West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

St. David's Cathedral 4th Welsh Memorial Window

St. Davids is situated in a beautiful position on the Pembrokeshire coast, and has the honour of being the smallest City in Britain. Originally known as Mynyw, the City was founded by St. David around AD550, and became a popular Pilgrim destination during the medieval period, after Pope Calixtus II decreed that two Pilgrimages to St. David’s would equal one to Rome itself. Today the City is a popular tourist destination, and is home to the ancient Cathedral dedicated to St. David, as well as the famous Bishop’s Palace. This beautiful cathedral contains a number of war memorials. As well as memorials to the inhabitants and parishioners of St. Davids who fell during both world wars, the cathedral contains a framed parchment memorial to all of the parishioners who served and survived the Great War, a parchment book containing the names of all of the men and women of Pembrokeshire who fell during World War Two, which is encased beside a grand carved memorial, a brass plaque commemorating the members of the Welsh Hospital who fell during the Boer War, as well as several individual memorials and regimental colours. This page commemorates the men of the 4th (Carmarthenshire) Battalion, Welsh Regiment who fell during the Great War and are commemorated by a fine stained glass window, affixed in the west wall, which was unveiled by Lieutenant Colonel A. F. Beddoe, VD, on Saturday 22 September 1923.

 

The Memorial Window in St. David’s Cathedral

The Plaque Beneath the Window

A scan of the Memorial Service Booklet

As well as this fine leaded memorial window, members of the 4th Welsh from Llanelli erected their own memorial to commemorate those men of the town who had fallen while serving with the battalion. Details of this memorial can be seen on this website by clicking on this link: Llanelli Parish Church War Memorial.

 

A Brief History of the 4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, 1914-1919

 

The 4th (Territorial) Battalion, Welsh Regiment was formed from the old 1st Volunteer (Pembrokeshire) Battalion, Welsh Regiment on 1 April 1908 as a result of the creation of the Territorial Force (known as the Haldane Reforms), with its Headquarters at Llanelli. The battalion was attached to the South Wales Infantry Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division. As with all army battalions, eight Company's were formed;

 

A Company at Haverfordwest (detachment at Milford Haven)

B Company at Pembroke (detachment at Narberth)

C Company at Cardigan

D Company at Llandilo (detachment at Llandovery)

E Company at Carmarthen

F Company at Llanelly (detachment at Tumble)

G Company at Llanelly

H Company at Ammanford

 

The members of the battalion attested for home service, and were required to attend an annual training camp to sharpen their military skills. The battalion was in camp at Portmadoc on 4 August 1914 when war was declared, and the following day the Territorial Force was mobilised for war.

 

Local railway stations throughout West Wales seeing huge crowds of well-wishers assembling to bid farewell to their soldier sons and husbands, as the men entrained to join the battalion which was being mobilised at Pembroke Dock. The 4th and 5th Welsh then moved to Tunbridge Wells, and later to the east coast of Scotland to man the Forth defences, before rejoining the Division in April 1915.

 

On 19 April 1915 the Welsh Division was reorganised, and the 4th Welsh became part of 159 Infantry Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division and on 3 July 1915 the division received orders to prepare to embark for overseas service. In the meantime the men, who had originally attested for home service, had to sign new papers to show their willingness to serve overseas. Thos who did joined the front-line battalion of the 4th Welsh, the 1/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, while those who didn't were sent back to Pembroke Dock to join the 2/4th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which would be used to train up new recruits.

 

By 19 July 1915 the 1/4th Welsh had completed boarding the transport ship SS Huntsend, and the ship set steam as part of a fleet of eight transport ships, for the Mediterranean. Their destination would be the shores of Gallipoli, as part of a force which it was hoped would be able to break the deadlock of the campaign, which had stalled since the landings of 25 April 1915.

