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Betws Lleucu War Memorial

Betws Lleucu, or Capel Betws Lleucu, is a small hamlet, about seven miles north of Lampeter, situated in the Aeron Valley. The parish Church is dedicated to St. Lucia, and contains two war memorials, a wooden war memorial which contains the names of all the men of the parish who served during the Great War, of which at least two died, and another marble war memorial which commemorates the two fallen men. The photograph of the memorial is courtesy of Mike Berrell.

John Davies, Private, 41925, Welsh Regiment. John was the son of Owen and Jane Davies, of Coxhead Castle, Llanddewi Brefi. He enlisted at Llandovery into the Welsh Regiment, and was posted to Salonika with the 23rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to the 28th Division as the Divisional Pioneer battalion from 24 August 1916. John was wounded soon after arriving at Salonika, and Died of Wounds on 3 October 1916, aged 24. He is buried at Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.

John Jones, Gunner, 243704, Royal Field Artillery. John was the son of Thomas and Anne Jones, of Tyngwndwn, Llanio Road. He enlisted at Porth into the Royal Field Artillery, and was posted to the 169th Brigade, RFA, which was attached to the 31st Division. The division had served in Egypt before being transferred to the Western Front in March 1916, and took part in the Somme offensive that summer. It wintered on the Ancre, until moving to Arras the following year. Here they fought at the Third Battle of the Scarpe, and helped in the capture of Oppy Wood. At the beginning of 1918 the Division was in the St. Quentin sector. It was among the Divisions hit by the German Spring Offensive of 21 March 1918 at the Battle of St Quentin, and suffered heavy casualties during the retreat west. John was wounded during the early hours of the offensive, and died of his wounds on 25 April 1918, aged 23. He is buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme, France. His original wooden grave marker is located within the Church, beneath the war memorial.

Betws Lleucu Parishioners Who Served, Great War, 1914-1918

1914 1918

RHESTR ANRHYDEDD

 

Rfmn. Davies, J.T. R.B.   The Grange

Gnr. Jones, John. R.F.A.                Tyngwndwn (Fell)

Pte. Barnes, G. C.R.         Cefnfaes

Lieut. Daniel, E. K.L.R.     Capel Bettws

Pte. Daniel, T. K.L.R.        Capel Bettws

B.S.M. Davies, B. CdeG. R.F.A.   Pendre

Pte. Davies, D. Welsh Reg.           Penrheol

Gnr. Davies, E.D. R.F.A. Felinfawr

Capt. Davies, J.T. F.Y.R.  Vedw

Spr. Davies, T. R.E.           Pendre

Dvr. Jones, D. R.F.A.       Pontarwy

Pte. Jones, D. A.S.C.       Llainlas

Gnr. Jones, N. R.F.A.      Pontarwy

A.B. Lloyd, B.L. R.N.         Tyllwyd

Pte. Lloyd, Lewis S.A.I.   Tyllwyd

Pte. Ratford, R. R.W.F.   Capel Bettws

Pte. Williams, D. D.L.I.    Penbwlchmawr

Cpl. Williams, W. M.G.C.               Penbwlchmawr

A.B. Moreton, F. R.N.     Blaenrhyn?

A.B. Davies, T. R.N.          Pwllybadell

Pte. Davies, J. Welsh Regt.           Coxhead (Fell)

Pte. Davies, R. Welsh regt.           Coxhead

Sgt. Mjr. Davies, Sam R.M.L.I. (R.N.D.)   Pwllybadell

Pte. James, C. K.S.L.I.     Capel Bettws

Pte. Cotterell, P. L.C.      Castell

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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.

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