West Wales War Memorial Project
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Llanwnen War Memorial

Llanwnen is a small village situated on the crossroads of the B4337 and the A475 roads, about three miles west of Lampeter. It seems that only one man from Llanwnen fell during the Great War, Private John Jones, and a memorial in his memory was erected inside Capel y Groes. The photograph of the memorial is courtesy of Mike Berrell.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

John Jones, Private, 2380109, Canadian Infantry. John was born on 9 May 1889, the son of David and Hannah Jones, of Pantyronen, Drefach. He was a carpenter, and emigrated to Durban, Manitoba, Canada, with his uncle, Tom Davies, prior to the war. On 13 November 1917 John enlisted at Winnipeg into the Canadian Infantry, and was posted to England. He was then sent to France, joining the 43rd (Cameron Highlanders) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. The battalion was attached to the 9th Canadian Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division. John would have joined the battalion in the spring of 1918, and would have taken part in the Canadian Corps famous victory during the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918. This victory signalled the launching of the 100 days offensive which would win the war, and the Canadians took part in the great Allied advance over the coming months. By the end of September the Canadians were fighting at the Canal du Nord, and Bourlon Wood, taking part in an heroic action at Tilloy. John was wounded here, and died on 2 October 1918, aged 29. He is buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France.

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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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