West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery

 

Pembroke Dock is home to the only Military Cemetery in Wales. Situated in the area of the town known as Llanion, the cemetery opened in about 1860 for burials connected with The Royal Dockyard. It was handed over to the military authorities in 1865 for use by military personnel based in the garrison town. There are over fifty known pre WW1 military burials within the cemetery, including members of soldier’s families who died whilst the men were stationed locally. Forty graves of men of the Great War are located in the cemetery, together with thirty-three burials from World War Two. The World War Two burials include seventeen servicemen killed on 28 April 1942, during a mine disposal course at the Defensible Barracks. Four of the graves are of Australian airmen who were killed on 19 July 1942 when their Wellington aircraft crashed at Milford Docks. Last to be buried here was Second Lieutenant A. H. Baxter who was killed on 2 February 1955. The cemetery is currently closed to the public due to subsidence, which will require the exhumation of the graves of Private J O’Brien, Private J McGuiness, Gunner William Henry Hurley, Private F Ryan, Private Charles Joseph Duffy, and Private E Sullivan, for reburial elsewhere in the cemetery. This section of the website is split into several pages, Pre WW1 Graves, WW1 Graves and WW2 Graves. There are also several graves within the cemetery of men who died at Pembroke Dock between the World Wars. These men, and Lieutenant Baxter, are shown on this page. This is not an exhaustive survey of the cemetery. To download a PDF sheet of this page with photographs inserted, please follow this link: Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Pre World War One Burials

 

There are a wide range of burials within the Military Cemetery, of soldiers and sailors who fell in the years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. Many of the men billeted locally also had their families living with them, and several of these men’s wives and children are buried within the cemetery. This page contains details of some of these men who I have been able to identify from the photographs of the headstones, which have been kindly supplied by Dai Phillips. There are several headstones which are illegible through these photographs, so I have omitted these. They will be added if identification becomes possible at some time.

 

Ernest John Atkin, Gunner, Royal Artillery. Ernest was born in Louth, Lincolnshire in 1879, the son of Allan and Elizabeth Atkin. He was a labourer and served in the Militia prior to enlisting at Scarborough on 22 February 1897 into the Royal Artillery. He was posted to Pembrokeshire as a gunner with the 8th Company, Welsh Division, Royal Artillery. Ernest drowned at Milford on 14 July 1897, aged 18, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Thomas Bailey, Band Master. Thomas died in November 1884, aged 44, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Barnwell, Gunner, Royal Artillery. George was born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire in 1851. He served as a gunner with No 2 Battery, 8th Brigade, Royal Artillery. He died on 26 March 1878, aged 27, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery in the same grave as John Barratt (below).

 

John Barratt, Gunner, Royal Artillery. John was born in 1856. He served as a gunner with No 2 Battery, 8th Brigade, Royal Artillery. He died on 26 May 1878, aged 22, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery in the same grave as George Barnwell (above).

 

James Bartram, Private, Light Infantry. James was born in St. Martin’s, Middlesex in 1851, and served with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Light Infantry. He died on 9 May 1871, aged 20, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Alfred William Baylis, Boatswain, Royal Navy. Alfred was born in Malvern in 1854, and had served in the Royal Navy for many years. He served aboard the iron clad battleship HMS Neptune. On 8 May 1888, Neptune was off St Anne’s Head when she collided with the schooner Lunesdale, breaking a mast, while en route to join the 1st Class Reserve at Holyhead. Alfred was the only man killed when the mast hit the deck on 8 May 1888. He was 34 years old and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Edward Boyle, Private, Royal Marines. Edward was serving with the 62nd Regiment, Royal Marines, when he died on 29 March 1866, aged 29. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Henry Broom, Private, 66th Regiment. Henry was serving with the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot when he died on 9 January 1868, aged 38. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. His 13 month old son Henry died later that year, and is buried with him.

 

William Brown, Corporal, 6th Regiment. William served with the 2nd Battalion, 6th (Warwickshire) Regiment. He died on 4 June 1870, aged 31. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Charles Clarke, Armourer Sergeant, 37th Regiment. Charles served with the 37th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot. He died on 1 November 1879, aged 30. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

John Connor, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. John served with the 44th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died on 3 August 1910, aged 28, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Dunsmure, Lieutenant, 36th Regiment. George was the son of George and Elizabeth Dunsmure, of Edinburgh. He served with the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. He died at Pembroke Dock on 24 June 1878, aged 25, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

John Edwards, Gunner, Royal Artillery. John served with No 2 Company, Welsh Division, Royal Artillery. He died on 18 September 1898, aged 27, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Frederick Evans, Private, 58th Regiment. Frederick served with the 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot. He died on 23 December 1867, aged 28, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

John Farrell, Private, 41st Regiment. John served with the 41st (The Welsh) Regiment of Foot. He died at Fort Hubberston on 4 December 1873, aged 26, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

William Grant, Colour Sergeant, 47th Regiment. William served with the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot. He had married Mary Ann Brennan while his regiment was on duty in Ireland, and the couple had a daughter, Jane. William died on 20 January 1869, aged 36, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. His infant daughter, Jane, died on 19 February 1867, aged 11 months, and is buried with William.

