The Great War, 1914-1918. Recently Commemorated Locals.
Harold Berkeley Beynon, Private, 33181, Hampshire Regiment. Harold was the Son of Thomas and Laura Annie Beynon, of Holloway, Penally. He later resided at St. Johns Hill, Tenby. Harold enlisted into the Pembroke Yeomanry on 1 April 1914, then served with the 3rd Welsh, before being posted to the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. The Battalion became attached to 29 Brigade, 10th Division, and on 7 July 1915 sailed from Liverpool, arriving at Mudros 26 July 1915. The Battalion landed on Gallipoli on 6 August 1915, and fought there for a month before being sent to Salonika, where it joined 82 Brigade, 27th Division. Harold became ill with malaria while in Salonika and returned home for treatment. His service papers show that he was discharged in 1919 due to malaria. Sadly Harold died of meningitis and encephalitis soon after, on 16 May 1919. He was 21 years old. His place of burial has not yet been identified. Harold has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Friday 13 January 2012), and will be commemorated on the Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial. His grave has recently been discovered at St. Florence (St. Florencius) Churchyard, and evidence has recently been sent to the CWGC in order to prove his last resting place.
Charles Gordon Bowen, Private, 200080, Welsh Regiment. Charles was born in 1896, the son of George and Fanny Bowen, of 2, Harcourt Terrace, Pembroke. He married Matilda Jane Williams at Pembroke in 1916, and the couple had a daughter, Edith Mary. They set up home at 2, Clifton Villa, Clynderwen. Charles enlisted into the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, on 5 May 1913, and on the outbreak of war was called up to the colours. He fought at Gallipoli with the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. On 18 September he was admitted to the 1/1st Welsh Field Ambulance, suffering from pain. He was evacuated to England aboard H.S. Northland a week later, and was hospitalised at Pembroke Dock Military Hospital. Charles was then discharged, and was posted to Scoveston Camp, but took ill, and was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which led to him being discharged from the army on 5 November 1917. He died at Clynderwen on 10 March 1919, aged 22, and was buried at Pembroke (St. Michael) Cemetery on 15 March 1919. Charles has only recently (January 2012) been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC, who will add his name to the Brookwood (1914-1918) Memorial.
Parcell Rees Bowen, MC, DFC and Bar, Captain, Welsh Regiment. Parcell was the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Bowen, of Pantyglien, Abergwili. He was a student at St. David's College, Lampeter when he enlisted at the outbreak of War, becoming a Private in the Army Service Corps. He spent the Winter of 1914/15 in France, but in February 1915 was sent home with badly frostbitten feet. In July that year, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the 5th Welsh, and he embarked with the Battalion for Gallipoli, where the Battalion formed part of 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. The Division fought at Gallipoli until the evacuation in December, suffering badly from casualties, forcing the 5th Welsh to merge with the 4th Welsh for a short period. After the evacuation, Parcell fought in the Palestinian Campaign, where he then transferred into the Machine Gun Corps, and it was with them that he was awarded his first decoration, the Military Cross. Parcell then transferred into the Royal Air Force on 10 January 1918, becoming an Observer. He gained his second decoration during the air war in Egypt, the Distinguished Service Order. After the Armistice on 11 November 1918, Parcell served in Salonika and Mesopotamia, before being placed on the unemployed list. Again though, Parcell wanted more adventure, and so he volunteered for further service with the R.A.F. in their private war in North Russia, fighting for the White Russians. On 17 July 1919 Parcell arrived at Archangel, where he met his old compatriot from Carmarthen, Ira 'Taffy' Jones. Ira wrote glowing reports of Parcell, being glad to see another Welsh Warrior in his Squadron. A long passage from 'An Airfighters Scrapbook' tells of an incident that earned Parcell a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross. In short, Parcell and his Pilot were carrying out a bombing mission when they came across a superior force of Russian Aeroplanes. Being the men they were, they agreed to attack the Russians, who dispersed in chaos when these two madmen plunged into their midst. The Russians took flight, but one fired a burst of rounds at the British pair, and Parcell and his Pilot were hit. The Pilot fainted at the controls of the aeroplane, and Parcell only had one good arm, but he leaned over his colleague and piloted the aeroplane back nearly 100 miles to base. Parcell was sent home wounded, and again placed on the Unemployed List, so volunteered for a Commission into the Lithuanian Army, with whom he served until July 1920 when he accepted a Government Post. This post was Top Secret, and involved him going undercover in Dublin, at the time when the troubles were at a peak. Due to the secrecy of the work being carried out in Ireland, nothing much is known about the operations Parcell was engaged in. What is known is that Parcell had been lodging with a fellow Officer at 28, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, and the two had spent the afternoon of 27 October 1920 watching a football match at Donnybrook. After the match, Parcell could not be found, until his lifeless body was discovered, lying face down, at Merrion Street. He had been shot in the back by an IRA assassin, the bullet hitting his spine. Parcell's body was brought back to Carmarthen, where he was buried with full military honours in Abergwili Churchyard. There is a theory that Parcell was murdered by MI5, as the Irish never owned up to his killing.
James Lloyd Davies, Corporal, 371137, Royal Garrison Artillery. James was born at Goodwick in 1896, and resided at 3, Cross Street, Dyffryn, Goodwick. He enlisted into the Pembroke Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery on 29 May 1913, and went to France with the battery on 14 June 1916. He was wounded within a month of being in France, and returned home for treatment, before heading back to France on 1 April 1918. James was wounded again on 24 September 1918, and again returned home for treatment. He survived the war, but died of Pthisis brought on by his war service, on 7 February 1920. James has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Friday 13 January 2012). He was due to be commemorated on the Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial, although his grave has been found at Fishguard (Hermon) Baptist Chapelyard, and a headstone will be erected by the CWGC in due course.
Bertie Jenkins, M22936, Royal Navy, HMS Victory II. Bertram (Bertie) was born on 15 August 1895, the son of William and Anne Jenkins, of Guildford, Burton. Bertie and his father worked at Pembroke Dockyard prior to the war, and on 19 September 1916, Bertie enlisted into the Royal Navy. After training at HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, Bertie was posted to HMS Amphitrite. HMS Amphitrite was a Diadem-class Cruisers, which had been built at Vickers Limited, Barrow in Furness and launched on 5 January 1898. At the outbreak of was she was part of the Ninth Cruiser Squadron, serving in the Atlantic. In June 1915 she was placed in reserve, but reactivated as a minelayer in 1917, which is when Bertie joined her crew. Bertie took ill with chronic bronchitis while serving aboard Amphritrite, and was hospitalised at Portsmouth. He was discharged on 14 February 1918, but died at 24, Prospect Place, Pembroke Dock of Bronchitis on 5 May 1918, aged 21. Bertie was accepted for commemoration by the CWGC on 6 April 2012. The location of his grave has not been verified, so Bertie will be commemorated on the Addenda Panel of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Bertie's case was forwarded to the CWGC by Jonny Woodhouse.
