West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

Pembroke Dock Llanion Cemetery

 

The cemetery is situated on the north side of the A477 trunk road at the entrance to the town, and is owned by the county council. It originally opened in 1869. There are 23 Commonwealth burials of the Great War within the cemetery, including two unidentified sailors of the Royal Navy, and three servicemen who are not presently commemorated by the CWGC. There are a further 51 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war, including four unidentified sailors of the Royal Navy and one unidentified airman of the R.A.F. There are an additional four Foreign National war burials here, one being a Polish pilot, Zdzislaw Bartoszuk, who was killed in August 1952 while making a forced landing at the nearby disused airfield at Carew Cheriton, and Eduard Martare, a Dutch Serviceman who died at Cardiff in 1940. All of the photos were kindly supplied by Les Nixon. (This is not an exhaustive list). To download a PDF sheet of this page with photographs inserted, please follow this link: Pembroke Dock (Llanion Cemetery) War Graves.

 

Pembroke Dock Llanion Cemetery, Pre-WW1 Casualties

 

Lewis Alfred Clark, Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. Lewis was born on 25 September 1887 at Esher, Surry, the son of Louis Alfred Clark and Ellen Alice Clark (nee Punter). He was serving with the Royal Navy prior to 1911, and married Flory that year. Lewis was based at Pembroke Dock, serving as a Stoker aboard HM Submarine E5. HMS E5 was an E class submarine built by Vickers Barrow-in-Furness, which was laid down on 9 June 1911. She had an engine room explosion prior to commissioning, whilst at the entrance to Pembroke Dock on 8 June 1913, which killed an officer and two men, and badly burning a further nine. Lewis was one of the injured men. He died on 13 June 1913, aged 25, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery. There are two conflicting reports of her fate during the war. E5 was sunk with all hands at the Heligoland Bight on 7 March 1916, either by the German Cruiser SMS Strassburg, or by hitting a mine.

 

James Clayton Greenall, Chief Engine Room Artificer, Royal Navy. James was born in 1872 at Wolverhampton, the son of James and Mary Greenall. He was serving with the Royal Navy prior to 1911. James was based at Pembroke Dock, serving as a C.E.R.A. aboard HM Submarine E5. James was killed during the engine room explosion within E5 on 8 June 1913. He was 42 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Alfred Edward Hodges, Stoker, Royal Navy. Alfred was born on 30 December 1891 at Millbrook, St Germans, Cornwall, the son of Alfred Mitchell Hodges and Agnes Anne Hodges. He was serving with the Royal Navy prior to 1911, and was based at Pembroke Dock, serving aboard HMS Leopard, an Avon Class Destroyer. Alfred fell off a ladder while carrying a sack of potatoes and drowned on 1 October 1913, aged 22. He is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Lewis Westrop, Boy, Royal Navy. Lewis was born on 21 December 1895 at Toft Monks, Norfolk, the son of Samuel and Maud Westrop. He had not long entered the Royal Navy, and was serving aboard the battleship HMS Formidable when he died of double pneumonia on 31 August 1913, aged 17. Lewis is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Eldred Wiseman, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Eldred was born on 19 January 1881 at Swancombe, Kent, the son of Thomas and Eleanor Wiseman. He enlisted on 10 July 1899 into the Royal Marine Light Infantry, and by 1911 was serving aboard HMS London, a Formidable Class Battleship. Eldred died at Pembroke Dock on 27 August 1913, aged 33, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

World War One, 1914-1918

 

Henry Arthur Beynon, Private, M/333337, Royal Army Service Corps. Henry was born at Saundersfoot in 1885. He was a butcher prior to the war, and lived with his wife Mary Ann Beynon, at 12, King Street, Pembroke Dock. He enlisted on 26 June 1916 into the army, and was posted to the 970th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Henry saw active service at home and in Mesopotamia during the war. Henry survived the war, but had developed neurasthenia, which took a heavy toll on his health, and died on 1 March 1920, aged 35. Henry is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 147.

