West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

West Wales War Memorial Project

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.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

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.

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2003-2018 West Wales War Memorial Project

 

All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including copying, printing, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder, except in the case of brief quotations and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law.

 

For permission requests, contact the copyright holder via the contact form below.

 

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.

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23 Farran Grove

Shrewsbury

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Books by Steven John

Steve was born and bred in Laugharne, in Carmarthenshire, and served his apprenticeship as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Aberporth. He now lives in Shropshire, still working in engineering. His interest in World War One led to him writing his first book on the Laugharne War Memorial and then resulted in the publication of his first book 'Carmarthen Pals' in 2009. Steve is also the author of: 'Carmarthen in the Great War' (2014), which tells the story of how the war affected the county of Carmarthenshire; 'Welsh Yeomanry at War' (Aug 2016), a History of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan) Yeomanry Battalion, Welsh Regiment during the Great War; and the forthcoming trilogy: 'The Welsh at War', the story of the Welsh units and other stories of Welsh interest during the Great War, all of which have been published by Pen and Sword Books, as well as the author of six other self-published books on local war memorials.

 

I possess a limited number of each of my books which can be personally signed by myself and posted directly. Please contact me via the Contact Page of this website if you wish to order a personalised book for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Carmarthen Pals

My first published book, 'Carmarthen Pals', tells the history of the 15th (Service) Battalion, Welsh Regiment, and was published by Pen and Sword Books. It is available through themselves, Amazon or at all good bookshops. For basic information on the Battalion, please see the relevant link on the Local Units page. I am still looking for anything related to the Battalion to continue my research into it, so would gratefully welcome copies of paperwork, photographs, memoirs etc. To purchase a copy of 'Carmarthen Pals' please click on the Amazon link here as this allows a percentage to return to this website.

Carmarthen Pals Reviews

 

The 15th (Service Battalion), the Welsh Regiment, or the Carmarthen Pals, was one of the New Army battalions raised in Britain once it became clear that the First World War was going to last for longer and require a much bigger army than almost anyone had expected in the summer of 1914. This book looks at the history of that battalion from its original formation late in 1914, through some of the most famous battles of the war (including the Somme, Passchendaele and the hundred days offensive 1918) and ending when the battalion was dissolved in 1919.

 

Perhaps this books defining feature is that the author has taken the time to research the stories of a large number of the dead, so rather instead of the anonymous totals presented in many books here we often have a potted biography of at least some of each day's dead.

 

This book makes one realise just how costly the final victorious campaigns of 1918 were. A single action on 8 October 1918 cost the battalion 53 dead, nearly 10% of the 570 dead suffered by the 15th Welsh during the entire war, and twice as many men died during 1918 as during 1916, when the battalion was involved in the battle of the Somme!

 

The appendices nicely round off the book, including complete lists of the battalion's dead, medal winners (with citations where possible), and officers (with brief biographies).

 

This is an impressive sobering read, which stands as a memorial to the men of the 15th Welsh and the sacrifices they made during the Great War. (History of War Website)

Carmarthen in the Great War

My book, ‘Carmarthen in the Great War’, was published in June 2014 by Pen & Sword Books. It is available for purchase through them directly, from Amazon, or from all good bookshops. The book tells of the contribution that the county made to the war effort; of some of the casualties suffered by the county; and of some stories on the home front during the four years of the war. To purchase a copy, please click on the link here as this allows a percentage to return to this website.

Carmarthen in the Great War Reviews

 

An extremely interesting and well-researched book chronicling the progress of the war and showing how it affected local communities in Carmarthenshire. A treasure trove of information for all families whose ancestors served in the Great War. (Dyfed Family History Society)

Welsh Yeomanry at War

My latest book, 'Welsh Yeomanry at War', has just been published on 30 November 2016. It tells the story of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, Welsh Regiment during the Great War. It and covers the interesting history of this battalion during its campaign in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, and also its move to France in 1918 to take part in the great offensive.

