West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

Burry Port Spanish Civil War Memorial

Situated at the Burry Port Memorial Hall, at Parc y Minos Street, is a memorial plaque to the Welshmen of the International Brigade who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War was fought from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939 between the Republicans, who were loyal to the established Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a rebel group led by General Franco. Germany sent its Condor Legion to Spain to fight for the Nationalists, while International Brigades were formed to support the Republicans. Amongst the members of the International Brigade were many British men, who believed that they were fighting against Fascism. With the might of the Germans behind them, the Nationalists prevailed, and Franco ruled Spain until his death in 1975. 33 Welshmen gave their lives in the fight against Fascism, and the men are commemorated on this plaque. I have also added the places and dates where the men were killed, as well as three more Welshmen who are missing from the memorial.

COFEB RHYFEL CARTREF SBAEN SPANISH CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL

 

1936 - 1939

 

"The barricades stretch from Madrid to Tonypandy to Maerdy"

 

La Pasionaria, l937

 

To the immortal memory of the Welshmen who with their comrades of Spain and of many nations in the rank of International Brigades gave their lives in support of the heroic struggle of the Spanish Republic against fascism.

 

William Coles, Cardiff (Killed at Jarama, 1937)

 

Alec Cummings, Tonypandy (Killed at Ebro, September 1938)

 

Harold Davies, Neath (Killed at Jarama, 14 February 1937)

 

William J. Davies, Gilfach Goch (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

Harry Dobson, Blaenclydach (Killed at Hill 481, Gandesa, 1 August 1938)

 

William Francis Durston, Aberaman (Killed at Ebro, 25 August 1938)

 

Victoriano Esteban, Abercrave (Killed at Brunete, 1937)

 

George Ernest Fretwell, Penygroes (Killed at Jarama, 12 February 1937)

 

Sid Hamm, Cardiff (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

Jack Harris, Llanelli (Killed at Jarama, 2 April 1937)

 

Richard Horridge, Swansea (Killed at Brunete, 1937)

 

Sidney Lloyd Jones (Killed at Chapineria 17 October 1936)

 

Sidney James, Treherbert (Killed at Sierra Pandols, 19 September 1938)

 

David Joseph Jones, Llwynypia (Killed at Jarama, 13 February 1937)

 

R. Jamadeesis, Cardiff (Killed Unknown)

 

Tom Howell Jones, Aberdare (Killed at Ebro, 25 August 1938)

 

D. A. Ledbury, Swansea (Killed at Ebro, July 1938) (Not on Memorial)

 

Arthur Morris, Cardigan (Killed at Jarama, 27 February 1937)

 

Sam Morris, Ammanford (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

William Morris, Llanelli (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

Dan Murphy, Cardiff (Killed at Gandesa, April 1938)

 

Frank Owen, Maerdy (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

Tom Picton, Treherbert (Killed as POW at Bilbao, April 1938)

 

Roman Rodriguez, Dowlais (Killed at Brunete, July 1937)

 

James Scott, Swansea (Killed at Caspe, March 1938)

 

Alwyn Skinner, Neath (Killed at Jarama, 1938)

 

Baden Skinner, Tredegar & Canada (Killed Unknown)

 

H. James P. Strangward, Onllywyn (Killed at Hill 481, Gandesa, August 1938)

 

Gilbert Taylor, Cardiff (Killed at Calaceite, April 1938)
 

Jack Donald Taylor, Swansea (Killed at Jarama, 12 Feb 1937) (Not on Memorial)

 

Brazell Thomas, Llanelli (Killed at Grandesa, Ebro, 30 July 1938)

 

Robert Trail, Cardiff (Killed at Villanueva de la Cañada, 7 July 1937)

 

James Watts, Swansea (Killed at Ebro, August 1938)

 

Fred White, Ogmore Vale (Killed at Villanueva de la Cañada, 6 July 1937)

 

John E. Williams, Ammanford (Killed at Brunete, July 1937) (Not on Memorial)

 

Frank Zamora, Abercrave (Killed at Teruel, 18/19 January 1938)

 

CORDOBA - JARAMA - BRUNETE - BELCHITE - SARAGOSSA - TERUEL - ARAGON - GANDESA (2) - EBRO

 

This plaque was unveiled on 27th of February of 1997 by Evan Jones of Burry Port who served in the International Brigade during the conflict, returning home after being seriously wounded in the Battle of the Ebro.

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.

Website News

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.

Get social with us.

Print Print | Sitemap
Copyright © 2003-2019 West Wales War Memorial Project