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. Obviously, the site focuses on the casualties of both world wars, 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, now all rolled into one. To navigate the site, please click on the link to the section of the website that you wish to look at, and 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, and to enable people to find out a little bit more about any ancestors from West Wales who fell at war.
ESTIMATED CASUALTY FIGURES FOR THE COUNTIES
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) around 57,000 casualties were incurred by the British and Allied forces, including around 19,000 dead, and the remainder wounded or missing.
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.
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. If anyone requires any war grave photos in the Far East, then please contact me, and I will get in touch with Tony Beck, who is kindly in the process of supplying the website with photos from that distant theatre of war.
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. The basis for all war memorial research starts from using their comprehensive database to find basic details from a name on a memorial, and their importance to this website cannot be put into words.
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!
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, and is protected by copyright. Due to the immense amount of hard work, time and money that has gone into the website, please be aware that if any material is copied for anything other than personal research, that permission is granted, and that acknowledgement is given to this website and the author. See the Copyright page for further details.
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 they will only sponsor organisations. 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’, has just been published (June 2014), and is available from all good bookshops, especially Waterstones in Carmarthen.
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.
Any copies purchased from Amazon via the link to the Amazon page below will allow a percentage to return to help fund this website. If the link does not work (on some internet browsers), please click the link in the header button above, which links directly to Pen & Sword.
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.
Due to a recent spate of material being copied from this website without any permission or acknowledgement, anyone wishing to use material from the website are reminded that all text and photographs are copyrighted by the author.
22 July 2014. A mixture of good and bad news today. I have just been advised that two cases that I had put forward to the CWGC for commemoration have been rejected, William Ronald Hastings and Albert Wilfred Mason. However, the good news is that Benjamin Oscar Davies, of Camrose, has been accepted for commemoration as a war casualty. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.
5 July 2014. The war memorial of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Carmarthen has been added to the website.
3 June 2014. With my book, Carmarthen in the Great War now published and available, I have today had the great news from my publishers, Pen & Sword, that they are willing to publish my third book, under the banner:
‘WELSH YEOMANRY AT WAR.’
A History of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion The Welsh Regiment.
The book covers the raising of the Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry regiments for war, training in Norfolk, and the move to Egypt, where they merged to form the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment in 1917. As soon as I receive more news, I will update the website, but the contracts have just been signed.
3 June 2014. A new section has been created, entitled Pre WW1 Memorials, which will incorporate all of the war memorials prior to 1914. At the moment only four memorials have been added. The Carmarthen Crimea Monument, the Carmarthen County Boer War Memorial, the Llanelli Boer War Memorial, and the Pembroke County Boer War Memorial. More individual memorials will be added as time permits.
29 April 2014. Some great news today. On Saturday 26 April the CWGC accepted four more men from West Wales who I had put forward for commemoration. These men are: William Harold George Henshaw, of Llanelli; Benjamin Reynolds, of Solva; Charles Archibald Walters, of Goodwick; and Ernest Evan Williams, of Pembroke Dock. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.
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.