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Warren War Memorial

Warren is a parish in the hundred of Castlemartin, five miles south-west of Pembroke. The parish is served by St. Mary's Church, which dates from the 13th Century. The parish is next to Castlemartin firing range, and the church contains memorial boards with the regimental crest of units who have used the ranges. There is also a marble memorial to A. T. Roch, and also two war graves in the churchyard.

 

The Great War, 1914-1918

 

Arthur Twining Roch, Engineer Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Arthur was born at Castlemartin in 1872, the son of John Jones Roch and Martha Elizabeth Roch, of Longstone Farm, Castlemartin, Pembroke. He married Catherine Wood in Cairo in 1901, and the couple had two children. Arthur served with the Royal Navy, and at the outbreak of the Great War was serving aboard HMS Proserpine. Proserpine was a Pelorus class cruiser that served at Gibraltar, and in the Suez Canal. Later in 1915 she was relieved from that duty, and sent to support the British intervention in Mesopotamia. Arthur had spent some time at home on leave prior to this, and during December 1915 was back in the Mediterranean aboard the passenger ship SS Persia. On 30 December 1915, Persia was torpedoed by the German submarine U38, and sank with the loss of over 330 passengers and crew. Arthur was among the dead. He was 42 years old, and is commemorated on panel 8 of the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

World War Two, 1939-1945

 

Richard Vernon Hopps, Captain, 64311, Royal Artillery. Richard was born at Sunderland in 1908. He was serving with the Royal Artillery prior to the war, and on 20 March 1935 was commissioned Lieutenant from Denstone College OTC into the 102nd (Pembroke & Cardigan) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Richard was probably training at Castlemartin, when he met, and married, Nesta Llewellyn Roch, of Warren in 1937, and the couple resided at Merlins Cross. Richard had been promoted Captain by the time that he died at Castlemartin on 6 February 1940. He was 31 years old, and is buried at Warren (St. Mary) Churchyard.

Anthony Humphrey Lewis Jones, Captain, 346334, Royal Engineers. Anthony was born at Swansea in 1925, the Son of Sir Lewis Jones, and Lady Jones (nee Willis), of Swansea. He was commissioned in June 1945 into the Royal Engineers, and embarked for the Far East. Anthony remained on active service in India after the armistice with Japan, and died there on 14 August 1947. He was 22 years old, and is buried at Karachi War Cemetery, India.

 

John Henry Lloyd, MBE, Warrant Officer I, 281200, Royal Air Force. John was born in Pembrokeshire in 1897, probably the son of John and Anna Lloyd. He served during World War Two with the Royal Air Force, being awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours list of 1 January 1943. John survived the war, but died in Pembrokeshire on 27 April 1947. He was 50 years old, and is buried at Warren (St. Mary) Churchyard.

Warren Regimental Plaques

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Website News

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.

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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