West Wales War Memorial Project
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Borth (Soar Chapel) Memorial

Soar Chapel merged with Gerlan Methodist Chapel, which was situated at High Street, Borth, in 1969 and its war memorial was moved there. Another memorial was moved there following the closure of Capel Shiloh in 1994. Gerlan itself was formerly known as Libanus and also erected memorials to its parishioners who fell during both World Wars. All four memorials were moved to St. Matthew's Church at Borth, after Gerlan Chapel closed its doors on 25 March 2013.

 

World War Two, 1939-1945

Raymond Hughes, Deck Boy, Merchant Navy. Raymond was the son of Richard David and Elizabeth Hughes, of Borth. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Bradfyne, a Bideford registered steamship. On 22 November 1940, Bradfyne was on voyage from Montreal for Belfast, carrying 7,900 tons of grain, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-100. Raymond was one of 39 men who perished aboard her that day. He was just 16 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

John Ivor Kinsey, First Radio Officer, Merchant Navy. John was the son of David Thomas Kinsey and Margretta Kinsey, of Borth. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Dalblair, which was a Newcastle-on-Tyne registered cargo steamer. On 29 August 1940, Dalblair was on route from The Tyne for Philadelphia in ballast, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-100. John was among 24 men lost from a total crew of 42. He was 33 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Evan William Lewis, Boatswain, Merchant Navy. Evan was the son of Evan and Elizabeth Jane Lewis, of Borth, and the husband of Mary Elizabeth Lewis, of Rhyl, Flintshire. He served with the Merchant Navy aboard the SS Bradfyne, a Bideford registered steamship. On 22 November 1940, Bradfyne was on voyage from Montreal for Belfast, carrying 7,900 tons of grain, when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-100. Evan was one of 39 men who perished aboard her that day. He was 46 years old, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

David Hughes Richards, Master, Merchant Navy. David was the son of Catherine Richards, of 1, London Place, Borth. He lived at Eversleigh, Borth, and served with the Merchant Navy as Master of the S.S. Grainton. David died at the College Hospital in New York on 30 December 1942, aged 63, following a fall. Nothing more is known of him as he is not commemorated by the CWGC.

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Website News

4 May 2017. Welcome news this morning that a new CWGC headstone has been erected in Laugharne for Domingo Mobile, a sailor who I found to be buried there a couple of years ago. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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