Ben John Jones, Private, 69527, Royal Army Medical Corps. Ben was born at St. Ishmaels in 1885. He resided at Als Park, Pontyberem, and was a Medical Student prior to enlisting into the Royal Army Medical Corps. Ben served in Italy, before becoming ill with tuberculosis, and was admitted to Bermondsey Military Hospital on 5 September 1918. He was then transferred to Hospital at Cardiff, but returned home, where he died of Tuberculosis on 10 March 1920, aged 25. The location of Ben's grave has not yet been identified. Ben has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Saturday 14 January 2012), and will be commemorated on the Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial.
Edward Jones, Sergeant, 200808, Welsh Regiment. Edward resided at Dryslwyn Station, Llangathen, the son of Mr. D. Jones. He enlisted on 15 October 1912 into the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was the local Territorial unit. He didn't serve overseas, as he was deemed to be unfit, and was discharged on 23 October 1917 as being no longer physically fit for war service. Edward died of Tuberculosis at Station House, Dryslwyn on 14 January 1918, aged 28. The location of Edward's grave has not yet been identified. Edward has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Saturday 14 January 2012), and will be commemorated on the Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial.
John Lloyd, Private, 101679, Canadian Pioneers. John Lloyd was born on 19 November 1873, the only son of Walter and Mary Lloyd, East Pool Farm, Eglwyscummin. He married Sarah Jane James of Crunwere in 1900 and the family eventually settled at Meline, Lampeter Velfrey. About 1910 John went to Alberta, Canada to work as a miner at a small, newly opened coal mine near Red Deer. On 22 February 1916 John enlisted at Edmonton, Alberta into the 66th Edmonton (Overseas) Battalion, and arrived in England on 7 May 1916. He was posted to 1st Canadian Pioneers and left for France on 5 July 1916. On 6 August 1916 he was posted to 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the field. He paraded sick on 5 December 1916, suffering from exposure to shell fire on the Somme, and was hospitalised for 10 days with V.D.H. and epilepsy, before rejoining his unit. On 3 September 1917 John again reported sick at Vimy Ridge. He had severe pains in his legs and chest and was immediately sent back to base hospital. He had suffered with heart pain and palpitations for some months prior to this. After 12 days treatment at Etaples, John was evacuated to Bethnal Green Hospital for 12 days, then Bromley for 10 days, Buxton 2 months, and to Liverpool for 5 weeks. He then returned to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, where he received further treatment before being discharged from the service on 17 August 1918, with the intention to live at the GWVA (veterans home) in Edmonton. Sadly John died on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. He is buried at Lovett, Alberta, Canada. John has today (Wednesday 20 June 2012) been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC, and for now will be commemorated on the Canadian Book of Remembrance, until the location of his grave is verified.
Wymond Howard Lloyd, Second Lieutenant, Herefordshire Regiment. Wymond was born on 20 March 1883, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. Meuric Lloyd of Delfryn, Carmarthenshire. Wymond was educated at Malvern and New College, Oxford, where he had completed two years' residence, and was half way through his degree and studying for the Civil Service. He rowed for his college in the second eight, and was a member of the O.U.O.T.C., and so was commissioned into the Herefordshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant in September 1914. Wymond embarked with his regiment to Gallipoli in August, 1915, and was five weeks at Suvla before contracting enteric fever and dysentery, which required his return home after many weeks in hospital. Upon his return, he was posted to Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, engaged on light duty and hoped to pass for active service at a medical board on 23 March, but on 18 March he was struck by a train while walking near the camp, and brought to Oswestry Cottage Hospital, where he died the following day, on 19 March 1916. He was 23 years of age, and was brought home to be buried with military honours in Llangadock Cemetery, on 23 March 1916. The Colonel commanding the Welsh Division Grouped Depots, T.F., wrote:- "Your son was a very fine young officer, and had gained the love and respect of all who came into contact with him, both in Gallipoli and here. I regret his loss personally, for I know what good work he was doing here in the training of the men." Wymond was accepted for commemoration by the CWGC on 27 July 2007. Wymond's case was put forward to the CWGC by Dave Hanson.
Ismael Peregrine, Seaman, J77874, Royal Navy. Ismael was born at Pwll on 10 August 1899, the son of Evan and Catherine Peregrine. He served with the Royal Navy, but died of tuberculosis at Bay View, Pwll on 30 December 1918, aged 19. Ismael's grave has just been traced to Pwll (Bethlehem) Baptist Chapelyard, but I am presently trying to locate the burial registers, so that proof can be forwarded to the CWGC. Ismael has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC on Wednesday 28 November 2012, and his name will be added to the Addenda Panel of the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, until proof of his burial can be found.
Ivor William Richards, Gunner, 200018, Royal Garrison Artillery. Ivor was the Husband of Mary Richards (nee Davies), of 13, Ralph Street, Llanelli. He enlisted at Carmarthen on 13 March 1917, and served at home with the 1st Reserve Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Ivor was discharged on 13 August 1918 as medically unfit, due to suffering from tuberculosis. He died soon after, at 13, Ralph Street, on 11 October 1918, aged 19. Ivor is buried at Box Cemetery, Llanelli. Ivor has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Saturday 14 January 2012), and will be commemorated in the United Kingdom Book of Remembrance.
Herbert Gladstone Ridge, Sapper, 915, Royal Engineers. Herbert was born in 1886 in Chorlton, and was the son of Albert Ridge, who later resided at 5, Viney Street, Taunton, Somerset. The 1922 published Carmarthen County Roll of Honour lists Herbert as being from Llanybydder, but the 1911 Census shows him as residing at 36, Gilbert Road, Llanelli. He enlisted at Llanelli on 24 July 1915 into the Welsh Field Company, Royal Engineers, and on 8 October 1915 joined his unit at Gallipoli. Herbert served at Gallipoli with his unit until it was evacuated in December 1915, then saw service in Egypt, before becoming ill, and returning to Britain on 2 October 1916. Herbert was discharged from the army on 20 December 1916 as a result of tuberculosis, and died at his sisters home at 5, Viney Street, Taunton on 18 March 1918, aged 31. Herbert is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Taunton. Herbert has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC (Tuesday 17 January 2012), and will be commemorated in the United Kingdom Book of Remembrance.