 

George William Blake, Able Seaman, 211359, Royal Navy. George was born on 12 November 1883, and was the husband of Ethel Jane Blake, of 42, Clarence Street, Pembroke Dock. He served aboard H.M.T.B. O.45, a 125 foot long torpedo boat, which had been built by Thorneycroft. George died under anaesthetic whilst undergoing a hernia operation on 9 May 1918, aged 34, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 249.

 

Sydney Hodson Brown, Private, Welsh Regiment. Sydney (also spelt Sidney) was born at St. Mary's, Pembroke on 12 March 1886, the son of Thomas and Ellen Brown, of Kingsword House. He had served an apprenticeship with the GWR as a Fitter and Turner at Swindon prior to the war, before enlisting into the Welsh Regiment. Sydney was hospitalised at Carmarthen after the war. He died at Carmarthen Infirmary of pulmonary tuberculosis on 20 August 1919, aged 33. Sydney is buried at Pembroke (Llanion) Cemetery. Sydney is not eligible for commemoration by the CWGC, as his death cannot be proved to be linked to his war service.

 

Wilfred Ernest Caswell, Corporal, 9282, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Wilfred was the son of Henry and Amy Caswell, of 14, Roslin Place, Newtown Road, Malvern, and the husband of Florence Ann Caswell, of 6, King Street East, Pembroke Dock. He was billeted at Pembroke Dock with the 3rd Battalion, KSLI after the war, due to have being medically downgraded after suffering from gas poisoning in France. Wilfred died as a result of being gassed on 10 February 1920. He was 25 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 92.

 

William John Davies, DSM, Shipwright 2nd Class, 344865, Royal Navy. William was born at Pembroke Dock on 30 November 1887, and was the husband of Mary E. Davies, of 2, Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock. He was a Shipwright in the Royal Navy, and served aboard HMS Lancaster. She was a Monmouth Class armoured cruiser, and had served for the duration of the war, being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He died of influenza and pneumonia on 26 February 1919 aged 36, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 183.

 

Alfred Ernest How, Petty Officer Stoker, K/3435, Royal Navy. Alfred was born on 18 August 1886, and was the husband of Florence How, of 9, Ruskin Road, Howe, Sussex. He served with the Royal Navy aboard H.M.S. Wisteria, which was an Arabis class minesweeping sloop. Alfred was accidentally drowned through the capsizing of a boat on 27 December 1919, aged 33, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 161.

 

Thomas Johnson, Deck Hand, 694/DA, Royal Naval Reserve. Thomas was born at Pembroke Dock in 1866, the son of Lucy Johnson. He served during the war with the Royal Naval Reserve. After the armistice, Thomas was serving at HMS Victory. He died at Pembroke Dock on 10 March 1919, aged 52. He is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 198.

 

Frederick James Jones, Gunner, 371305, Royal Garrison Artillery. Frederick was the son of Evan and Sarah Jones, of Mead Lodge Farm, Pembroke Dock. He had served during the war with 238th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, which had originally moved to France on 22 December 1916. At some time during the latter stages of the war, Frederick was incapacitated by gas, probably as a result of German gas shells. He returned home for treatment, but died of pneumonia as a result of his wounds on 27 December 1918. He was 21 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. P. 376.

 

George William Jones, Leading Seaman, 206942, Royal Navy. George was born on 23 January 1883, the son of Thomas Jones, of 295, South Taylor Street, South Shields. He enlisted into the Royal Navy in January 1901, and had served throughout the war prior to being posted to H.M.S. Pembroke, the Royal naval depot at Chatham. George died of cancer on 25 December 1919, aged 36, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 160.

 

John Kelly, Sergeant, 18442, Royal Garrison Artillery. John was possibly born in Malta in 1895. He served throughout the war with the Royal Garrison Artillery. John survived the war, but died within weeks of the armistice, on 1 December 1918, aged 23. He was buried on 5 December at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Section V, Grave 27. John is not commemorated by the CWGC, so nothing more is currently known about him.

