Llangorwen is a small village situated a mile north of Aberystwyth, near to Clarach Bay. The village is served by All Saints Church, inside which are two War Memorials; a marble plaque, with an additional panel beneath, commemorates the men who fell during both World Wars, while a separate wooden panel commemorates the men who served during the Great War, but survived.
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 by a shell on 21 April 1918. He was 31 years old, and is buried in St. Amand British Cemetery, France. He is also commemorated on a memorial at Noddfa Chapel, Bow Street.
John Charles Jenkins, Private, 33234, South Wales Borderers. John was the son of David and Anne Scott Jenkins, of Alltg'ais, Clarach. He enlisted at Abertillery into the South Wales Borderers, and was posted to France, joining the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, which was attached to 115 Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. On 4 December 1915 the battalion moved to France, and the entire Division moved to the Fleurbaix sector, where it was initiated into trench warfare. During June 1916 the Division marched south to the Somme, and on 7 July 1916 attacked Mametz Wood. The initial attack failed, and it was three days later, on 10 July, that a fresh attack was mounted. After two days of heavy hand to hand fighting within the wood, the Germans withdrew, and the battered Welshmen moved via Hébuterne to Boesinghe, on the Yser Canal, where it remained until launching its attack on Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917. John was killed in action during the successful capture of Pilckem Ridge, on 31 July 1917. He was 35 years old, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
World War Two, 1939-1945
Henry Morris James, Fusilier, 14531265, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Henry was the son of William and Elizabeth James of Talybont, and the husband of Jennie Edith James, of Bow Street. He served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. The battalion served in the Far East, in India, and then in the campaign in Burma. Henry was killed in Burma on 6 May 1944. He was 37 years old, and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. The photograph is courtesy of Tony Beck.
Llangorwen War Memorial, Those Who Served in the Great War
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919
ROLL OF HONOUR
OF THOSE FROM THE PARISH OF
LLANGORWEN WHO FOUGHT FOR
FREEDOM RIGHT AND JUSTICE.
D. DAVIES C. H. BAILEY
J. M. EDWARDS T. O. JAMES
J. R. HUGHES W. J. JAMES
D. Ll. JENKINS G. M. JENKINS
A. R. JENKINS R. JONES
E. H. JENKINS J. R. LEWIS
R. T. JENKINS D. J. MORGAN
T. D. JENKINS R. E. ROBERTS
E. R. JENKINS 1917
G. J. JONES H. BAYNAM
R. E. JONES D. M. JENKINS
S. E. MAGOR J. L. JONES
1915 T. J. JONES
P. M. CHARLES W. RICHARDS
P. GUNN 1918
G. HARPER G. HARVEY
B. F. MAGOR D. J. JAMES
J. PHILIP T. JENKINS
THIS TABLET WAS GIVEN BY THE
CONGREGATION OF THIS CHURCH.
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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.
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.
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.