West Wales War Memorial Project
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Llandovery (Carmarthenshire Red Cross) Memorial

During the first few days of war detachments of the Red Cross had mobilised throughout Carmarthenshire, and began looking at arrangements for nursing wounded soldiers. The President of the Carmarthenshire Branch was Margaret Ker Vaughan Pryse-Rice of Llwyn y Brain, Llandovery, who announced offers of help which she had received; Lady Owen Philipps and Mrs. Owen of Coombe had donated £25 each, offered to equip Coombe with twenty four beds and employ a nurse; Lady Dynevor had offered to equip Dynevor Castle with fifteen beds and to pay for a nurse; Miss Yelverton of Whitland had offered to equip Yelverton Abbey with six beds and donated £10. There were numerous other donations of money and the use of homes from various local people. Notable among the offers were the possibility of sixty beds at Carmarthen College and the provision of extra beds at Llandovery and Carmarthen Infirmaries, and throughout the duration of the war, other county houses were to provide care for sick and wounded soldiers.

Around Carmarthenshire further meetings were held by the British Red Cross Society, with the aim of bolstering interest in the institution and to gather funding and volunteers for service to help the allied soldiers and people of Europe who were suffering due to the war. It was also looking to supplement the work of the Royal Army Medical Corps, which was struggling under the sheer volume of wounded, whilst the Red Cross would play a role in helping to trace the whereabouts, or the fate, of the many missing men.

 

As well as the local efforts of the branch president in running the local Red Cross work, her two surviving daughters, Dorothea and Nest also helped, by working as nurses in Llandovery Hospital, amongst others, during the course of the war. Sadly both of these young women died in 1921, and are commemorated by a fine marble memorial plaque which was presented by the Carmarthenshire branch of the British Red Cross. This memorial was erected inside St. Dingat’s Church.

 

Margaret Dorothea Vaughan Pryse-Rice.

 

Dorothea was born in London in 1894, the daughter of John Carbery Pugh Vaughan Pryse-Rice and Margaret Vaughan Pryse-Rice, of Llwyn y Brain, Llandovery. On 10 October 1918 she married local hero Brigadier General Lewis Pugh Evans VC, CB, CMG, DSO, of Llanbadarn. The couple had a son, Griffith Eric Carbery Vaughan Evans, born on 19 February 1920. Dorothea died of influenza at Cricket St. Thomas, Devon on 5 December 1921, aged just 27.

 

Carine Evelyn Nest Pryse-Rice.

 

Nest was born in London in 1896, the daughter of John Carbery Pugh Vaughan Pryse-Rice and Margaret Vaughan Pryse-Rice, of Llwyn y Brain, Llandovery. She had been a Staff Nurse at Llandovery Auxiliary Hospital during the war. Nest died in Forden, Montgomeryshire on 26 January 1921, aged just 25.

Dame Margaret Ker Pryse-Rice, CBE.

 

Their mother, Margaret Ker Pryse-Rice herself was born at Alltyrodyn, Rhydowen in 1869, the daughter of James Stewart and Louisa Charlotte Stewart. She married John Carbery Pugh Vaughan Pryse-Rice on 27 September 1887, becoming Lady Pryse-Rice. Her efforts in leading the Carmarthenshire branch of the British Red Cross during the war led to her being created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 New Years Honours List. She died on 1 June 1948 having outlived her husband by eleven years.

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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.

 

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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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