West Wales War Memorial Project
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Carmarthenshire War Memorials

The aim of this section is to remember the men of the County of Carmarthenshire, in West Wales, who gave their lives during both World War 1 and World War 2.

 

This site is mostly geared up toward men who fought in the Great War, due to the tremendous amount of research material available, but the men of World War II are not forgotten, being also remembered on this website, and more information will be added as it becomes available. These men are harder to research, as their Service Records are not yet available to the general public, so this will be an ongoing project.

 

The site will be built up as time and research allows, and as much information as is available will be written on each man, along with any available photos of the men, their graves or the cemeteries that are they lie in. As well as showing biographies of the fallen who are commemorated on each War Memorials, details will also be added about any and men who are not listed on them, but who have ties to that Town or Village, and they will be highlighted as such. The information that will be available on the website may well be just a fraction of what is available, as information comes from many sources; namely the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldier's Died, newspaper archives, etc. I am always grateful for any information or photos that anyone can send in of any of the men on their local War Memorials, as it can be used to build up the biographies of the fallen. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any enquiries about anyone on the site, as I may well have more information than is possible to add to the site.

 

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 1 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).

 

During the Second World War, the number of people killed throughout the world was estimated at over 55 million. This stupefying figure includes the mass German slaughters of millions of Russian people and the near extinction of the Jewish Race in Europe.

 

Estimated Casualty Figures For The County

 

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 three 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 World War One, and 1,050 in World War Two, 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.

 

To see the details of each war memorial please click on the link below to open a PDF document.

Abergorlech War Memorial

Abergwili War Memorial

Abernant War Memorial

Ammanford (Bethany Chapel) Memorial

Ammanford War Memorial

Bancyfelin War Memorial

Brechfa War Memorial

Bronwydd War Memorial

Brynamman War Memorial

Burry Port Spanish Civil War Memorial

Burry Port War Memorial

Caio Parish War Memorial

Capel Hendre War Memorial

Capel Iwan War Memorial

Carmarthen (Christ Church) Memorial

Carmarthen (St. Peter's) Memorial

Carmarthen County War Memorial

Carmarthen Grammar School War Memorial

Carmarthen Gremlin Club

Carmarthen Post Office Memorial

Carmarthen Red Cross Hospital (WW1)

Carmarthen Welsh Field Company Royal Engineers (WW1)

Carmarthen WW1 Memorial

Carmarthen WW2 Memorial

Carmarthen WW2 Royal Engineers

Carmarthenshire Constabulary

Cefneithin War Memorial

Cenarth War memorial

Cilycwm and Area War Memorials

Clynderwen War Memorial

Cross Hands War Memorial

Cwmamman, Garnant and Glanamman

Cwmann War Memorial

Cynwyl Elfed War Memorial

Dafen War Memorial

Drefach Velindre War Memorial

Drefelin War Memorial

Dyfed Powys Police War Memorial

Felinfoel War Memorial

Ferryside War Memorial

Five Roads War Memorial

Golden Grove War Memorial

Gorslas War Memorial

Gwaun-cae-Gurwen War Memorial

Gwernogle War Memorial

Henllan Amgoed War Memorial

Kidwelly Industrial Museum (Morlais Tinplate Works) Memorial

Kidwelly War Memorial

Laugharne (Bwlchnewydd Chapel) Memorial

Laugharne War Memorial

Llanarthney War Memorial

Llanboidy War Memorial

Llanddarog War Memorial

Llanddowror War Memorial

Llandebie War Memorial

Llandefeilog War Memorial

Llandeilo War Memorial

Llandovery Carmarthenshire Red Cross Memorial

Llandovery College War Memorial

Llandovery Grammar School Memorial

Llandovery War Memorial

Llandyssilio War Memorial

Llandyssul War Memorial

Llanedi War Memorial

Llanegwad War Memorial

Llanelli (Bethel Chapel) Memorial

Llanelli (Buckley's Brewery) Memorial

Llanelli (Glenalla Chapel) Memorial

Llanelli (Greenfield Chapel) Memorial

Llanelli (Old Castle Tinplate) Memorial

Llanelli (Parish Church) War Memorial

Llanelli (Pentip School) Memorial

Llanelli (Post Office) Memorial

Llanelli (Spanish Civil War) Memorial

Llanelli (Welsh Field Company, Royal Engineers) Memorial

Llanelli War Memorial (WW1)

Llanelli War Memorial (WW2)