Edward Rockingham, Private, 320155, 24th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Edward was born at Norwood, Surrey. He became orphaned at an early age, and came to Abergwili, where he worked for Mrs. Rees, Penybont. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the Pembroke Yeomanry, Army Number 2237. The Pembroke Yeomanry moved to Egypt in 1916, where it merged with the Glamorgan Yeomanry to become the 24th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, part of 231 Brigade, 74th Yeomanry Division, and fought in Palestine as a dismounted infantry unit. Early in 1918 when the tide of war was turning in favour of the Germans, with big breakthroughs on the Somme and in Flanders, the 74th Division was sent back to France, landing during May, 1918. They were rushed to Flanders, where they helped stem the German advance, before moving south, pushing against the Hindenburg Line around the Epehy area. Edward was killed during heavy fighting at Gillemont Farm on 21 September 1918, during the Battle of Epehy. Edward has only recently been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC, after evidence of his omission was presented to them by myself. He will be commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France, after 91 years of being forgotten. Edward was accepted for commemoration by the CWGC on 20 July 2009.
Dan Thomas, Private, 203471, Welsh Regiment. Dan was born at Eglwysfair-Y-Churig around 1884, the son of James and Hannah Thomas, Tailor and Draper, of Parky Llain Isha, Eglwysfair. He resided at Penybryn, Cross Hands prior to the war, with his wife Gwenllian Thomas, and he worked as a Stoker at the Cross Hands Colliery. Dan enlisted at Llanelli into the 11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 87 Brigade, 22nd Division. The Division crossed to France in early September 1915, with all units being concentrated near Flesselles by 9 September, but after just two months in the trenches, were sent to Salonika, completing concentration there in November 1915. The Division then remained in the Salonika theatre, where it fought a wretched campaign against the Bulgarians. Dan was killed in action during the Second Battle of Doiran on 18 September 1918. He was 35 years old. Dan has been forgotten for almost 94 years, but after forwarding evidence about him to the CWGC in January 2012, Dan has today, Tuesday 22 March 2012, been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC, who will be adding his name to the Addenda Panel of the Doiran Memorial, Greece. The reason for Dan being forgotten is relatively simple, as on the same day another Private D. Thomas in the same Battalion was killed. This man was Private David Thomas, of Bangor, North Wales, and his number was 203441, very similar to Dan's.
Joshua Williams, Private, 633812, London Regiment. Joshua was born in November 1886, and worked as a Draper, residing at Ty Coch, White Square, Taliaris, Llandilo. Joshua enlisted on 18 November 1915 into the 15th Battalion, London Regiment, and on 5 July 1916, he embarked with the Battalion for France, where he transferred to the 20th Battalion, London Regiment, attached to 141 Brigade, 47th (London) Division. The Division fought on the Somme that year, through the Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Le Transloy, where they captured Eaucourt L'Abbe, and attacked the Butte de Warlencourt. Joshua took ill after these actions, and was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Boulogne with influenza. On 2 November 1916 he returned to England, and spent the next few months at the 2nd General Eastern Hospital, Brighton. Joshua was discharged from the army on 26 June 1917, owing to ill health, and was transferred to Beechwood House Hospital, Newport, where he sadly died on 17 September 1917, suffering from Cardiac Failure. He is buried at Taliaris (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Joshua was accepted for commemoration by the WGC on 27 May 2011. Joshua's case was put forward to the CWGC by Dave Hanson.
The Great War, 1914-1918. Submitted to the CWGC.
Robert Corfield, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Robert was born in 1887, the son of Elizabeth Corfield of 43 North Parade, Aberystwyth. He was a hairdresser prior to the war, and was a pre-war Territorial with the Cardigan Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Robert was mobilised at the outbreak of war, and moved with the Battery to Bedford. On 26 August 1915, the Battery was on manoeuvres when Robert fainted whilst sat on a gun carriage, and fell backwards, under the wheels. He received a broken jaw and depression to the back of the head, which killed him instantly. Robert was 27 years old, and was buried with full military honours in Aberystwyth Municipal Cemetery, Aberystwyth. Robert's case has just been submitted to the CWGC. (5 August 2012).
Benjamin Davies, Private, 1644, Welsh Regiment. Benjamin was the son of Mrs. M. Davies, of Long Island Farm, Camrose, and the brother of Harding Melbourne Davies. He enlisted at Hafod, Swansea on 29 November 1913 into the 6th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Benjamin landed in France with the battalion on 28 October 1914, and saw action during First Ypres. Benjamin became ill whilst at Le Bassee, and was sent to the 2nd General Hospital at Richmond for treatment in May 1915, before being discharged from the army on 9 June 1915. Benjamin died of tuberculosis, brought on by his gas poisoning, on 10 June 1916. His case has just been submitted to the CWGC. (5 August 2012).
Daniel Evans, Daniel, Private, 11668, Welsh Regiment. Daniel was the Husband of Margaret Evans, of Tanygraig Cottage, Pontyberem, Carmarthen. He enlisted at Carmarthen on 18 August 1914 into the 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, and saw action in Gallipoli, before being wounded on 8 August 1915, when he was shot in the foot, and returned to Britain. Daniel was at Kinmel Park until 10 August 1916, when he was posted to the 2nd Welsh in France. He was transferred to the 9th Welsh until 19 December 1916, when he became attached to the Base Depot at Etaples. Daniel was posted to the 14th Welsh on 8 August 1918, which was preparing for its assault across the River Ancre on 21 August. Daniel was wounded again on 7 September 1918, within weeks of the offensive starting, and was discharged from the army as unfit on 29 January 1919. He suffered badly from his wounds after the war, and died as a result on 13 April 1919, aged 32. The location of Daniel's grave has not yet been identified.