 

The fleet passed Gibraltar on 22 July, and sailed past Malta, Alexandria and Imbros. On 6 August the main offensive was launched on Gallipoli, and the Welsh Division began landing at Suvla Bay on the evening of 8 August 1915. By the time the Division had finished assembling the following morning, the units were sent off in all directions, chaos reigning the day. Little is known of what really happened, but the 1/4th Welsh was one of the last battalions sent to the front line, and was sent into the attack late in the day, sustaining terrible casualties over the coming days, in five days the casualty toll amounted to 14 Officers and 272 Other Ranks, killed, wounded or missing.

 

By 11 August the Division had taken over its own section of the front. It remained on Gallipoli until being evacuated on 11 December 1915, after having suffered a terrible winter, when men were frozen to death or drowned in the trenches after torrential rain. The majority of these later casualties were due to the terrible conditions, which decimated the battalion, and on 8 October 1915 the 1/4th and 1/5th Welsh were temporarily merged to form the 4/5th Welsh Composite Battalion.

 

The Division was among the first to evacuate Gallipoli on 11 December 1915, and moved to Egypt, where it spent the next fifteen months rebuilding manpower and on 10 February 1916 the 1/4th Welsh regained its identity. The Division was put to work guarding the Suez Canal and the sweet water canal, and fighting against bands of Arabs, who were loyal to the Turks.

 

On 26 March 1917 the 1/4th Welsh took part in the First battle of Gaza, and suffered a heavy number of casualties. The attack was judged by the British as a success, and by the Turks as a failure. The Welsh Division had suffered the bulk of the casualties. The 1/4th Welsh alone had lost 2 officers and 42 other ranks killed, 11 officers and 167 other ranks wounded.

 

On 17 April 1917 the 1/4th Welsh then took part in the Second Battle of Gaza, playing a less important role than it did in the first, due to the weakness in numbers of the Welsh Division, but nonetheless securing most of their allotted objectives. The battle enabled the Allies to secure a good position which would enable them to launch another offensive. The 1/4th Welsh lost three officers and 11 men killed, two officers and 30 men wounded.

 

The Third Battle of Gaza was launched on the night of 1 November 1917, and the 1/4th Welsh suffered another four officers and 65 other ranks killed or wounded during this final set piece battle.

 

After the capture of Jerusalem on 9 December 1917 the war in Palestine had reached its zenith, with the final year of the campaign being the pursuit of the broken Turkish army, although the conditions for the British soldier were terrible. The 1/4th Welsh took part in the final major phase of the Operations in the Jordan Valley.

 

In the middle of August 1918 the 1/4th and 1/5th Welsh were merged again to form the 4/5th Welsh, due to heavy losses and the difficulty of getting reinforcements due to the coming offensive in France, and came under the Command of Lieutenant-Colonel A.P. Hohler. It remained in this form for the final offensive in the Jordan, and the Battle of Megiddo. After the armistice the 4/5th Welsh was moved to Egypt, before the battalion was finally sent home in 1919.

 

Casualties of the 4th Welsh

 

During the period that the 4th Welsh was on active service, around 350 officers and men died. Some of the men, especially the officers, transferred from the 4th Welsh to other units and were killed with them; some died with the 2nd/4th Welsh; the majority died with the 1st/4th Welsh on active service; while a few died during the periods the battalion became merged with the 5th Welsh to form the 4th/5th Welsh.

 

The majority of the fallen, whatever their unit, were from west Wales and can be found on the various memorials throughout this website, especially on the larger memorials such as Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Carmarthen, Cardigan and Llanelli.

 

Rank

Name

Number

Date Died

Major

Evans, Richard W P, MID

 

13/09/1918

Captain

Broom, Lewis John, MBE.

 

12/04/1918

Captain

David, Thomas William

 

27/07/1917

Captain

Foot, James Stanley

 

30/07/1916

Captain

Green, Hugh Mortimer

 

10/08/1915

Captain

Howard, Alfred Hayward

 

10/08/1915

Captain

Matthyssens, Francis A

 

23/06/1916

Captain

Thomas, Frederick Spriggs

 

21/04/1917

Lieutenant

Blake, George Cyril

 

05/11/1917

Lieutenant

Foster, Ethelbert Harold

 

08/10/1918

Lieutenant

Roderick, Allan Whitlock N

 

