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Granston and St. Nicholas War Memorial

Granston and St Nicholas are two small villages, situated about four miles southwest of Fishguard. The Memorial at St. Nicholas (also known as Tremarchog) contains no names, except the inscription in English and Welsh 'In Memory Of The Men From The Parishes Of Granston And St. Nicholas Who In The Great War 1914-1918 Fell In The Cause Of Freedom'. The men seem to be commemorated on the memorial gates at Llangloffan Cemetery which is nearby. There is also an individual memorial plaque inside St. Catherine's Church, which commemorates Gilbert Burrington. In the churchyard is a war grave to an unknown sailor.

Granston and St. Nicholas (Llangloffan) War Memorials, The Great War, 1914-1918

Gilbert Burrington, MM, Private, 703727, Canadian Infantry. Gilbert was born at Bridgwater, Somerset on 13 June 1879, the son of Gilbert and Amelia Burrington. He was educated at Gloucester, and had played first class cricket for Somerset before moving to Granston, and married Marianne Emily Harries, of Tregwynt Manor, on 27 December 1913. Gilbert then emigrated to Canada, where he worked for the British Colombian Government. Gilbert enlisted into the Canadian Infantry on 16 February 1916, taking nine years off his age. By July 1916 Gilbert was in France, joining the 102nd Battalion (Central Ontario), which was attached to 11 Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. The division moved to the Somme to take part in the attacks on Mouquet Farm, Regina Trench and Courcelette. On 21 November 1916 the 102nd Battalion was consolidating trenches at Regina Trench, when Gilbert was killed by a German shell. He was 37 years old, and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. His brother Harley was also killed in France.

Henry Davies, Private, 29613, South Wales Borderers. Henry was born at Castle Morris, the son of James and Anne Davies. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the army, and was posted to the 5th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, which was attached to 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. The Division had played an important part in the war, fighting at Loos, the Somme and Passchendaele, and were in Flanders when the German Spring Offensive of 1918 was launched. They suffered awful casualties there, and were brought south to the Bapaume area, where they again suffered badly. They moved further south, to the Aisne, where they fought with distinction again. This is where Henry was mortally wounded, during the Battle of the Sambre Canal. He Died of Wounds on 4 November 1918, aged 21, and is buried at Canonne Farm British Cemetery-Sommaing, France. His brother, George Mathias Davies, won the Military Medal, and survived the war.

Thomas Henry Davies, Private, 60663, Welsh Regiment. Thomas was born at Jordanston Hill, and enlisted at Cardiff into the Welsh Regiment. He was posted to Egypt, where he joined the 24th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. The battalion had been formed in 1917 by the merging of the Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry, and was attached to the 231 Brigade, 74th (Yeomanry) Division. The Division had formed in Egypt in January 1917 and had fought through the Palestinian Campaign, at the Battles of Gaza and the Battle and capture of Jerusalem. Thomas was killed in action during the Third Battle of Gaza, on 27 December 1917. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.

John John, Private, 54504, Welsh Regiment. John was the son of Mrs. Ann John, of St. Nicholas, Fishguard. He served in the 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. John arrived in France after the capture of Mametz Wood in July 1916. He probably took part in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917. The Division wintered around Armentieres, and in April 1918 moved to positions north of Albert on the Somme, where they remained until launching their assault across the River Ancre on 21 August 1918. Over the coming weeks the Division drove the Germans back towards the Hindenburg Line, and after the line was broken, advanced past Le Cateau, to the Forest of Mormal. After the Armistice was signed, John was attached to 114 Headquarters staff. He took ill with broncho-pneumonia, and was brought to the 21st Casualty Clearing Station at Caudry, where he died on 7 December 1918. John is buried in Caudry Military Cemetery, France.

George Roach, Private, 25084, Welsh Regiment. George was born at Llangloffan in 1897, the son of John and Esther Roach. He enlisted at Bridgend into the Welsh Regiment, and was posted to the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, known as the Carmarthen Pals battalion, which was attached to 114 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. George probably joined the battalion in France after the fighting at Mametz Wood in July 1916. The Division moved to positions at Boesinghe, where it held the trenches along the Canal Bank over the coming months. On 31 July 1917 the Division launched its attack on Pilckem Ridge, and captured all its objectives, before withdrawing to rest. The 15th Welsh remained in the line and took part in the Battle of Langemarck, before the entire Division was moved to the Armentieres area. George was killed at Armentieres on 11 March 1918, aged 20, after the Germans raided the 15th Welsh lines at Houplines. George was buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France.

Thomas Evan Roach, Private, 94283, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Thomas was born at St. Clears, but worked and resided at St. Nicholas in later life. His mother, Emily, lived at Ramsay Island. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the Monmouth Regiment, and later transferred into the 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, part of 115 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. The Division arrived in France during December 1915 and fought at Armentieres before moving to the Somme, where they were decimated at Mametz Wood. After nearly a year rebuilding, they fought well at Passchendaele, and also played an important role in the battles of 1918, first during the desperate months of Spring 1918, trying to hold the aggressive German advance, and then later on in the great advance to the Hindenburg Line. Thomas was killed in Action on 29 October 1918, during the Battle of the Selle, and is buried at Englefontaine British Cemetery, France.

William David Williams, Private, 36949, Welsh Regiment. William was the son of Thomas and Maria Williams, of Llangloffan Cross. He enlisted at Ferndale into the South Wales Borderers, but was transferred into the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 3 Brigade, 1st Division. The Division had been one of the first to arrive in France, fighting at the retreat from Mons to the Marne, where the Germans were stopped. They then fought at the Aisne, and at Chivy, before being moved north to Ypres. Here they fought at the First Battle of Ypres, where they again stopped the German Offensive, before wintering in Flanders. The following year saw them in action again at the Battle of Aubers, before moving South to Loos, where they fought during the Battle of Loos, and the action at the Hohenzollern redoubt. Again they were required for a major offensive, moving south to the Somme, where they fought during the opening of the Somme Offensive at the Battle of Albert. William was wounded on the Somme, and died on 12 September 1916. He is buried at Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

As well as the local men commemorated on the war memorial at Llangloffan, in Granston Churchyard lies the body of an unknown man which was found washed up at Abermawr on 19 January 1916. This man was most likely a casualty from a ship sunk off the Pembrokeshire coast, but we shall probably never know.

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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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