.Munby (Ed.), A History of the 38th (Welsh) Division. Originally published 1920, reprinted more recently by N&M Press as above. A short, general history.
Colin Hughes, Mametz. Lloyd George's 'Welsh Army' at the Batle of the Somme. Originally published Orion Press 1982, since reprinted. First proper study of the action from the perspective of the 38th Welsh Divn.
Michael Renshaw, Mametz Wood, in the Battleground Europe series (Pen & Sword Press, 1999 & 2006). Covers the 38th and supporting 17th Divns. attacks on the Wood. More illustrations than Hughes' work, and easier to follow the course of the action on the ground (in my opinion, anyway).
Wyn Griffith, Up To Mametz First published 1931, republished Severn House 1981 and Gliddon Books 1988. May also be available as a free online book? Excellent personal account by a 15th RWF officer, attached to the Brigade Staff.
David Jones, In Parenthesis First published by Faber 1937, republished variously since. He was a soldier with 15th RWF but also an artist and author. Wounded at Mametz. This is War Literature, rather than a straightforward account, with many allusions to the Arthurian legends, the Mabinogion and other Celtic literature (explained in copious footnotes).
That doesn't by any means exhaust the sources (for example, the battalion War Diary at the National Archives, Kew, WO 95 series).
Hope this may help.