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Pembroke Dock (St Andrew's Church) War Memorial

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is located at Bush Street, Pembroke Dock, and was built around 1866. Inside the Church is a fine marble war memorial to its members who fell during the Great War. The photograph of the memorial has been kindly sent in by Huw Morgan of Pembroke Dock.

The Great War, 1914-1918

James Sinclair Graham, MID, Corporal, 14584, Royal Engineers. James was the Son of Peter and Jane Graham, of Pembroke Dock, and the husband of Anne Graham, of 48, Military Road, Pennar, Pembroke Dock. He enlisted at Pembroke into the Royal Engineers at some time prior to 1911, and at the outbreak of war landed in France with the BEF. James was later posted to the 57th Field Company, Royal Engineers, which was attached to the 49th (West Riding) Division. The Division moved to France between 12 and 19 April 1915 and saw its first major action on the Somme, during the Battle of Albert. They remained on the Somme, taking part in the Battle of Bazentin, the Battle of Pozières, and the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, and the following year saw action at Third Ypres, during the Battle of Poelcapelle. James was wounded here, and brought back to Ypres for treatment, but sadly he died of his wounds on 13 October 1917, aged 36. James is buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium, in grave ref. I. H. 30. James was Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches for bravery during his time at war.

Frederick Gwyn Jones, Private, 23837, New Zealand Infantry. Frederick was the son of David and Jane Jones of 37 Park Street, Pembroke Dock. He had emigrated to New Zealand at some time between 1911 and 1914, and at the outbreak of war enlisted into the New Zealand Infantry, and embarked at Wellington on 27 May 1916 for England with the 13th Reinforcements for the 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment, which was in France attached to the 1st Brigade, New Zealand Division. The division was on the Somme when Frederick arrived in France, and he would possibly have taken part in the Somme offensive. On the following year the New Zealanders moved to Ypres, and that is where Frederick was killed, on 3 October 1917, aged 29. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Frederick Norton Warlow, Private, 442234, Canadian Infantry. Fred was born on 20 August 1884, the son of William and Elizabeth Warlow, of 36, Queen Street, Pembroke Dock. He had served for several years with the Pembroke Imperial Yeomanry before deciding to emigrate to Canada prior to the war. He enlisted at Vernon, British Columbia into the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry on 29 May 1915, and embarked for Britain, before moving to France, where the Battalion was attached to the 2nd Canadian Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. Fred fought on the Somme in 1916, and was wounded at Courcelette during the Battle of Thiepval Ridge. He was evacuated to the Base Hospital at Le Havre for treatment, but died there of his wounds on 1 October 1916. Fred was 31 years old, and is buried at Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, in Grave Ref. Div. 3. I. 3.

David Aubrey Williams, Second Lieutenant, South Wales Borderers. David was the son of William and Mary Williams, of 95, Laws Street, Pembroke Dock. He was a schoolmaster at Cardiff prior to the war. David was commissioned from the Royal Engineers into the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, and landed in France on 5 January 1916. The 1st SWB was attached to 3 Brigade, 1st Division, and had been in France since the outbreak of war. In 1916 the Division moved to the Somme, where it took part in the Battle of Albert during the opening of the Somme Offensive. David was killed three weeks into the battle, on 25 July 1916, aged 29. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 4A. His brother Thomas Howard Williams also fell.

Thomas Howard Williams, Private, 765298, London Regiment. Thomas was the son of William and Mary Williams, of 95, Laws Street, Pembroke Dock. Prior to the war he had worked for 19 years in the service of the London and Provincial Bank at Cardiff, where he resided with his wife, Nancy Williams, at Ship House, The Leys, St. Athans. Thomas had enlisted at Cardiff on 1 December 1915 into the 1/28th Battalion, London Regiment (Artists Rifles). The battalion was an officer training battalion for most of the war, and on 28 June 1917 joined 190 Brigade, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. The RND was at Arras by then, before moving to positions at Ypres, where they took part in the Battle of Passchendaele. Thomas joined the battalion in France on 13 September 1917, at the height of the Passchendaele offensive. He was killed at Passchendaele on 30 October 1917, aged 34, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, on Panel 153. Nancy returned to Pembroke Dock to live, but in 1922 married John Gibbs, and moved back to Cardiff. Thomas's brother David Aubrey Williams also fell.

William Arthur Williams, Armament Staff Sergeant, 392, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. William was the Son of William and Esther Williams, of Pembroke Dock, and the husband of Leah Annie Williams, of 35, Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock. He was a regular soldier, and served with the 11th Heavy Artillery H.Q., Royal Army Ordnance Corps on the Western Front. William was mortally wounded at Ypres, and died of his wounds on 29 December 1915. He was 35 years old, and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, in Grave Ref. IV. C. 33.

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Website News

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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