13 FEBRUARY 1915, Page 2

It was announced on Friday that a battalion of Welsh

Guards is at once to he raised. We recall with pleasure that during the Boer War we strongly urged that Wales should be represented in the Guards Brigade by a unit of its own. Quite apart from this appropriate recognition of Welsh gallantry, the new development is a very wise one. The Guards, with their short service and huge Reserve, are a most valuable force. They afford an opportunity to men who want to do their turn in the Army, but do not want to commit them- selves beyond three years' service with the colours. Our ideal has always been a Guards Division which, on mobilization, should be a Guards Army Corps. We should like to make the thing complete by a contingent of Guards Artillery and Guards Engineers.