West Wales War Memorial Project
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Kidwelly (Morlais Tinplate Works) Memorial

The Morlais tinplate works was situated in Llangennech, and was operated by the Morlais Tinplate Company Limited. At some time after 1907 it took up a share in the Llanelly Steel Company (1907) Limited. A large number of men from the works served in the Great War, yet fortunately only one man fell. The works commissioned a War Memorial at the end of hostilities to commemorate its workers who served, and the one man who fell. When the Morlais plant was dismantled in 1946, the memorial went into storage, but it is now held at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum. The photograph of the memorial was kindly supplied by Les Nixon.

 

Roll of Honour

 

List of Employees who served in H.M. Forces from

 

The Morlais Tinplate Company Limited, Llangennech

 

European War 1914-1919

 

The Fallen in Battle

 

David Elias Morgans, Private, 72957, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. David was the son of David and Mary Morgans, of Garrde, Llwynhendy. He worked as a Behinder at the Morlais Tinplate Works prior to the war, and enlisted at Llanelli into the army. David was posted to the 25th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The battalion formed at Helmia, Egypt on 4 March 1917, from the dismounted Montgomery and Welsh Horse Yeomanry, and was attached to 231 Brigade, 74th Division. The Division had formed in Egypt in January 1917 and had fought through the Palestinian Campaign, at the Battles of Gaza and the Battle and capture of Jerusalem. Through the winter of 1917/18 the division took part in operations in the Jordan Valley, and it was here that David was fatally wounded. He died of his wounds on 10 March 1918, aged 27, and is buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. (The memorial incorrectly shows him as being in the Welsh Regiment).

Roll of Honour

 

D. R. T. Lewis, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers

Hubert Roberts, 2nd Lieutenant, Worcester Regiment

T. Butler Vaughan, Private, Royal Field Artillery

Rees Jones, Private, Royal Field Artillery

D. Sidney Thomas, Private, 11th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

David Walters, Private, 8th South Wales Borderers

Willie John, Private, Royal Irish Regiment

Alfred J. Turner, Private, Royal Engineers, 436 Welsh

James Thomas, Sergeant, Royal Air Force

John Abel Lewis, Stoker, H.M.S. Salvator

David T. Lewis, Stoker, H.M.S. Orotavia

Daniel J. Rees, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

Archie Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Egremont

W. T. Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

Sidney Williams, Private, South Wales Borderers

Mordecai Price, Private, Machine Gun Corps

Victor Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

J. Giraldus Williams, Private, Welsh Regiment

Philip J. John, Stoker, H.M.S. Dartmoor

Evans Morgans, Stoker, H.M.S. Collect

Percy Raynalls, Private, 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers

David W. Lewis, Private, 2nd Garrison Liverpool Regiment

W. Frederick Vaughan, Stoker, H.M.S. Manxman

Mostyn Bowen, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

Glyn Evans, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

W. R. Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Morea

Glyn Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

Edwin Prosser, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

John Ll. Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Sinceria

David A. Thomas, Private, Royal Field Artillery

Willie Lloyd, Stoker, H.M.S. Arlania

Emrys Williams, Trimmer, H.M.S. Artois

Owen Rees, Signaller, H.M.S. Flintshire

Thomas Miller, Private, 4th Welsh Regiment

Willie Rogers, Private, 3rd South Wales Borderers

Walter Thomas, Private, 3rd South Wales Borderers

Thomas John, Stoker, H.M.S. Albemarle

Emrys Evans, Private, Machine Gun Corps.

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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.

 

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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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