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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. Forty graves 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 February 2, 1955. The cemetery is currently closed to the public due to subsidence.

Pre WW1

In 1892, the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment embarked for India from England. After almost fourteen years in India, 2nd Welsh moved on garrison duties in South Africa in 1906 prior to its return to the United Kingdom in 1910. The Battalion was for a period stationed at Pembroke Dock, but at the outbreak of the Great War was quartered at Bordon in Hampshire. The 2nd Welsh embarked for France on 12 August 1914 where, with the 6th Battalion (TF), it represented the regiment in Britain's ‘Contemptible little Army’. Three men of 2nd Welsh died whilst stationed at Pembroke Dock.

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.

Fred Turner, Private, Welsh Regiment. Fred was born in 1891. He was just 20 years old when he died at Pembroke Dock on 13 June 1912.

George C. Mortiboys, Private, Welsh Regiment. George was born in Warwickshire in 1891. He was just 18 years old when he died at Pembroke Dock on 7 May 1910.

World War One, 1914-1918

Edward Colin Allcroft, Private, 240598, Welsh Regiment. Edward was born at Aberdare, and enlisted there 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, and he died there on 28 January 1917.

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. George was just 20 years old.

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

James Clay, Private, 13912, Kings Liverpool Regiment. James was based at Pembroke Dock with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Kings Liverpool Regiment. He died on 15 May 1916.

Benjamin Connop, Gunner, 135435, Royal Garrison Artillery. Benjamin was serving with the 57th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, and was based on the Pembroke Dock Coastal Defences. He died on 1 January 1918.

William Henry Cure, Private, 7493, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Private Cure served with the 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, who were based at Pembroke Dock after mobilisation in August 1914. He died on 16 July 1915.

David Davies, Private, 2163, Welsh Regiment. David served with the 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 159 Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, and served at Gallipoli from August to December 1915, before being evacuated to Egypt, where they fought against the Senussi tribesmen. David probably served with their reserve Battalion, and died at Pembroke Dock on 21 March 1916.

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 June 1897. 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. The 3/6th Welsh was one of the training battalions stationed at Milford Haven. Richard died on 12 April 1916.

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. He died at Pembroke Dock on 11 March 1917.

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. He was 41 years old.

William Henry Hurley, Gunner, 463, Royal Garrison Artillery. William was born at Tenby, the Son of Mr. T.J. Hurley and Mrs. M. A. Hurley, later of 1, Arcade Terrace, Garnant, Carmarthenshire. He enlisted at Swansea into the Royal Garrison Artillery, but sadly died at Pembroke Dock of sickness on 27 May 1915 aged 23. William is commemorated on the Cwmamman Cenotaph.

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. Ernest was 37 years old.

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.

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.

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.

Harry Lund, Private, 115666, Royal Army Medical Corps. Harry was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, and enlisted at Ilkeston into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served aboard H.M.H.S. Glenart Castle, which was 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, 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 on 14 September 1914.

Colin Lindsay Melluish, Boy, 10672, South Wales Borderers. Colin was born at Eccleshall, Staffordshire in September 1897. 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. 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 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. Another Boy Soldier, Robert Griffiths, was killed instantly. James was just 17 years old.

John Caleb Richards, Acting Bombardier, 54973, Royal Garrison Artillery. John was born at Leisingthorne, County Durham. 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. He was 25 years old.

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. He was 40 years old.

Charles F. Stanfield, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 2863, Royal Garrison Artillery. Charles was serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery at Pembroke Dock when he died on 9 July 1916. He was 41 years old.

Herbert Stokes, Sergeant, 8486, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Herbert was from Wrexham, and had served on the Western Front with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, 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 was posted with the battalion to Pembroke Dock in August 1914. Edward died there on 31 October 1915. He was 50 Years old.

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. Harry was 47 years old.

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. He was 25 years old.

Harold George Thomas, Private, 9300, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Harold was the Son of Christopher 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, based at Pembroke Dock. Harold died here on 26 May 1915. He was 24 years old.

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. Frederick was 34 years old.

George Turner, Private, 18501, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. George was born at Shirlett, Shropshire, and enlisted at Ironbridge into the Army. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, which was based at Pembroke Dock. George died here on 21 January 1916. He was 37 years old.

Walter Vittles, Private, 32557, Kings Liverpool Regiment. Walter 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. Walter was 33 years old.

William Watts, Private, 1051, Welsh Regiment. William resided in Llandebie, and enlisted at Carmarthen into the 4th Battalion the Welsh Regiment. The 1/4th Battalion had moved to Gallipoli, landing on 9 August, 1915 as part of 159 Brigade 53rd (Welsh) Division, but they had a second string Battalion at home, the 2/4th, used for supplying reserves, and carrying out Garrison Duties at Pembroke Dock. William died of sickness at Pembroke Dock on 13 August 1915. He is commemorated on the Llandebie War Memorial.

John Roland Whitby, Sergeant, 15227, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. John was 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 T. White, Conductor, 7574054, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. John 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 at Pembroke Dock on 11 November 1920.

George Wright, Private, 7785, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. George was born at Brecon, and enlisted at Hereford into the Army. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, based at Pembroke Dock. George died here on 8 November 1915. He was 44 years old.

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. He was 60 years old.

Thomas Young, Private, 22812, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Thomas was born at Hensingham, Cumberland, the Son of John and Elizabeth E. 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.