 

Harry Ernest Lambert, Warrant Wardmaster, Royal Navy. Harry was born at Winchester in 1870, the son of Robert and Sarah Jane Lambert. He resided with his wife Emily Lambert, at 33, Park Street, Pembroke Dock, where he served as Warrant Wardmaster at Pembroke Dock Royal Naval Hospital. Harry died after the end of the war, on 17 December 1919. He was 49 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in grave ref. Q. 133.

 

Ernest Arthur Ley, Able Seaman, 221764, Royal Navy. Ernest was born on 13 November 1886, the son of George and Alice Ley, of Maldon, Essex, and he was the husband of Bessie Ley (nee Dykes), of 8, Spezia Road, Harlesden, London. He served with the Royal Navy aboard H.M.S. Kilfullert, which was a sloop, which had been launched on 15 March 1918. Ernest died of pneumonia while the ship was stationed at Pembroke Dock on 21 November 1918. He was 31 years old and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 226.

 

Francis William John Patterson, Artificer Engineer, Royal Navy. Francis was born at Newcastle in 1879, and had served in the Royal Navy for several years prior to the war, mainly at Pembroke Dock. On 22 January 1916 Francis was posted aboard the Invincible Class Battlecruiser H.M.S. Indomitable. She had an interesting war, taking part in the Battle of Dogger Bank and the Battle of Jutland, and in 1919 was part of the Nore Reserve at Pembroke Dock. Francis had been awarded the French Medaille Militaire for his good work during the Battle of Jutland. He was one of five men who drowned when a boat from the R.F.A. Frangcol capsized at Pembroke Dock on 27 December 1919, because of an incident when Francis was attacked by another sailor. His body was washed ashore on 20 January 1920 and he was buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. V. 33. He was 41 years old.

 

William Richards, Petty Officer Stoker, K/4163, Royal Navy. William was born on 18 November 1890, the son of Edmund Maline Richards and Susan Richards, of 2, Oak Villas, West End, Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake, Surrey. He served aboard HMS P.60, which was another of the Milford based Q-Ships, and died when a depth charge exploded whilst P60 was attacking a German submarine on 4 January 1918. William was 27 years old and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Patrick Ronayne, Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. Patrick was the son of Patrick and Mary Ronayne, of Rathcoursey, Middleton, Co. Cork. He served with the Mercantile Marine aboard the R.F.A. Francol. Patrick was one of five men drowned when their boat capsized at Pembroke Dock on 27 December 1919. He was 27 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. V. 31.

 

Charles Sheeran, Greaser, Mercantile Marine. Charles was the son of John and Sarah Sheeran, of 35, Back West End, Bangor, Caernarvonshire. He had served in the army prior to 1908, then joined the Mercantile Marine. He served with the Mercantile Marine aboard the R.F.A. Francol. Charles was one of five men drowned when their boat capsized at Pembroke Dock on 27 December 1919. He was 31 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. V. 37.

 

Edwin James Wedlock Stuart, Petty Officer 2nd Class, 115385, Royal Navy. Edwin was born on 15 August 1865, and was the husband of Agnes Stuart, of 2, Morice Square, Devonport. He had served in the Royal Navy for many years prior to the war, before being based at H.M.S. Vivid. Edwin died of disease at Pembroke Dock on 5 July 1915, aged 49, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. R. 309.

 

William Arthur Sullivan, Petty Officer Stoker, 154570, Royal Navy. William was born on 9 July 1870, the son of Arthur and Louisa Sullivan. He was the husband of Lucy Sullivan, of 40, Mount Street, Devonport, and served with the Royal Navy, aboard H.M. Motor Lighter Beaker. William was killed on active service on 15 April 1918, aged 45, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 236.

 

Robert Swankie, Deck Hand, 4601/SD, Royal Naval Reserve. Robert was born at Auchmithie on 13 March 1880. He had served in the Royal Navy prior to the war, and rejoined the Royal Naval Reserve, being posted aboard H.M.S. Fifinella. Robert drowned at Pembroke Dock on 5 April 1919, aged 40, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 184.