 

Francis Hand, Private, 47th Regiment. Francis served with the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot. He died in February 1869, aged 33. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Patrick Heaphey, Private, Light Infantry. Patrick served with the 2nd Battalion, 13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot. He died on 21 February 1871, aged 16, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Henry Heasty, Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery. Henry was from Drummond, Armagh, Ireland, and had served in the Royal Marine Artillery for many years, before being posted to Pembroke Dock. He died on 5 February 1882, aged 45, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Louis Horrill, Lance Corporal, Welsh Regiment. Louis was born at Exeter in 1869, the son of George and Jane Horrill. He was 42 years old when he died at Pembroke Dock on 23 September 1911, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Richard Herbert I’Anson, Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Richard was the son of John and Grace I’Anson, of 34, Spencer Street, Hull. He served with the 44th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, and had married Mary Wadey whilst based at Plymouth in 1904. He died at Pembroke on 22 May 1909, aged 30, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. His brother George died on 18 August 1915 from wounds suffered at Gallipoli whilst serving with the Royal Marines.

 

Thomas Ireland, Sergeant Major, Royal Artillery. Thomas was born in Loughborough on 30 April 1811. He was an army pensioner, living with his wife Sarah Ireland at 24, Waterloo, when he died at Pembroke Dock on 2 December 1881, aged 70, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Henry Shawe Jones, Captain, 33rd Regiment. Henry was from Meath, Ireland. He had originally served as an Ensign with the 84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot, before having various spells with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot, the 33rd (The Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment of Foot, and also with the Royal Westmoreland Militia. He died at Devonport on 9 March 1867, aged 64, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

John Lewis, Private, Welsh Regiment. John served with B Company of the 1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment at Pembroke Dock. He died on 31 May 1894, aged 25, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Thomas McDougal, Gunner, Royal Artillery. Thomas was serving with B Company, Welsh Division, Royal Artillery, when he died at Pembroke Dock on 1 May 1896, aged 36. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

James Mitchell, Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers. James served with B Company of the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. He died at Pembroke Dock on 12 March 1885, aged 31, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

J. Mogall, Master Gunner, Royal Artillery. This man served with the Welsh Division, Royal Artillery, and died on 26 October 1903. Nothing more can be traced of him, but he is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Isaac Moore, Colonel, 13th Depot Battalion. Isaac had been a long serving soldier, and was commanding the 13th Depot Battalion at Pembroke Dock when he died of apoplexy while dressing for a parade on 14 October 1868, aged 68 (The death index shows 58). He was buried with full military honours in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. Colonel W L Stewart then assumed command.

 

James Moran, Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. James served with the Carmarthen Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He had lived at Carmarthen Barracks for several years, with his wife and child. He died after a short spell of hospital in Pembroke Dock on 26 September 1904, aged 39, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Charles Mortiboys, Private, Welsh Regiment. George was the son of Thomas and Leah Mortiboys, of 37, St Francis Street, Aston. He was officially 18 years old when he died at Pembroke Dock on 7 May 1910, although he appears to have been just fifteen years old. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Peter Mulready, Private, Royal Marines Light Infantry. Peter was from Westmeath, Ireland. He was 23 years old when he joined the Royal Marines at Woolwich in 1865. Peter was serving aboard HMS Revenge when he died on 27 January 1868, aged 24. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

William Myhill, Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. William served with No 25 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died on 6 December 1903, aged 41, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

James Orr, Colour Sergeant, 47th Regiment. James served with the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot. He died at Pembroke Dock on 4 July 1868, aged 31, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

James Burrell Rixham, Gunner, Royal Artillery. James was born in Winlaton, Durham in 1853, the son of Jane Rixham. He enlisted at North Shields on 12 March 1874 into the Royal Artillery, and served in China and at Gibraltar over the following years. He then served with No 7 Company, Western Division, Royal Artillery, and was based at Fort Popton, Angle. He died of cirrhosis at Pembroke Dock on 4 December 1893, aged 40, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Robert Roberts, Private, 23rd Regiment. Robert was born on 7 October 1860. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, the 23rd Regiment. He died at Pembroke Dock on 25 November 1882, of enteric fever contracted on active service in Egypt. He was 22 years old, and and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

William Robinson, Quartermaster, 36th Regiment. William served as the Quartermaster of the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. He died at Pembroke Dock on 24 March 1878, aged 38, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

John Roche, Private, Light Infantry. John had been born in 1856, and served with the 13th Light Infantry Regiment. He died at Pembroke Dock in 1871, aged 15, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Frank Rusgrove, Smith Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Frank was the son of Albert and Sarah Rusgrove, of Smethwick. He served with No 44 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died at Pembroke Dock on 4 March 1909, aged 25, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Frederick Selwood, Private, Wiltshire Regiment. Frederick was the son of Richard and Susannah Selwood, of Shaw, Wiltshire. He served with C Company, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. He died at Pembroke Dock on 16 December 1906, aged 33, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Henry James Shaw, Gunner, Royal Artillery. Henry served with the Portsmouth Division, Royal Artillery. He died at Pembroke Dock on 4 October 1884, aged 23, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. (Death records state Henry Thomas Shaw, while his headstone shows Henry James Shaw).