 

After many years of part time soldiering as cavalry troops on home defence duties, the members of the various British Yeomanry regiments were asked to volunteer for overseas service soon after the outbreak of war. Officered by many well known members of the landed gentry, two of the Welsh Yeomanry regiments, the Pembroke Yeomanry and the Glamorgan Yeomanry, were amongst many who embarked for foreign service for the first time in their history during 1916. Spending the coming twelve months in Egypt during the campaign against the Senussi tribesmen, the two regiments merged to form the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which joining the 74th (Yeomanry) Division to take part in the historic offensive into Palestine that ultimately led to the liberation of the Holy City of Jerusalem after 400 years of Ottoman rule. After two years of hard campaigning in the Palestinian deserts, the 24th Welsh embarked for France with the rest of the 74th Division in May 1918; joining the Allied forces in the ultimately victorious 100 days offensive against the Germans. Much of the story of this battalion relates to the almost forgotten campaign in Palestine, which saw many of its troops killed and buried in the Holy Land, and also covers it's short but arduous period in France during the 100 days offensive.

Welsh Yeomanry at War Reviews

 

A masterpiece of exhaustive research, "Welsh Yeomanry at War: A History of the 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan) Battalion The Welsh Regiment" is an impressively informative and exceptionally well written study. Featuring illustrations, three Appendices, a one page Select Bibliography, and a thirteen page Index, "Welsh Yeomanry at War" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library 20th Century Military History collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of military history buffs that "Welsh Yeomanry at War" is also available in a paperback edition (9781473867932) and in a digital book format (Kindle). (Midwest Book Reviews).

The Welsh at War Trilogy

‘The Welsh at War’ trilogy are the latest books by Steven John and are the fruit of over twelve years of research by the author into the Welsh men and infantry units which fought in World War One. The book has ended up being too long for publication as it stands and has been edited down to be published in three parts.

 

These units included the three regular regiments; the Royal Welsh Fusiliers; South Wales Borderers and Welsh Regiment; as well as the Yeomanry regiments; the Denbighshire Hussars; Pembroke Yeomanry; Montgomeryshire Yeomanry; Glamorgan Yeomanry and Welsh Horse Yeomanry and their amalgamation into service battalions for the regular regiments during 1917.

 

Welsh troops fought with great courage in every theatre of the war: the Western Front; China; Gallipoli; Egypt; India; Salonika and in Palestine and as well as the casualties who were suffered during these campaigns, many men gained recognition for acts of gallantry.

 

The author has attempted to cover all of the major actions and incidents which each of the Welsh infantry units took part in, as well as covering other stories of national interest, ranging from Welshmen shot at dawn; Welsh rugby players; Welsh gallantry winners; and of some Welshmen who died in non-Welsh units; such as the Dominion forces and other units of the British armed forces, while chronicling a history of the war through the events and battles that Welshmen took part in. The stories of individual casualties are included as often as possible, together with many photographs of the men and their last resting places.

 

Volume 1 of ‘Welsh at War’ has just been published by Pen & Sword on 5 February 2018, and is available from any good bookshop, through Amazon or from Pen & Sword direct.

 

Volume 2 of 'Welsh at War' has been published on 26 February 2018, while Volume 3 will be published in May 2018.

The Welsh at War

From Mons to Loos & the Gallipoli Tragedy

The Welsh at War

The Grinding War - The Somme and Arras

The Welsh at War

From Mud to Victory - Third Ypres and the 1918 Offensives

The Welsh at War Book Reviews

The first newspaper article about my Welsh at War Trilogy has just been printed in the Shropshire Star of 9 April 2018:

 

Shropshire Star Article

 

A review of volume 1 of Welsh at War has also appeared on Amazon and Waterstones this week:

 

The Welsh at War is the culmination of research into many of the Welsh Regiments in the First World War, by Steven John. This is one of the best researched military histories on the market today and covers the main regiments of Wales. This book covers the period from the opening of the War, with the Battles of Loo and Gallipoli, and the arrival of a Welsh Division in France in December 1915.

 

Opening with the outbreak of the War and the response in Wales in 1914, is a fascinating account of what happened. Which infantry units were mobilised first along with the members of Royal Naval Reserve making for their war stations.

 

I found interesting were the developments on the Home Front as well as the expansion of the Army. What is fascinating is the amounts of information he has gathered on the Auxiliary Hospitals that were set up in conjunction with the civilian one. In fact, it makes it simple he lists them per county, even though Anglesey has always been Yns Mon, but that is me showing off!

 

Throughout the book there are some fantastic maps and pictures, which help to bring this book to life and are an important addition. With some excellent commentary on the various battles throughout the book, helps to show the depth of knowledge and research that has gone in to this excellent book.

 

This is an excellent book for all those interested in the history of the First World War.

