West Wales War Memorial Project
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Moylgrove War Memorial

Moylgrove is a village in north Pembrokeshire, about four miles west of Cardigan and St Dogmaels on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, in the valley of Nant Ceibwr, about a mile from its outlet into the Irish Sea. The men of the parish who fell during both world wars are commemorated on a slate plaque which is located in the grounds of Moylgrove Church.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

John Griffiths, Private, 15877, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. John was probably born at Monington, near Moylgrove in 1879. He enlisted at Aberavon into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. John probably served in France with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers from 1916 onwards. The battalion was attached to 22 Brigade, 7th Division, and took part in the Somme offensive during the summer of 1916. John took ill at some time and was invalided home, dying on 10 February 1917. He is buried in Moylgrove (St. Andrew) Churchyard.

Thomas Owen, Private, 201699, Welsh Regiment. Thomas was the son of David and Jane Owen, of Tynewydd, Moylgrove. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the 4th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, which was a Territorial Battalion, forming part of the South Wales Brigade. On 17 April 1915 the Battalion was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, and was sent to Gallipoli, arriving there on 9 August 1915. They gave a good account of themselves on Gallipoli, but when the blizzard of November 1915 hit the Peninsula, the Battalion suffered terrible casualties, necessitating their having to merge temporarily with the 1/5th Welsh, forming the 4/5th Composite Battalion. The Division were evacuated soon after, arriving in Egypt on 23 December that year. For the next eight months the Division guarded the Suez Canal, before moving to Palestine, fighting in the Sinai Desert, and taking part in the First Battle of Gaza in 1917. Thomas was killed in Action during the First Battle of Gaza, on 26 March 1917, aged 38 and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial.

David Christmas Phillips, Private, 36961, Gloucester Regiment. David was the son of David and Rachael Phillips, of Fron, Moylegrove. He enlisted at Cardigan, eventually joining the 10th Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment. On 8 August 1915 the Battalion landed in France as part of the 26th Division, and just nine days later moved into 1 Brigade, 1st Division. The Division fought at the Battle of Loos, before moving to the Somme, fighting in most of the battles which made up the Somme Offensive of 1916. In 1917 they moved to Flanders, and fought at the Second Battle of Passchendaele, where David was unfortunately killed in Action, on 30 September 1917 aged only 20. He is buried in Buffs Road Cemetery, near Ypres.

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

Daniel James, Second Engineer, Canadian Merchant Navy. Daniel was the husband of Mary Hanna James, of Cwmbach, Moylgrove. He served with the Canadian Merchant Navy aboard the M.V. Montrolite, a Montreal registered oil tanker. On 4 February 1942 Montrolite was en route from Trinidad to Halifax when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-109. Some of the crew managed to get into lifeboats to escape the burning ship, but two of the lifeboats were lost. Daniel was among the men lost in the sinking. He was 46 years old and is commemorated on the Halifax Memorial, Canada.

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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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