Brecon

Breconshire men

Henry V’s forces included 500 Welsh archers and 23 men-at-arms. Of that number, 10 men-at-arms, 13 mounted archers and 146 foot archers formed the contingent from the Brecon area. Though we know that these local men signed up, it’s less clear how many of them actually made it to France. Some may have stayed in Britain to safeguard against rebellion in the King’s absence, while many may have fallen ill at the siege of Harfleur and been sent home before the march to Agincourt.

Roger Vaughan and Dafydd Gam

In Brecon Cathedral, the stained glass window commemorates Sir Roger Vaughan of Bredwardine who, according to legend, died fighting at the Battle along with his father-in-law Dafydd Gam. Dafydd – or Davy to give him his English name – has family links to the Games Monument, a recumbent effigy of a female figure dating from 1555 that now resides in the cathedral.

The archers

Noblemen are just part of the Agincourt story. A list of names or an indenture commemorates the local archers who signed up to fight for Henry and can be found in Brecon Cathedral. For their troubles, these men were paid six pence a day, the same amount for both mounted and foot archers. Alongside the indenture is another relic, a stone reputed to have been used by archers to sharpen their arrowheads.