10/08/1915

Lieutenant

Walford, Hamilton Stewart

 

27/05/1918

Second Lieutenant

Bladon, Henry James

 

01/09/1918

Second Lieutenant

Bryant, Frederick Charles M

 

26/03/1917

Second Lieutenant

Curtis, John Handel

 

24/11/1917

Second Lieutenant

Galloway, William Ernest

 

06/11/1917

Second Lieutenant

Graham, John Stanley

 

30/08/1918

Second Lieutenant

Griffiths, William Dilwyn

 

18/09/1918

Second Lieutenant

Hughes, Thomas

 

08/10/1918

Second Lieutenant

Lewis, William Owen

 

27/05/1917

Second Lieutenant

Lister, Herbert Dixon

 

04/09/1918

Second Lieutenant

Peadon, Harold Thomas

 

27/03/1917

Second Lieutenant

Roberts, Victor George

 

27/07/1917

Second Lieutenant

Smith, Charles Henry

 

19/03/1916

Second Lieutenant

Williams, Arthur Jones

 

03/11/1917

Second Lieutenant

Williams, Howell Morgan

 

24/06/1917

Second Lieutenant

Williams, Owen Edgar

 

19/04/1917

Private

Adams, Frederick Gwynne

202156

04/11/1917

Private

Adams, Robert

761

27/04/1921

Private

Ansell, Thomas

14340

25/01/1917

Private

Arrowsmith, Alfred

808

10/08/1915

Private

Arthur, Percy

200998

18/08/1917

Private

Ashmore, Bertie Thomas

899

10/08/1915

Private

Bailey, William Thomas

4231

11/08/1915

Private

Baillieux, George Alfred

389

29/09/1915

Private

Ball, Arthur

201464

27/03/1917

Private

Barnes, Percy Frank

201692

08/07/1917

Lance Corporal

Baverstock, Samuel John

241809

18/08/1917

Private

Beer, Frederick Ernest

202357

04/11/1917

Private

Bevans, John

200585

09/03/1918

Private

Birchell, Herbert

200461

26/03/1917

Private

Bourne, William

5344

28/08/1915

Sergeant

Bowen, Stanley T.

11

10/08/1915

Corporal

Bowen, Thomas John

200942

09/05/1917

Private

Bowen, William Henry

200943

12/04/1917

Private

Bradford, John

60644

03/11/1917

Private

Breeze, Frederick

23032

02/08/1916

Private

Brewer, William George

5022

10/08/1915

Private

Bridges, Tom

201357

31/10/1917

Private

Buckingham, Thomas

3813

11/10/1914

Private

Bushell, Joseph Thomas

201469

26/03/1917

Private

Bussby, William

399

10/08/1915

Acting Corporal

Callaghan, William

200766

18/07/1917

Private

Casson, William

200179

26/03/1917

Private

Charles, Albert Thomas

2197

21/08/1915

Private

Charles, Howell

4325

10/08/1915

Private

Child, Frank

201472

27/03/1917

Private

Clarke, Frederick

200868

25/11/1918

Private

Close, Evan James

201168

09/03/1915

Private

Collier, Frank

955

10/08/1915

Private

Connor, Thomas Neil

59050

04/11/1917

Private

Cornock, Thomas F H

201478

26/03/1917

Private

Cotton, George

240717

19/04/1917

Private

Cousins, John Richard

62467

16/03/1918

Private

Cowgill, Milton

202352

03/11/1917

Private

Cummings, John

8854

18/08/1916

Private

Curtis, Harry

201323

21/12/1917

Private

Daley, William John

49497

24/10/1918

Private

Daniel, Norman Nicholas

2217

18/10/1914

Private

Daniels, David

3867

10/12/1915

Private

Daniels, David Henry

74312

02/06/1918

Corporal

Davies, Arthur

5101

10/08/1915

Private

Davies, Benjamin John

201808

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, Cyril

82840

24/12/1918

Private

Davies, David

200279

29/03/1917

C.Q.M.S.