 

Henry Sherwood, Gunner, Royal Artillery. Henry was born at Streatley, Berkshire in 1865, the son of Thomas Sherwood. He enlisted on 12 December 1884 into the Royal Artillery. He served with No 4 Battery, 1st Brigade, Portsmouth Division, Royal Artillery. He died of diabetes at Pembroke Dock on 18 February 1885, aged 20, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Joseph Singleton, Fleet Paymaster, Royal Navy. Joseph served as Fleet Paymaster aboard the 74 gun ship, HMS Saturn. She had taken part in the War of 1812, but had been based at Pembroke Dock since 1825, manning the Milford Haven defences. Joseph died of apoplexy at Pembroke Dock on 22 October 1865, aged 40, and was buried with full military honours in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Harry Smith, Private, Wiltshire Regiment. Harry served with C Company, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. He died at Pembroke Dock on 28 February 1906, aged 20, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Michael Stackpoole, Sergeant, Royal Munster Fusiliers. The headstone is very worn, but it appears that Michael served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. He died at Pembroke Dock on 21 July 1884, aged 27, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Charles Stevens, Mess Manager, Hampshire Regiment. Charles had been the Mess Manager for the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot for nine years, and died at Pembroke Dock on 16 December 1879, aged 59. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

William Sullivan, Sergeant, Royal Marines. William served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Marines. He died at Pembroke Dock on 1 October 1885, aged 26, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Tandy, Private, Royal Fusiliers. George was born in Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire in 1841. He was based at the Hut Encampment, Pembroke Dock, and lived with his wife Emma Tandy (nee Goldfinch) and eight children. George died on 29 April 1881, aged 42, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

James De Vic Tupper, Colonel, Royal Welch Fusiliers. James was born in Guernsey on 30 June 1838, the son of Carre and Eliza Tupper. He had served with the 23rd (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot in the siege and fall of Sebastopol in 1855, including the assault on the Redan on 8 September. He then served with the regiment in the Indian campaign of 1857-58, including the relief of Lucknow. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 1881, and commanded the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers while the regiment was garrisoned at Pembroke Dock. He died at the Huts Encampment on 23 December 1881, aged 43, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Frederick Turner, Private, Welsh Regiment. Fred was born in Cardiff in 1891, possibly the son of Florence Turner. He was about 20 years old when he died at Pembroke Dock on 13 June 1912, and is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Webster, Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery. George was born in London on 22 February 1856. He had served for ten years with the Royal Marine Artillery, and died in 1884, aged 28. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

During the war years, there was a marked increase in the number of military units which were stationed at varying times around Pembroke Dock. Many units were based locally and involved in the defence of the area, whilst other units were trained locally before embarking for overseas. There were also several locally raised batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery which had trained locally before service on the Western Front. A large number of men who were based here died in service, either accidentally, or through illness, and were buried in the Military Cemetery. This section commemorates those who were buried here during the years of the Great War, 1914 to 1921.

 

Edward Colin Allcroft, Private, 240598, Welsh Regiment. Edward was born at Disserth, Radnor, the son of Edward and Sarah Allcroft. He enlisted at Aberdare into the 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. The Battalion formed part of 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, and fought at Gallipoli from August to December 1915, before moving to Egypt, where it saw further action against the Senussi tribesmen. Edward probably served with their reserve Battalion at Pembroke Dock. He was walking to Penally along the railway track, along with Private Thomas John Joshua of Carmarthen, when they were both struck by a train on 26 January 1917. Joshua was killed instantly as the train crushed his skull, while Allcroft lived for two more days, before dying in Tenby Cottage Hospital on 28 January 1917, aged 18.

 

Richard Henry Bascombe, Private, 12528, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Henry was the son of Ernest Bascombe of San Fernando, Trinidad. He was a coloured man who made his own way to England to serve in the King’s Liverpool Regiment. He served in France from 31 March 1915, probably with the 1st Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment, and was reportedly recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal before being wounded, and returning to England. He was then attached to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment, which was based at Pembroke Dock. Henry was killed in a road accident on his bicycle, when he collided with a lorry on 5 August 1916. He is buried in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

George Boycott, Private, 61135, Welsh Regiment. George was the son of William and Elizabeth Boycott, of 180, Broomfield Road, Coventry. He served with the Welsh Regiment, and was garrisoned at Pembroke Dock when he was accidentally drowned on 21 September 1919, aged 20.

 

Ernest Burgess, Lance Corporal, P/9829, Military Foot Police. Ernest was from Weaste, Manchester, and was based at Pembroke Dock, and served with the Military Foot Police. He died on 1 May 1918, aged 39.

 

James Clay, Private, 13912, Kings Liverpool Regiment. James was the son of Edwin and Sarah Clay, of Widnes, Lancashire. He married Martha Carter of 23, Saunby Street, Garston in 1909. James was based at Pembroke Dock with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Kings Liverpool Regiment. He died on 15 May 1916, aged 27.

 

Benjamin Connop, Gunner, 135435, Royal Garrison Artillery. Benjamin was the son of Oliver and Susan Connop, of Oldbury, Warwickshire. He was serving with the 57th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, and was based on the Pembroke Dock Coastal Defences. He died on 1 January 1918, aged 36.

 

William Henry Cure, Private, 7493, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. William was from Stowey in Somerset. He served with the 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, which was based at Pembroke Dock after mobilisation in August 1914. He died on 16 July 1915, aged 43.

 

David Davies, Private, 2163, Welsh Regiment. David was originally from Dolgellau. He served with the 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. Little is known of David, but he doesn’t appear to have served at Gallipoli with the battalion, instead remained on home defence at Pembroke Dock. He died at Pembroke Dock on 21 March 1916, aged 48.

 

Charles Joseph Duffy, Private, 23484, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Charles was the son of Michael and Ann Duffy, of Liverpool, and the husband of Catherine Duffy, of 120, Abingdon Road, Queen's Drive, Walton, Liverpool. He served with the 3rd Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment, which was garrisoned at Pembroke Dock from 1915 to 1917. Charles died at Pembroke Dock on 5 October 1915 aged 41.