World War Two, 1939-1945

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 died 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, and was one of the nineteen men killed while training in mine disposal techniques, when an explosion killed nineteen men 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 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 E. Crawley and Winifred E. Crawley, of Oxford. He served with the Royal Armoured Corps, based at Pembroke Dock. Gerald died on 1 September 1942 aged just 19.

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.

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, 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 serving 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 33 years old.

William Lionel Hanney, Gunner, 1082330, Royal Artillery. William served at Pembroke Dock with the Royal Artillery. He was probably killed during an air raid on 2 November 1940.

John Murray Harding, Lieutenant, 245689, Royal Armoured Corps. John was the Son of Brigadier Geoffrey Parker Harding and Catherine Mary Harding of Lyndhurst Hampshire. He served with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, part of the Royal Armoured Corps, based at Pembroke Dock. John died at Pembroke Dock on 29 August 1943. He was 21 years old. Lt Harding was killed when his Sherman tank slide off the road and rolled over when it was being driven to Newton Camp, Bosherston. I believe that the accident took place on the road into Bosherston, near the house called Creature. Lt Harding's regiment, 13/18H, were at Castlemartin with the 79th Armoured Division, trialling tactics for the invasion of Europe (D-Day). He was a troop commander and was sitting in the open hatch of the turret, and was thus crushed as the tank rolled over. (Information kindly supplied by Adrian James).

George Jackson, Sapper, 2126209, Royal Engineers. George was the Son of James Elizabeth Jackson. 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 served with the 2nd Battalion, the London Irish Rifles, which was based at Pembroke Dock. He died on 28 August 1940.

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 served at Pembroke Dock with the Auxiliary Military unit of the Pioneer Corps. He died there on 20 June 1940.

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 died there on 2 June 1943. He was 27 years old.

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. He was just 19 years old.

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, and the Husband of Daisy Prattent, of Barnehurst, Kent. He served at Pembroke Dock as a Quartermaster Serjeant (Experimental), and died on 1 April 1941, aged 32.

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, and 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 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 WW2 Casualties

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.

News Items

9 April 2014. After having been forgotten for 97 years, Llanelli man, Ernest William Sherwood, has just been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page of the website for further details.

 

5 April 2014. After two years and three months of being sat on a desk in the MOD, I have received the welcome news today that another local man, Edward Idris Evans, of Kidwelly, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page of the website for further details.

7 February 2014. After a long battle, Gunner Robert Corfield, of Aberystwyth, has finally been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.

27 January 2014. Finally the work on uploading photographs onto the Carmarthenshire section has been completed. The only problem I’ve found is that there is a maximum number of ‘elements’ which can be loaded onto each page, which necessitates the spreading of some of the larger memorials over several pages, which isn’t ideal. The Llanelli pages have so many men on that I can’t load all of my photos on. As a result I have had to make do with just the portrait shots that I have, and have left the photos of the memorials and headstones off the Llanelli WW1 pages.

13 January 2014. A new section has been added to the tabs on the top banner of the website, entitled Local Gallantry Awards. All of the gallantry winners from the three counties will be commemorated in this section, and so far I have added the Boer War, Victoria Cross winners, and WW1 gallantry award winners to the site. More will be added as time allows, and the WW2 awards will also follow in time.

19 September 2013. I have just received confirmation from the CWGC that they had wrongly displayed the date of death for Skipper W F Reid, of Milford, and are amending their records to suit, following evidence sent in by myself. He was shown as having died in 1940, while he actually died in 1946. Please see the Milford Haven WW2 page for more details about him.

5 September 2013. At last there is some good news regarding the hundreds of cases of un-commemorated servicemen that have been piling up on a desk with the MOD. Today it has been announced that the MOD have come to an agreement with the National Army Museum for the NAM to approve the outstanding cases on behalf of the army. Within the total of around 450 outstanding cases, are eighteen cases of men from West Wales which have submitted by the WWWMP. It looks as if the two pronged campaign by the In From the Cold Project and the WWWMP has paid off at last, and it will be nice to see these men finally accepted as casualties of war.

 

20 August 2013. I have been working with the CWGC for several weeks regarding the incorrect commemoration of Lieutenant Henry Thompson White, a Carmarthen officer who was killed on the Somme on 8 September 1916. Since the 1920's, Henry has been recorded on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel, which is the incorrect location. He should have been recorded with the other Welsh Regiment Somme casualties on the Thiepval Memorial, but for one reason or another this mistake occurred. The CWGC have today confirmed that my evidence was correct, and because the Thiepval Memorial is full, Henry will be commemorated on the new France 1914-1918 memorial which is currently being planned.

8 August 2013. After puzzling for some time why Private Thomas Jones, of Talybont, a member of the 15th Welsh, was shown by the CWGC as having been killed on 1 July 1916, I purchased his death certificate to find that he had been killed on 11 July at Mametz Wood. This has been sent to the CWGC and the date has recently been amended by them. (Sadly too late for me, as I had written him into Carmarthen Pals as being the battalions first Somme casualty, which I now know to be incorrect!)

 

6 August 2013. This new website has been launched which incorporates all of the material already published on my three previous sites.

These websites have now been taken offline, as all of the written material has been transferred over.

Presently the majority of the photos of the men and their war graves or memorials have not been added to the site. I am looking into the possibility of photo galleries, but will keep any changes posted here.

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