Welsh Guardsman recalls wartime experience for new film

A former Welsh Guardsman, who is set to celebrate his centenary this year, has taken a role in a new documentary to mark 100 years of the regiment.

The wartime exploits of 99-year-old Pryce Davies, who lives at Coverage Care’s Briarfields home in Raby Crescent, Shrewsbury, will feature in the film about the history of the Welsh Guards due for release later this summer.

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Mr Davies, who was born in Welshpool and lived in Shrewsbury before he moved to Briarfields, was interviewed at the home by a camera crew for the documentary that will record the service and memories of Welsh Guardsmen.

The regiment was founded by Royal Warrant from His Majesty King George V on 26th February 1915 and marks its 100th birthday in the same year as Mr Davies.

He enlisted in the regiment in 1936 and at the start of the Second World War was a member of the British expeditionary force. He also experienced the liberation of Brussels in 1945.

Mr Pryce maintained close links with the regiment and was a founder member of the Montgomeryshire & Shropshire Branch and served as secretary from 1950 to 1985.

His daughter Liz McNeill said he had been delighted to take part in the film.

“My father has always been very proud of his association with the Welsh Guards and was pleased to be asked to take part in the filming.

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“He spent several hours being interviewed and talked about his experiences during the war. He spent most of his service in France and was there shortly after the Normandy landings.

“Dad was also in France for a couple of weeks after Dunkirk in 1940. He just managed to get out in time on the last boat from Cherbourg – he was actually posted missing but thankfully made it home.’’

“He enjoyed being interviewed and was honoured to be asked to put on record his service with the Welsh Guards.”

The film will be released to independent cinemas once finished.

David Coull, Chief Executive of Coverage Care, said: “Mr Davies gave many years of dedicated service to the regiment, both actively and through the local branch, and Coverage Care congratulates him for that.

“It was great to have his contribution recognised and recorded for posterity in the film.”

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