Llanfynydd War Memorial

Llangadog War Memorial

Llangain War Memorial

Llangathen War Memorial

Llangeler War Memorial

Llangennech War Memorial

Llangunnor War Memorial

Llangyndeyrn War Memorial

Llangynog War Memorial

Llanllawddog Parish War Memorial

Llanllwch War Memorial

Llanllwni War Memorial

Llansadwrn War Memorial

Llansaint War Memorial

Llansawel War Memorial

Llansteffan Moriah Methodist Chapel

Llansteffan War Memorial

Llanwrda War Memorial

Llanybri (Capel Newydd) Memorial

Llanybydder War Memorial

Llwynhendy War Memorial

Loughor War Memorial

Manordeilo War Memorial

Meidrim War Memorial

Myddfai War Memorial

Nantgaredig War Memorial

Newcastle Emlyn War Memorial

Newcastle Emlyn, Bethel Chapel

Newcastle Emlyn, Ebenezer Chapel

Newchurch War Memorial

Pembrey RAF Burials

Pembrey War Memorial

Penboyr War Memorial

Pencader War Memorial

Pendine War Memorial

Peniel War Memorial

Pentrecagal War Memorial

Penygroes War Memorial

Pontardulais War Memorial

Pontgarreg Chapel War Memorial, Capel Iwan

Ponthenri War Memorial

Pontyates War Memorial

Pontyberem War Memorial

Pumsaint War Memorial

Pwll War Memorial

Red Roses War Memorial

Rhandirmwyn War Memorial

St. Clears War Memorial

Taliaris War Memorial

Talley War Memorial

Trelech War Memorial

Trimsaran War Memorial

Tumble War Memorial

Whitland Congregational Chapel Memorial

Whitland Grammar School War Memorial

Whitland War Memorial

Website News

22 April 2016. Some more good news today with confirmation that another Welsh soldier, Corporal Daniel Smart, 17th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, of Barry, has been accepted for commemoration following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

9 April 2016. While researching some details for my next book, Welsh at War, I came across the details of two Welsh Guardsmen whose biographical details had been mixed up by the CWGC. Evidence was provided to the CWGC to prove the mix up and these men’s details have been corrected as of 2 April 2016. See Anthony and Edmund Evans on the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for more details.

30 March 2016. Some more good news today with confirmation that another Welsh soldier, Private Frank Jones, 9th RWF has been accepted for commemoration following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

25 March 2016. Some more good news today with confirmation that two more Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research: Private Alfred Gilmore of the 5th Welsh and Private William Llewelyn Jones of the 15th RWF. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

9 December 2015. Great news today with confirmation that four more local men have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 December 2015. I have just received news that Private Thomas Lee of the 10th Battalion, Welsh Regiment has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following research carried out by myself. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2015. I have today received news that a grave of an Unknown Soldier of the Welsh Regiment which I came across in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich three years ago has been confirmed by the MoD as being that of Private Fred Holland, 17th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, of Newport, Monmouth, following research by myself. His grave will be re-dedicated with a new headstone erected bearing his name on 23 March 2016. Since his death on 24 April 1917 his body was thought to have been lost and he has been commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

20 November 2015. I have just received news that the CWGC will be erecting a new headstone to Seaman Domingo Mobile who, as a result of my research, I have proved to be buried in Laugharne Churchyard. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 October 2015. I have today received news that two more local men, John Davies, of Llandeilo, and Francis Ficken, of Clydach, have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

27 October 2015. I have just received confirmation that Private James Howells, of Llanrhian, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following evidence submitted by myself. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

This now makes a total of 36 local men commemorated following research from myself.

2 October 2015. I have just received confirmation that Private Aneurin Davies, of Llanelli, and Private Thomas Edwards, of Llandeilo, have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following evidence submitted by myself. This now brings the total number of previously un-commemorated local men up to 30. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

1 August 2015. With ‘Welsh Yeomanry at War’ now finished and ready for publication, work is well underway writing my next book, ‘The Welsh at War’, which Pen & Sword have agreed to publish. The book covers the stories of all of the Welsh infantry units during the Great War, especially their actions during the major battles, and also incorporates the stories of Welshmen who won the Victoria Cross, Welshmen Shot at Dawn, Welsh sportsmen and members of the aristocracy who fell plus much more. The book is due for completion early next year, so please watch this space for more details.

25 June 2015. The website is in the process of being totally redesigned. Please bear with me while this work is carried out.

26 April 2015. My latest book, entitled 'Welsh Yeomanry at War' will be published on 30 August this year and has just become available for pre-order on Amazon. The book covers the history of the 24th (Pembrokeshire and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, Welsh Regiment during the Great War.

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