Welcome to my website, The West Wales War Memorial Project. The aim of this website is to remember the men and women of the old county of Dyfed (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire) who are commemorated on war memorials throughout the three counties. These many memorials cover such conflicts as the Anglo Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Palestine, Korea, the Falklands, and Iran and Afghanistan.
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ESTIMATED CASUALTY FIGURES FOR THE COUNTIES
To give some idea of the loss of life in both World Wars, over 16 million people were killed in the Great War. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme alone (on 1 July 1916) around 57,000 casualties were incurred by the British and Allied forces, including around 19,000 dead, and the remainder wounded or missing.
The original Carmarthen County War Memorial listed the names of 1,913 men and women of the County who gave their lives in the Great War. This was made up of 3 Nurses, 123 Officers, 254 Non-Commissioned Officers and 1,533 Other Ranks. After painstaking research, this figure has now been expanded to around 2,700 men and women to WW1, and 1,050 in WW2, and more are being uncovered all the time. Many of these are mentioned on the memorials of more than one village, which makes research difficult.
Over 1,100 men from the old county of Cardiganshire fell during the Great War of 1914-1918, and over 500 more fell during World War Two. These men are commemorated on War Memorials which are scattered all over the county, ranging from names on parents graves, single plaques in Chapels and Churches to Cenotaphs, such as the ones at Cardigan, Lampeter and Aberystwyth.
The original Pembroke County War Memorial in Haverfordwest was erected in honour of the 1,300 men of the County who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914-1918. Ensuing research has uncovered many more, so these extra men and women will be listed on the pages of the village where they had connections to, and their omission from the memorials will be noted.
ABOUT THE SITE ITSELF
This website contains details on all of the war memorials and also all of the local military units from the three counties which made up the former County of Dyfed in west Wales: Carmarthenshire; Ceredigion; and Pembrokeshire. As part of the research into each war memorial I have come across many men who for one reason or another are not commemorated as official casualties of war by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Some detective work is then required to see if sufficient evidence is available in order to present their case to the CWGC for commemoration. The Forgotten Men section of the website holds the results of my work on local uncommemorated casualties. One tab opens a page holding details of some of the locally formed units: The 1/4th Welsh (Territorial), the 15th Welsh (Carmarthen Pals), the 24th Welsh (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry), Pembrokeshire Royal Garrison Artillery, and also local R.A.F. bases. These pages contain brief histories of the Battalions, and their Casualty Rolls, and are continually evolving as time allows. Details of local gallantry award winners are also contained on the website, although work is still ongoing, and there are also separate sections for any Pre World War One and Post World War Two Memorials.
HOW TO SEARCH THE SITE
You can either search by town or village by clicking on the links on the relevant county page on the header of this page, which then opens up a list of war memorials in that county down the left hand side of the website. By turning off your pop-up blocker (ad-blocker) a Google search box opens up on the top of the left hand column of the home page, which is set to search this website. You can then search by name, number, unit or keyword.
FUNDING THE WEBSITE
The website is entirely self funded, and has been written and researched by myself alone. The costs of running the website and carrying out the research for it are quite substantial. As a result, any donations towards the cost of the website are most welcome, and will help to continue work on research and keeping the material online for public use. As another form of funding, as well as my two published books, I have also self published several local war memorial books, and have donation links to Paypal scattered throughout the site, all proceeds of which get ploughed back into the work. Please see my books below.
None of this work would be possible without a lot of very valuable help, and my gratitude is given to those who have, and still are, helping with this project. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides a valuable, and much forgotten service to the casualties of both world wars, and to their families, by providing a very high quality service with regards to the maintenance and upkeep of the thousands of war graves and cemeteries scattered throughout the world, and by providing information and help to researchers. The basis for all war memorial research starts from using their comprehensive database to find basic details from a name on a memorial, and their importance to this website cannot be put into words. Chris Baker's excellent website, 'The Long, Long Trail' proved useful for biographical information on the various Army Divisions. My greatest thanks go to the small army of people who continue to voluntarily submit photographs and information to the project, and such information is always welcome. I would like to thanks all of these individuals for their help and input.