Edward Idris Evans, Sergeant, 49945, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Idris was born in 1890, the son of William Evans and Rhoda Martha Evans (nee Davies), of Penygare, Kidwelly. He enlisted at Kidwelly on 3 September 1914 into the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 58 Brigade, 19th Division. The battalion landed in France on 18 July 1915, moving to positions near Festubert. It took part in the opening attack of the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915. Idris was promoted to Sergeant that day, after having showed good leadership qualities during the disastrous attack. The following year the Division moved to the Somme, where it took part in the second wave of the attack on Ovillers-La Boiselle on 1 July, capturing the village at heavy cost. It then fought through the Somme Battles of Pozieres and the Ancre in 1916. Idris was wounded on the Somme, and invalided home, being posted to the Depot Battalion at Cardiff after recovering. When he was sent back to France on 11 August 1917 he was transferred to the 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, in the same brigade as his old unit. Idris caught up with his new battalion at Ypres, in time to take part in heavy fighting, at the Battles of the Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle and Passchendaele Village itself. For his bravery during the fighting at Ypres, Idris was awarded the Military Medal, the award of which was published in the London Gazette of 17 December 1917. In 1918 the division was caught up in the German Spring Offensive near St. Quentin, where they suffered terrible casualties, during a brave rearguard action near Bapaume. Idris was wounded here on 25 March 1918, and was invalided home. While in hospital recovering from his wounds, a persistent cough which he had developed in France was found to be tuberculosis, so Idris was discharged from the army on 30 August 1918. He died of tuberculosis at 2, Priory Street, Kidwelly on 1 November 1919, aged 29 years. (Service papers as 13534, Welsh Regiment). Edwards case has just been passed onto the CWGC. (5 August 2012).
William Ronald Hastings, Private, 78599, Welsh Regiment. William was the Son of Robert and Annie Hastings, of 13, Chapel Street, Milford Haven. William enlisted into the Welsh Regiment, serving with a Training Reserve Battalion, before being discharged on 7 November 1918, probably due to sickness. William died of tuberculosis at Hubberston on 16 March 1919, aged just 18. William's case has just been passed onto the CWGC. (5 August 2012).
William Harold George Henshaw, Private, O7946, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. William was the son of David Henshaw (a policeman) and Mary Ann Henshaw, of 82, Swansea Road, Llanelly. He enlisted at Llanelli on 23 May 1915 into the Army Ordnance Corps, and was posted to Woolwich. He served there until discharged due to ill health on 22 April 1916 and returned to Llanelli. William died on 12 December 1917 aged 23 as a result of tuberculosis brought about by his military service. It is not presently known where William is buried, but his details have just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
David Alfred Hodges, Z/2750, Ordinary Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve. David was born on 17 February 1896, the son of Thomas and Mary Hodges, of 41, Robinson Street, Llanelli. He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve on 24 December 1915, and trained as a Wireless Operator. He was posted to Milford Haven, where he served as a Wireless Operator aboard HM Trawler Imelda, which had been requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a minesweeper. David survived the war, but died of tuberculosis on 3 June 1919, aged 23. It is not presently known where David is buried, but his details have just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
William John Jones, Driver, W/3765, Royal Field Artillery. William was born at Borth in 1892, the son of William and Jane Jones, of Bryn Y Mor, Borth. He lived at Gilfach Goch prior to the war, working as a bricklayer. William enlisted at Tonypandy on 23 April 1915 into the 38th (Welsh) Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, and landed in France on 24 December 1915, joining up with the bulk of the 38th Division in the Fleurbaix sector. Very little is presently known of William, but he was discharged from the Royal Field Artillery on 11 December 1916 due to tuberculosis, and died on 28 August 1917. William's case has just been passed onto the CWGC. (5 August 2012).
John Tyson Lloyd, Private, 435, Welsh Horse. John was the son of Peter and Ada Lloyd, of Parciau, Henllan Amgoed. He worked as a Groom for Dr. Thomas, at Hillside, Whitland prior to the war and enlisted at Cardiff on 10 September 1914 into the newly formed 1/1st Battalion, Welsh Horse Yeomanry. By early 1915 the Welsh Horse had moved to Diss, attached to the 1/1st North Midland Mounted Brigade, 1st Mounted Division. In September 1915 the Welsh Horse were dismounted and sailed from Liverpool in the S.S. Olympic on 25 September, and landed at Anzac Cove on 10 October 1915, joining the 54th Division as Pioneers. John was invalided with Gallipoli in November 1915 after taking ill, and was found to have contracted tuberculosis during the campaign. He was invalided to England, and sent to the Udal Torre Sanatorium at Yelverton, Devon for treatment. John was discharged from Udal Torre on 17 July 1916 and returned home, dying on 24 March 1917, aged 21. John's case has just been submitted to the CWGC (4 May 2013).
Walter Everard Lloyd, Surgeon Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Walter was the youngest son of Dr. W. H. Lloyd of Llandilo. He was educated at the London Hospital, taking the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. London in 1908. Walter joined the Royal Navy on 5 November 1909, and at the beginning of the Great War was serving at Wei Hai Wei, the British Naval China Station Base. He was invalided home towards the end of the war, and died at Llandeilo on 20 March 1919, aged 34. Walter is buried at Llandilo Fawr (St Teilo) Churchyard. His case has recently been sent to the CWGC (5 April 2013)
James William Manning, Private, 277854, Royal Engineers. James was the son of John and Elizabeth Manning, of Webbs Hills, Walton West. He married Dorothy Ellen Collins at Haverfordwest in 1909, and the couple resided at 28, North Crescent, Haverfordwest. James had worked at Llangeinor as a coal miner prior to the war and enlisted on 8 May 1917 into the Royal Engineers. James was posted to the 488th Field Company, Royal Engineers in February 1918, but was discharged due to ill health on 28 October 1918. James died at Haverfordwest on 13 March 1919 aged 33. It is not presently known where James is buried, but his details have just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
Benjamin Reynolds, Private, 41870, Royal Army Medical Corps. Benjamin was born in 1896, the son of William and Catherine Reynolds, of Wilcox Street, Solva. He was a school teacher prior to the war, and enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps at Haverfordwest on 18 October 1914. He served in France with 21 Casualty Clearing Station, RAMC from 26 November 1915 until 28 January 1916, when he was invalided home, suffering from Tuberculosis and Epididymitis. He was discharged from the army on 21 March 1916, and died in the summer of 1917, aged 21. His brother James was killed later that year. Benjamin's case has just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
Charles Archibald Walters, Gunner, 371203, Royal Garrison Artillery. Charles resided at 70, Harbour Village, Goodwick. He served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, with the service number 371203. He died in the summer of 1920, aged 24, and was buried at Llanwnda Cemetery, Goodwick on 8 April 1920. Charles' case has just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
Ernest Evan Williams, Private, 372305, Royal Army Medical Corps. Ernest was the Son of Mary Ann Williams, of 9, South Park Street, Pembroke. He was a schoolmaster prior to the war, and resided at 49, Park Street, Pembroke Dock. Ernest served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, at the 3rd Western General Hospital at Rouderbirken from March 1914 onwards. Ernest died of pulmonary tuberculosis at Newport Hospital, Gwent on 23 June 1918, aged 26, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery. Ernest's case has just been passed to the CWGC (6 February 2013).