 

Thomas Umphray, Leading Seaman, 4813/B, Royal Naval Reserve. Thomas was born on 27 June 1884, the son of Thomas and Isabella Umphray, of Ladysmith, Scalloway, Shetland. He served with the Royal Naval Reserve aboard H.M. Yacht Jeannette. Thomas died of sickness at Pembroke Dock on 20 November 1915, aged 31, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. P. 428.

 

Joseph Wadou, Matelot, French Navy. Joseph was just 22 years old when he died at Pembroke Military Hospital on 29 September 1918. He is buried in Pembroke (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

George Wildig, DCM, Lieutenant, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. George was born at Cork, Ireland, the son of Major George Wildig, of the KSLI. He came to Pembroke Dock with his father in 1904, and was educated at the County School. After leaving school, George followed in his father’s footsteps, and enlisted into the 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, which was attached to 16 Brigade, 6th Division. On 10 September 1914 the Division landed at St Nazaire and proceeded to the Western Front, and arrived in time to reinforce the hard-pressed BEF on the Aisne, before the whole army was moved north into Flanders. Here they took part in the Action of Hooge during June, 1915, and in 1916 moved to the Somme, where the Division fought at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Battle of Morval and the Battle of Le Transloy. George was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal while serving with them in France, his award being listed in the London Gazette of 11 January 1916. He was then commissioned, and married Elsie Mary Vaughan whilst on leave in the summer of 1916. George served for the rest of the war as a Lieutenant with the 161st Training Battalion. He died in hospital at Birmingham on 6 November 1918, aged 26. George was buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery on Armistice Day, in Grave Ref. V. 2.

 

Ernest Evan Williams, Private, 372305, Royal Army Medical Corps. Ernest was the son of Evan and Mary Ann Williams, of 49, South Park Street, Pembroke Dock. He worked as a Schoolmaster at Pembroke Dock prior to the war. Ernest enlisted at Cardiff on 25 October 1915 into the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was attached to the 3rd Western General Hospital at Cardiff. By 21 May 1917 Ernest had become too ill to work, and was struck off the strength of the RAMC, his papers showing that he had caught an infection during his service. Ernest was treated in a Sanatorium for the next year, sadly dying of pulmonary tuberculosis on 23 June 1918, at Newport Hospital, Gwent. Ernest was 26 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery. Ernest was accepted for commemoration by the CWGC on Saturday 26 April 2014.

 

Eric Gordon Woodford, Seaman, 2061/X, Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve. Eric was born on 13 June 1896, the son of Timothy and Lucy Woodford, of Herring Neck, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. He served with the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, and had been posted to H.M.S. Idaho, the shore establishment at Milford Haven. Eric died of phthisis at Pembroke Dock on 28 June 1917, aged 21, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. U. 35.

 

James Young, Chief Stoker, 278467, Royal Navy. James was born on 20 October 1875. He had served with the Royal Navy for many years prior to the war, before being posted to the Janus class destroyer H.M.S. Porcupine. James died while Porcupine was based at Pembroke Dock on 20 June 1918. He was 43 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Q. 79.

 

Mid War

 

William Noble Plenderleith, Wing Commander, Royal Air Force. William was born in Lasswade, Midlothian on 30 April 1899, the son of William and Margaret Plenderleith. He had been commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1918, and had famously taken part in an attempt to circumnavigate the earth in 1924, but the venture failed when the men were forced to make a sea landing, and beached the aircraft. He married Dorothy Passmore in Middlesex on 31 July 1926. Prior to the war William became the Commanding Officer of 210 Squadron, RAF, which was based at Pembroke Dock. William collapsed and died while on duty on 9 December 1938. He was 39 years old, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

Henry George Baker, Leading Aircraftman, 1404455, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Henry was the son of Henry and Rachael Baker, of Pembroke Dock, and served with the Royal Air Force. Little else is known of Henry, but he died on 14 April 1947, aged 25, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Edward Bastable, Chief Petty Officer, P/JX 127305, Royal Navy. Edward was a regular Royal Naval officer. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Edward is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 128.