ADDITIONAL RESEARCH CARRIED OUT BY MYSELF
Coupled with my research into these local war memorials, as part of my research on the Welsh troops who fought during the Great War I have created a database of over 50,000 men and women who either served with Welsh units or who were born, resided, or died in Wales as a result of the Great War. This research is on-going, in order to create a comprehensive database of Welsh WW1 casualties.
I have also been involved in assisting the research of several local history groups, either in order for them to create displays, write books on their local war memorials, or to erect new war memorials. Examples of such work can be found in the list below. Apologies for anyone I have omitted, as I need to update this list:
New War Memorials
Carmarthen GWR War Memorial (on-going project)
Eglwyswrw War Memorial
Five Roads War Memorial
Llanelli GWR War Memorial
Llanelli Post WW2 War Memorial
Pendine War Memorial
St Dogmaels War Memorial
Displays / Books
Borth History Society Book
Burry Port RFC Centenary Book
Dafen War Memorial and Book
Gowerton County School Memorial
Laugharne Memorial Display and Book
Llandyssul History Society Display
Llanelli (Capel Ffwrnes) Display
Llanelli Grammar School Memorial and information panels
Llansteffan History Society Book
Milford Haven Book
Pontarddulais War Memorial
St Clears Memorial Display Panels
Talley War Memorial
The Fighting Fourth Book – Colonel Ron Austin
Ysgol yr Aman Memorial and Book
And numerous other different projects and articles, some of which are still on-going.
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A tremendous amount of time, hard work and money has gone into researching all of these men and building this website. Most of the material used throughout this website has been photographed and compiled from various sources by the Author and website owner, except where otherwise noted and as such all photographs and text remain the copyright of myself, Steven John.
For anything other than personal use, i.e. local history groups and societies who wish to copy my work, a donation to keep the website online is politely requested. I also stress the need to acknowledge the website as the source of any material copied by others, as I have often come across material from the website which has been copied and used without acknowledgement or permission. The worst case I have come across so far has been the plagiarising of the details of an entire war memorial from this website by one group in Pembrokeshire and published word by word in a local magazine, claiming it to be their own research!
For any group who has received funding to research their own war memorial, please remember that this website and the years of work it contains is entirely self funded by myself and that using my material for such projects is a breach of my copyright unless my permission has been sought.
A tour can then be easily devised which takes you across (or under) the Channel, and down from Calais to Boulogne along the coast. There is plenty to see here, and also several great restaurants and hotels. The drive across country from Boulogne towards Armentières or Béthune is pretty pleasant in the summer, and you can then use either town, both well known to the Allied soldier, as a base to tour the locations that the 15th Welsh held during the early months of the war.
The next step could be to follow the trail of the battalion south. The 38th (Welsh) Division was relieved from the Fromelles sector, infamous itself for the tragic Battle of Fromelles some weeks later, in June 1916 before making its epic march south to the Somme, and a few pleasant hour’s drive south will take you to the Department de la Somme.
Using Albert, a well known town to the Tommy, as a base, with its several hotels and restaurants, the entire area of the Somme battlefields of 1916 and 1918 is within easy reach and you can end your tour with a trip to Mametz Wood to admire David Peterson’s famous Red Dragon memorial, which overlooks the imposing mass of Mametz Wood.
This, of course, is just one example from many, but one which is close to my heart, and the reason why, in 2003, I dragged my family to France on our first tour of the battlefields and have been doing so ever since.
This page will hopefully be able to instil some confidence in a first time visitor to the Western Front, by showing how an amateur such as me has managed to make this once daunting trip!
The British and Commonwealth Armies fought in a massive area, coming down from Ypres in Belgium, to the River Marne, in France. This area encompassed cities and towns such as Ypres, Armentieres, Loos, Arras, Albert and Soissons, among others. Each area is worth visiting and offers a variety of places to stay, excellent Cafe's, restaurant's, museum's, shopping and even theme parks.
The above map shows the Western front in 1914. The Front was a continuous line of trenches spreading from the Belgian Coast in the North, to the Swiss border in the South. Millions of men were needed by both sides to maintain adequate defensive positions on the Western front.
