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Carmarthen Memorials

Welcome to the Carmarthenshire Section of the Website

 

The aim of this section is to remember the men of the County of Carmarthenshire, in West Wales, who gave their lives during both World War 1 and World War 2.

 

Estimated Casualty Figures For The County

 

The Original Carmarthen County War Memorial listed the names of 1,913 men & 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 & 1,533 Other Ranks. After painstaking research, this figure has now been expanded to around 2,700 men & 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.

 

Information And Photographs

 

Although the bulk of my collection of photographs of the men and their war graves and memorials are not presently on the website, I have amassed a massive amount of material over the last ten years, with the assistance of many interested parties. Photographs are the main method of remembering the fallen, and any additional material is always being sought. When the text of all three of the old websites has finally been transferred over to this one, then it is intended that the photos will be available through a gallery, searchable by name. This is a long way from fruition though, as the main aim is to get the data transferred from the three old sites onto this one, so any enquiries for photographs, or offers of donations of photographs, should be made by contacting me via the Contact Us page.

 

If you wish to donate toward the costs of running and maintaining the website, please feel free to do so by using the Paypal link, or by contacting me. This will help cover the costs involved in paying for the web hosting, and obtaining photographs of the war graves and memorials of the fallen, both by myself and via third party sources such as Bob Pike, who has provided a sizeable proportion of the war grave photographs. If you require photographs of War Graves or Memorials in Belgium, France, Salonika or Gallipoli, then Bob's e-mail address can be found in the Links Section.

 

Copyright © Notice

 

During a recent spate of copying material from this website to use in various publications, other websites and also on Ancestry, readers are reminded that most of the material used in this website has been compiled from various sources by the Author, except where otherwise noted. Due to the immense amount of hard work, time and money that has gone into creating the website, if any material is copied for anything other than personal research, permission should be sought from the author by using one of the contact links below, and that acknowledgement is given to this website. Permission has so far never been refused, but please don't ask for complete pages!

 

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy the website, and please feel free to comment, criticise (in a friendly manner please!) or to send in information- it all helps to build the site!

Acknowledgements

 

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, helping with this project.

 

Thanks must go to a number of people who have supported the Carmarthenshire part of the website, in particular Les Nixon, who is continually travelling the lengths and breadths of West Wales taking photographs for the website. The archives of the National Library of Wales and the local newspapers of the time, the Welshman, The Cambrian News and The Welsh Gazette, continue to be invaluable research sources.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides a valuable 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.

 

Chris Baker's excellent website, 'The Long, Long Trail' is invaluable for research tips, and for biographical information on the various Army units, and along with the associated 'Great War Forum', is an excellent tool for someone wishing to trace their military ancestors. The link to this site is on the Links page.

 

Due to the maritime traditions of the county, a large proportion of local men died at sea, either serving with the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy. As well as using information from the CWGC, special thanks go to the work of Dr. Reg Davies, whose website Morwyr Cymru holds so much information on Welsh mariners, and also to the website wrecksite.eu, which contains much valuable information about the sunken merchant ships.

 

The greatest thanks go to the people who regularly submit photographs and information to build all of the websites, and such information is always welcome. There are too many people to thank individually, but you know who you are, and thanks!

Financing the Website

The website is entirely self funded, and has been written and researched by myself alone. The costs of running the website are quite substantial, and I have failed to get any form of funding through either local council grants, or from the National Lottery Funding, so 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. Please see below.

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.

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.

News Items

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 October 2014. I have received news today that another  local man, William Ronald Hastings, of Milford Haven, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following evidence presented to them by myself after he had initially been turned down. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

27 September 2014. I have received news today that another  local man, Sydney Thomas of Llanelli, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following evidence presented to them by myself. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

15 August 2014. The good news has been received today that another local man, James William Manning of Haverfordwest, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

 

10 August 2014. The new war memorial at Eglwyswrw has today been unveiled by the Bishop of St. Davids.

7 August 2014. Some more good news today. William John Jones, a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery from Borth, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. See the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

25 July 2014. Some more good news today. John Tyson Lloyd, a Trooper with the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, from Henllan Amgoed, near Whitland has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. See the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

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. Publication date is 30 August 2015.

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.

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