West Wales War Memorial Project
West Wales War Memorial Project

Ceredigion WW2 Heroes

Men and women from west Wales served in every operational theatre of war during the Second World War, as well as serving in every branch of the armed forces. This page commemorates those from Ceredigion who gained gallantry awards during the conflict. It is very much a work in progress and more details will be added as they become available.

Edgar George Brown, MID, Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy. (Aberystwyth). Edgar was mentioned in despatches on 18 May 1945, for courage and skill shown while serving in Eastern waters.

 

Richard Jones Mildred Caul, MC, Lieutenant, 264927, South Wales Borderers. (Aberystwyth). Richard’s award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette of 1 March 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

Evelyn Henry Chavasse, DSO, DSC, Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy. (Lampeter). Evelyn was born in Ireland on 10 October 1906, the son of Henry and Judith Chavasse, and was a cousin to the famous double VC winner Noel Chavasse. His father had been brought up in Cilgerran and had served for many years in the army before moving back to his native Ireland after retiring. Evelyn, who had by the time of the war moved to Lampeter, had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, being Commander of the Escort and U-boat Hunting Groups in the Battle of the Atlantic between 1942 and 1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the King’s Birthday Honours List of 2 June 1943, and soon afterwards was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. The award was published in the London Gazette of 3 September 1943 and was for ‘gallantry, skill and devotion to duty in actions' against enemy submarines while serving in H.M. Ships Broadway, Hesperus, Swale and Hurricane in the escort of convoys.’ Upon leaving the Royal Navy he became Aide-de-Camp and Private Secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey between 1950 and 1952. He was ordained in 1954, and took up several curacies before retiring to 3 Aphrodite Street, Kyrenia, Cyprus, and died on 9 August 1991. (The photograph is courtesy of the IWM).

David James Davies, BEM, Gunner, 4205457, Royal Regiment of Artillery. (Aberystwyth). David’s award of the British Empire Medal was published in the London Gazette of 20 March 1945 and was in recognition of gallant conduct in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner.

 

Sergeant William Thomas Emanuel, BEM, Sergeant, Home Guard. (Cardigan). William served with the 1st Battalion, Cardiganshire Home Guard. His award of the BEM was published in the London Gazette of 12 December 1944 and was in recognition of Meritorious Service in the Home Guard.

 

Alwyn Ishmael Evans, BEM, Driver, T/198318, Royal Army Service Corps. (Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig). Alwyn’s award of the British Empire Medal was published in the London Gazette of 10 July 1942 and was in recognition of gallant conduct in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner. He gained a Bar to his BEM on 24 September 1943 in recognition of gallant conduct in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner.

 

David Morris Evans, MBE, Major, Home Guard. (Cardigan). David’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 12 December 1944 and was for his service with the 3rd Battalion, Cardigan Home Guard.

 

Gomer Francis, DCM, 4196571, Lance-Corporal, Army Air Corps (Talybont, Cardigan). Gomer’s award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal was published in the London Gazette of 2 May 1944 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

Edwin Gilby, MC, Lieutenant, 105870, Royal Artillery. (Cardiganshire). Edwin was the son of Henry and Lucy Gilby and the husband of Jessie Ada Gilbey (nee Violin). He was serving as Sergeant when he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 6 January 1940 and was awarded the Military Cross during the retreat to Dunkirk. The award was published in the London Gazette of 11 July 1940. He returned safely to England and embarked for the Far East with the 15 Battery, 6 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, in the Far East. Edwin was captured by the Japanese when they invaded the Dutch East Indies and died in Japan on 23 January 1943, aged 37. He is commemorated on the Yokohama Cremation Memorial, Japan.

 

Evan Ronald Hayward, MM, Gunner, 925958, Royal Regiment of Artillery. (Lampeter). Evan’s award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette of 22 August 1944 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

Bertram Frank Holloway, MID, Warrant Aircraft Officer, Royal Navy. (Aberystwyth). Bertram was mentioned in despatches on 7 January 1944: ‘For gallantry in air operations during the landings at Salerno, while operating from, or serving in, H.M. Ships Battler and Hunter.’

 

The Reverend John Morgan Glyn James, BA, MBE, Chaplain Fourth Class, 188508, Royal Army Chaplains' Department (Llanon). John’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 11 December 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

Roland Makeig James, MM, Sergeant, 905969, Royal Regiment of Artillery (Cardigan). Roland’s award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette of 23 November 1943 and was; ‘in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East:’

 

Tom Clement Jenkins, BEM, Leading Air Fitter (E), FAA/FX.82161, Fleet Air Arm. (Tremain, Cardigan). Tom’s award of the British Empire Medal was published in the London Gazette of 25 February 1944 and was: ‘for untiring zeal and energy in the repair and maintenance of aircraft in H.M.S. Formidable during operations in Sicily and Southern Italy.’

 

Eric Gordon Jones, MBE, Major, 112319, Royal Army Service Corps. (Devil's Bridge). Eric’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 11 December 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

Evan Lewis Jones, MM, Sergeant, 912319, Royal Artillery. (Llanbadarn). Evan’s award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette of 19 October 1944 and was for Northwest Europe.