There are several means of finding your way around the war cemeteries and memorials to the missing around the Western Front. One is the CWGC publication: ‘Michelin Road Atlas - Cemeteries and Memorials in Belgium and Northern France’ which is a handy glovebox sized atlas with cemeteries overlaid onto maps of France and Belgium, indexed in the back. The easiest way is to use a TomTom sat-nav and download the POIGRAVES file through the TomTom GO PC app. This is an excellent way to find your way around the cemeteries. The CWGC have also published an app for your mobile phone. Search in the app store for: ‘CWGC War Graves’.
The Ypres Salient (Ieper)
When we first started visiting Ieper, we used to stay at a small hotel called 'The Shell Hole', a unique Hotel, which was owned by John Woolsgrove, a former Paratrooper and his partner Christine, which also housed a Military Book and Medal Shop. These were some of the best trips we had, but when John retired, we began exploring other options, and have since stayed at almost every hotel in the city, as well as renting a house on our last trip.
This is the easiest, and most rewarding, trip to make as Ieper has something for everyone. Just book your Channel crossing, and then book somewhere to stay in Ieper. The crossing itself is interesting if you haven’t done it before. The tunnel is the quickest, while the ferry is the cheapest, if you can keep out of the duty free shop! The City of Ieper is an easy drive from Calais, with several possible routes to take, all of which have places of interest to visit along the way. The Ieper Tourist Office enables easy booking of somewhere to stay. We have never had a bad experience in Ypres, and have visited the city well over twenty times, and every hotel and restaurant we have stayed, and ate, in have been great.
Our destination, Ypres. This is the centre of Ypres, and it's magnificent Cloth Hall.
The Cloth Hall, which dominates the centre of the City, was totally destroyed during the Great War, due to Ypres being the centre of a Salient, jutting out into the German lines. This allowed the Germans to concentrate artillery fire onto Ypres from three sides. The Cloth Hall houses the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum and Tourist Centre, and is a recommended stop. The square itself is surrounded by Bars and Restaurants, all of which can be recommended for the quality of their food, and friendly service. Most of the inhabitants of Ypres seem to have a good grasp of the English language, making this a very nice place to stay with the family.
Ieper is central to many ideal places to visit. For those interested in the Great War, there are the nearby Museums of Hooge Crater and Hill 62. There is also an impressive display at nearby Zonnebeke, in the newly opened Streek Museum, which incorporated a reconstructed British Dugout, complete with displays and sounds, which can be walked through, while a short trip north will take you to the interesting Yser Tower and ‘Trenches of Death’ at Diksmuide. Below are a few photos of some of these places from our trips over the years.
This is Sophie and David, by a preserved British Bunker on the top of Hill 60.
David and Myself by the preserved Essex Farm Dressing Station, where the Canadian Doctor, John McRae wrote his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'
Sophie and David with two of the Last Post Bugler's, inside the Menin Gate.
Annette and Myself, standing at the edge of the village of Passendale, the infamous objective of the murderous Battle of Passchendaele in the Autumn of 1917.
Ecuelin Chateau, where men of the 15th Welsh were billetted following the Armistice
To aid you in your trip to the Ypres battlefields, I can highly recommend Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to the Ypres Salient, which is packed full of information to help the visitor. The book shows several routes to Ypres from Calais, and also contains details of all of the actions fought in the area, as well as places to visit, and a very useful pull out guide map, which I use myself.
Flanders – The Neuve Chapelle and Loos Battlefields
Travel just a few miles south of Ieper along the line of the old Western front, and the route takes you past some infamous places: Messines Ridge, Ploegsteert Wood and Armentieres. Armentieres and Bethune are two delightful towns situated in this sector of the battlefield, which both offer a wide variety of places to stay and places to eat. We particularly like Bethune, as its square, centred around the Belfry, which was a well known landmark during the war, is surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants.
Within easy travelling distance of either town are the battlefields of Aubers Ridge, Neuve-Chapelle, Fromelles and Loos, and the countryside seems to be littered with Commonwealth War Cemeteries, all of which are worth visiting.
