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Trefeurig War Memorial

The Parish of Trefeurig is situated around four miles north-east of Aberystwyth. The area was originally part of the parish of Llanbadarn, but in 1894 the Parish of Trefeurig was established. Within twenty years, at the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, the Parish was to see many of its sons embark for war, some of whom never returned. The same happened again a further twenty one years on, during the Second World War. All of these men, those who served and those who fell, are commemorated on the Parish War Memorials, located within Trefeurig School, which has sadly closed. The photographs of the memorials are courtesy of Gil Jones.

 

The Great War, 1914-1918

James James, Lance Corporal, 22127, Welsh Regiment. James was born in 1893, the son of Thomas and Sarah James of Llanbadarn. He enlisted at Tonypandy into the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was known as the Carmarthen Pals battalion, attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. On 2 December 1915 the battalion moved to France, and the entire Division moved to the Fleurbaix sector, where it was initiated into trench warfare. During June 1916 the Division marched south to the Somme, and on 7 July 1916 attacked Mametz Wood. The initial attack failed, and it was three days later, on 10 July, that a fresh attack was mounted. James was killed in Mametz Wood on 11 July 1916. He was 23 years old, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. There is also a memorial to James at Capel Bethel, Cwmerfyn.

Dewi Mason, Private, 23354, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Dewi was born in Trefeurig in 1892, the son of David and Margaret J. Mason. By 1901 the family had moved to 34, Florist Street, Oxford Street, Liverpool. Dewi enlisted in Liverpool into the 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, which was attached to 113 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. On 2 December 1915 the battalion moved to France, and the entire Division moved to the Fleurbaix sector, where it was initiated into trench warfare. During June 1916 the Division marched south to the Somme, and on 7 July 1916 attacked Mametz Wood. The initial attack failed, and it was three days later, on 10 July, that a fresh attack was mounted. After two days of heavy hand to hand fighting within the wood, the Germans withdrew. Dewi was killed in action in the wood on 11 July 1916, aged 25. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He does not appear to be commemorated locally.

Benjamin Arthur Morris, Private, 57051, Welsh Regiment. Benjamin was the son of Lewis and Mary Morris, of Trefeurig, Bow Street, Cardiganshire, and the husband of Margaret J. Morris, of Fair View, Salisbury Road, Maesteg. He enlisted at Bridgend into the Glamorgan Yeomanry, and was posted to France, probably late in 1916, joining the 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. The division had moved to Ypres after its exertions at Mametz Wood, to rebuild in the quieter sector along the Boesinghe Canal. It was from here, on 31 July 1917 that the division made its famous assault which captured the Pilckem Ridge, and after seeing further action at Langemarck moved to the Fleurbaix sector to rebuild again. In April 1918 the division was moved to the Somme to counter the German offensive there, and spent several months in the line north of Albert, prior to launching its famous attack across the River Ancre on 21 August 1918. The division then began its drive across the old Somme battlefields, and by the end of August had reached Morval, a strongly defended village. Benjamin was killed during the attack on the village on 1 September 1918. He was 28 years old, and is buried in Morval British Cemetery, France.

The Great War Memorial Details

 

Er Serchus
Gof
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James JAMES             Syrthiodd yn y
Benjamin A. MORRIS         Rhyfel Fawr
1914-1918
Hefyd bu ar faes y gâd
Llewelyn DAVIES     William  MORGAN
James J. DAVIES       Hugh D. MORGAN
Dd. Lewis EVANS      Jenkin MORGAN
Richard EVANS       John MORGAN
Lewis JAMES      Morgan L. MORRIS
Richard JENKINS    Andrew R. MORRIS
Abram J. JONES      John PUGH
H. Garfield JONES      Albert SPEDDING
Idris JONES      John WILLIAMS
Dd. John JONES      Jacob WILLIAMS
Rd. Wynn LEWIS      John David WILLIAMS
"Ym mhob gwlad y megir glew"

World War Two, 1939-1945

Ceredig Davies, Rifleman, 6850238, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Ceredig was the son of Llewellyn and Bronwen Davies, of Cwmsymlog, Penrhyncoch. He served with the 12th (2nd Bn. The Queen's Westminsters) Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. The battalion had fought in North Africa, as part of the 8th Armoured Brigade, returning to Britain in December 1943 after the surrender of the Afrika Corps. It took part in the Normandy landings in June 1944, and in the subsequent break-out from the Normandy beaches, and the drive through France into Belgium and Holland. Ceredig was killed just after the end of Operation Market Garden, on 9 October 1944. He was 29 years old, and is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands.

 

Myrddin Jones, Sergeant, 1602070, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Myrddin was the son of John and Mary Jones, of Salem, Bow Street. He served as an Air Gunner with 619 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a heavy bomber squadron, based in Lincolnshire, equipped with the Avro Lancaster. Myrddin was killed when his Lancaster was shot down over Germany on 20 October 1943. He was 21 years old, and is buried at Hanover War Cemetery, Germany.

 

 

The World War Two Memorial Details

 

Er Serchus
Gof
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Ceredig DAVIES       Syrthiodd yn
Myrddin JONES       y Rhyfel Fawr
1939-1945


Hefyd rhoddwyd gwasanaeth gan
G. Mason ATYEO   N.A.A.F.I.   Glyn Ll. JONES    R.A.F.
Daisy BAKER    W.A.A.F.    Ifron JONES    R.A.F.
Olwen BLAKE   A.T.S.     John Ll. JONES   Army
Albert E. CLAYTON   R.A.S.C.   John R. JONES   Army
Iorwerth W. DAVIES  Army     Peggy JONES  W.A.A.F.
W. Elfed DAVIES   Army      Thomas M. JONES    Army
Alun L. EVANS  Bevin Boy   James LEWIS    Army
David R. EVANS   R.A.F.      T. Elwyn MASON    Army
Eric T. EVANS  Army       J. Geraint MORGAN    Army
John B. H. EVANS  Army        Goronwy D. MORGAN    Army
John D. HUGHES  Army       William T. MORGAN   Army
Emrys JAMES  Bevin Boy   Eiddwen OTTLEY    Nurse
Ivor J. JAMES   Army       Blodwen WILLIAMS    W.A.A.F.
Morgan D. JAMES   Army       Ivor J. WILLIAMS     Army
Alun G. JONES   Army      John J. WILLIAMS    R.A.F.
D. Caradog JONES   Army      Millie M. WITTS    W.A.A.F.
"Dros Wlad, Cenedl, a Chartref"

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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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