March 2018 - the Treadwells from Pontardawe

The Brecon Museum recently had a visit from Mr Lance Treadwell from Pontardawe, who kindly loaned some memorabilia relating to his father and grandfather: His father Kenneth served in the 7th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, was transferred to the 90th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, and fought in North Africa and Italy. He took part in the Anzio Landings on 22nd Jan 1944, himself noting the significance of that date (the same date as the Battle of Rorke’s Drift).

On the night of March 18th 1944, Kenneth Treadwell saved the lives of 5 American soldiers of the 45th Infantry Division: Their tank having been hit by a shell, he left his dug-out and dashed across the fire-swept ground to pull them out of the burning tank. In doing so he was badly wounded in his left arm. For this action, he was awarded the US Bronze Star – the family went to London for him to receive it in July 1945.

Lance’s grandfather Allan served in the First World War; enlisting underage (16) at Neath in 1915, he fought in 3 battles with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in France. In May 1915 he was wounded by shrapnel and discharged. His discharge certificate commended him for good service throughout his time in France.

The documents/papers/photographs relating to Mr Treadwell’s father and grandfather can be viewed on the website archive.