West Wales War Memorial Project
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Llanina War Memorial

Llanina is a village and parish which lies on the shore of Cardigan Bay, near New Quay, and adjacent to Llanarth. The ancient church is dedicated to St. Ina, a former King of the west Saxons, and contains memorials to two local men who fell, one during WW1 and one during WW2. I do not presently have photographs of these memorials, so any would be most welcome.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

Edward Erasmus Vaughan Hughes, Private, 202093, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Edward was born in Islington on 10 December 1880, the son of John Vaughan Hughes, and of Jane Hughes. His parents had moved to Dderwenlas, Llanina prior to the war. Edward had married Edith Mason on 9 December 1906, and the couple lived at 10, Palace Road, Norwood, London, where their two children were born. He enlisted at Anerley into the 2/4th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, which was attached to 160 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. The battalion sailed from Southampton on 20 July 1915, and landed at Suvla Bay on 10 August 1915. It saw heavy fighting in the coming days, and suffered the terrible winter at Gallipoli before being evacuated to Egypt on 13 December 1915. In March 1917 the division took part in the advance into Palestine, and fought a series of pitched battles. Edward was killed during the Second Battle of Gaza, on 8 May 1917, aged 36. He is buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

William Evan Butler Yeats, Fifth Engineer Officer, Merchant Navy. William was born in Manchester, the son of John and Jane Yeates. The family later moved to Penwern, Llanarth. William served with the Merchant Navy, as an engineer aboard the M.V. Henry Stanley, a Liverpool registered cargo ship. On 7 December 1942, Henry Stanley was in the north Atlantic, after having been dispersed from Convoy ON-149, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-103, with the loss of 63 lives. William was 34 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, and on his mothers' headstone at St. Ina's churchyard, Llanina.

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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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