Davies, David Francis

200028

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, David William

200821

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, Ernest Edward

201480

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, Evan John

4162

16/08/1915

Lance Corporal

Davies, George

4215

15/08/1915

Acting Corporal

Davies, Graham

200838

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, Ivor

3783

17/08/1915

Private

Davies, John

201439

26/03/1917

Private

Davies, John Elwyn

4299

13/08/1915

Private

Davies, Joshua

402

28/10/1915

Private

Davies, Sidney

5777

08/12/1916

C.S.M.

Davies, Thomas

3002

10/08/1915

Sergeant

Davies, Thomas Dixon

3336

06/10/1915

Private

Davies, Thomas Evan

200636

11/08/1919

Private

Davies, Thomas John

912

20/09/1915

Private

Davies, William

220

28/09/1915

Private

Dennis, Herbert John

4000

11/08/1915

Lance Corporal

Dewsberry, Hubert Gilmore

200356

28/04/1917

Private

Dones, Daniel

201749

19/04/1917

Private

Duchien, Thomas

202174

16/09/1917

Private

Duggan, Henry

201688

26/03/1917

Private

Edwards, Edgar

5352

10/08/1915

Lance Corporal

Elias, Frederick

201346

09/03/1916

Private

Evans, Arthur Andrew

1084

22/11/1915

Private

Evans, Ernest Fred

5420

14/09/1915

Private

Evans, Frederick O.

350

17/02/1915

Private

Evans, George Henry

200281

04/12/1917

Private

Evans, Isaiah

200228

26/03/1917

Private

Evans, John

200343

21/04/1917

Sergeant

Evans, R A

200825

06/08/1919

Private

Evans, Thomas

782

27/09/1915

Private

Evans, Thomas

201075

03/11/1917

Acting Corporal

Evans, William

3692

01/12/1915

Private

Evans, William Henry

3968

16/09/1915

Private

Evans, William Ivor

3941

10/08/1915

Private

Farrow, John Lloyd

408

26/11/1915

Private

Farrow, John Lloyd

468

26/11/1915

Private

Fletcher, Arthur

74531

04/12/1918

Private

Francis, Thomas

265309

06/11/1918

Private

George, William Evan

200653

26/03/1917

Lance Corporal

Gibbons, David Thomas

2132

11/08/1915

Sergeant

Gibson, Frederick John

200030

27/03/1917

Private

Gower, William David

201377

17/03/1918

Private

Gower, William David

201677

17/03/1918

Private

Griffiths, Benjamin

200501

07/08/1920

Sergeant

Griffiths, David

200715

26/03/1917

Private

Griffiths, Evan Roland

200662

26/03/1917

Private

Griffiths, Ivor

445

04/09/1915

Private

Griffiths, Ivor Monroe

2252

28/10/1915

Private

Griffiths, Philip

200115

26/03/1917

Private

Griffiths, Tom

2174

10/08/1915

Lance Corporal

Griffiths, Walter James

302

10/08/1915

Private

Griffiths, William John

4054

09/02/1915

Private

Guarneri, William Henry

200064

29/03/1917

Private

Hailes, Walter

200295

26/03/1917

Private

Hall, Charles John

82702

08/03/1919

Private

Hansom, Oswin

77556

19/09/1918

Private

Harris, David

200460

15/01/1917

Private

Harris, David

201687

25/04/1917

Private

Harris, Thomas Daniel

201213

26/03/1917

Private

Harris, William George

4081

16/11/1915

Private

Harris, William Venning

705

10/08/1915

Acting Corporal

Hart, Henry Charles

200261

26/03/1917

Private

Hawkes, Walter Edward

32028

07/11/1917

Private

Heaven, Percy

4300

10/08/1915

Private

Hemmings, Edward

201493

01/05/1917

C.Q.M.S.

