West Wales War Memorial Project
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Gwynfe War Memorial

Gwynfe is a small village in the Brecon Beacons National Park, situated to the west of the A4069 road about halfway between Llangadog and Brynamman. All Saints Church, which is located in the village, was erected in about 1898 to replace a smaller mediaeval chapel and contains a single war memorial plaque, dedicated to the memory of one local man, John Gwynfor Jones, of Pantybedw, who fell during World War Two.

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

John Gwynfor Jones, Private, 4036611, Parachute Regiment. John was the son of John and Sarah Jones, of Pantybedw, Gwynfe. He enlisted into the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and was part of a number of men posted to the 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment which was part of the 3rd Parachute Brigade, 6th Airborne Division, on 3 July 1944, to make up losses suffered following the D-Day landings. John fought with the battalion throughout the remainder of the Normandy campaign and in September returned to Britain where he qualified as a parachutist, and returned to action during the Ardennes campaign. On 24 March 1945 John took part in the final mass allied parachute and glider assault of World War II, Operation Varsity, and by 7 April his battalion reached Petershagen, between Osnabrück and Hanover, before advancing towards Neustadt by motor transport. John was among a number of men killed during heavy fighting around Wunstorf Airport at some time during the night. He was 28 years old and is buried in Becklingen War Cemetery. Neustadt and its river crossing over the Rhine were successfully captured during the following days, enabling the Allies to advance into the heartland of Germany.

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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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