 

Evan Llewellyn Jones, MC, Lieutenant, 151641, Welch Regiment. (Aberystwyth). Evan’s award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette of 8 March 1945.

 

John Isaac Jones, MBE, Warrant Officer II, 750451, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. (Aberystwyth). John’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 11 December 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

David Richard King, MC, Lieutenant, 224232, North Irish Horse. (Cardigan). David’s award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette of 21 August 1945 and was for his service with the Royal Armoured Corps.

John Hext Lewes, OBE, Commander, Royal Navy. (Felinfach). John was born on 16 June 1903, the son of John and Louisa Lewes. He joined the Royal Navy in 1916 and was educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Colleges before being commissioned. He became a specialist in torpedoes and led an anti-mine unit at HMS Vernon, Portsmouth prior to the war. He commanded HMS Shakiri and HMS Intrepid early in the war before being given command of the aircraft carrier HMS Ameer, and was created an Officer of the British Empire in the New Years Honours list of 1 January 1944. He served with distinction throughout the war and was mentioned in despatches on 1 January 1946., retiring with the rank of Captain the following year. John retired to the family home of Llanllyr, Talsarn, where he farmed 600 acres, becoming the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed and a prominent name in the farming world. He died on 14 March 1992 and is buried in Trefilan Churchyard. (The photograph is courtesy of the IWM).

John Powell Middlehurst, MID, Flying Officer, 41605, Royal Air Force. (Aberystwyth). John was the son of Richard Foster Middlehurst and Dorothy Elizabeth Middlehurst, of Aberystwyth, and the husband of Joan Middlehurst. He served in 113 Squadron, Royal Air Force, during which time he was mentioned in despatches. In the summer of 1941 the squadron was based in north Africa and were equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. Duties ranged from strafing enemy convoys, bombing airfields and enemy harbours. John was killed when his aircraft was lost on a mission on 2 July 1941, aged 21. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. John had been mentioned in despatches during the war.

 

Henry Walter Minal, MM, Lance-Corporal, 5572198, The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's). (Aberystwyth). Henry’s award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette of 19 September 1944 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.

 

David James Davis Owen, MID, Temporary Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. (Aberystwyth). David was mentioned in despatches on 17 December 1943: ‘For gallant and distinguished services and untiring devotion to duty in operations which led to the capture of Sicily by Allied forces.’

 

Robert Lancelot Paterson, MC, Captain, 73838, The Border Regiment. (Aberystwyth). Robert’s award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette of 26 June 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma.

 

The Reverend Kenneth Arthur Puntan, BA, MBE, Chaplain Third Class, 52326, Royal Army Chaplains' Department. (Lampeter). Kenneth’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 27 March 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North-West Europe.

 

Terence Michael Rourke, MC, Lieutenant, 315734, Royal Norfolk Regiment. (Cardigan). Terence’s award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette of 27 February 1945. He was killed during the drive across the German frontier on 1 March 1945, aged 24 and is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

 

David John Thomas, BA, BD, OBE, Chaplain, Royal Navy. (Lampeter). David was the son of The Reverend William Dynevor Thomas and Gwenllian Thomas, of Lampeter. After studying for his B.A. at Lampeter, he became a Chaplain with the Royal Navy, and resided with his wife, Mary Irene Thomas, at Northampton. David served at HMS Pembroke. He died at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital Woolston of heart failure and colitis on 23 July 1946, aged 44, and is buried at Northampton (Billing Road) Cemetery. He had been awarded the OBE during the war.

 

Geoffrey Herbert Thomas, MM, Bombardier, 927033, Royal Regiment of Artillery. (Llanbadarn). Geoffrey’s award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette of 12 October 1943 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the Middle East.

 

David Glyn Williams, MID, Cook (S), D/MX.85335, Royal Navy. (Lampeter). David was mentioned in despatches on 28 July 1944 for outstanding courage, leadership, resource and determination during the assault on Anzio and in subsequent bombardments in support of the Army, and in maintaining an unbroken flow of supplies which accomplished the building up of the beach-head despite bombing, mining and bombardment by shore batteries.

David John Williams, OBE, Master, Merchant Navy. (Aberystwyth). David was the son of David Williams, and of Annie Williams, of Aberystwyth. He was a long serving Mariner, and had been awarded the Lloyd's Medal for lifesaving at sea, and also created an Officer of the British Empire. David served as Master of the SS Empire Tower, a London registered cargo steamer. On 5 March 1943, she was on route from Huelva and Gibraltar for Middlesbrough when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-130, and sunk with the loss of 38 lives. David was 38 years old when he died that day, and is commemorated alongside his crew on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

 

Thomas Edward Williams, DCM, Sergeant, 4205790, Royal Regiment of Artillery. (Aberystwyth). Thomas’s award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal was published in the London Gazette of 10 July 1945 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe.

 

Edward Kendrick Woodhouse, MBE, Lieutenant (acting. Major), 72635, Royal Regiment of Artillery. (Aberystwyth). Edward’s award of the MBE was published in the London Gazette of 16 February 1943 and was in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East during the period May, 1942 to October, 1942.

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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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