The Great War, 1914-1918. Rejected cases.
Francis George Banwell, Private, 20815, Welsh Regiment. Francis (known as George) was born at Aberavon in 1895, the son of Francis and Julia Banwell. The family later resided at 15, High Street, Pontarddulais, where George worked as a labourer in the tinworks. George enlisted locally into the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was known as the Carmarthen Pals Battalion, which moved to France in December 1915 attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. George would have fought with the battalion at Mametz Wood in July 1916, and also during the famous capture of Pilckem Ridge in July/ August 1917. He survived the war, and was discharged from the army on 3 May 1919. George only enjoyed six months of peace, being taken ill with pneumonia, he died at home on 5 November 1919, aged 24, his war service having obviously weakened him. The memorial misleadingly shows Frank Banwell, which is the name his brother was known by, whilst Francis himself was known as George! George is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Sidney Rees Bell, Lance Corporal, 3684, Welsh Regiment. Sidney was born in 1876, the son of Rees and Ann Bell, of 3, King Street, Llandeilo. Sydney was a Tailor, and had worked at Skewen, where he married Eleanor, and the couple raised their first four children there before returning to Llandeilo in 1910, moving into 3, Brynawel Terrace. Sidney served with the 4th Welsh early in the war, later transferring into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. No more is known of Sydney’s time at war, but he died at 2, Wellfield Terrace, Llandeilo due to pulmonary tuberculosis and exhaustion, which had been brought on by his war service, on 12 February 1920, aged 44. Sidney is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
David Meredith Phillips Bevan. David was born at Cardigan in 1896. Very little is known of him, but he died during the summer of 1921, aged 25, and is commemorated on the Cardigan War Memorial. David is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Eliezor Bishop Bowen, Private, 201423, Welsh Regiment. Eliezor was born in 1885, the son of David and Mary Bowen, of 5, Club House, Felinfoel. He worked as a Collier prior to the war, then served during the war with the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Eliezor survived the war, returning to live with his brother-in law and sister, John and Catherine Jenkins, at Bryngwili, Pontyberem. Eliezor had suffered because of his wartime service, dying of Chronic Otorrhoea on 7 May 1920, aged 35. Eliezor is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Sydney Hodson Brown, Private, Welsh Regiment. Sydney (also spelt Sidney) was born at St. Mary's, Pembroke on 12 March 1886, the Son of Thomas and Ellen Brown, of Kingsword House. He had served an apprenticeship with the GWR as a Fitter and Turner at Swindon prior to the war, before enlisting into the Welsh Regiment. Sydney was hospitalised at Carmarthen after the war. He died at Carmarthen Infirmary of pulmonary tuberculosis on 20 August 1919, aged 33. Sydney is buried at Pembroke (Llanion) Cemetery. Sydney is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Albert Victor Carman, Able Seaman, Bristol Z/468, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Albert was born at Winchester in 1898, the son of William and Elizabeth Carman. The family had moved to Pontardulais prior to 1906, and resided at 36, Ty-ny-bone Road, Pontardulais. Albert worked as a Tinworker prior to the war, and enlisted on 29 December 1914 into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, giving his date of birth as 31 December 1896, as he was otherwise too young. He was posted to Drake Battalion, joining them at Gallipoli on 17 July 1915. Albert was invalided to Britain suffering from conjunctivitis in October 1915, and was hospitalised at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, suffering with Hypermetropic Astigmatism. He married Lizzie Rees at Carmarthen early in 1918. It is not known if Albert went on to serve in France, but he died of influenza on 1 June 1920. Albert is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
James Ernest Codd, Sergeant, 2297, Welsh Regiment. James was born at Haverfordwest in 1871, the son of William Evans Codd and Martha Codd. He married Mary Ann Lewis at Haverfordwest on 12 August 1896, and the couple resided at 9, North Gate Terrace, Haverfordwest, where James worked as a Yeast Merchant. Between 12 March 1899 until 31 March 1908, James also served with the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was renumbered as the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment on 13 April 1908, becoming the local Territorial unit. James attended the annual camp several times over the coming years, and at the outbreak of the Great War was embodied for service with ‘A’ Company, 4th Welsh at Haverfordwest. James was by now a Sergeant, and remained on Home Service with the 2/4th Welsh, assisting withy the training of new recruits for the front line 1/4th Welsh. James was discharged from the army as medically unfit on 30 September 1916 after becoming ill with bronchial asthma and a hernia. He died on 27 January 1917 at Haverfordwest, aged 45, and is possibly buried at St. Martins Churchyard, Haverfordwest. James is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his condition was not linked to his war service.
David Davies, Sapper, 790, Royal Engineers. David was the husband of Gwen Davies, of 7, Water Street, Llanelli. He was 28 years old when he enlisted into the 3/1st Welsh Field Company, Royal Engineers at Llanelli in May 1915. David was discharged from the army late in 1916 after being found unfit for military service. He died at Llanelli early in 1920, aged 33. David is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Stanley Edwards, Private, 200893, Welsh Regiment. Stanley was the Son of Edward and Elizabeth Edwards, of 19, Railway Terrace, Pontyberem. He served during the war with the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. Stanley served at Gallipoli with the battalion. He was discharged from the army as medically unfit on 3 April 1917. He possibly died in the summer of 1918, aged 26. Stanley is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Thomas Edwards, Private, 11821, Welsh Regiment. Thomas was the son of Rees and Elizabeth Edwards, of Chapel House, Llandeilo. He enlisted at Ammanford on 19 August 1914 into the Welsh Regiment. He was discharged as medically unfit soon after, and possibly died on 26 December 1918, aged 23. Thomas is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Thomas Evans, Lance Corporal, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Thomas resided at Gwargate, Pencarreg. He had served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the war. Thomas survived the war, but contracted tuberculosis, and died at the home of his brother-in-law, J. Thomas, of Ashleigh House, Llandeilo, on 28 January 1920, aged 22. Thomas is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Charles Field, Stoker 1st Class, Dev/277845, Royal Navy, Nelson Battalion. Charles was born at Briton Ferry on 12 July 1875, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Field. He married Eva E. Fox, and the couple lived at 40, Avon Terrace, Cwmgorse. Charles was a long serving Royal Naval rating. He originally enlisted into the Royal Navy on 11 September 1894, before enrolling into the Royal Fleet Reserve on 12 September 1906. Upon the outbreak of war, Charles was posted to Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. In July 1915 Charles was transferred to the fleet. He survived the war, and was demobbed on 4 February 1919. Charles died of pleuro pneumonia, aged 44, on 15 February 1920, at 22, Gorse Street, Cwmgorse. Charles is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.
