West Wales War Memorial Project
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St. Twynnell's War Memorial

St. Twynnell’s is a parish situated about four miles south-south-west of Pembroke, near the parishes of Castlemartin, Warren and Stackpole Elidor. The Parish Church is dedicated to St Gwynog and affords a pleasant view over the adjoining village. Inside the Church is a fine stained glass window, which is dedicated to the memory of two parishioners who lost their lives during the Great War.

World War One, 1914-1918

 

Thomas Phillips, Private, 139924, Machine Gun Corps. Thomas was the son of Pearce and Mary Phillips, of The Park, St. Twynnells, Pembroke. He enlisted at Pembroke into the Army, and was posted to the Monmouth Regiment, with the service number 229365. After receiving his training, Thomas was posted to the Machine Gun Corps, and joined their 38th Battalion, which was attached to the 38th (Welsh) Division. The Division had been in France since December 1915 and had fought during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and at Pilckem Ridge in 1917. On 21 March 1918 the Germans launched an offensive on the Somme, and within days had pushed the British back over twenty miles. The 38th Division was sent to the Somme to hold the line north of Albert, and took the line around Aveluy Wood. Thomas was killed in action here during an operation to recapture Bouzincourt Ridge on 24 April 1918. He was 33 years old, and is buried at Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, France.

William Williams, Able Seaman, Wales Z/1412, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. William was born at St. Twynnell’s on 18 March 1886, the son of Jason and Hannah Williams. By 1901 the family was living at Nixon Terrace, Morriston, where William worked in the local Tinworks and had married Harriet. He was a Royal Naval Reservist and rejoined the colours at the outbreak of war. He served aboard the Devonshire-class armoured cruiser HMS Hampshire, which was attached to the Grand Fleet. Hampshire was present at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 and just days afterwards returned to Scapa Flow to take onboard Field Marshal Kitchener, to take him to a conference in Russia. On 5 June Hampshire struck a German mine whilst steaming past Orkney and sank with the loss of 650 men, including Lord Kitchener and his staff. William’s body was one of a number recovered from the sea, and the 30 year old was buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Scotland.

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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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