West Wales War Memorial Project
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Brawdy War Memorial

Brawdy is situated at the northeast corner of St Brides Bay. The southern half of the parish is in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and includes the villages of Penycwm and Newgale, and the hamlets of Eweston, Tancredston, and Trefgarn Owen. During the second half of the 20th century, it was home to a large Fleet Air Arm Station, and later became an RAF Station, before the base was given over to the army. The men of the village who fell during World War Two are commemorated on a brass memorial plaque, which is situated within St. David’s Church.

 

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

John Henry Adams, Sergeant, 1412902, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. John was the son of George Thomas Adams and Mary Eliza Adams, of Haverfordwest. He served with 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force, which was equipped with the Vickers Wellington, and operated in the Middle East in support of the ground offensive in North Africa. John was killed during the invasion of Italy on 27 January 1944. He is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta.

George Leslie Bevan, Fusilier, 3977294, The Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regt). George was the son of George Henry and Olive Mary Bevan. He had been born at Brawdy in 1923, and the family later moved to Ewell, Epsom, Surrey. George enlisted into the army, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. The battalion had been in France with the BEF at the outbreak of war, and reformed after the evacuation from Dunkirk. It moved to North Africa during March 1943, taking part in the campaign in Libya, before landing in Italy later that year. George was killed during the fighting around Monte Cassino on 13 May 1944, aged 20. He is buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.

George Devereux Davies, Sergeant (Obs.), 924555, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. George was the son of Austin George and Mary Ann Davies, of Brawdy. He served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, and was posted to 13 O.T.U., where he trained as an Observer. On 17 July 1941, George was part of the crew of a Bristol Blenheim IV, Serial R3805, which took off from R.A.F. Finmere, near Buckingham on a Navigation exercise.  Whilst circling the airfield, both engines cut out and the Blenheim crashed, killing George and his Pilot. George was 27 years old, and is buried at Haverfordwest (Prendergast) Cemetery.

Vincent Gunner, Private, 14623416, The King's Own Scottish Borderers. Vincent was the son of Alfred Albert Victor and Martha Jane Gunner, of Penycwm. He joined the army late in 1942, and was posted to India with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. After undergoing jungle training in India, the battalion sailed with the 7th (Indian) Division to Burma in September 1943. They crossed into the Arakan, and took part in the actions at Ngakydauk Pass. Vincent was killed in action here on 15 May 1944. He was 19 years old, and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.

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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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