Robert John Guy, Private, 4538, Monmouthshire Regiment. Robert was born at Llanelli in 1898. He enlisted on 1 May 1916 into the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, which was a Territorial unit, which became one of the first TA battalions to move to France on 13 February 1915. It is not known if Robert served in France, but he was discharged on 15 September 1916 due to sickness, and looks to have married Mary A. Bowen at Llanelli in the summer of 1917. He survived the war, taking up work as a crane driver in the steelworks. Robert died of tuberculosis at 3, New Dock Road, Llanelli on 23 February 1921, aged 23. The death certificate shows that his tuberculosis was brought on by a blow from the lever of a crane! As a result, Robert is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC.
Albert James John, Private, 507, Welsh Regiment. Albert was the Nephew of Thomas and Emma John, of Pembroke. He resided at Shipping, Begelley prior to enlisting at Carmarthen in December 1914, into the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Albert was posted to France on 31 August 1916, where he joined the 1/5th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, which was attached to 166 Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division, and his service number changed to 242784. Little else is known of Albert, but he looks to have died at Cardiff in the summer of 1922, aged 30. Albert died after the official date allowed for commemoration.
Thomas Miles, Private, 27433, Royal Defence Corps. Thomas was born at Carmarthen in 1862, the son of Moses and Margaret Miles. By 1891 he was working at Cardiff, then by 1901 was lodging with the Bish family at Merthyr Tydfil. At some time afterwards had found work as a coal hewer at Kidwelly, where he then resided, prior to taking up employment at Pembrey Munitions Works. Thomas enlisted into the Welsh Regiment at Merthyr on 17 December 1915, giving his age as 43, and he stated on his papers that he had undergone previous military service with the Military Police. He was posted to the North Staffordshire Regiment in April 1916, and was posted to Guernsey in November 1916, where the battalion became the 17th Battalion, Royal Defence Corps. Thomas remained at Guernsey for the remainder of the war, and was discharged on 14 December 1918, his address showing Tymawr, Water Street, Kidwelly. He then tried to get a war pension, and was examined at Kidwelly on 4 February 1919, after stating to the authorities that he had contracted asthma while sleeping with 'no mattress and only two blankets' at the Military camp at Barry Dock in the winter of 1916. Thomas's papers aren't clear if his application for pension was turned down or not, but he was obviously suffering, as he died at Tymawr, Water Street, Kidwelly on 13 December 1919, aged 57. His death certificate shows that he died of bronchitis whilst an army pensioner. Sadly there is no proof on his service papers to enable Thomas to be commemorated by the CWGC.
William David Prosser, Private, 266592, Welsh Regiment. William was born at Blaenllechau, Rhondda in 1900. By 1911 he was living with his grandparents, Simon and Frances James, of Esgairwilym, Blaenporth. William enlisted on 25 July 1916 into the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, the Welsh Regiment. He was posted to France on 2 February 1918, and joined the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was in positions near Bapaume, attached to 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. William reached the battalion on 19 February, but was in action for little more than a week before he was seriously wounded, suffering a gunshot wound to his arm, and shell fragments to his leg and body, which fractured his humorous. William underwent several months of treatment at the 3rd Scottish General Hospital, before being discharged as unfit on 21 January 1919. He went to live with his Uncle, Thomas Price, at 72, High Street, Ferndale, but died there of his wounds on 2 May 1919, aged 20. William's death certificate shows that he died of a fit, and this is deemed by the CWGC to be insufficient evidence.
Morley Roberts, Private, 290449, Pembroke Yeomanry. Morley was the Son of Samuel and Rachel Roberts, of Llywynyrhaf Fach, Betws. Morley doesn’t seem to have served overseas, but remained on Home Service with the Pembroke Yeomanry. He died on 25 July 1917 at Llandilofawr, aged 23.
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Frederick James Bunt, Driver, 47949, Royal Garrison Artillery. Frederick was born at the Defensible Barracks, Pembroke Dock in 1892, the son of Sidney and Annie Elizabeth Bunt (nee Gravett). His father was originally from Gosport, Hampshire, and served with the Royal Artillery at Pembroke Dock, where he had married Annie in 1883. Fred followed in his fathers footsteps, and enlisted on 29 August 1907 into the Royal Artillery at Pembroke Dock. On 4 November 1911 he married Annie Maria Cotton, at Newport, Isle of Wight. By the outbreak of the Great War, Fred was stationed at Gosport, where he was attached to No. 33 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. He served at the Gibraltar Garrison from 27 December 1914, until 15 September 1915, before returning to Gosport, where he was discharged from the Royal Artillery on 15 October 1915 for misconduct. He possibly died of wounds in France on 7 July 1918, but is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, so nothing further has yet been traced.
Rhys Brynach Davies, Private, 28828, South Wales Borderers. Rhys was the son of Walter and Anne Davies, of Solva, and the husband of Florence Louisa Davies, of The Ship Hotel, Solva. He looks to have served with the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers in Mesopotamia during the war. Rhys died in November 1922, aged 44, and was buried at Solva/ Whitchurch on 5 November 1922., too late to be officially commemorated by the CWGC.
William Lloyd Davies, Wheeler, T4/060246, Royal Army Service Corps. William was born in 1888, the son of John and Rachel Davies, of 2, Mill Street, Newcastle Emlyn. He served with the 12th Divisional Ammunition Column, Army Service Corps during the war, after landing with his unit at Boulogne on 30 May 1915. The Division saw much action during the course of the war, fighting at Loos in September 1915, then on the Somme the following year. During 1917 it took part n the Batle of Arras and the Battle of Cambrai, and during the final year of the war saw heavy fighting on the Somme during the German offensive of March 1918, before participating in the great offensive, which ultimately won the war. William survived all of this, but was gassed during the latter stages of the war. On 17 April 1919 he was demobilised, and returned to Newcastle Emlyn, where he died on 23 February 1920, aged 32, as a result of his gassing. William is not commemorated by the CWGC.