 

Kenneth Lewis Bittle, Marine, RME/10972, Royal Marine Engineers. Kenneth was the son of William John and Minnie M. Bittle, of Pembroke Dock. Little else is known of him, but he served with the Royal Marine Engineers, and died on 10 June 1943, aged 23. Kenneth was buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Gordon William Brant, Pilot Officer (Pilot), 40598, Royal Air Force. Gordon was the son of The Revd. William John Brant and May Elizabeth Brant, of The Rectory, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. He served as a Pilot with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. Gordon was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Gordon was 23 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Grave 224.

 

Herbert Henry Carter, Lance Corporal, 4185856, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Herbert was the son of James Henry and Elizabeth Carter, and the husband of Constance Ivy Carter, of Pembroke Dock. He was a regular soldier, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, when he died on 13 April 1940, aged 33. Herbert is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

David Frank Crow, MID, Petty Officer, P/J 109258, Royal Navy. David was the son of Walter and Annie Maria Crow, and the husband of Rosalie Alice Crow, of Bournemouth, Hampshire. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. David was 36 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 151.

 

Thomas Ivor Davies, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), 34103, Royal Air Force. Thomas was the son of Benjamin Egerton Davies and Elsie Davies, of Clifton, Bristol. He served as a Pilot with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. Thomas was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Thomas was 23 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Grave 228.

 

Frederick William Oliver Dunn, Corporal, 511852, Royal Air Force. Frederick was the son of William Robert Henry and Emily Jane Dunn, and the husband of Irene Mildred Dunn, of Pembroke Dock. He was killed at 4, Gwyther Street, Pembroke Dock during an air raid on 12 May 1941, alongside his Grandmother. Frederick was 29 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Jack Evans, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 291531, Royal Navy. Jack was the son of Percy Richard and Matilda A. Evans of Southampton, and the husband of Doris Lilian Evans, of Hamworthy, Poole, Dorsetshire. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Jack was 32 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 126.

 

Ronald Wesley Ewens, Corporal, 563456, Royal Air Force. Ronald served with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. He was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Ronald is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Grave 225.

 

David Leonard Finch, Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, P/MX 61620, Royal Navy. David was the son of William and Alice Mary Finch, of Sidcup, Kent. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. David was 24 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 127.

 

Reginald John Flux, Ordinary Seaman, P/SSX 35585, Royal Navy. Reginald was the son of Arthur Charles and Emily Flux, of Romsey, Hampshire. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Reginald was 18 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 152.

 

Gordon James Gould, Sergeant, 1785, Royal Australian Air Force. Gordon was the son of Frederick James Gould and Maude Elizabeth Gould of Alphington, Victoria, Australia, and the husband of Doris Gould, of Bairnsdale, Victoria. He served with 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, and was based at RAF Pembroke Dock. Gordon was killed during an air raid at Pembroke Dock while on marriage leave on 11 June 1941, while his wife was slightly injured. He was 27 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 198.

 

Edward Albert Harding, Supply Assistant, P/MX 81237, Royal Navy. Edward was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. He is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 139.

 

Victor Charles Anthony Harper, Chief Engine Room Artificer, P/MX 22618, Royal Navy. Victor was the son of William and Bessie Harper; husband of Theresa Dorothy Harper, of Hilsea, Portsmouth. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Victor was buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 125.

 

Noel Raymond Allenby Hawthorne, Sergeant, 745962, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Noel was the son of George W. Hawthorne and Irene Hawthorne, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He served as an Observer with the Royal Air Force. Noel and his Pilot, Terence Pascoe, were both killed in an air crash on 28 June 1940. Noel was 23 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 193.

 

John Hemingway, Able Seaman, P/JX 264148, Royal Navy. John was the son of James and Mary Ann Hemingway. of Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He served with the Royal Navy aboard H.M.L.C.T. 2309, a Landing Craft (Tank). John died on 3 October 1943, aged 30, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 112.

