Llanfihangel y Creuddyn is a ancient parish which lies about seven miles south east from Aberystwyth, on the road to Rhayader. The parish is situated on the rivers Ystwyth, Mynach and Rheidol, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Although Llanfihangel y Creuddyn is widely regarded as being a 'Thankful Village', where none of its residents were killed during the Great War, three men with local connections did in fact lose their lives. These men are commemorated on family gravestones within the churchyard at Saint Michael's and at Llantrisant churchyard.
Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn War Memorial
Godfrey Berkeley John Benyon, Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy. Godfrey was born on 10 September 1883, the son of Augustus William Benyon, R.N., and of Mary Beatrice Benyon, of Ashe, Windsor. His mother’s family was from Hafod. Godfrey married Beatrice Lindley White, of 19, St. Mark's Court, Abercorn Place, London, on 1 November 1911. He served with the Royal Navy aboard the Drake class armoured cruiser, H.M.S. Good Hope. On 1 November 1914, Good Hope was operating off South America with the 4th Cruiser Squadron, when the squadron came into contact with the German East Asia Squadron. The contact resulted in what is known as the Battle of Coronel. The British were desperately outgunned, and despite a gallant resistance, Good Hope was hit in the magazines, exploded and sunk with the loss of 919 men. Godfrey was 31 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Godfrey left one son and posthumous daughter. He does not appear to be commemorated locally.
David Evans, Private, 534577, London Regiment. David was born in 1890, the son of Stephen and Jane Evans, of Rhosrydd, Devils Bridge. David worked as a Corn Merchant, and resided with his Grandparents in London prior to enlisting there into the 1/15th Battalion, London Regiment, which was known as the Civil Service Rifles. The battalion had moved to France in 1915, and was attached to 140 Brigade, 47th (2nd London) Division. The division fought at Loos in September 1915, and the following year fought in the Battle of the Somme. It fought in the Battle of Messines in the summer of 1917, before moving south to take part in the Battle of Cambrai. This is where David was killed on 30 November 1917, aged 27. He is buried in Point-Du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, France. David is also commemorated on his parents grave at Llantrisant Chapel, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn.
David Rees Griffiths, Sergeant, 15005, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. David was born at Llwynypia in 1893. He enlisted at Wrexham into the 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, which was attached to 76 Brigade, 3rd Division. His battalion landed in France on 27 September 1915, joining the 3rd Division, which had been on the Western Front since the outbreak of war. The division moved from Ypres to the Somme the following year, and fought there at the Battle of Albert, and the Battle of Bazentin, where they captured Longueval. They then took part in the Battle of Delville Wood, and the Battle of the Ancre, before settling into another bleak winter in France. In May 1917 the Division was at Arras, and fought at the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe, and at the Battle of Arleux and the Third Battle of the Scarpe, where they captured Roeux. It was then moved back to Ypres, and fought in the Third Battle of Ypres, at the Battle of the Menin Road and the Battle of Polygon Wood. David was killed at Ypres on 26 September 1917, aged 24. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. David is commemorated on his sister, Annie Rees Griffiths, grave at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn.
Thomas Hewitt, Private, 85638, Durham Light Infantry. Thomas was the son of James William Hewitt and Sarah Hewitt, of Bolton. Husband of Annie Hewitt, of 28, Breightmet Fold, Bolton. Thomas enlisted at Bolton into the army, and was posted to the 29th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, which had formed at Margate on 1 June 1918. The battalion moved to France on 3 July 1918, to join 41 Brigade, 14th (Light) Division. The division had seen heavy fighting early in the year, and in the summer moved to Flanders. Thomas was killed during the advance in Flanders on 4 October 1918, aged 30, and is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Thomas is commemorated on the grave of his wife Ann, who died on 30 July 1950, at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn.
Joseph Turnley, Private, G/72592, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Joseph was the son of Joseph Turnley, of 5, Court Road, Horfield, Bristol. He lived at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn prior to the war and enlisted at Bristol into the Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Joseph was then posted to France, and transferred to the 2/4th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey regiment, which was attached to 101 Brigade, 34th Division. Joseph was killed in action during the divisions advance in Flanders on 8 October 1918, aged 19. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Joseph does not appear to be commemorated locally.
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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. As soon as I receive more news, I will update the website, but the contracts have just been signed.
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.