 

Robert Handel Mendelsohn Griffiths, Boy, 10623, Border Regiment. Robert was born in Dorchester in 1897, the son of George and Lily Griffiths. He enlisted at Woking as a Boy Soldier into the 3rd Battalion, Border Regiment, which was a Depot Battalion, based at Carlisle. In July 1914 the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment was stationed at Pembroke Dock. At the end of July the battalion was training at Rosebush, when it was recalled to barracks, arriving back at Pembroke Dock on 30 July. On 4 August 1914 orders were received for general mobilisation, so an officer was sent to Carlisle to fetch reservists from the 3rd Battalion. Robert was one of these reservists who were sent by rail to Pembroke Dock. On 29 August 1914, while travelling by train between Tenby and Pembroke Dock to join the battalion, Robert’s head was struck by an open door of a railway car travelling in the opposite direction, as he had his head out of the window. He was killed instantly. Another Boy Soldier, James O’Brien, was seriously injured in the accident, and died three days later. Robert was just 17 years old.

 

Richard Hogan, Private, 2973, Welsh Regiment. Richard was from Stalybridge, Lancashire, and enlisted at Swansea into the 3/6th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment. The Battalion was a third line reserve battalion for the 1/6th Welsh, which had been one of the first Territorial units on the Western Front in October 1914. Richard served in France with the 1/6th Welsh for a short while, after landing there on 13 March 1915. He was invalided home, and rejoined the 3/6th Welsh at Pembroke Dock. He died there on 12 April 1916, aged 24.

 

James Holloway, Private, 266417, Welsh Regiment. James was born at Nottingham, and enlisted at Swansea into the 6th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. He was then transferred to the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. It is not known if James served in Gallipoli or Egypt with the Battalion, but is seems unlikely. He died at Pembroke Dock on 11 March 1917, aged 46.

 

Joseph Howarth, Private, 40747, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Joseph was the husband of Maud Howarth, of 151, Blackburn Road, Darwen, Lancs, and had enlisted into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He served with their 22nd Battalion, which was a Training Reserve unit, before transferring to the 306th Company, Labour Corps, based at Pembroke Dock. Joseph died at Pembroke Dock on 2 December 1918, aged 41.

 

William Henry Hurley, Gunner, 463, Royal Garrison Artillery. William was born at Swansea, the son of Thomas James Hurley and Mary Ann Hurley. The family had later lived at Tenby, before moving to 1, Arcade Terrace, Garnant, Carmarthenshire. William enlisted at Swansea into the Royal Garrison Artillery, and was posted to Pembroke Dock. He died at Pembroke Dock on 27 May 1915, aged 23.

 

Ernest John Jenkins, Private, 8036, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Ernest was born at Ledbury, near Hereford, and lived at Wellington Heath, Ledbury with his wife Annie Jenkins. He enlisted at Hereford into the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, and was based with them at Pembroke Dock when he died on 15 March 1915, aged 37.

 

Matthew Johnson, Private, 7721, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Matthew was born at Whitchurch, Shropshire, and had enlisted there into the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. The Battalion formed at Shrewsbury at the outbreak of war, and moved to Pembroke Dock in August 1914. Matthew died just after the Battalion reached Pembroke Dock, on 24 October 1914, aged 43.

 

Frederick George Jones, Private, 6647, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Frederick was the son of Mrs. L. Jones, of 555, Oldham Road, Rochdale. He served with the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, which was a garrison battalion at Pembroke Dock from August 1914. Frederick died on 15 April 1915, aged 19.

 

Walter Lovell, Private, 4337, Welsh Regiment. Walter was born at Llandyssul, and resided at Llandovery prior to the outbreak of war. He enlisted at Llandeilo into the 1/4th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, and he died of sickness at Pembroke Dock on 18 October 1916, aged 20. He is commemorated on the Cwmamman Cenotaph.

 

Harry Lund, Private, 115666, Royal Army Medical Corps. Harry was born in Keighley, Yorkshire on 9 June 1892, the son of Samuel and Sarah Lund. He enlisted at Ilkeston into the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was posted aboard HMHS Glenart Castle, a requisitioned Union Castle Line Steamship. On 26 February 1918, Glenart Castle was some ten miles off Lundy, heading to France to pick up wounded soldiers, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine UC-56. Several survivors were rescued by the US Navy, and landed at Pembroke Dock, where they were treated at the Military Hospital. Harry died at Pembroke Dock Military Hospital on 27 February 1918, aged 25, and was buried at the Military Cemetery.

 

Joseph McGuinness, Private, 7102, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Joseph served at Pembroke Dock with the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. He was 32 years old when he died there on 14 September 1914.

 

Colin Lindsay Melluish, Boy, 10672, South Wales Borderers. Colin was born at Sheffield in 1897, the son of Austin and Mary Jane Melluish. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers as a Boy Soldier, and was based with the battalion at Pembroke Dock. Colin died on 3 April 1915 aged only 17.

 

Felix Nankivell, Private, 332, Royal Defence Corps. Felix was born at Bovey Tracey in Devon in 1868, the son of Thomas and Ann Nankivell. He served at home with the Royal Defence Corps, before being transferred to the Labour Corps at Pembroke Dock. Felix died on 20 October 1918 aged 50.

