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Cwmtydu War Memorial

Cwmtydu is a small village situated on the picturesque Cardigan coast, between Llangrannog and New Quay, overlooking Cardigan Bay. The Parish Church, dedicated to St Tyssilio, contains three memorial plaques; one to the Parishioners who fell during World War Two, one to Sister Grace Evans, and one to Captain J. A. Jones. Many thanks to Mike Berrell for the photographs of the memorials.

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

Grace Evans, Sister, Queen Victoria Hospital. Grace was born in 1879, the daughter of Francis and Mary Evans, and the sister of Francis Evans, of Llwyndafydd, and the wife of Captain William Nott. She was a Nurse, and had served at Queen Victoria Hospital during the Great War, treating men who had been wounded or become ill during the campaign in German East Africa. Grace survived the war, but it took a heavy toll on her health, as she died at Johannesburg on 16 November 1930. The plaque below is in St Tysilio Church.

James Arthur Jones, MID, Captain, South Wales Borderers. James was the Son of the Rev. James Jones (late Vicar of Llandebie) and of Mrs. Jane Jones, of Hill Cottage, Heywood Lane, Tenby. He served in the 10th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, part of 115 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. In the summer of 1915 the Battalion moved with the remainder of the Welsh Division to Morn Hill Camp, Winchester, where it completed its training and equipping, and embarked for France from Folkestone on 5 December 1915, disembarking at Boulogne the same day. During the winter and spring of 1916 the Battalion held the line in French Flanders, and then moved south to the Somme, where they fought at Mametz Wood. After a year in reserve, they fought at Pilckem Ridge and Langemarck in Third Ypres, and were back on the Somme in 1918 facing the German Offensive. After playing a leading role in pushing the Germans back in late 1918, James was killed in action on 8 October 1918 during the Battle of Cambrai. He is buried in Guizancourt Farm Cemetery, Gouy, France. There is a brass plaque in his memory at St Tysilio Church.

World War Two, 1939-1945

Francis George Child, Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy. Francis was the son of William John Child, and of Elizabeth Jane Child, of Penygroes. He served with the Merchant Navy, aboard the MV British Vigilance, a London registered Motor Tanker. On 3 January 1943 she was on route from Curacao via Trinidad to Gibraltar in Convoy TM-1, with a cargo of 11,000 tons of petroleum products, when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-514 about 900 miles NE of Barbados. The surviving crew abandoned her, leaving 27 of their fellow crewmen dead aboard her. Francis was killed during the initial torpedo hit. He was 24 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. The burning tanker drifted for three weeks, before being finally sunk by the German submarine U-105.

Eric McHugh Davies, Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner), 935690, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Eric resided at Glanydon, Cwmtydu. He served as an Air Gunner with 35 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was an elite pathfinder unit, forming part of No. 8 Group at RAF Graveley, equipped with the Avro Lancaster. On the night of 4 July 1944, Eric took off from Graveley aboard Lancaster ND846, which crossed the Channel before heading towards the squadrons target of the railroad marshalling yards at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France. Eric was killed along with his crew when his Lancaster was lost over France on 5 July 1944. He is buried at Clichy Northern Cemetery, France.

John Grenville Davies, Sailor, Merchant Navy. John was the son of Evan and M. J. Davies, and the husband of Eryl Davies, of Llandyssul. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the M.V. St. Merriel, a Newport registered ship. On 2 January 1943, St. Merriel was in Bone Harbour when the harbour came under attack from enemy aircraft. John was killed during the attack that day. He was 22 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

John Morris Jones, Sergeant, 650138, Royal Air Force. John was the of John Oswald Jones and Axa Ellen Jones, of Llandyssul. He served with 467 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was a heavy bomber squadron, equipped with the Avro Lancaster. The squadron took part in all the major Bomber Command campaigns against Germany and German-occupied Europe; the Ruhr, Hamburg, and Berlin, and took part in the first shuttle-bombing raids when, after attacking Friedrichshafen on 20/21 June 1943, it flew to North Africa and on the return flight bombed Spezia, the home of the Italian Navy. John was killed when his Lancaster was lost on 24 August 1943. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

Charles David Fearnley Kaye, Pilot Officer (Pilot), 110881, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Charles was the son of Eric Fearnley Kaye and Vida Louise Kaye, of Llwyndafydd. He was educated at Radley College and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 8 November 1941. Charles was killed on active service when his Douglas Boston I, Serial AE457 of 51 OTU crashed on take-off at Cranfield on 12 February 1942. He was 20 years old, and is buried at Llandyssiliogogo (Ss. Tyssilio and Mark) Churchyard.

John Owen Parry, Seaman, Merchant Navy. John lived at Rhiwnant, Nanternis, New Quay. He served with the Merchant Navy as a Greaser aboard the M.V. Caleb Sprague. John fell overboard and drowned whilst Caleb Sprague was docked in London on 24 January 1944, aged 40. Nothing further is known of him as he is not commemorated by the CWGC.

James Handel Phillips, Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. James was born on 19 February 1911, the son of David and Elizabeth Phillips, of Synod Factory, Cross Inn. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the MV Dunedin Star, a London registered refrigerated cargo liner. James died whilst the ship was at Malta on 28 September 1941. He is buried in Malta (Capucinni) Naval Cemetery, Malta.

William Smith, Third Engineer Officer, Merchant Navy. William was the son of William and Mary Smith, and the husband of Mary Dosia Smith, of Talgarreg. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Vancouver, a Glasgow registered Steam Tanker. On 21 September 1941, she was two miles from the Sunk Lightship, when she struck a mine and caught fire, whilst carrying a cargo of petrol. William was among 40 men whose lives were lost in the initial inferno. He was 35 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

John James Williams, Third Officer, Merchant Navy. John served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Parracombe, a London registered cargo steamer. On 2 May 1941, she was nine miles off Cape Bon on passage from Leith for Malta with government stores, when she struck a mine and sank. John was 26 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, England.

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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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