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The West Wales War Memorial Project

This website has been set up in order to commemorate all of the men and women from the three counties of West Wales; Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, who have fallen in conflicts throughout the world. The site focuses on the casualties of both World Wars, the Great War of 1914-1918 and World War Two, 1939-1945, as these were the two wars that caused the greatest number of casualties. Service men and women who have fallen in other wars are also remembered on the website, but these are usually more difficult to trace and research. The website is a continuous work in progress, and is constantly being updated or modified as more information comes to light, and incorporates all of the material from the three previous websites, and more, all rolled into one. To navigate the site, please click on the link on the header of this page to the section of the website that you wish to look at, then a list of links to sub-pages will be displayed down the left hand side. Just click on the page you want.

WELCOME TO THE WEST WALES WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT

 

The aim of this website is to remember the men and women of the three Counties of West Wales, who gave their lives during recent conflicts; the Anglo Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Palestine, Korea, the Falklands, Iran and Afghanistan.

 

This site is mostly geared up towards locals who fell in the Great War, due to the tremendous amount of research material available, and the high number of local casualties. World War 2 was the next in terms of numbers of locals who died as a result of the conflict, but these people are harder to research , as their Service Records are not yet available to the general public, so this will be an ongoing project. To give some idea of the loss of life in both World Wars, over 16 million people were killed in the Great War. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme alone (on the 1st of July 1916) over 60,000 casualties were incurred by the British and Allied forces (Made up of around 19,000 dead, and the remainder wounded or missing).

ESTIMATED CASUALTY FIGURES FOR THE COUNTIES

 

The Original Carmarthen County War Memorial listed the names of 1,913 men and women of the County who gave their lives in the Great War. This was made up of 3 Nurses, 123 Officers, 254 Non-Commissioned Officers and 1,533 Other Ranks. After painstaking research, this figure has now been expanded to around 2,700 men and women to WW1, and 1,050 in WW2, and more are being uncovered all the time. Many of these are mentioned on the memorials of more than one village, which makes research difficult.

 

Over 1,100 men from the old County of Cardiganshire fell during the Great War of 1914-1918, and over 500 more fell during World War Two. These men are commemorated on War Memorials which are scattered all over the county, ranging from names on parents graves, single plaques in Chapels and Churches to Cenotaphs, such as the ones at Cardigan, Lampeter and Aberystwyth. Research is currently on-going to build this website, and so any additional information is most welcome.

 

The Original Pembroke County War Memorial in Haverfordwest was erected in honour of the 1,300 men of the County who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914-1918. Ensuing research has uncovered many more, so these extra men and women will be listed on the pages of the village where they had connections to, and their omission from the memorials will be noted.

INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The main method of remembering these men is through photographs, either portrait photos of the men themselves, or of their graves or names inscribed on the various memorials. My database of War Grave and Memorial photos is growing constantly, and if anyone requires such, please contact me to see if it is available.

 

New information is always being sought for any of the men from the area, and if anyone has any photographs, paperwork, medals or just information about anyone on these pages, please contact me ia the contact link above.

 

ABOUT THE SITE ITSELF

 

This website has been split into separate sections, and the aim is to ultimately have a page for each War Memorial, with a short biography of each casualty, along with a photograph of their last resting place or memorial, plus any photos of the men themselves if they are available.

 

The main sections are for each county; Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Clicking on these tabs will bring you into a sub menu, which will in time hold a link to each war memorial in that county.

 

In addition to these there is another tab which opens up a sub menu linking to separate pages on the local military units, the 1/4th Welsh (Territorial), the 15th Welsh (Carmarthen Pals), the 24th Welsh (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry), Pembrokeshire Royal Garrison Artillery, Welsh Field Company, Royal Engineers, and local R.A.F. bases. These pages contain brief histories of the units, and their Casualty Rolls. These pages will be extended in the future.

 

Another section includes details of local heroes, and heroines, who have been awarded gallantry medals. Here I will be remembering the men and women of West Wales who performed great deeds of heroism, for which they were decorated. Some work has been carried out on this section, but research is still on-going.

 

If you wish to donate toward the costs of running and maintaining the website, please feel free to do so by visiting the Contact Details page, where a donation can be made via Paypal. This will help cover the costs involved in obtaining photographs both myself and via Third Party sources such as Bob Pike, who gives me a lot of help. If you require photographs of War Graves or Memorials in Belgium, France, Salonika or Gallipoli which are not of men from Carmarthenshire, then Bob's e-mail address can be found in the Links Section.

 

Search Tip; If using MS Internet Explorer, then pressing 'CTRL and F' together will open a search bar, which can be used to search for keywords on the page of the site you are viewing. This is particularly useful when looking for family names or regiments etc on a large page.

Acknowledgements

None of this work would be possible without a lot of very valuable help, and my gratitude is given to those who have, and still are, supporting the project.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides an invaluable service to the casualties of both world wars, and to their families, by providing a very high quality service with regards to the maintenance and upkeep of the thousands of war graves and cemeteries scattered throughout the world, and by providing information and help to researchers.

 

Chris Baker's excellent website, The Long, Long Trail, proved useful for biographical information on the various Army Divisions, and, along with the associated Great War Forum, is an excellent tool for someone wishing to trace their military ancestors (although postings on the forum sometimes get a bit heated!).

 

My greatest thanks go to the people who have voluntarily submitted photographs for use on the website. I would like to thanks all of these individuals for their help and input. There really are too many to list, but you know who you are, and thanks!