 

John Henderson, Petty Officer Supply, P/MX 55389, Royal Navy. John was the son of David and Elizabeth Henderson, and the husband of Isobel Henderson, of Dunfermline, Fife. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. John was 23 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 141.

 

Albert Norman Hick, Squadron Leader, 127, Royal Australian Air Force. Albert was the son of Albert William and Emma Jane Hick, and the husband of Jessie Eileen Hick, of Netherby, South Australia. He was killed when his Short Sunderland, Serial P9603, crashed at Pembroke Dock on 27 June 1941. He was 27 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 77.

 

Thomas George Humphreys, Trooper, 7933287, Royal Armoured Corps. Thomas was the son of William George and Elizabeth Humphreys, of Pembroke Dock, and the husband of Dorothy Mary Humphreys, of Paulsgrove, Portsmouth. He had served during the war with the Royal Armoured Corps, but died after the war, aged 35, on 11 September 1946. Thomas is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Gordon Eric P. Johnson, Chief Ordnance Artificer, P/MX 51468, Royal Navy. Gordon was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Johnson, of Earley, Berkshire. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Gordon was 27 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 154.

 

Thomas Lineton, Private, 4032085, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Thomas was the son of Tom and Alice Lineton, and the husband of Alice Lilian Lineton, of Pembroke Dock. He had served during the war with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, and died after the end of hostilities, on 29 December 1945. Thomas was 35 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

David Vincent Malpass, Sergeant, 564042, Royal Air Force. David was the son of James Power Malpass and Catherine Maud Malpass, and the husband of Irene Constance Phelps Malpass, of Pembroke. He served as an Observer with 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a bomber unit, equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. On 13 July 1940 David was flying in a navigational exercise aboard Blenheim IV, Serial R3597, when it struck a tree and crashed in Bedfordshire, killing all three crew members. David was 26 years old when he died that day, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Eduard Martare. Eduard was a Dutch serviceman, who had been born in Holland on 21 March 1904. He died at Cardiff on 26 July 1940, aged 36, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Thomas Gwyn James Mathias, Lieutenant (E), Royal Navy. Thomas was from Pembroke Dock, and was the adopted son of Thomas Lloyd Mathias R.C.N.C. and Frances Ann Mathias, of Combe Down, Bath, Somerset. He served with the Royal Navy at HMS President, a naval gunnery school. Thomas died on 23 October 1940, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Thomas A. Montgomery, Able Seaman, P/ED/X 1615, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Thomas was the son of William and Rebecca Agnes Montgomery, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Thomas was 21 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 138.

 

William Henry Morgan, Private, 32609, South Wales Borderers. William was the son of William Henry and Phoebe Morgan, and the husband of Laura Winifred Morgan, of Pembroke Dock. He served with the 30th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, on home service. William died on active service on 1 February 1943. He was 45 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Jack Moss, Aircraftman 2nd Class, 570205, Royal Air Force. Jack was the son of Thomas and Rosehannah Moss, and the nephew of Ida Mary Moss, of Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire. He served as a Wireless Operator with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. Jack was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Jack was 18 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Grave 227.

 

Michael Murphy, Aircraftman 1st Class, 518041, Royal Air Force. Michael was the son of Jeoffery and Sarah Murphy, of Waterford Irish Republic. He served with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. Gordon was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Michael was 24 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. V. Grave 101.

 

Ernest Edward Needs, Corporal, 1740075, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Ernest was the son of Henry and Letitia Needs, and the husband of Alice Kathleen Needs, of Herne Bay, Kent. He had served throughout the war, but died at RAF Pembroke Dock on 11 June 1946, aged 60. Ernest is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 180.

 

Frederick Henry Nixon, Able Seaman, P/JX 153271, Royal Navy. Frederick was the son of Francis Sidney and Annie Nixon, of Kildare, Irish Republic. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Frederick was 26 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 155.