Alfred Blencowe Gray, Seaman, Mercantile Marine. Alfred was born at Neyland in 1891, the son of William Thompson Gray and Bessie Gray (nee Cole). He resided at 2, Glanymor Road, Goodwick prior to the war, where he worked in the Mercantile Marine. Alfred died in March 1919, aged 28, and was buried at Manorowen on 28 March 1919.
Benjamin James Hanbury, Private, 49782, Welsh Regiment. Benjamin was the Son of Benjamin and Emily Hanbury, of 81, James Street, Llanelli. He enlisted at Llanelli into the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was the local Territorial Battalion, attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. The Division landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 9 August 1915, and was immediately thrown into action, spending the next few days in isolated pockets, fighting against a Turkish counter-attack during the Battle of Sari Bair, and then at the Attack on Scimitar Hill. The Division remained here throughout the coming months, and suffered severe losses in manpower strength during the great November 1915 blizzard on Gallipoli, when its total strength was reduced to less than that of a full-strength Brigade. On 11 December 1915 the Division was evacuated to Mudros, and by 23 December 1915 were moved to Egypt. They remained on the Suez Canal Defences for the next twelve months, where it took part in operations against the Sultan of Darfur, and in March 1917 took part in the advance into Palestine. Benjamin was discharged Category E on 14 October 1919, and died during the last Quarter of 1920, aged 27.
Charles Henry Hardwick, Driver, 39843, Royal Field Artillery. Charles was the son of Alice Hardwick, of Handsworth, Staffordshire. Prior to the war he lived at Pembroke, and married Sarah Jane Lewis, of East End, Pembroke, in 1917. Charles served with the 42nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery during the war, which was attached to the 12th (Eastern) Division. He survived the war, but died on 1 March 1919 as a result of his war service. He was 35 years old, and was buried at Pembroke (St. Michael's) Churchyard on 5 March 1919.
William J. Harries, Private, 200091, Welsh Regiment. William served with the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was the local Territorial Battalion, attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. The Division landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 9 August 1915, and was immediately thrown into action, spending the next few days in isolated pockets, fighting against a Turkish counter-attack during the Battle of Sari Bair, and then at the Attack on Scimitar Hill. The Division remained here throughout the coming months, and suffered severe losses in manpower strength during the great November 1915 blizzard on Gallipoli, when its total strength was reduced to less than that of a full-strength Brigade. On 11 December 1915 the Division was evacuated to Mudros, and by 23 December 1915 were moved to Egypt. They remained on the Suez Canal Defences for the next twelve months, where it took part in operations against the Sultan of Darfur, and in March 1917 took part in the advance into Palestine. He was discharged, Category E, on 28 April 1919, and is one of two men of that name who died in Llanelli in 1920.
Richard Stephen Holloway. Richard was born in 1897, the son of Stephen and Mary Holloway, of Heol y Mynydd, Llangennech. His military service cannot be traced, but he looks to have died at Llanelli early in 1920, aged 23.
Cecil George James, M32049, Writer, Royal Navy. Cecil was born at Milford Haven on 27 January 1900, the son of Alfred and Alice James. The family moved to Bryn Teify, Cwmann around 1907, where Alfred took up work as a painter and photographer. On 18 June 1918, Cecil enlisted into the Royal Navy, and was posted to Portsmouth, where he received his basic training at HMS Victory. He was then posted to HMS Birmingham, but was taken ill with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, and sent to Haslar Royal Naval Hospital in September 1920. Cecil was released from hospital, and returned home to Cwmann, but died there on 15 September 1921, aged 21. He was buried at Lampeter on 19 September 1921. Cecil died after the cut off date for official commemoration by the CWGC.
Fanny Irene Sprake Jones, Nurse, Queen Alexandrias Imperial Nursing Service. Fanny was the youngest daughter of William Jones ARCA London, and Mrs. Henrietta Jones of 7, Quay Street, Carmarthen. Little else is presently know of her, but she died on 11 July 1919, aged 36.
James Law, Private, Welsh Regiment. James was the Son of David and Mary Law, of Bynea. Not much is presently known about him, but he is buried with his parents and sister at Box Cemetery, Llanelli. The headstone is worn, but shows that he died on 20 August 1918, aged 20, and had served with the 4th Welsh.
John Henry Lawrence, Able Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve. John was the Nephew of Sarah Jane Jenkins, of Summerhill, Letterston. He died in the summer of 1917, aged 22.
Ben Lloyd, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Ben was the husband of Margaret Lloyd, of 10, Treherbert, Cwmann. Very little can be found about Ben, but he had served in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He survived the war, but died on 28 April 1919, aged 50. Ben was buried at Pencarreg on 1 May 1919.
John Llewellyn Marsden. John is commemorated on the War Memorial at Nevern. He was possibly born at Llanelly in 1879, the Son of James and Martha Marsden. By 1901 the family had moved to Ffynonddofn, Nevern. John drowned at Barry Dock in December 1917, aged 38, and was buried at Nevern on 22 December 1917.
Albert Wilfred Mason, Private, 14131, South Wales Borderers. Albert was the husband of Elizabeth Ann Mason, of 34, Stepney Place, Llanelli. He enlisted at Llanelli into the South Wales Borderers in September 1914, and was posted to the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, which was attached to 40 Brigade, 13th (Western) Division. Albert was discharged from the army as medically unfit on 28 May 1915, after being diagnosed with phthisis, and suffering from chest pains. His medical records show that the 4th SWB had been billeted in terrible conditions, and that this had brought about Albert's illness. Albert died at Llanelli in 1916, aged 32.
Charles Sidney Matthews, Able Seaman, 202510, Royal Navy. Charles was born on 1 May 1883, the Son of George and Jane Matthews, of Quarry Cottage, Tenby. He later resided at 19, Lower Park Road, Tenby. Charles enlisted on 1 May 1901, and served for the next twelve years on a variety of warships, including HMS Black Prince and HMS Defiance. In May 1913 he transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve, and at the outbreak of the Great War served on HMS Jupiter, Severn, Vivid II, Defiance, Tarpow and Leander before being demobbed on 1 December 1919. There is no record of his death with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but he died in Pembrokeshire in September 1921, aged 39, and was buried on 23 September 1921 at St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Tenby. Charles died after the cut off date for official commemoration by the CWGC.