Notably here is the latest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery to have been built after the discovery of several large burial pits recently. Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery contains around 250 graves of men who were originally buried in pits overlooked by the cemetery. Presently some 96 have been identified. Nearby is another site worth visiting, VC Corner Cemetery and the Fromelles Memorial Park pay tribute to the Australians who died during the ill fated diversionary assault on the Sugar Loaf salient.
VC Corner Cemetery, Fromelles
Fromelles Memorial Park
There are also several of the CWGC’s main war memorials in the area: near Neuve-Chapelle itself are the impressive Indian Memorial and the picturesque Le Touret Memorial and Military Cemetery, whilst at Loos is the solemn Loos Memorial, which encloses Dud Corner Cemetery, and offers views over most of the Loos battlefields.
Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery
Nearby is the spectacular Vimy Ridge, which is surmounted by the impressive twin pylons of Canada’s Vimy Ridge Memorial, their national monument which commemorates the men who took part in the capture of this vital position who have no known grave. The memorial is located within a memorial park, which is a must to visit. If you are interested, you can also book a tour in the Grange Subway, one of the tunnels which runs below the park, and which was used during the capture of the position.
The Vimy Memorial
To aid you in your trip to the Flanders battlefields, I can highly recommend Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to The Western Front, North, which is packed full of information to help the visitor. The book shows several routes to the battlefield from Calais, and also contains details of all of the actions fought in the area, as well as places to visit, and also covers some of the Ypres battles.
Arras and the Somme Battlefields
Moving south once more, the first major city is Arras, again well known to the Tommy during the war (and also during WW2 when the Welsh Guards fought a famous action here). Arras itself is a great place to stay, and can be used as a base for touring the Arras Battlefield, and also the battlefields of Cambrai and the Hindenburg Line. It is also close enough to the Somme to be used as a base for touring there. Within the town are several CWGC cemeteries, including the impressive Arras Memorial, which encompasses the RAF Memorial and the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery. To find places to stay in the Somme and also to find out more about events and places to visit, please visit the Somme Tourism website.
The Arras Memorial
On our first ever trip to the Somme, we stayed at Auchonvillers, with Avril Williams, in her fantastic B&B, which has an authentic First World War Advanced Dressing Station in the cellar, and have also rented Gites in Mailly Maillet, Longueval and Flers. Amiens or Péronne could also be used as a base to explore the Somme, and you could then visit the hotels and restaurants frequented by the officers and soldiers when they were off duty.
If visiting the Somme, it is essential to have a car and to be prepared to travel a few miles, as it can be used as a base for visiting the area from Vimy Ridge across to Cambrai, down to St. Quentin, Péronne, to Albert and Amiens. There is plenty to see, and we have only just scratched the surface in our visits.
Sophie and Annette in the grounds of the South African Memorial at Delville Wood.
Annette and the children again, this time stood by the fantastic Memorial to the 38th Welsh Division at Mametz Wood. The memorial was made by St. Clears man, David Peterson, and stands at the point where the Welsh Division began their attack on the formidable German positions inside the Woods.
The site of the old windmill, at the North East edge of Pozières village.
The Windmill was a German strongpoint, that was one of the objectives for the First Australian Division's attack on the village, of which my Great Grandfather David Thomas John took part. Thousands of Australian's died in the struggle for Pozieres. Just take a look at the photograph below to get an idea of the destruction. The shell is bursting on the site of the windmill, where I am sat, and the village has been completely destroyed.
To aid you in your trip to the Flanders battlefields, I can highly recommend Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to the Somme, which is packed full of information to help the visitor. The book shows several routes to the battlefield from Calais, and also contains details of all of the actions fought in the area, as well as places to visit. The accompanying map has also proved to be of great use to me over several visits.
The Hindenburg Line Area
The Hindenburg Line battle area stretches from Arras southwards to Laffaux, near Soissons, on the Aisne. The Germans had constructed it in able to shrink the length of front which they had to hold, and created a heavily fortified system of trenches, laced with belts of barbed wire, and defended by scientifically calculated fields of fire, covered by countless machine-guns. The allies first saw the Hindenburg Line early in 1917, when the stretched German army retreated to its safety. Part of the Battle of Arras saw considerable fighting on the Hindenburg Line near Bullecourt. The northern sector was fought over in the winter of 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai, which saw the Allies breach the defences, but they were unable to consolidate their gains, and a swift counter-offensive drove them back.