 

Alexander Overton, Shipwright 4th Class, P/MX 72090, Royal Navy. Alexander was the son of James and Annie Elsie Overton, of South Shields, Co. Durham, and the husband of Mary Isabella Overton, of South Shields. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Alexander was 33 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 156.

 

Terence George Jackson Pascoe, Sergeant (Pilot), 526360, Royal Air Force. Noel was the son of George Bradfield Pascoe and Florence Pascoe, of Seapoint, Cape Town, South Africa. Terence served as a Pilot with the Royal Air Force. Both Terence and his Observer, Noel Hawthorne, were both killed in an air crash on 28 June 1940. Terence was 25 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 194.

 

John Stephen Power, Sapper, 1877408, Royal Engineers. John was the son of Mr and Mrs Power, of 26, Brewery Street, Pembroke Dock. He served with the Royal Engineers, and was based at Portsmouth. John died in an air raid at Portsmouth on 10 October 1940, aged 19, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Norman Jack Rolfe, Sergeant (Pilot), 1377013, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Norman was the son of William Norman and Amy Rolfe, and the husband of Marjory Eileen Rolfe, of Ramsgate, Kent. He served as a Pilot with 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command Squadron, equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. Norman was killed when his Blenheim crashed on 5 March 1942. He was 29 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 179.

 

Edgar Ernest Rooke, Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, P/MX 59253, Royal Navy. Edgar was the son of Edgar R. Rooke and Sarah Emma Rooke, of Bembridge, Isle of Wight. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Edgar was 26 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 153.

 

Ronald Bruce Scutts, Flying Officer, 836, Royal Australian Air Force. Ronald was the son of Henry Albert and Anna Scutts, of Dulwich Hill New South Wales, Australia. He was killed when his Short Sunderland, Serial P9603, crashed at Pembroke Dock on 27 June 1941. Ronald was 23 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist Grave 176.

 

Charles Eric Shambrook, Private, 4032431, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Charles was born at Newport, Gwent, but had moved to Leominster prior to the war. He served with the 1st Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Charles fought in France and Belgium during the retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940, before the 1st KSLI was evacuated from Dunkirk. He died in Yorkshire on 7 December 1940, aged 22. Charles was buried on 16 December at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 180.

 

Charles Arthur Simmonds, Canteen Manager, Navy Army and Air Force Institute. Charles served for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institution, better known as the NAAFI, aboard H.M.S. Puckeridge. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Charles was buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. X. C. of E. Grave 129.

 

Ernest Edgar Smith, Able Seaman, P/JX 131091, Royal Navy. Ernest was the son of Frederick and Annie Smith, and the husband of Nellie Smith, of Copnor, Hampshire. He was serving aboard the destroyer H.M.S. Puckeridge when she was attacked by German aircraft off the Welsh coast on 13 December 1941, and was one of 18 men killed aboard her that day. Ernest was 30 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec X. C. of E. Grave 140.

 

Robert Stiven, Squadron Leader, 17151, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Robert was the son of Robert and Margaret Stiven, and the husband of Dorothy Stiven, of Bray, Co. Wicklow, Irish Republic. He had served in the Indian Army for several years prior to being posted to the Royal Air Force, rising to the rank of Squadron Leader. Robert died on 1 December 1944, aged 46, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Plot T. Grave 108.

 

Gordon William Sutton, Pilot officer, 40647, Royal Air Force. Gordon was the son of Alfred James Sutton and Mabel Alice Sutton, of Ararimu, Auckland, New Zealand. He served as a Pilot with 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a Coastal Command unit, flying the Short Sunderland from Pembroke Dock. Gordon was among nine men killed on 18 September 1939, when their Sunderland, Serial L2165, crashed at the mouth of the Haven, when returning from an Atlantic patrol. Gordon was 26 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Grave 266.