 

James O'Brien, Boy, 10400, Border Regiment. James was born in Kensington, London and seems to have been orphaned. He served as a Boy Soldier with the 3rd Battalion, Border Regiment, which was a Depot Battalion, based at Carlisle. In July 1914 the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment was stationed at Pembroke Dock. At the end of July the battalion was training at Rosebush, when it was recalled to barracks, arriving back at Pembroke Dock on 30 July. On 4 August 1914 orders were received for general mobilisation, so an officer was sent to Carlisle to fetch reservists from the 3rd Battalion. James was one of these reservists who were sent by rail to Pembroke Dock. On 29 August 1914, while travelling by train between Tenby and Pembroke Dock to join the battalion, James’s head was struck by an open door of a railway car travelling in the opposite direction, as he had his head out of the window. He died three days later in hospital, on 2 September 1914, aged 17. Another Boy Soldier, Robert Griffiths, was killed instantly.

 

John Caleb Richards, Acting Bombardier, 54973, Royal Garrison Artillery. John was born at Leisingthorne, County Durham, the son of George and Mary Richards. He enlisted at Ferryhill, Durham into the Royal Garrison Artillery, and was posted to their 44th Company, based at Pembroke Dock. John died here on 18 September 1915, aged 25.

 

Francis Ryan, Private, 3/10511, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Francis was born at Longford in Ireland. He enlisted there into the Army, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment at Pembroke Dock. Francis died there on 23 July 1915, aged 40.

 

Charles Fry Stanfield, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 2863, Royal Garrison Artillery. Charles was from Southsea, Hampshire. He was the husband of Catherine Stanfield, of Edinburgh, and the couple lived at St Pancras prior to the war. Charles was serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery at Pembroke Dock when he died on 9 July 1916, aged 41.

 

Herbert Stokes, Sergeant, 8486, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Herbert was from Wrexham, and had married Hannah Bebb there in 1908. He had been in the army for nine years and had served on the Western Front with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry from 21 December 1914, before becoming wounded and posted to their 3rd Battalion at Pembroke Dock. Sadly on Wednesday 28 December 1915, Herbert was found dead at Pembroke Dock, with a rifle lying besides him. He was 26 years old.

 

Edward Sullivan, Private, 11290, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Edward was born at Vauxhall, Birmingham. He enlisted at Ledbury into the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, and had served in France with one of their regular battalions from 24 February 1915, before being invalided home. He was then posted to the 3rd Battalion at Pembroke Dock. Edward died there on 31 October 1915, aged 50.

 

Harry Swinton, Private, 33296, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Harry was born at Ironbridge, Shropshire, and had enlisted there into the 3rd Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment. He was based with the battalion at Pembroke Dock when he died on 4 March 1917, aged 47.

 

David John Thomas, Private, 13213, South Wales Borderers. David was born at Rhymney, and enlisted at Newport, Monmouthshire into the Army. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers, which was stationed at Pembroke Dock from 8 August 1914. David died at Pembroke Dock on 9 December 1914, aged 25.

 

Harold George Thomas, Private, 9300, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Harold was the son of Christopher and Margaret Thomas, of Belle Vue Cottage, Strangford, Sellacks Marsh, Ross, Herefordshire. He enlisted at Hereford into the Army, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. He had served in France with one of the regiments regular battalions from 21 December 1914, until being invalided home, and posted to the 3rd Battalion, which was based at Pembroke Dock. Harold died here on 26 May 1915, aged 24.

 

Frederick Turner, Private, 5563, Welsh Regiment. Frederick was born at Walworth, Surrey, and enlisted at London into the Army. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was on garrison duty at Pembroke Dock, and died there on 25 March 1915, aged 34.

 

George Turner, Private, 18501, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. George was born at Shirlett, Shropshire, the son of Richard and Phoebe Turner. He enlisted at Ironbridge into the Army, and was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, which was based at Pembroke Dock. George died here on 21 January 1916, aged 37, after falling asleep in his bed, and setting fire to the surrounding furniture, suffocating himself.

 

Walter Vittles, Private, 32557, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Walter was the son of John and Margaret Vittles, of Snowdrop Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool. He married Margaret Jones at Liverpool early in 1915. He served with the 3rd Battalion, Kings Liverpool regiment, based at Pembroke Dock. He died here as a result of wounds that he had suffered on the Western front on 12 September 1916, aged 33.

 

William Watts, Private, 1051, Welsh Regiment. William was born at Barnstaple, Devon in 1888, and resided in Llandebie prior to the war. He enlisted at Carmarthen into the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. The Battalion moved to Gallipoli attached to 159 Brigade 53rd (Welsh) Division, but they had a second string Battalion at home. This battalion was originally designated the 2/4th Welsh, and was used for supplying reserves, and carrying out Garrison Duties at Pembroke Dock. William became ill, and died of sickness on 13 August 1915, aged 27. He is buried at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Llandebie War Memorial.

 

John Rowland Whitby, Sergeant, 15227, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. John was the son of James and Maria Whitby, and the husband of Phoebe Maria Whitby, of 70, Victoria Road, Great Yarmouth. He enlisted there into the Army, and was posted to the 9th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. The battalion formed at Pembroke Dock in October 1914, to be attached to 104 Brigade, 34th Division. John must have been a pre-war regular, being promoted to Sergeant so quickly, but sadly he died at Pembroke Dock on 27 November 1914, aged 53.

 

John Thomas White, Conductor, 7574054, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. John was the husband of Elizabeth White (nee McCausland), of Monkton, Pembroke. He had served with the Army Ordnance Corps throughout the war, and had remained in the unit, rising to the rank of Conductor. Conductor is an old and rare rank in the army. From “The Military Guide for Young Officers”, dated 1776, “Conductors as assistants to the Commissary of the Stores, to receive or deliver out stores to the Army, to attend at the magazines by turns when in garrison and to look after the ammunition wagons in the field; they bring their accounts every night to the Commissary and are immediately under his command”. John died in Cardiff on 11 November 1920, aged 40, and was brought back to Pembroke Dock for burial.