The Germans launched Operation Michael from here on 21 March 1918, and it took a desperate defence to stem their attempt to cut off the BEF. Following the launching of the 100 days offensive (the Advance to Victory) on 8 August 1918, the Allies drove the Germans back towards the Hindenburg Line again, and the area saw heavy fighting during the defence, and subsequent breaking through, of the Hindenburg Line during September 1918.
There is much to see along this rarely visited part of the Western Front, with many traces of emplacements, bunkers and trench-lines to be found, as well as such notable landmarks as the Canal du Nord and the Riqueval Bridge. I have personally traced the progress of the 38th (Welsh) Division, and the 74th (Yeomanry) Division through and beyond this part of the battlefield, and have found it to be a most interesting and rewarding experience. It is easy to carry out a good deal of exploration of this area from a base in Albert, but I would also recommend Péronne as a lovely place to stay, with its picturesque location on the banks of the River Somme, and it’s fantastic museum, the Historial, which is located inside the ruins of an ancient chateau.
The Historial, at Péronne
For anyone visiting this area, I strongly recommend bringing a copy of the book Hindenburg Line, by Peter Oldham, which is part of the Battleground Europe series. The book covers the history and battles of each sector of the line, and contains many maps and pictures, even illustrating the whereabouts of surviving emplacements.
The Southern (Aisne) and French Sectors
I can’t profess to being an expert on these locations, but we have enjoyed two brilliant days out from our base at Longueval one summer. The first we combined with a trip to Disneyland Paris, which also took in the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial, which commemorates the missing of the retreat to the Marne in 1914. The second trip followed the line along the Chemin-de-Dames ridge, to follow William Fuller’s exploits while winning his Victoria Cross with the 2nd Welsh in 1914. We explored the beautiful towns of Soissons and Rheims, the famous centre of the Champagne industry, and visited notable 1914 battlefield sites, such as Chalons-sur-Marne, and Chivy-sur-Aisne. I think I would stay in Rheims when we next visit, as it’s a lovely town, and it would be great to enjoy some Champagne testing events.
The Soissons Memorial
For anyone visiting this area, I’d recommend Major and Mrs. Holt's Battlefield Guide to The Western Front, South, which covers the entire battlefield in great details, and also advises on routes from Calais and places to stay in the area.
I haven’t been lucky enough (or been able to afford) to visit Gallipoli yet, but it is definitely on my bucket list, as my great grandfather fought there and several Laugharne men were killed on its desolate slopes. I have, however, studied in detail the possibility of going, using Major and Mrs. Holt's Battlefield Guide to Gallipoli. The book, as with their others, contains a very useful battle map, and will certainly be one of the first items I pack when I do go.
D-Day and the Normandy Landings
Again, I have yet to visit Normandy, although I have visited WW2 sites further north along the Channel coast, but it is another place which is on my bucket list of places to visit. Again, Major and Mrs Holt have excelled, with their book The Definitive Battlefield Guide to the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, which includes a detailed battle map of the area.
Operation Market Garden
The famous film, A Bridge Too Far, chronicles one of the most famous episodes of the war, with General Bernard Montgomery’s plan to shorten the war by forcing the crossing of the River Rhine. Our local battalion, the 4th Battalion, Welch Regiment, took part in this offensive, as part of the 53rd (Welch) Division, and are forever remembered today by the townspeople of the town of s’Hertogenbosch, which they liberated in 1944. To follow the route, and the trials and tribulations of the paratroopers who were isolated at Arnhem, I recommend Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to Operation Market Garden, which again has a battle map.
DONATIONS. This website is an ongoing project which incurs monthly costs, but the greatest expenditure is the work on attempting to gain commemoration for Welsh servicemen who have been 'forgotten' by the CWGC.
Donations can be made using the Paypal link below, or by contacting the author via the Contact page.
