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Kidwelly (Morlais Tinplate Works) Memorial

The Morlais tinplate works was situated in Llangennech, and was operated by the Morlais Tinplate Company Limited. At some time after 1907 it took up a share in the Llanelly Steel Company (1907) Limited. A large number of men from the works served in the Great War, yet fortunately only one man fell. The works commissioned a War Memorial at the end of hostilities to commemorate its workers who served, and the one man who fell. When the Morlais plant was dismantled in 1946, the memorial went into storage, but it is now held at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum. The photograph of the memorial was kindly supplied by Les Nixon.

 

Roll of Honour

 

List of Employees who served in H.M. Forces from

 

The Morlais Tinplate Company Limited, Llangennech

 

European War 1914-1919

 

The Fallen in Battle

 

David Elias Morgans, Private, 72957, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. David was the son of David and Mary Morgans, of Garrde, Llwynhendy. He worked as a Behinder at the Morlais Tinplate Works prior to the war, and enlisted at Llanelli into the army. David was posted to the 25th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The battalion formed at Helmia, Egypt on 4 March 1917, from the dismounted Montgomery and Welsh Horse Yeomanry, and was attached to 231 Brigade, 74th Division. The Division had formed in Egypt in January 1917 and had fought through the Palestinian Campaign, at the Battles of Gaza and the Battle and capture of Jerusalem. Through the winter of 1917/18 the division took part in operations in the Jordan Valley, and it was here that David was fatally wounded. He died of his wounds on 10 March 1918, aged 27, and is buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. (The memorial incorrectly shows him as being in the Welsh Regiment).

Roll of Honour

 

D. R. T. Lewis, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers

Hubert Roberts, 2nd Lieutenant, Worcester Regiment

T. Butler Vaughan, Private, Royal Field Artillery

Rees Jones, Private, Royal Field Artillery

D. Sidney Thomas, Private, 11th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

David Walters, Private, 8th South Wales Borderers

Willie John, Private, Royal Irish Regiment

Alfred J. Turner, Private, Royal Engineers, 436 Welsh

James Thomas, Sergeant, Royal Air Force

John Abel Lewis, Stoker, H.M.S. Salvator

David T. Lewis, Stoker, H.M.S. Orotavia

Daniel J. Rees, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

Archie Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Egremont

W. T. Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

Sidney Williams, Private, South Wales Borderers

Mordecai Price, Private, Machine Gun Corps

Victor Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Haupiri

J. Giraldus Williams, Private, Welsh Regiment

Philip J. John, Stoker, H.M.S. Dartmoor

Evans Morgans, Stoker, H.M.S. Collect

Percy Raynalls, Private, 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers

David W. Lewis, Private, 2nd Garrison Liverpool Regiment

W. Frederick Vaughan, Stoker, H.M.S. Manxman

Mostyn Bowen, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

Glyn Evans, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

W. R. Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Morea

Glyn Williams, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

Edwin Prosser, Stoker, H.M.S. Orvieta

John Ll. Jones, Stoker, H.M.S. Sinceria

David A. Thomas, Private, Royal Field Artillery

Willie Lloyd, Stoker, H.M.S. Arlania

Emrys Williams, Trimmer, H.M.S. Artois

Owen Rees, Signaller, H.M.S. Flintshire

Thomas Miller, Private, 4th Welsh Regiment

Willie Rogers, Private, 3rd South Wales Borderers

Walter Thomas, Private, 3rd South Wales Borderers

Thomas John, Stoker, H.M.S. Albemarle

Emrys Evans, Private, Machine Gun Corps.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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