Edward Morris Morgan, Sapper, 563293, Royal Engineers. Edward was the son of John Morgan, of 6, Holyland Road, Pembroke. Edward worked as a Teacher at Sydenham, Kent prior to the war, and resided at 46, Wiverton Road, Sydenham. Edward served during the war with the Royal Engineers. He was discharged in January 1919 as unfit for further service, and died on 23 March 1921, aged 41. Edward is buried at Pembroke (St. Michael's) Churchyard.
William Henry Morris, Sergeant, 2789, Royal Field Artillery. William was born at Maesteg in 1879, the son of Morris and Elizabeth Morris. He resided with his sister Elizabeth and her husband Owen Phillips, at 23, Quay Street, Ammanford prior to the war, working as a collier in one of the local mines. He enlisted at Ammanford into the Royal Field Artillery on 1 September 1914 and was posted to France with C/65th Battery, Royal Field Artillery on 30 May 1915. On 20 January 1916 William was posted to the Mediterranean, but after six months there he returned home ill. William was discharged from the army as medically unfit on 15 August 1916. He looks to have died on 15 July 1919 as a result of illness brought on by his war service.
Percival Alf Nicholls, Shipwright, 343493, Royal Navy. Percival was born in 1885, the Son of James and Rosa Nicholls, of The Green, Pembroke. He served with the Royal Navy during the Great War, aboard HMS Albion, a Canopus Class pre-dreadnought battleship. Albion had served at Gallipoli, where her guns were used to support the landings, and remained in the Mediterranean for the remainder of the war. Little else is known about him as yet, but Percival died sometime in 1920, at the age of 35.
William Hordern Norris, Private. Very little is known of Hordern, but he was born in Middlesex in 1899, the son of John F. Norris a railway porter of Deal, Kent and Elizabeth Green of Llanelli, the daughter of Joseph and Harriet Green of 16, Gilbert Place, Llanelli, who he was residing with by 1901. He is also commemorated on the Great Western Railway Memorial, and is listed as being based in the Engineering Department at Pantyffynon. He possibly died in West Ham in 1920, aged 21.
John Plankinton Pelling, Captain, Royal Army Service Corps. John was born at Birkenhead in 1884, the son of Thomas and Jessie Pelling. Thomas was a successful Fruit Merchant. John was educated at Trent College, Long Eaton, and was commissioned into the Army Service Corps on 13 March 1915. John was Mentioned in Despatches during his time at war, and after the Armistice married Mabel I. Thompson in Wirral in March 1919. Mabel was the family’s sick nurse prior to the war. John died at Wareston, Cosheston on 17 February 1920, aged 35.
Howard Joseph Preece. Howard was born in 1894, the Son of Sarah Preece, of 11, Kingsbridge, Pembroke. Little is presently known of him, but he died during November 1915, aged 21, and was buried at Pembroke (St. Michael) Cemetery on 1 December 1915.
Sir Edward John Wesley Parry Pryse (Bart), Major, Welsh Regiment. Sir Edward was the Husband of Nina Katherine Angharad Webley-Parry, of Noyadd Trefawr, Cardiganshire, who he had married in November 1891. He was a Justice of the Peace, and at the outbreak of war, already a long serving officer with the 41st Welsh Regiment, was posted to the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment as a Major. Sir Edward died at Gogerddan late on 20 October 1918, aged 56.
William Oliver Rees, Private, 40262, Welsh Regiment. There is no trace of William, except on the 1911 Census, where he is shown as having been born at Trelech, and being a Boarder at Cloth Hall, Carmarthen. A medal card exists which shows a Private William O. Rees, army number 40262, serving with the Welsh. He looks to have died in 1919, aged 25.
Henry Riggs, Warrant Officer. Henry was probably the son of Henry and Henrietta Riggs, of Owermoigne, Dorset. The War Memorial at Caio states that Henry resided at Llystroyddyn, Caio. Little else is presently known about Henry, but he looks to have been a shepherd, like his father, and probably served with an Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps, probably being based at Caio. He died at Weymouth early in 1919, aged 29, and was buried on 15 February 1919 at Owermoigne, Dorset.
Phillip Taylor, Stoker, Royal Naval Transport Section. Phillip resided at 29, Stanley Street, New Dock, Llanelli. He served in the Royal Navy, and was Mentioned in Despatches for his work during the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915. He died at Llanelli late in 1922, aged 39.
David Howell Thomas, Private, 4089, 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. David was born in 1888, the son of William Thomas, of Cordingly, Priory Street, Cardigan. He worked as a Collier at Tumble prior to the war, and enlisted at Tumble in April 1913 into the 4th Welsh. David was embodied at the East Blockhouse, in Pembrokeshire, at the outbreak of war, and embarked with the battalion for Gallipoli on 16 July 1915, where it landed on 8 August 1915 as part of the 53rd Welsh Division. On 19 November David was shot in the right foot by a Turkish sniper. He returned via hospital ship to Britain to convalesce, but looks to have died at Llanelli late in 1918, aged 31.
Evan Owen Thomas, Private, 24392, Welsh Regiment. Evan was the Son of John and Betsy Thomas, of Brynteg, Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn. He served with the 16th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was raised as the Cardiff City battalion, and trained at Rhyl. Evan looks to have been discharged as unfit for overseas service on 12 July 1915, several months before the 16th Welsh moved to France. He died on 16 April 1920, aged 29.
Herbert Nugent Thomas, Private, 315828, Welsh Regiment. Herbert was born in Cardiff in 1887, and resided at 32, Westbourne Road, Penarth. He served during the war with the Glamorgan Yeomanry, and was with the battalion in Egypt when it merged with the Pembroke Yeomanry early in 1916, to become the 24th battalion, Welsh Regiment. Herbert was probably invalided home at some time, and was serving with the Army Service Corps, prior to being demobilised. He died at 52, Westbourne Villas, Hove, Sussex on 25 March 1920, aged 32.
Charles Webb, Sapper, 125214, Royal Engineers. Charles was born in 1895. He worked as a Coalminer, and lived at 7, Cambrian Place, Pontardulais with Emily Yelling. He enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 19 October 1915, and moved to France ten days later, joining the 11th Labour Battalion, RE. Charles served on the Western Front until 25 January 1919, when he was demobbed and returned home. He was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis soon after, and was awarded a pension of 40 shillings. Charles died at Newport, Monmouth early in 1922, aged 47.
John N. Worsell, Private, S/8351, Rifle Brigade. John had served during the war with the Rifle Brigade. He married Edith M. Knight at Llanelli in the summer of 1919, and died at Llanelli in 1920, aged 31.
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