 

George Wright, Private, 7785, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. George was born at Brecon, and enlisted at Hereford into the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was a Special Reservists, and at the outbreak of war was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, based at Pembroke Dock. George served with one of the regiment’s regular battalions in France from 19 February 1915, before being invalided home, rejoining the 3rd KSLI at Pembroke Dock. He died here on 8 November 1915, aged 44.

 

John Young, Sapper, 278792, Royal Engineers. John was born at Poplar, and enlisted at Chelmsford into the Royal Engineers. He was posted to their 2nd/3rd Glamorgan Electric Light Company. John died at Pembroke Dock on 13 December 1917, aged 60.

 

Thomas Young, Private, 22812, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Thomas was born at Hensingham, Cumberland, the son of John and Elizabeth Young, of 3, St. George Terrace, Bransty, Whitehaven. He had served during the war on the Western front with the 9th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, before being promoted Lance Corporal and transferred to the Labour Corps, probably as a result of wounds. Thomas died at Pembroke Dock on 8 July 1918 aged 24.

 

Mid War 1922 to 1938

 

Herbert Claxton, Fusilier, 6457760, Royal Fusiliers. Herbert served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He died at Pembroke Dock on 27 February 1934, aged 20, and is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

Maurice S. Jones, Bandsman, 4031721, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Maurice served with the 2nd Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was based at Pembroke Dock with the battalion when he died on 7 May 1937, aged 20, and is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

Joseph Charles Shortley, Private, 4912538, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Joseph was born at South Shields on 22 September 1911, the son of John and Angelina Ann Shortley. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and joined the 2nd Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He married Peggy Smith whilst based at Colchester in 1934. Joseph died whilst stationed with the 2nd KSLI at Pembroke Dock on 28 May 1937, aged 24, and is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

Harold Walsby, Private, 6008640, The Essex Regiment. Harold served with the 1st Battalion, The Essex Regiment. Harold died whilst the battalion was stationed at Pembroke Dock on 1 September 1930, aged 23, and is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

Peter Alfred Watton, Private, 6008727, The Essex Regiment. Peter served with the 1st Battalion, The Essex Regiment. He died whilst the battalion was stationed at Pembroke Dock on 12 May 1932, aged 20, and is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

World War Two 1939-1945

 

During the war years, there was a marked increase in the number of military units which were stationed at varying times around Pembroke Dock, especially with units of the Royal Air Force, some of which notably flew the famous Short Sunderland. Many of these units were based locally and involved in the defence of the area, whilst other units were trained locally before embarking for overseas. A large number of men who were based here died in service, either accidentally, or through illness, and were buried in the Military Cemetery. This section commemorates those who were buried here during the years of World War Two, 1939 to 1947.

 

Heinz Abraham, Corporal, 13801220, Pioneer Corps. Heinz was the son of Adolf and Erna Abraham, of The Bronx, New York City, U.S.A. A German Jew, he travelled to Britain to enlist into the British Army, and was posted to the Pioneer Corps. Many men of German origin served in the British Army, but were posted to non-combatant units such as the Pioneer Corps. Heinz was one of the nineteen men killed died during the explosion at the Defensible Barracks at Pembroke Dock on 28 April 1942, aged 23.

 

Albert Baggaley, Sapper, 2125725, Royal Engineers. Albert was the son of William and Mary Baggaley, and the Husband of Martha Ellen Baggaley of Swinton, Lancashire. Albert served with 16, Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. He was one of the nineteen men killed while training in mine disposal techniques during an explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Albert was 31 years old.

 

Keith James Bradley, Sergeant, 411117, Royal Australian Air Force. Keith was born on 22 October 1916, the son of James Albert and Alice Maud Bradley, of Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia. He worked as an electric welder prior to enlisting into the Royal Australian Air Force, and was posted to 27 Operational Training RAF, based at Pembroke Dock. Keith was one of five Australians killed when their Vickers Wellington N2749 suffered engine trouble over Milford Docks on 19 July 1942, and crashed into the Fish Harbour. He was 25 years old.

 

Horace McArdle Broomhead, Private, 7348635, Royal Army Medical Corps. Horace was from Glasgow. He was based at Pembroke Dock with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died there on 18 February 1942, aged 28.

 

Stanley Michael Collins, Signalman, 887322, Royal Corps of Signals. Stanley was the son of Samuel and Margaret Mary Elizabeth Collins, of Camberwell, London. He had enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals, but was attached to the Royal Artillery, based at Pembroke Dock. Stanley died there, possibly as a result of an air raid, on 7 July 1941, aged 19.

 

William Harry Condon, Sergeant, 408131, Royal Australian Air Force. William was born on 1 August 1919, the son of James Benedict Condon and Lillian Norris Condon, of Laverton, Victoria, Australia. He was in his fourth year of studying in a metallurgy degree, when he volunteered for service with the Royal Australian Air Force, and was posted to 27 Operational Training RAF, based at Pembroke Dock. William was one of five Australians killed when their Vickers Wellington N2749 suffered engine trouble over Milford Docks on 19 July 1942, and crashed into the Fish Harbour. William was 22 years old.