 

Another short review on Books Monthly:

 

This is as comprehensive a survey and history of Welsh involvement in the Great War as you could hope to have. Brilliant photographs and incredible human detail make this a must have for students of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

Self Published Books on Local War Memorials

The Kidwelly Roll of Honour

Kidwelly is an ancient town, sat in a prominent position overlooking the River Gwendraeth and Carmarthen Bay, at a position thought important enough by the Normans to build the impressive castle which still stands today.  The book tells the stories behind the names of the men on the Kidwelly War Memorial who fell during both World Wars. Also included are the stories of some of the other local men who are not commemorated on the Kidwelly memorial. This second edition includes the additional details of the four men from Llansaint who have been added to the memorial.

The Laugharne Roll of Honour

Sat in a picturesque location in South West Wales is the Ancient Township of Laugharne. Now best known for being the home and last resting place, of the Poet Dylan Thomas, at the turn of the 19th Century, Laugharne was a haven for the High Society, and for retired Army and Naval Officers. This small place gave up the flower of its youth to the Great War, and created its own small piece of history when William Fuller became the first Welshman to win the Victoria Cross during that great conflict. This book aims to remember the fallen of Laugharne for both World Wars, and contains short biographies of them all. This is an updated version of the original book, and contains details on several extra men who have been discovered as being from Laugharne, but who are not commemorated on the Laugharne War Memorial.

The Llanddowror Roll of Honour

The Historical Village of Llanddowror lies in the County of Camarthenshire, in West Wales, and sits in a lovely position in the Valley of the River Tâf, astride the main A4077 into Pembrokeshire, just three miles from St. Clears. The Village was made famous for being the residence of Gruffydd Jones, the Father of the modern School system. This book commemorates the memory of all of the men of the Village of Llanddowror who served during the course of the Great War. Many of them were taught in the small School originally founded by Gruffydd Jones, and were not long out of School themselves when called to fight for King and Country, during the Great War.

The Llansteffan and Llanybri Roll of Honour

Llansteffan is a picturesque village which sits about seven miles south of Carmarthen, just above the junction of the Tâf and Tywi estuaries on the River Tywi. The village is overlooked by its fine 12th Century Norman Castle, and was once a thriving fishing community. The men of the village who fell during both World Wars are commemorated on two plaques which adorn the front of the village Memorial Hall. There is also a plaque within St. Steffan's Church which commemorates four of its parishioners who fell during the Great War. The Llansteffan and Llanybri Roll of Honour contains the stories behind the names on the war memorials in the villages of Llansteffan and Llanybri.

The St. Clears Roll of Honour

The small Town of St. Clears is situated in West Wales, in the County of Carmarthenshire. St. Clears sits between the River Tâf and the River Cynin, astride the main A40 into Pembrokeshire. This book commemorates the memory of the men of the Town who gave their lives during both World Wars of the Twentieth Century, and also two of the greatest Fighter Pilots to have flown with the Royal Air Force. Also included in the book are men from the neighbouring villages of Bancyfelin, Meidrim and Trelech who fell during both world wars.

The Whitland and Lampeter Velfrey Roll of Honour

The ancient Town of Whitland sits in a pleasant part of West Wales, in the Valley of the River Tâf. It sits on the Borders of the old Counties of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and is famous for being the meeting place of the first 'Welsh Assembly', led by Hywell Dda. The Town is mentioned in the 'Mabinogion' due to it's historic Cistercian Abbey, and the link to Hywel Dda. This book commemorates the memory of the men of Whitland who fought and died in World War One and World War Two, and contains photos of many of the men, and of their last resting places.

The History of the 53rd (Welsh) Division, 1939-1955

The 53rd (Welsh) Division was raised during the Great War, and served in the Middle East, through the disastrous campaign at Gallipoli, and during the successful campaign from Egypt that led to the capture of Jerusalem and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. This famous Division was to see further service during World War Two. After formation prior to the outbreak of War, they were based in Northern Ireland, where they helped stem the work of the I.R.A. They remained on Home Service until landing in Normandy at the end of June, 1944 and fought through the terrible fighting of the Bocage area of Normandy, up through Northern France, liberating Occupied Belgium and Holland and into German, where they played a vital, but un-commemorated part in the Battle of the Bulge. The Division ended the War at Hamburg, after a ferocious but successful campaign. The 53rd Division contained all of the Territorial Welsh units of WW2, and many Welshmen served and died as part of the Division.

 

This book is a reprint of the original 1956 printed version by C. N. Barclay, which is now unavailable, and is printed with beautiful glossy hardback covers, with an atmospheric shot of the 53rd (Welsh) Division Memorial at s’Hertegenbosch, a large Dutch Town liberated by the Division in 1944.