Henry, Charles Edwin

3319

10/08/1915

Private

Henshaw, Ivor Thomas

200910

21/04/1917

Acting Sergeant 

Higgs, William

200898

26/03/1917

Private

Hiscock, John E J

201431

30/10/1919

Private

Holloway, James

266417

11/03/1917

Private

Holmes, William Abraham

202317

19/04/1917

Private

Howells, Charles Morris

3991

01/10/1915

Private

Howells, William

2536

10/08/1915

Private

Hughes, David Joseph

201404

12/05/1917

Private

Hughes, Thomas

200789

26/03/1917

Private

Hughes, Thomas Wentworth

4485

10/08/1915

Private

Hughes, Walter Grismond

4212

11/08/1915

Private

Hughes, William David

2231

07/08/1916

Private

Huxtable, William John

203323

15/08/1917

Private

Isaac, David Luther

878

22/09/1915

Private

James, Charles Henry

201562

10/01/1919

Private

James, Daniel

200168

21/04/1917

Private

James, David

77260

30/06/1918

Private

James, James

3876

30/06/1916

Private

James, Joshua Clement

202507

23/02/1917

Private

James, Thomas George

200212

27/03/1917

Private

James, William Alfred

969

10/12/1915

Sergeant 

Jayne, Frederick George

4438

11/08/1915

Private

Jefferies, Arthur Henry

82708

29/10/1918

Private

Jenkins, Charles

4173

10/08/1915

Private

Jenkins, Daniel Morleigh

851

16/08/1915

Private

Jenkins, David James

200919

27/03/1917

Private

Jenkins, Ivor George

4311

26/11/1915

Private

Jenkins, Richard

201048

20/04/1917

Private

John, Sidney

483

14/11/1915

Private

John, William

202593

26/03/1917

Private

Johns, Llewellyn

5276

30/06/1916

Private

Johnson, Richard

3728

09/09/1915

Private

Jones, David L

201801

11/04/1919

Corporal

Jones, David George

3693

10/08/1915

Private

Jones, David Morgan

2520

10/08/1915

Sergeant

Jones, David Samuel

200436

09/11/1917

Private

Jones, David Wynne

5161

10/08/1915

Private

Jones, Harold

62384

08/05/1918

Private

Jones, James Dawson

4406

16/08/1915

Private

Jones, John

4335

11/08/1915

Private

Jones, John

201530

26/03/1917

Lance Corporal

Jones, John Edwin Bernard

22051

10/07/1916

Private

Jones, Lewis Robert

201820

26/03/1917

Corporal

Jones, Maurice

3397

10/08/1915

Private

Jones, Thomas David Rees

4039

10/08/1915

Acting Sergeant

Jones, Thomas Evan

200005

26/03/1917

Private

Jones, Thomas Griffith

2015

11/08/1915

Private

Jones, Thomas Griffith

2150

11/08/1915

Private

Jones, Thomas Henry

242013

26/03/1917

Lance Corporal

Jones, Thomas John

4232

26/04/1916

Private

Jones, William

2346

29/07/1916

Private

Jones, William Howell

5244

10/08/1915

Private

Jones, William Morris

5562

10/08/1915

Private

Joshua, Thomas John

200403

26/01/1917

Private

Killa, William

4301

10/08/1915

Private

King, Arthur

242310

16/11/1918

Private

Ladd, Tom

2187

13/01/1919

Private

Ladd, Walter Llewellyn

2141

21/08/1916

Private

Laverick, Robert Edward

59148

03/11/1917

Private

Lewis, Brighty Thomas

201128

22/02/1919

Private

Lewis, David James

5139

23/08/1915

Private

Lewis, John James

200798

26/03/1917

Private

Lewis, Lance

201747

26/03/1917

Private

Lewis, Thomas James

509

12/08/1915

Private

Lewis, William

201247

06/03/1917

Private

Lewis, William John

200629

29/03/1917

Private

Lissamore, John Joseph

4434

30/08/1914

Private

Lloyd, Thomas

125

18/09/1915

Private

Lovell, Walter

4337

18/10/1916

Private

Lumley, Joseph Arthur

201758

26/03/1917

Acting Sergeant

Mack, Thomas

3242

11/08/1915

Private

Martin, David Henry

5088

31/10/1915

Private

Mason, David James

201348

03/11/1917

C.S.M.