 

Gerald William Crawley, Lance Corporal, 7959042, Royal Armoured Corps. Gerald was the son of Joseph Sydney Crawley and Winifred Ellen Crawley, of Oxford. He served with the Royal Armoured Corps, and was based at Pembroke Dock. At the end of August 1942, Gerald and four friends were exploring the coast near Bosherston, when they decided to attempt to climb a cliff. As the group neared the top, Gerald slipped, and fell to the ground, almost sixty feet. He was taken to the Woodbine Hospital in Pembroke, where he died on 1 September 1942, aged just 19. He was buried at the Military Cemetery some days later, with full military honours.

 

George Kitchener Crompton, Corporal, 3195146, King's Own Scottish Borderers. George was the son of Peter and Sarah Ann Crompton, and the Husband of Phoebe Crompton, of Heywood, Lancashire. He served with the 9th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, which were based at Llanion Barracks, Pembroke Dock. George was one of nineteen men who lost their lives during an explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. He was 26 years old.

 

Walter Duckworth, Lance Corporal, 2126769, Royal Engineers. Walter was the son of Walter and Esther Ann Duckworth, of Bury, Lancashire, and the Husband of Edith Duckworth, of Brandlesholme, Bury. He served at Pembroke Dock with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. Walter was one of the nineteen men killed during the explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. He was 32 years old.

 

Geoffrey Theodore Garratt, MBE, MA, Major, 135713, Pioneer Corps. Geoffrey was the son of the Reverend Charles Foster Garratt and Agnes Mary Garratt (Nee Percival), and the Husband of Annie Beryl Garratt (Nee Benthall), Of Bishopsteignton, Devon. Geoffrey was a well known man, having studied for his M.A. at Oxford, he was a Justice of the Peace, and the Author of several Political Books, and had been awarded the MBE by King George VI. Geoffrey was the most senior man killed during the explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. He was 53 years old.

 

Robert Ebenezer Gilmour, Serjeant, 1914768, Royal Engineers. Robert was from Glasgow. He served at Pembroke Dock with 16 Bomb Disposal Company. He was another of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Robert was 35 years old.

 

William Lionel Hanney, Gunner, 1082330, Royal Artillery. William was the son of Mary Hanney, of 34, Ruby Street, Cardiff. He served at Pembroke Dock with the Royal Artillery. He was probably killed during an air raid on 2 November 1940, aged 34.

 

John Murray Harding, Lieutenant, 245689, Royal Armoured Corps. John was the son of Brigadier Geoffrey Parker Harding, CBE, DSO, MC, and Catherine Mary Harding of Lyndhurst Hampshire. He served with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, part of the Royal Armoured Corps, which was based at Castlemartin, attached to the 79th Armoured Division. On 29 August 1943, John was taking part in a training exercise near Bosherston, when his Sherman tank slid off the road and overturned near a house called Creature, on the road into Bosherston. John had been sitting on the open hatch of the turret when the tank overturned, and was crushed to death. He was 21 years old, and was buried with full military honours at the Military Cemetery. (Information kindly supplied by Adrian James). His father had commanded a battalion of the Cheshire Regiment in Italy during the war, and had been awarded the Military Cross during WW1 whilst serving with the Royal Air Force, and had famously escaped from Strohen PoW Camp in Germany.

 

George Jackson, Sapper, 2126209, Royal Engineers. George was the son of James and Elizabeth Jackson, of Stalybridge, Cheshire. He served with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers, and was one of the nineteen men killed during the explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. George was 32 years old.

 

Edward Douglas Reginald Jennings, Sergeant, 411145, Royal Australian Air Force. Edward was born on 14 August 1915, the son of Reginald Webb Jennings and Madeline Lucy Jennings, of Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia. He had worked at Motherman Tramways prior to enlisting into the Royal Australian Air Force, and was posted to 27 Operational Training RAF, based at Pembroke Dock. Edward was one of five Australians killed when their Vickers Wellington N2749 suffered engine trouble over Milford Docks on 19 July 1942, and crashed into the Fish Harbour. He was 26 years old.

 

John Brenig Jones, Sapper, 2004119, Royal Engineers. John was the son of Thomas and Margaret Jones, of Nantgarw, Glamorgan. He served at Pembroke Dock with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers, and was one of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. John was 25 years old.

 

Kenneth Leonard Langford, Rifleman, 7015087, Royal Ulster Rifles. Kenneth was the son of Leonard Frank and Enid Mary Langford, of Merton, Surrey. He served with the 2nd Battalion, the London Irish Rifles, which was based at Pembroke Dock. He died on 28 August 1940, aged 40.

 

William George Marlow, Serjeant, 7895632, Pioneer Corps. William was the son of John William and Rosina Louisa Marlow, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, and the Husband of Dorothy Maud Marlow, of Kettering. He was one of the nineteen men killed in the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. William was 28 years old.

 

William McAfee, Private, 13006660, Pioneer Corps. William was from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and served at Pembroke Dock with the Auxiliary Military unit of the Pioneer Corps. He died there on 20 June 1940, aged 42.

 

Edward Charles Ernest Miles, Pilot Officer (Flight Engineer), 52035, Royal Air Force. Edward was the son of Edward Charles and Florence Mabel Miles, and was the Husband of Frances Margaret Miles, of Brixton, London. He served with the Royal Air Force as a Flight Engineer, and was posted to 461 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron, based at Pembroke Dock. Edward killed while flying aboard Short Sunderland EJ134, which was shot down over Praa Sands, Cornwall by a German Ju-88 on 2 June 1943. He was 27 years old, and was brought back for burial in Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Henry William Nash, Marine, CH/X. 108443, Royal Marines. Henry was the son of Henry John and Elizabeth Nash, of Bethnal Green, London. He served in the Royal Marines, and was attached to 4 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, based at Pembroke Dock. Henry died on 4 October 1942, aged 19.

