West Wales War Memorial Project
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Drefelin War Memorial

Drefelin is a small village situated around half a mile from the twin villages of Drefach Velindre. The area was renowned for its quality weaving, and many woollen mills were once situated around these villages. Sadly, today these have all now closed, and only the National Woollen Museum in Drefach Velindre is now open. Clos-y-Graig Chapel in Drefelin contains a memorial plaque to its only member who fell during the Great War. The photograph has been kindly supplied by Raymond Jones.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

Edward James Evans, Private, 88425, Machine Gun Corps. Edward was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Evans, of Pantywenol, Velindre. He enlisted into the 4th Welsh at Carmarthen in November 1916, and in May 1917 moved to France, where he joined the 43rd Company, Machine Gun Corps, which was attached to the 14th (Light) Division. The Division was still at Arras, but soon moved to Ypres, where it relieved the 38th (Welsh) Division in August 1917 at Langemarck. Edward was killed at the Battle of Langemarck on 22 August 1917. He was 22 years old, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

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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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