West Wales War Memorial Project
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Brechfa War Memorial

Brechfa is an ancient village, situated at the top of the Cothi Valley, about 12 miles north-east of Carmarthen. The village is surrounded by Brechfa Forest, once a famous stage of the World Rally Championship, but is now more well known for its mountain bike tracks. The 1922 published Carmarthen County War Memorial roll named one casualty from Brechfa who fell during the Great War. I have no photographs of memorials from the village to check the accuracy of the roll, so any photographs would be most welcome.

 

Brechfa War Memorial, The Great War, 1914-1918

 

Evan Henry Davies, Trooper, 1766, Australian Imperial Force. Evan was the son of Thomas and Margaret Davies, of Tygwyn, Nantyffin, Brechfa. He had emigrated to Australia prior to the war, and worked at New South Wales as a labourer. Evan enlisted into the 2nd Light Horse at Sydney on 10 January 1916. Evan arrived in Egypt in June 1916, and was posted to the 12th Light Horse, which was attached to the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade. Evan took part in the advance into Palestine from March 1917 onwards, where the Light Horse built a strong reputation for itself. He survived the war, but became seriously ill in December 1918, being given 14 days leave to recover. Evan became worse though, and died of influenza and malaria in hospital at Cairo on 12 January 1919, aged 28. He was buried by Reverend J. H. MacGoun at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt the same day.

 

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Website News

4 May 2017. Welcome news this morning that a new CWGC headstone has been erected in Laugharne for Domingo Mobile, a sailor who I found to be buried there a couple of years ago. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today 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.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today 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.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today 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.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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