Warrant Officer Class 1 (Garrison Sergeant Major) (Billy) W D G Mott OBE MVO enlisted into the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in April 1979. He has served with the Battalion in Belize, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Kenya and the USA. Billy will be walking the second stage and says "I was first informed of the proposed walk by Jan Koops and Dai Graham, during the Weekend of the Welsh Guards service of commemoration, for all those killed in the Falklands campaign in Wrexham earlier this year (2012)."
"I was overwhelmed by the fantastic idea of Welsh Guardsmen, serving or retired, their families and friends, or anyone who wanted to joining in with the walk. To walk the coastline of Wales in support of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress is special, but more important is to remember all Welsh Guardsmen and those attached, who have been killed in hostilities since the Second World War.
I am hoping to walk my leg near my birthplace in North Wales with my two brothers, Major Nick Mott MBE and retired RSM John Mott, along with our cousin retired CSGT Glyn (Dapper) Davies. I couldn’t think of a better group of men to do such an inspirational thing with. I did hope my very good and close friend Andy (Brinky) Brinkworth, retired LSGT would have been with me too - but sadly he cannot be there with us. However, an extremely popular Welshman has asked if he could walk with me too and that is Huw Edwards the superb BBC TV presenter.
I am constantly amazed at just how much some people will do for others and instantly felt I had to contribute in anyway I could. So to walk with those three great men will be so rewarding. But also to be doing it for all those wonderful men who have walked the Blue, Red, Blue line and paid the ultimate sacrifice is simply humbling and something special and fulfilling indeed."