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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.

 

There are well over fifty known pre WW1 military burials within the cemetery; including members of soldier’s family’s 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. For the other sections, please scroll down through the menu on the left, and click on the sub menu headings for each section.

Links to Sub Pages

Mid War Burials (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.

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.

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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News Items

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27 September 2014. I have received news today that another  local man, Sydney Thomas of Llanelli, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following evidence presented to them by myself. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

15 August 2014. The good news has been received today that another local man, James William Manning of Haverfordwest, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. Please see the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

 

10 August 2014. The new war memorial at Eglwyswrw has today been unveiled by the Bishop of St. Davids.

7 August 2014. Some more good news today. William John Jones, a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery from Borth, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. See the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

25 July 2014. Some more good news today. John Tyson Lloyd, a Trooper with the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, from Henllan Amgoed, near Whitland has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC. See the Uncommemorated Men page for details.

22 July 2014. A mixture of good and bad news today. I have just been advised that two cases that I had put forward to the CWGC for commemoration have been rejected, William Ronald Hastings and Albert Wilfred Mason. However, the good news is that Benjamin Oscar Davies, of Camrose, has been accepted for commemoration as a war casualty. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.

5 July 2014. The war memorial of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Carmarthen has been added to the website.

3 June 2014. With my book, Carmarthen in the Great War now published and available, I have today had the great news from my publishers, Pen & Sword, that they are willing to publish my third book, under the banner:

‘WELSH YEOMANRY AT WAR.’

A History of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion The Welsh Regiment.

The book covers the raising of the Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry regiments for war, training in Norfolk, and the move to Egypt, where they merged to form the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment in 1917. Publication date is 30 August 2015.

3 June 2014. A new section has been created, entitled Pre WW1 Memorials, which will incorporate all of the war memorials prior to 1914. At the moment only four memorials have been added. The Carmarthen Crimea Monument, the Carmarthen County Boer War Memorial, the Llanelli Boer War Memorial, and the Pembroke County Boer War Memorial. More individual memorials will be added as time permits.

29 April 2014. Some great news today. On Saturday 26 April the CWGC accepted four more men from West Wales who I had put forward for commemoration. These men are: William Harold George Henshaw, of Llanelli; Benjamin Reynolds, of Solva; Charles Archibald Walters, of Goodwick; and Ernest Evan Williams, of Pembroke Dock. Please see the Uncommemorated Local Men page of the website for further details.

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.

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