 

POLITE NOTICE

 

Most of the material used in this website has been photographed and compiled from various sources by the author, Steven John, except where otherwise noted. Due to the immense amount of hard work, time and money that has gone into the website, I would appreciate that if any material is copied for anything other than personal research, that permission is granted, and acknowledgement is given to this website and the author.

Funding the Website

The website is entirely self funded, and has been written and researched by myself alone. The costs of running the website are quite substantial, but despite my efforts, I have failed to get any form of funding through either local council grants, or from the National Lottery. As a result, any donations towards the cost of the website are most welcome, and will help to continue work on research and keeping the material online for public use. As another form of funding, as well as my two published books, I have also self published several local war memorial books, and have donation links to Paypal scattered throughout the site, all proceeds of which get ploughed back into the work. Please see below.

My book on the 'Carmarthen Pals', a history of the 15th (Service) Battalion, Welsh Regiment has been published by Pen and Sword Books, and is available at all good bookshops.

 

For basic information on the Battalion, please see the relevant page on this site. I am still looking for anything related to the Battalion, to continue my research into it, so would gratefully welcome copies of paperwork, photographs, memoirs etc.

 

To purchase a copy, please click on the link to the Amazon page below, as this allows a percentage to return to this website. If the link does not work (on some internet browsers), please click the link in the header button above.

My latest book, ‘Carmarthen in the Great War’, which is due for publication in June this year (2014), is currently in the process of being laid out for printing by Pen & Sword Books. It is available for pre-order through them directly, or from all good bookshops.

 

The book tells of the contribution that the county made to the war effort; of some of the casualties suffered by the county; and of some stories on the home front during the four years of the war.

 

To purchase a copy, please click on the link to the Amazon page below, as this allows a percentage to return to this website. If the link does not work (on some internet browsers), please click the link in the header button above.

LOCAL WAR MEMORIAL BOOKS

 

As well as the two published books above, I have used material from the website to write several books on local war memorials, which are handier to use, and useful for people who do not have internet access to use the website. Books completed and available so far include: Laugharne, Llanddowror, St. Clears, Kidwelly and Whitland. They are printed to order, and are available by clicking on the link in the button above.

News Items

9 April 2014. After having been forgotten for 97 years, Llanelli man, Ernest William Sherwood, has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page of the website for further details.

 

5 April 2014. After two years and three months of being sat on a desk in the MOD, I have received the welcome news today that another local man, Edward Idris Evans, of Kidwelly, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page of the website for further details.

7 February 2014. After a long battle, Gunner Robert Corfield, of Aberystwyth, has finally been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.

27 January 2014. Finally the work on uploading photographs onto the Carmarthenshire section has been completed. The only problem I’ve found is that there is a maximum number of ‘elements’ which can be loaded onto each page, which necessitates the spreading of some of the larger memorials over several pages, which isn’t ideal. The Llanelli pages have so many men on that I can’t load all of my photos on. As a result I have had to make do with just the portrait shots that I have, and have left the photos of the memorials and headstones off the Llanelli WW1 pages.

13 January 2014. A new section has been added to the tabs on the top banner of the website, entitled Local Gallantry Awards. All of the gallantry winners from the three counties will be commemorated in this section, and so far I have added the Boer War, Victoria Cross winners, and WW1 gallantry award winners to the site. More will be added as time allows, and the WW2 awards will also follow in time.

19 September 2013. I have just received confirmation from the CWGC that they had wrongly displayed the date of death for Skipper W F Reid, of Milford, and are amending their records to suit, following evidence sent in by myself. He was shown as having died in 1940, while he actually died in 1946. Please see the Milford Haven WW2 page for more details about him.

5 September 2013. At last there is some good news regarding the hundreds of cases of un-commemorated servicemen that have been piling up on a desk with the MOD. Today it has been announced that the MOD have come to an agreement with the National Army Museum for the NAM to approve the outstanding cases on behalf of the army. Within the total of around 450 outstanding cases, are eighteen cases of men from West Wales which have submitted by the WWWMP. It looks as if the two pronged campaign by the In From the Cold Project and the WWWMP has paid off at last, and it will be nice to see these men finally accepted as casualties of war.

 

20 August 2013. I have been working with the CWGC for several weeks regarding the incorrect commemoration of Lieutenant Henry Thompson White, a Carmarthen officer who was killed on the Somme on 8 September 1916. Since the 1920's, Henry has been recorded on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel, which is the incorrect location. He should have been recorded with the other Welsh Regiment Somme casualties on the Thiepval Memorial, but for one reason or another this mistake occurred. The CWGC have today confirmed that my evidence was correct, and because the Thiepval Memorial is full, Henry will be commemorated on the new France 1914-1918 memorial which is currently being planned.

8 August 2013. After puzzling for some time why Private Thomas Jones, of Talybont, a member of the 15th Welsh, was shown by the CWGC as having been killed on 1 July 1916, I purchased his death certificate to find that he had been killed on 11 July at Mametz Wood. This has been sent to the CWGC and the date has recently been amended by them. (Sadly too late for me, as I had written him into Carmarthen Pals as being the battalions first Somme casualty, which I now know to be incorrect!)

 

6 August 2013. This new website has been launched which incorporates all of the material already published on my three previous sites.

These websites have now been taken offline, as all of the written material has been transferred over.

Presently the majority of the photos of the men and their war graves or memorials have not been added to the site. I am looking into the possibility of photo galleries, but will keep any changes posted here.

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