 

John James Parry, Sapper, 2126836, Royal Engineers. John was the son of John Harry and Hannah Parry, and the Husband of Frances Hannah Parry, of Gorton, Manchester. John served with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers at Pembroke Dock, and was one of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. John was 32 years old.

 

William Plant, Sapper, 2127049, Royal Engineers. William was the son of William and Sarah A. Plant, of New Mills, Derbyshire, and the Husband of Mavis Plant, of New Mills. He served with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers, based at Pembroke Dock, and was one of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. William was 21 years old.

 

Horace Walter Prattent, Warrant Officer Class II, 777424, Royal Artillery. Horace was the son of William John and Ada Helen Prattent, of 56, Whinbush Road, Hitchin. He married Daisy Allan at Pembroke Dock whilst based there with the Royal Artillery in 1937. Horace served at Pembroke Dock as a Quartermaster Serjeant (Experimental), and died at Woolwich on 1 April 1941, aged 32. He was brought back to Pembroke Dock for burial.

 

James Stewart Purgavie, Captain, 158204, King's Own Scottish Borderers. James was the son of James Duncan Gilbert Purgavie and Maud Annie Purgavie, and the Husband of Rhona Purgavie, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He served with the 9th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and was attending the course in mine disposal at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942 when he was one of the nineteen men killed by a mine explosion. James was 29 years old.

 

Heinz Schwartze, Private, 13801014, Pioneer Corps. Heinz was the son of Nanny Schlerinsky, of Camden Town, London. He was probably one of the many German Jews that had enlisted for service with the British Army, and was posted to a non combatant unit, the Pioneer Corps. Heinz was one of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 29 April 1942. He was 22 years old.

 

Arthur John Robert Skeet, Corporal, 2074790, Royal Engineers. Arthur was serving at Pembroke Dock with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. He was another of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Arthur was 23 years old.

 

Kenneth Henry Charles Steinbach, Sergeant, 404856, Royal Australian Air Force. Kenneth was born at Kimberley, South Africa on 31 December 1912, the son of Henry Walter and Mercy Steinbach. He was the Husband of Daphne Alberta Steinbach, of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. He had enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force, and was posted to 27 Operational Training RAF, based at Pembroke Dock. Kenneth was one of five Australians killed when their Vickers Wellington N2749 suffered engine trouble over Milford Docks on 19 July 1942, and crashed into the Fish Harbour. He was 29 years old.

 

Richard Thompson, Lance Serjeant, 3195198, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Richard was the son of George and Clara Thompson, of Withington, Manchester. He served with the 9th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Pembroke Dock, and was another of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Richard was 25 years old.

 

George Ernest Warburton, Sergeant, 411206, Royal Australian Air Force. George was born on 5 August 1918, the son of Ernest Alfred and Elizabeth Violet Warburton, of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia. He had worked as an Audit Clerk at Turramurra prior to the war, and enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force. George was posted to 27 Operational Training RAF, based at Pembroke Dock. George was one of five Australians killed when their Vickers Wellington N2749 suffered engine trouble over Milford Docks on 19 July 1942, and crashed into the Fish Harbour. George was 23 years old.

 

Dennis Whittingham, Corporal, 1878805, Royal Engineers. Dennis served at Pembroke Dock with 16 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers. He was another of the nineteen men killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Dennis was 26 years old.

 

Wilfred Stanley Wilson, Lance Serjeant, 3195156, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Wilfred was the son of William and Elizabeth Wilson, of St. Helens, Lancashire, and the Husband of Joan Wilson, of St. Helens. He served with the 9th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers at Pembroke Dock, and was another of the nineteen men to be killed during the mine explosion at the defensible barracks on 28 April 1942. Wilfred was 26 years old.

 

Ross Vivian Woolhouse, Flight Sergeant, 415748, Royal Australian Air Force. Ross was born on 26 October 1920, the son of Arthur and Edna Mary Woolhouse, and was the Husband of Doris Gladys Woolhouse, of East Perth, Western Australia. He became an Air Gunner, serving with the Royal Australian Air Force, and was posted to 461 Squadron, RAAF, based at Pembroke Dock. The Squadron flew the Sunderland ‘flying boat’, and took part in operations guarding the Western Approaches. On 15 August 1943, Ross was part of the crew of Sunderland JM685 (UT-X), when it was attacked by a formation of six German Ju-88s west of Ushant, near the Scilly Isles. The stricken Sunderland managed to return to Pembroke Dock, but Ross had been killed during the attack. He was just 21 years old.

 

Post World War Two

 

Anthony Hugh Baxter, 2nd Lieutenant, 434456, Welch Regiment. Anthony was born at Wrexham, Denbighshire on 3 October 1934. He was accidentally killed on 21 February 1955, at Pembroke Dock while the Welch Regiment was stationed there. He was just twenty years old, and was the last military serviceman to be buried at Pembroke Dock Military Cemetery.

 

Arthur Ernest Dedow, Craftsman, 7618300, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Arthur was born on 11 July 1922, the son of Paul and Ann Dedow, of Tidworth. He was serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Pembroke Dock when he died on 7 August 1948, aged 26. He is buried in the Military Cemetery.

 

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