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Pembroke Dock (Llanreath Oil Tanks Fire) Memorial

During the early part of the war, Llanreath was the site of the Admiralty Oil Tanks Depot. On the afternoon of Monday 19 August 1940, three Junkers 88 bombers carried out a raid on the depot, starting a huge fire which would rage on for three weeks. Firemen from all 22 fire brigades throughout the country were brought down to Pembrokeshire in the effort to stem the fire. This massive effort took the lives of five Cardiff firemen, and injured many others. My Grandmother in Whitland remembered seeing the flames and smoke from there, and my Grandfather took part in the effort to stem the fire, while serving with the Auxiliary Fire Service. South Pembrokeshire Golf Club stands on the site of the fire, and within the grounds are several memorials to these brave firemen who gave their lives.

Llanreath Oil Tank Fire Memorial

Frederick George Davies. Frederick was the Husband of Mrs. F. G. Davies, of 6 Llanbradoch Street, Cardiff. He was a Fireman with Cardiff Auxiliary Fire Service, and was one of the crew that was brought to Pembroke Dock to try and contain the blaze at Llanreath. He died at Llanreath Fuel Oil Depot, Pembroke Dock on 21 August 1940, and is buried at Pembroke.

 

Ivor John Kilby. Ivor was the Husband of Winifred Kilby, of 44 Gilligaer Street, Cathays. He served as a Leading Fireman with Cardiff Auxiliary Fire Service, and died at Llanreath Fuel Oil Depot, Pembroke Dock, while fighting the oil fire, on 21 August 1940. Ivor was 29 years old.

 

Clifford Mills. Clifford was the Son of John Mills, of 118 Brunswick Street, Canton, Cardiff. He served as a Fireman with Cardiff Auxiliary Fire Service, and died at Llanreath Fuel Oil Depot, Pembroke Dock, while fighting the oil fire on 21 August 1940. Clifford was 31 years old.

 

Trevor Charles Morgan. Trevor was the Son of R. J. Morgan, and Martha A. Morgan, of 46 May Street, Cathays, and the husband of Hilda May Morgan, of the same address. He was a Fireman with Cardiff Auxiliary Fire Service, and died while fighting the oil blaze at Llanreath Fuel Oil Depot, Pembroke Dock on 21 August 1940. Trevor was 32 years old, and is buried at Pembroke.

 

John Frederick Thomas. John was the Son of David and Catherine Thomas, of 88 Swansea Street, Splott, and the husband of Florence May Thomas, of 16 Elaine Street, Splott. He served as a Fireman with Cardiff Auxiliary Fire Service, and died while fighting the oil blaze at Llanreath Fuel Oil Depot, Pembroke Dock, on 22 August 1940. John was 31 years old.

City of Cardiff Fire Service Memorial

There is also a separate memorial inside South Pembrokeshire Golf Club, which names these four men, plus the remaining men of City of Cardiff Fire Service who died during the war. This memorial is a framed photograph of the marble memorial tablet which is located at Cardiff Central Fire Station. For some reason only one of these other men are commemorated by the CWGC, while one is shown as being killed in 1936.

 

The other men on the memorial are;

 

William L. James. Died on 29 September 1940.

 

Francis Wilberforce Gaccon. Divisional Officer, A.F.S.; M.A.I.E. Son of the late Watkin and Alice Charlotte Gaccon; husband of Lilian Maud Gaccon, of 153 Cyncoed Road. Died at Newport Road, Cardiff, aged 53. The memorial shows that he died on 3 March 1941, while the CWGC shows 2 March 1941.

 

Vincent L. Hyatt. Died on 3 October 1943.

 

William G. Simons. Died on 11 August 1944.

 

William R. Evans. Died 'in the line of duty' on 2 December 1936.

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Website News

1 Oct 2019. Some good news today, having received confirmation that another Welsh serviceman, John Rees Horan, of Fishguard, has 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.

 

11 June 2019. Great news again today, having received confirmation that another Welsh serviceman has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: David Thomas Jones, of Llandeilo. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

14 May 2019. More great news today, having heard that another two Welsh servicemen have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Evan Davies, of Cray, Breconshire; and Ivor John Hiley, of Barry, Glam. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

12 April 2019. Great news again today, having received confirmation that another two Welsh servicemen have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my work: Thomas Leslie Foster Brough, of Panteg; and Jerome O'Leary, of Cwmbran. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 March 2019. Great news today, I have received confirmation from the MoD that a previously unknown Welsh Regiment officers grave, which I identified as 2nd Lieutenant Sam Hughes, 10th Welsh, has been verified by them and they will be erecting a new headstone in June 2019. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

22 Feb 2019. More good news today that another Welsh soldier, Edward Coughlin, of Newport, 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.

 

16 Feb 2019. Some more good news today, having received conformation that a former Swansea policeman, Guardsman Patrick Shea, 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.

 

30 Jan 2019. Some more good news, having had confirmation that another Welsh sailor, John William Sommers, of Blackpill, 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.

 

3 Jan 2019. Some more great news to start the New Year, having had confirmation that another two Welsh sailors have been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research: Sidney Joseph Murphy and Edgar Prothero, of Swansea. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

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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