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Bow Street (Capel Noddfa) War Memorial

Bow Street is a village about 3.5 miles north-east of Aberystwyth, stretching along the A487 Aberystwyth to Machynlleth Road. It is now considered to include the neighbouring smaller village of Pen-y-garn and the hamlet of Rhydypennau. There are three War Memorials in the local area which commemorate the men of Bow Street who fell during both World Wars; Capel Noddfa, Capel-y-Garn and one at Rhydpennau Hall. Both the Capel Noddfa and Capel-y-Garn Memorials also include the names of those who served during the Great War and returned home. Each of these memorials is now on a separate web-page. The photographs of the memorials are courtesy of Gil Jones.

 

The Great War, 1914-1918

Thomas Rees Davies, Gunner, 164773, Royal Field Artillery. Thomas was born in 1886, the son of Thomas and Margaret Davies, of Blaenddol Cottages, Llangorwen. He enlisted at Aberystwyth into the Royal Artillery, and was posted to France with A Battery, 165th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, which was attached to the 31st Division. In March 1916 the division moved to France, and saw its first major action at the Battle of Albert in July 1916. The division moved back into the line in November 1916 and took part in the Battle of the Ancre, and then wintered on the Ancre, until moving to Arras the following year. Here it 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, and became one of the Divisions hit by the German Spring Offensive of 21 March 1918, taking part in heavy fighting during the withdrawal towards Arras. Thomas was killed in action on 21 April 1918. He was 31 years old, and is buried in St. Amand British Cemetery, France. He is also commemorated on the war memorial at Llangorwen.

Memorial Details

 

Codwyd gan yr ardalwyr
er bythol gof
am aberth a gwasanaeth y rhai a enwir isod.
Yn rhyfel 1914-18
syrthiodd

DAVIES, T. R. Pte.  R.F.A.                                    Blaenddol

"Yn angof ni chaiff fod."
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EDWARDS, J. M.   Pte.  PEM YML                      Nantsiriol
EVANS, E. E.   Pte.  C.B.                                         Fair View
EVANS, W.   Gnr.  R.F.A.                                       Nantcollen Fawr
JENKINS, D.   Gnr.  R.G.A.                                    Llwynderw
JENKINS, Ll.   Pte.  Welsh Reg.                           Llwynderw
JONES, G. J.   Pte.  R.W.F.                                    Nant Llan
JONES, S. T.   Cpl.  L.C.P.                                       Ruel Isaf
JONES, T. J.   Pte.  S.W.B.                                     Penybont
RICHARDS, W.   Pte.  R.W.F.                                Penybont

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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.

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