 

Talfryn Thomas, Private, 6299566, Royal Army Pay Corps. Talfryn was the son of Thomas Daniel and Mary Thomas, and the husband of Winifred Anne Thomas, of Pembroke Dock. He was a Schoolmaster prior to the war, then served with the Royal Army Pay Corps. Talfryn died on 29 October 1947, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

William Edwin Thomas, Chief Shipwright, P/MX. 53289, Royal Navy. William was the son of David and Jane Thomas, of Pembroke Dock, and the husband of Mary Ann Thomas, of Pembroke Dock. He served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Penelope, an Arethusa Class Light Cruiser. She saw service in the Mediterranean during the war, and on 18 February 1944, Penelope was leaving Naples to return to the Anzio area when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-410 and sank. 415 of the crew, including the captain, went down with the ship, but there were 206 survivors. William survived the war, but died as a result on 19 April 1946. He was 56 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Leonard E. S. Waymouth,  Bombardier, 864266, Royal Artillery. Leonard was the son of George Frederick and Florance May Waymouth, of Bufferland, Pembroke Dock. He served during the war with 9 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. The Regiment fought in Burma with the 20th Indian Division, but Leonard died before embarking overseas, on 7 September 1941. He was 22 years old, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Arthur Williams, Pilot Officer (Pilot), J/4560, Royal Canadian Air Force. Arthur was the son of Fred and Ellen Williams of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was a Pilot with the famous 74 (Tiger) Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire. The squadron had fought over France during the retreat to Dunkirk, and then fought in the Battle of Britain, before briefly moving to locations around West Wales on convoy escort duties. Arthur was killed on 26 November 1941, aged 25, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in Grave Ref. Sec. T. Non-Conformist. Grave 178.

 

Eric Llewellyn Williams, Pilot Officer (Air Bomber), 118605, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Eric was the son of David and M. Gwen Williams, Pembroke Dock, and was educated at Pembroke Dock Grammar School. He died on 15 June 1942, aged 23, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery.

 

Post WW2 Casualties

 

Anthony William Priestly Dearden, Leading Aircraftman, 4025685, Royal Air Force. Anthony was born on 11 May 1921. He had served during WW2 with the Royal Air Force, and after the war was based at RAF Pembroke Dock. He died there on 15 January 1949, aged 27, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, in grave ref. T.181.

 

Eric Arthur Flowers, Warrant Officer, 365850, Royal Air Force. Eric was born at Portsmouth on 26 September 1909, the son of George and Alice Flowers. He was stationed at RAF Pembroke Dock. He died on 24 February 1955, aged 45, and is buried at Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery in Grave Ref. X. 104.

 

Basil Lancelot Green, Squadron Leader, 44513, Royal Air Force. Basil was born in Yorkshire on 9 October 1902, the son of Alfred and Frances Green. He was living in Pembrokeshire by 1934, and married Sylvia Rosina Morris in 1934. He had served during WW2 and was stationed at RAF Pembroke Dock. He died on 21 June 1952, aged 49, and is  buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery in Grave Ref. 5. 305.

 

Norman Frederick Grinham, Flight Lieutenant, 172622, Royal Air Force. Norman was born in Wandsworth on 17 August 1921, the son of James and Margaret Grinham. He had served during WW2, and was stationed at RAF Pembroke Dock. He was killed while flying aboard a Short Sunderland, Serial NJ267, of 201 Squadron, which crashed in the Haven on 3 March 1954, killing seven of its crew. Norman was 32 years old, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery in Grave Ref. X. 117.

 

William Riddoch MacLaren, Flight Lieutenant, 500773, Royal Air Force. William was born on 26 April 1920, and had served with the Royal Navy during the war, before joining the RAF, and was stationed at RAF Pembroke Dock. He was killed while flying aboard a Short Sunderland, Serial NJ267, of 201 Squadron, which crashed in the Haven on 3 March 1954, killing seven of its crew. William was 33 years old, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery in Grave Ref. X. 117.

 

John Swanson, Junior Technician, 4144135, Royal Air Force. John was born on 3 May 1934, and was stationed at RAF Pembroke Dock. He died on 3 July 1955, aged 21, and is buried in Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery in Grave Ref. X. 91.

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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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