Mathias, Morgan

2

10/08/1915

Private

May, Sydney

200996

27/03/1917

Private

Meredith, Albert Price

201754

26/03/1917

Private

Merriman, John Harold

200089

10/08/1915

Private

Morgan, Frederick

390

05/11/1915

Private

Morgan, Idris Price

201819

01/11/1917

Private

Morgan, James

201447

26/03/1917

Private

Morgan, John

200499

03/11/1917

Private

Morris, Philip John

201802

26/03/1917

Private

Morris, Thomas James

203116

03/11/1918

Private

Morris, Walter John

482

18/06/1915

Corporal

Nicholas, David Archibald

242219

19/09/1918

Private

Norman, Reginald

200616

03/01/1918

Private

Oliver, James

200189

10/03/1918

Private

Onslow, William Anderson

200983

27/10/1918

Sergeant

Orman, James A, DCM.

200780

09/03/1918

Private

Ottley, Frederick Alma

60646

24/05/1917

Private

Owen, Frank Esmond

416

11/08/1915

Private

Owen, Levi George

464

22/08/1915

Private

Owen, Thomas

201699

26/03/1917

Corporal

Palmer, Henry William

201132

10/03/1918

Private

Parker, William

201531

22/04/1917

Private

Parry, Thomas Peter

4197

11/08/1915

Private

Parsons, Alfred

200923

26/03/1917

Private

Pearce, William Frank

201291

04/03/1918

Private

Peel, Arthur

202331

19/04/1917

Private

Penny, Richard

5496

18/09/1915

Private

Perks, William Morris

200924

03/11/1917

Coy Serjeant Major

Peter, Daniel Arthur

200681

25/04/1919

Private

Peters, Josiah

73778

08/10/1918

Private

Phillips, Ivor Lewis

728

12/05/1915

Private

Phillips, William Charles

4163

10/08/1915

Private

Phillips, William James

201432

10/10/1917

Sergeant

Picton, William Arthur

200110

26/03/1917

Private

Pike, W J

49916

24/06/1919

Private

Powell, Ivor

4214

10/08/1915

Private

Poyntz, William Henry

3649

31/08/1915

Private

Preston, Sydney Stephenson

3889

12/10/1915

Private

Price, Richard

5089

23/08/1915

Private

Pullin, Thomas William

265252

22/10/1917

Sergeant

Randle, George William

201047

26/03/1917

Private

Rees, Benjamin Simon

201535

04/11/1917

Private

Rees, Thomas

200691

21/11/1918

Private

Rees, William

810

18/07/1916

C.S.M.