 

Please click on the link below to order a copy of any of the above, or search for them on Amazon.

This links section is a work in progress at the moment, but is intended to become a source of useful information for anyone interested in their military ancestors. I will be adding more to this list when time allows. If you need any advice researching a person or a memorial, please contact me before you go subscribing to any websites, as more often than not you do not need to pay out any money to research your military ancestors.

 

I'd like to show my support behind a project which is the brainchild of a friend and a former rugby coach at Laugharne, Andy Edwards, who with the backing of the Tin Shed boys are constructing a replica Great War trench complex at Pendine in order to give schoolchildren a bit of a taste of the war. Back to the Front Experience

 

One man who I cannot thank enough for taking photographs of the graves of local men in far off places such as Gallipoli, is Bob Pike. He is extremely helpful, and offers photographs of graves and memorials at a reasonable price. His e-mail is Bob Pike

 

The Western Front Association exists to spread the knowledge of the Great War, helping to remember the men that fought, and to help maintain memorials and sites of interest. The Western Front Association

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website is one of the best places to begin researching a member of the Commonwealth Armed Forces that died in both World Wars. Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

If you need to research a soldier's service, including getting hold of any surviving service papers, then I can recommend Jonathan Collins. He has carried out many searches for me in the past, and is 100% reliable. He is also a well regarded medal dealer. Jonathan Collins Military Research

 

Another man who I use for research is Steve Law, of Great War Medals. As the name suggests he is another well respected medal dealer. Great War Medals

 

Another site that I find most useful in researching the locations of Battalions and units in the Great War, where they fought, what Divisions they were part of etc is Chris Baker's excellent Great War Website. The Long, Long Trail

 

The excellent Milford Trawlers website, created by Barry Johnson, is packed with information about the men and boats which sailed from Milford Haven, many of whom were lost at sea: Milford Trawlers

 

Dr. Reg Davies' Welsh Mariners website is a fantastic resource for researching any Welshman who served in the Merchant Navy: Welsh Mariners

 

For anyone interested in the campaign in the Far East during World War Two, the the FEPOW website is crammed full of information: Far East POWs

 

A similar project to mine is the Flintshire War Memorials website, which is continuing to grow from strength to strength: Flintshire War Memorials

 

And another similar project in Anglesey: Anglesey War Memorials

 

Another website packed with information is Shaun McGuire’s website commemorating the men of Newport, Gwent who fell. Shaun also has links on his website to another of his commemorating the men of Cwmbran, and another for the men of the villages of Monmouthshire: Newport War Memorials

 

A Nationally run website which is gathering together photographs and stories from all manners of Welsh History is the Peoples Collection Wales resource: Peoples Collection Wales

 

Thousands of men and women died in the service of Britain and the Commonwealth during two world wars and yet there is no official recognition of their sacrifice.

 

The In From The Cold Project (IFCP) was formed to research and identify all service men and women missing from the official Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) list of casualties from the First and Second World Wars. We are determined to get these soldiers, sailors and airmen their due recognition – even after the passing of so many years.

 

Unfortunately, a large number of names were missed from the lists supplied to the Commission and, as a result, many casualties have no official commemoration. Record keeping was not always as accurate as it should have been back in the pre-computer days of the early twentieth century. With modern technology and greater accessibility to remaining records, it is possible through painstaking and often tedious research to find many of these missing names and to gather the supporting evidence required for recognition by CWGC and the appropriate military authorities: In From the Cold Project

 

A fantastic project, which has enabled people like myself to find it much easier to carry out research on the impact the Great War had on Wales, is the Cymru 1914 project. Taken from their own description of the website: ‘This project has conducted mass digitization of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. This digital archive brings together source materials that were previously fragmented and frequently inaccessible. This digital archive is a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.’ Cymru 1914

 

As unlikely as it seems, the town of Bedford became home to countless numbers of Welsh troops at various times during the Great War, and was also the final training area for the 53rd (Welsh) Division before it embarked for overseas service in 1915. To commemorate its links with the Welsh, a new website has been set up which is packed with stories and photographs relating to this: When The Welsh Came to Bedford

DONATIONS. If you find this website of use, please think about donating to help cover the costs of the huge amount of work and the continual costs of keeping the website on-line. Donations can be made using the Paypal link below, or by contacting the author via the Contact page.

Website News

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.

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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