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Llanbadarn Trefeglwys Parish War Memorials

Llanbadarn Trefeglwys is a Parish situated on the River Arth, some twelve miles south of Aberystwyth. The church at Llanbadarn Trefyglwys is dedicated to St. Padarn, while there are three other places of worship for Calvinistic Methodists: Bethania Chapel, Pontsaeson Chapel and Pennant Chapel. I have been kindly supplied by Ceredigion Archives with details from the war memorials which are located in these four places of worship in the Parish, but have yet to get hold of photographs of them.

Capel Bethania  - Bethania Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist)

 

Joseph A. Williams, Private, 39026, Cheshire Regiment. John was the son of Joseph and Kate Mary Williams. His father had died when Joseph was young, and his mother had married John Martin, of Pembroke Dock in 1897. Joseph probably left home to work at Ffynnonwen prior to the war, as he is shown as living in Llanon. He enlisted at Cardiff into the army, and had served with the 19th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment before being posted to the 59th Labour Company, Labour Corps.  John was badly wounded at Ypres and died on 17 June 1917, aged 26. He is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Capel Pontsaeson – Pontsaeson Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist)

 

Evan Evans, Lance Corporal, 27776, Welsh Regiment. Evan was the husband of Hannah Evans, of Bryn Isaf, Cross Inn. He enlisted at Pentre into the 18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (2nd Glamorgan), which was a bantam battalion, attached to 119 Brigade, 40th (Bantam) Division. The Division moved to France during the first week of June 1916, and moved to the front near Loos. Late in 1916 it moved south to the Somme, fighting at the Battle of the Ancre, and remained in the area over the winter. In March 1917 the Germans withdrew to their shortened line, called the Hindenburg Line, and the 40th Division was one of the Divisions that followed the withdrawal. Later in the year it took part in the Battle of Cambrai, playing an important role in the attack on Bourlon Wood. Evan was killed in Bourlon Wood on 23 November 1917, aged 36. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.

Jenkins Jones, Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. Jenkins was the son of David and Margaret Jones, of Felinfawr, Llanrhystud. He served with the Mercantile Marine aboard the SS Etton, a Hull registered cargo ship. On 20 September 1916, Etton was on voyage from Barry to Archangel with a cargo of coal, when she was sunk by a mine which had been laid by the German submarine U-75. Jenkins was the only man lost in the sinking that day. He was 22 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Eglwys Llanbadarn Trefeglwys  - Llanbadarn Trefeglwys Church (St Padarn)

 

David Davies, Private, 45139, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. David was the son of David and Jane Davies, of Brysig Bach, Pennant, Aberarth. He enlisted at Lampeter on 8 February 1916 into the South Wales Borderers, and was posted to France on 23 February 1917, joining the 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, which was attached to 76 Brigade, 3rd Division. David joined the division in time for its move from the Somme to Arras. He was killed in action during the opening of the Battle of Arras on 30 April 1917. David was 30 years old, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. There was some confusion about David's identity after his death, as his mother did not seem to think he was serving with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, but with a Labour Company of the King's Liverpool Regiment, with the number 44639. He was in fact transferred from this unit to the RWF. He had then been mixed up with another D. Davies, of Abergele, whose mother was incorrectly informed of her son's death, only to receive a letter saying he was alive and well.

Jenkin Morgan, Able Seaman, Z/2503, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Jenkin was born on 23 February 1885, the son of Evan and Elizabeth Morgan, of Snow Hill, Pennant, Aberarth. He lived at Sybil House, Ynismudu, near Pontardawe prior to the war and enlisted on 16 November 1915 into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Jenkin was posted to France on 10 July 1916 and was posted to Hawke Battalion, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. He joined the battalion on the Somme, and later that year took part in the Royal Naval Divisions famous action at the Battle of the Ancre. Jenkin was killed in action here on 13 November 1916, aged 31, and is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France.

The Seventh Earl of Shannon

 

Within the Churchyard of Llanbadarn Trefeglwys is the grave of the Sixth Earl of Shannon, Richard Henry Boyle, who had lived at Monachty Mansion. The grave also serves as a memorial to the Earl's son, Richard Bernard Boyle, who fell during the Battle of Arras and had grown up in the Mansion.

Richard Bernard Boyle, Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers. Richard was born in Ireland on 13 November 1897, the son of Richard Henry Boyle, and Nellie Boyle (nee Thompson). Upon the death of his Grandfather, Henry Boyle, on 8 February 1890 his father became the Seventh Earl of Shannon, and the family took residence of the family seat at Castlemartyr, Ireland. Richard lost both his father and mother prior to the war, his father dying at Monachty on 11 December 1906, and his mother died at sea after falling from a Steamer in the Bay of Biscay on 11 April 1910. Richard was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers in 1916, and was posted to the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers in France. The battalion was attached to 9 Brigade, 3rd Division, and was still on the Somme. It followed the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line early in 1917 before taking part in the First Battle of Arras. Richard saw his first major action at Arras, during an attack south of the Arras to Cambrai road, taking command of a company of his battalion after his Captain Furnie had been badly wounded. After heavy fighting over the following days the battalion had moved towards its objective of Guemappe, and on 13 April 1917 launched an assault on the strongly defended village. Richard was killed while leading the right support company of the 4th Royal Fusiliers during the attack on the village that day. He was 19 years old and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. Upon his death, the title of Eighth Earl of Shannon passed to his younger brother, Richard Henry Boyle.

Capel Pennant – Pennant Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist)

 

Isaac Evans Davies, Third Engineer, Mercantile Marine. Isaac was the son of John Elias Davies and Elizabeth Ann Davies (nee Evans), of Glanmorfa, Llanon. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the S.S. Cliftondale, a Bristol registered cargo steamer. On 25 December 1917, Cliftondale was on route from Cardiff for Algiers, with a cargo of coal, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-35. Isaac was 21 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. The memorial states that Isaac resided at Laburnam Hall.

John William Davies, Lance Corporal, 25471, Welsh Regiment. John was the son of John and Mary Morgan, of Cledau View, Llanon. He enlisted at Tonypandy into the 17th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was a bantam battalion, entitled, the 1st Glamorgans, and was attached to 119 Brigade, 40th (Bantam) Division. The Division moved to France during the first week of  June 1916, and moved to the front near Loos. Late in 1916 they moved south to the Somme, and fought at the Battle of the Ancre, and remained in the area over the winter. In March 1917 the Germans withdrew to their shortened line, called the Hindenburg Line, and the 40th Division were one of the Divisions that followed the withdrawal. Later in the year they took part in the Battle of Cambrai, playing an important role in the attack on Bourlon Wood. John was badly wounded at Bourlon Wood, and died on 25 November 1917, aged 21. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France. The memorial states that John resided at Lletyrwenol.

Evan Aeron Jones, Gunner, 190076, Royal Field Artillery. Evan was the son of Daniel and Jane Jones, of Pontypetris, Pennant. He enlisted at Fishguard into the Royal Artillery, and was posted to the 7th Reserve Battery, which was based in Lancashire. Evan died at Preston Military Hospital on 18 February 1917, aged 23. He is buried in Pennant Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard. The memorial states that Evan resided at Pontypetris.

 

Evan Morgan Jones, Private, 48952, Royal Army Medical Corps. Evan was the son of James and Mary Jones, of Tirdu, Pennant. He enlisted at Aberystwyth into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was posted to Salonika to join the British forces there, and embarked aboard the S.S. Transylvania in May 1917. On 4 May 1917 the Transylvania was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off Savona, Italy, with the loss of over 400 lives. Evan was 25 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated on the Savona Memorial, Italy.

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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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