Rees, William Henry

200742

26/03/1917

Private

Rees, William Reginald

5353

27/02/1916

Corporal

Reynolds, David

118

13/08/1915

Private

Reynolds, Emanuel

201765

26/03/1917

Private

Richards, David

200912

09/04/1917

Private

Richards, Ernest Charles

200937

10/08/1915

Private

Richards, George I M P

200484

26/03/1917

Private

Richards, James

466

26/11/1915

Private

Roberts, Arthur

201032

13/07/1918

Private

Roberts, Thomas Garfield

74296

14/12/1918

Private

Roberts, William Henry

201652

26/03/1917

Private

Robinson, A

59215

12/11/1918

Private

Robinson, James

7000

10/01/1915

Lance Corporal

Roper, Benjamin

240800

26/03/1917

Sergeant

Rowland, William Malcolm

3161

10/08/1915

Private

Saies, Thomas Henry

335

01/09/1915

Private

Sallis, Arthur Joseph

201514

28/12/1917

Private

Samuel, Sydney

200298

24/05/1919

Private

Samuels, Sydney

200928

24/05/1919

Private

Scott, George

3016

14/08/1915

Sergeant

Scott, John

3055

11/08/1915

Private

Scott, John

20102

03/09/1915

Private

Shaw, Benjamin Beattie

201069

26/03/1917

Private

Sims, Benjamin

201824

26/03/1917

Private

Southby, John Gale

2521

01/02/1916

Lance Corporal

Stallard, Noel Gordon

3886

10/08/1915

Private

Stephens, Thomas Granville

4271

11/08/1915

Private

Stroud, William John

4164

19/08/1915

Private

Supple, William Henry

266551

25/05/1917

Private

Taylor, Harold

202558

25/09/1918

Private

Thomas, Alfred

4226

10/08/1915

Private

Thomas, Arthur

48346

23/01/1918

Private

Thomas, David

922

10/08/1915

Sergeant

Thomas, David

3807

10/08/1915

Private

Thomas, Gwilym

201704

26/03/1917

Private

Thomas, Gwilym

201794

26/03/1917

Private

Thomas, H L

266560

09/12/1918

Private

Thomas, Ivor James

4019

10/08/1915

Corporal

Thomas, James

201101

31/08/1918

Private

Thomas, John

202821

28/12/1917

Private

Thomas, John Calandydd

201358

13/12/1917

Corporal

Thomas, Lewis

201202

26/03/1917

Private

Thomas, Robert

201073

13/07/1918

Private

Thomas, William

4476

10/08/1915

Private

Tobin, Maurice

202584

26/03/1917

Private

Tompkins, William Richard

265540

04/11/1917

Private

Turner, James William

6247

30/11/1916

Private

Turton, Walter

82564

01/11/1918

Private

Turton, Walter

202373

24/05/1917

Private

Vaughan, John

201756

26/03/1917

Private

Walker, Albert Victor

2193

10/08/1915

Private

Waller, Fred

2522

10/08/1915

Private

Walley, Samuel

37900

09/07/1916

Private

Walters, Edward Bertram

4275

10/08/1915

Private

Walters, Gwilym

201393

26/03/1917

Private

Walters, John

201326

26/03/1917

Private

Walton, G. H.

200940

05/11/1918

Private

Ward, Daniel Charles

49454

03/11/1917

Acting Corporal

Washer, Rupert

201158

26/03/1917

Private

Waters, Thomas William

2164

01/01/1915

Private

Watkins, Gwilym

321

10/08/1915

Private

Watkins, Richard

266177

31/08/1917

Lance Sergeant

Watkins, Thomas

24486

05/11/1917

Private

Watts, William

1051

13/08/1915

Private

Webb, Charles William

201520

09/02/1918

Private

Whieldon, Herbert

202313

04/11/1917

Private

White, Ernest

201232

13/07/1918

Private

Williams, David John

200277

27/01/1917

C.Q.M.S.

Williams, Edgar

200675

04/05/1917

Private

Williams, Howell

5256

10/08/1915

Private

Williams, John Henry

3135

10/08/1915

Private

Williams, Moses

201647

09/03/1918

Lance Corporal

Williams, Nigel Kenneth

200037

19/04/1917

Private

Williams, Owen John

2135

30/08/1915

Private

Williams, Peter

201130

26/03/1917

Private

Williams, Robert H.

4470

10/08/1915

Private

Williams, Thomas

4123

07/12/1915

Private

Williams, Walter

4435

10/08/1915

Private

Willis, Alfred John

266549

03/11/1917

Private

Wilson, Walter

5497

10/08/1915

Private

Wood, John

202323

27/12/1917

Sergeant

Woodward, Harry

2131

10/08/1915

Private

Woolcock, Charles Rupert

200131

04/11/1917

Private

Wright, Evan George

5136

10/08/1915

Acting Sergeant

Wright, John

201460

26/03/1917

Private

Wyatt, Albert George

2136

27/10/1918

       

The Battalion returned to its Territorial role between the wars, the regiment reverting to the old spelling of Welch, and in World War Two saw active service in Northern Ireland and England, before landing in Normandy with the 53rd (Welsh) Division at the end of June 1944 and fighting in North-West Europe.

 

After returning again to its peacetime role in 1946, the 4th Welch resumed its Territorial role, but on 11 June 1969 the Welch Regiment was disbanded, following the merger of the Welch Regiment and South Wales Borderers to form the Royal Regiment of Wales.

 

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Website News

4 May 2017. Welcome news this morning that a new CWGC headstone has been erected in Laugharne for Domingo Mobile, a sailor who I found to be buried there a couple of years ago. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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