11 June 2019. Great news again today, having received confirmation that another Welsh serviceman has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: David Thomas Jones, of Llandeilo. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
14 May 2019. More great news today, having heard that another two Welsh servicemen have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Evan Davies, of Cray, Breconshire; and Ivor John Hiley, of Barry, Glam. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
12 April 2019. Great news again today, having received confirmation that another two Welsh servicemen have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Thomas Leslie Foster Brough, of Panteg; and Jerome O'Leary, of Cwmbran. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
7 March 2019. Great news today, I have received confirmation from the MoD that a previously unknown Welsh Regiment officers grave, which I identified as 2nd Lieutenant Sam Hughes, 10th Welsh, has been verified by them and they will be erecting a new headstone in June 2019. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
22 Feb 2019. More good news today that another Welsh soldier, Edward Coughlin, of Newport, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
16 Feb 2019. Some more good news today, having received conformation that a former Swansea policeman, Guardsman Patrick Shea, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
30 Jan 2019. Some more good news, having had confirmation that another Welsh sailor, John William Sommers, of Blackpill, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
3 Jan 2019. Some more great news to start the New Year, having had confirmation that another two Welsh sailors have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: Sidney Joseph Murphy and Edgar Prothero, of Swansea. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
6 Dec 2018. Another piece of good news today, another Welsh soldier has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: George Henry Downer, of Swansea. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
5 Dec 2018. Some more great news today, another four Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Richard Cook, of Newport; Daniel Oscar Evans, of Ystrad; Evan Ivor Isaac Jenkins, of Llanelli; and William John Jones, of Abercarn. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
16 Nov 2018. Again I'm pleased to say that another two Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration today: William Arthur Hopkins, of Talywain; and William Henry Hopkins, of Cymmer. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
15 Nov 2018. Some more great news today that another two Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Sam Cooper, of Trevethin; and Thomas William George, of Swansea. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
14 Nov 2018. Great news today that another four Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: Godfrey Dorey, of Neath; John Garvin, of Pontypool; Stanley Griffiths, of Swansea; and William Price, of Abergavenny. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
13 Nov 2018. More great news, the CWGC have accepted another Welsh soldier for commemoration today as a result of my work: Thomas John Hale, of Newport, Mon. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
10 Nov 2018. Great news today that another three Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Richard Charles, of Neath; David Evan Gough, of Merthyr; and William Jones, of Rhyl. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
19 Oct 2018. Some more great news today, after having received confirmation that another three Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: Archibald Casswell; Sidney Coker; and Thomas John Joseph, all Swansea men. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
17 Oct 2018. Some great news again today after having received confirmation that another four Welsh servicemen have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: Samuel Brooks, of Swansea; David Humphreys, of Pontypool; David Jenkin Jones, of Llwydcoed; and Tudor Emlyn Jones, of Swansea. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
16 Oct 2018. Have today received confirmation that another Welsh serviceman has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: William Henry Lippitt, of Llanhilleth. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
12 Oct 2018. Some great news today that another two Welsh soldiers have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: David Morgan Jenkins, of Swansea; and Jenkin Robert Lewis, of Llanelli. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
6 Mar 2018. Some more good news today that yet another Welsh soldier, Thomas David Rees, of Whitchurch, Cardiff, has been accepted as a war casualty by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
3 Mar 2018. Good news today that another Welsh soldier, Reginald Wilfred Collard, of Whitchurch, Cardiff, has been accepted as a war casualty by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
26 Feb 2018. The second volume of my latest book 'The Welsh at War' has been published today and is available from all good bookshops. Please see the Steve's Books page for details.
23 Feb 2018. Some good news today that another local man, Gwilym Bennett, of Llanelli, has been accepted as a war casualty by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
5 Feb 2018. The first volume of my latest book 'The Welsh at War' has been published today and is available from all good bookshops. Please see the Steve's Books page for details.
27 Jan 2018. Some good news again, that Thomas Arthur Edward Pugsley, of Ynysboeth, has recently been accepted by the CWGC for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
22 Jan 2018. I have received news that a sailor from Swansea, James Carne, who I had researched, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.
1 December 2017. A new section has been added to the website, which will cover some war memorials in Glamorgan, more especially the memorials nearest to the county border with Carmarthenshire. More will be added as time allows.
4 November 2017. Some good news this week following the discovery, after much searching, of the grave of Private Thomas Davies, of Laugharne. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers page of the website for details.