West Wales War Memorial Project
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Pre WW1 Memorials

British troops have been involved in wars for as long as history remembers, but the first truly modern war which caught the imagination of the public was the Crimean War, mainly because it was the first war to have been reported by telegram communication. This meant that the British public could for the first time read firsthand news and reports of the war as events occurred. The Crimean War was also the instigator for the most famous gallantry decoration to be awarded, the Victoria Cross, the medals of which are made of bronze taken from captured Russian cannon.

 

There were, of course, other wars during the nineteenth century which were widely known. The famous Peninsula Wars (1807 – 1814) led to the invasion of Napoleonic France and culminated in Wellington’s famous victory at the Battle of Waterloo on Sunday 18 June 1815, a battle which saw a famous West Walian, General Sir Thomas Picton, killed.

 

The British Empire’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’, India, involved the British in several wars, while we also fought in North Africa, New Zealand, Burma, China, and more recently South Africa, during the Zulu War and the two Boer Wars.

 

Scattered throughout churches, chapels and memorials halls in West Wales are dozens of individual memorials to officers and men who fought and died in these far off places, while towns such as Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Llanelli boast fine public monuments to commemorate men who died in the Boer Wars. Carmarthen is also home to the impressive Crimea Monument, which is dedicated to the fallen officers and men of the 23rd Regiment who fell during the campaign.

 

As time allows, I will be gathering information on as many of these memorials as I can, and placing the details in this section of the website. While the main county sections of the website contain the details of the WW1 and WW2 memorials, there are also scattered among the pages details of men who fell during other wars and these will be left where they presently are, alongside the details of their kinsmen, while I will also add them into this section, for easier negotiation. These memorials can be accessed by clicking on the tabs to the left on this page.

 

The British Army was founded after the Acts of Union in 1707, and brought the existing Irish and Scottish Regiments into fold of the existing English Army to form the new British Army. The list of wars fought by the British Army from its formation until 1914, when the Great War erupted, is shown below. Many of these wars saw our local units the 23rd (Royal Welch Fusiliers), 24th (South Wales Borderers), 41st and 69th (Welch) Regiments in action against their former colonial allies, while local Yeomanry and Militia units, such as the Pembroke Yeomanry and Carmarthen Militia,  kept peace at home.

 

War of the Spanish Succession 1701–1714

War of the Austrian Succession 1740

Seven Years' War 1754–1763

American Revolutionary War 1775–1783

First Anglo-Maratha War 1772

French Revolutionary Wars 1792–1802

Second Anglo-Maratha War 1802–1805

Napoleonic Wars 1802–1813

War of 1812 1812

Hundred Days War 1815 (The return of Napoleon)

Gurkha War 1813–1816

Third Anglo-Maratha War 1817–1818

First Ashanti War 1823–1831

First Anglo-Burmese War 1824–1826

First Anglo-Afghan War 1839–1842

First Opium War 1839–1842

First Anglo Marri War 1840

First Anglo-Sikh War 1845–1846

Second Anglo-Burmese War 1852–1853

Crimean War 1853–1856

Anglo-Persian War 1856–1857

Second Opium War 1856–1860

Indian Rebellion 1857

New Zealand land wars 1845–1872

Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848–1849

Second Ashanti War 1863–1864

Bhutan War 1864–1865

Third Ashanti War 1873–1874

Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878–1880

Anglo-Zulu War 1879

Second Anglo Marri War 1880

First Boer War 1880–1881

Third Anglo-Burmese War 1885

Mahdist War 1891–1899

Fourth Ashanti War 1894

Anglo-Zanzibar War 1896

Boxer Rebellion 1899–1901

Second Boer War 1899–1902

DONATIONS. The greatest expenditure on this website is the work on attempting to gain official commemoration for Welsh servicemen who have been 'forgotten' by the CWGC.

As well as the cost of researching these men, death certificates for each case have to be purchased from the GRO.

As things stand, I have spent over £3,000 on purchasing death certificates over the last few years and still have over £1,500 worth to get, so any donations towards this worthwhile cause are most welcome.

Donations can be made using the Paypal link below, or by contacting the author via the Contact page.

Website News

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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