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Llanhowell War Memorial

Llanhowell is a small parish about 4 1/2 miles from St. David's, situated at the base of the St. David's peninsula. The Parish War Memorial is located inside St. Hywel's Church, is in the form of a brass plaque and commemorates one man who fell during the Great War and two brothers who fell during World War Two. There is also a separate memorial inside the church which commemorates two members of the Pringle family, one who fell during WW1 and one during WW2.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

David Henry Griffiths, Driver, 24538, Royal Field Artillery. David was born in 1895, the son of James and Margaret Griffiths, of Treglemais Fach, Llanhowell. He enlisted at Ferndale into the Royal Artillery, and was posted to France with B Battery, 78th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, which was attached to the 17th (Northern) Division. David landed in France on 12 July 1915, and saw action at the Bluff during February 1916. The division fought on the Somme that summer, and the following year fought at Arras and Third Ypres. In March 1918 the Division faced the German Spring Offensive on the Somme, and saw heavy fighting over the coming weeks. It took part in the great advance from August 1918, fighting at the Battle of Havrincourt on 12 September and the Battle of Epehy on 18 September. At the beginning of October the mighty Hindenburg Line was broken, and the 17th Division swept towards Cambrai, fighting at the Battle of Cambrai on 8 October, and then north-east through northern France, towards the old Battlefields of Mons and Le Cateau, during the Pursuit to the Selle and the Battle of the Selle during the middle of October. David was killed towards the end of the war, on 31 October 1918, aged 23. He is buried at Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, Solesmes, France.

Norman Douglas Pringle, Captain, East Yorkshire Regiment. Norman was born on 16 April 1884 at Angelton, Bridgend, the third son of Doctor Henry Turnbull Pringle, and Jessie Isabella Pringle, of Hawtree, Ferndown, Wirnborne. He was educated at Linton House School, and the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. Norman graduated BA on 6 July 1912, and MA on 30 April 1914. Norman was a member of the Oxford University Contingent of the Officer Training Corps prior to 1915, and was gazetted Captain in the 6th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment on 2 February 1915. The battalion was the Pioneer Battalion to the 11th (Northern) Division, and on 1 July 1915 sailed from Avonmouth for Gallipoli via Mudros, and landed at Suvla Bay on 7 August 1915. On the following day, the battalion was ordered to join 32 Brigade, near Chocolate Hill. Norman took command of C Company, and the battalion was order red to attack the Turkish lines at Tekke Tepe. Norman was killed in action during this assault on 10 August 1915. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. Norman is commemorated on an illuminated memorial at Llanhowell Church.

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

John Lamb, Able Seaman, P/JX 218994, Royal Navy. John was the son of William Main Lamb and Mary Ann Lamb (nee Harries), of Bank House, Croesgoch, Letterston. He served with the Royal navy aboard H.M.S. Hollyhock, a Flower-class corvette, which had been launched on 19 August 1940. On 9 April 1942, Hollyhock was east of Ceylon, in the Indian Ocean, when she was bombed and sunk by Japanese naval aircraft, along with the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Hermes, the Australian destroyer H.M.A.S. Vampire and two tankers. John was 25 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated alongside his ship-mates on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

Thomas A. Lamb, Second Engineer, Fishing Fleet. Thomas was the son of William Main Lamb and Mary Ann Lamb (nee Harries), of Bank House, Croesgoch, Letterston. He served with the Fishing Fleet aboard the S.S. Ilfracombe, a Lowestoft registered trawler. Thomas was killed when his trawler was attacked by a German aircraft on 6 September 1940. He was 25 years old, and is buried at Llanhowell (St. Hywel) Churchyard.

Henry Brian Despard Pringle, Flying Officer (Air Bomber), 134724, Royal Air Force. Henry was the son of Kenneth Douglas Pringle, and the nephew of Norman Douglas Pringle. He served as an Air Bomber with 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was equipped with the Lancaster II, based at RAF Witchford. On the night of 27 January 1944, Henry was one of the crew of Lancaster LL668, which took off as part of a large force of 515 Lancasters and 15 Mosquitos, bound for Berlin. German night-fighters and anti-aircraft fire brought down 33 Lancasters during the raid, one of which was LL668. Henry is recorded as having been killed on 28 January 1944, when his Lancaster crashed at Steinberg, on the western fringes of the Frankenwald. He is buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany, alongside his fellow crew-members, W.W. Ryder, G.W. Rawlinge, R.J. Rouse, H.B.D. Pringle, R.J.C. Iles, A.M. Miller, and P. Neil. Henry is also commemorated on an illuminated memorial at St David's Cathedral.

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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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