Blackwood cenotaph

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Blackwood cenotaph

This memorial was unveiled in 1926. It commemorates local people who died in the First and Second World Wars. To discover who they were, choose a category below:

First World War

Second World War

We have included names and details of men who died and had local connections but are not named on the memorial.

Among those named on the memorial are brothers Leonard and Claude Harrhy. They died in within less than two months of each other in 1944, while taking part in the liberation of Europe. Two of the Lee brothers, Harold and Sidney, also died in the liberation of Europe, but a third brother survived the war.

With thanks to Byron Jones of the Merchant Navy Association (Wales) and to Shaun McGuire

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First World War

  • Baker, Wilfrid Charles, Corporal 15547. Died 12/02/1916 aged 22. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Buried Artillery Wood Cemetery. Son of William and Eliza Louise Baker of 13, Britannia Road, Easton, Bristol. Native of Treharris.
  • Butler, John, Lance Corporal 14283. Died 12/08/1915. South Wales Borderers. Helles Memorial. Husband of Mary Butler of 12, Bridge Street.
  • Carey, William John Private 93925. Died 08/11/1918. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Dourlers Communal Cemetery. Son of Mr J Carey of 33, Lewis Street.
  • Coles, Oliver, Private 35871. Died 09/10/1917. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • East, John, Rifleman 1928. Died 12/10/1915. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Cologne Southern Cemetery.
  • Ebdon, Oliver Francis Arthur, Private 8211. Died 26/09/1914 aged 30. Welsh Regiment. Buried Les Gonards Cemetery. Husband of Mrs R Ebdon of 1, Homeland Place, Thorncombe Road.
  • Evans, Arthur.
  • Firr, Christopher, Company Sergeant Major 177. Died 13/10/1915 aged 34. Monmouthshire Regiment. Loos Memorial. Son of Frederick and Alice Firr; husband of Annie Mary Firr of 77, Gordon Road.
  • Goodyear, James Henry, Private 2383. Died 13/10/1915 aged 22. Monmouthshire Regiment. Loos Memorial. Son of George Goodyear of 2, Conway Villas, Wilton Road, Great Malvern.
  • Guest, Sydney, Sapper 86164. Died 03/06/1915 aged 35. Royal Engineers. Le Touret Memorial. Son of Daniel and Sarah Guest.
  • Gwatkin, William Ralph, Private 58309. Died 08/10/1918. South Wales Borderers. Buried Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery.
  • Gwilt, Percy James, Private 49397. Died 08/10/1918 aged 20. South Wales Borderers. Buried Guizancourt Farm Cemetery. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Gwilt of Knighton.
  • Halse, William Charles, Private 291117. Died 04/08/1917 aged 21. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Buried Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery. Son of Edward and Harriet Halse of 11, Garfield Street.
  • Hambleton, Stanley J, Lance Corporal 11885. Died 09/04/1916 aged 18. South Wales Borderers. Basra Memorial. Son of Henry and Annie Hambleton of 6, Garfield Street.
  • Harris, Alfred John.
  • Hughes, William, George, Private 21018. Died 16/02/1917 aged 30. Royal Fusiliers. Buried Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery. Son of Samuel and Emma Hughes of St. Margaret's, Hereford.
  • Hutton, Reginald Thomas, Private 108680. Died 02/09/1918. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Buried Vaulx Hill Cemetery.
  • James, William David.
  • Jeanes, Willie John, Private 10440. Died 02/09/1916. Cheshire Regiment. Buried Corbie Communal Cemetery. Son of William and Hannah Jeanes.
  • Jenkins, W J.
  • Jones, G P. Possibly: George Percy Jones, Butcher 901572. Died 28/10/1918 aged 26. Mercantile Marine Reserve – HMS Macedonia. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of William Arthur and Rose Jones; husband of Mary Jones, of Iffoddfach Farm, Newbridge. The Mercantile Marine Reserve consisted of merchant seamen who could be called in to the Royal Navy when required.
  • Jones, John William, Lance Corporal 23532. Died 22/11/1917 aged 32. South Wales Borderers. Cambrai Memorial. Son of John and Emma Jones of Castlewood Farm, Llandefalle, Brecon; husband of Sophia Jones of 27, Lewis Street.
  • Jones, Thomas, Private 20171. Died 05/06/1917. South Wales Borderers. Ferme-Olivier Cemetery. Lived in Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Lewis, Henry Shadrach, Private 15116. Died 07/09/1916. Welsh Regiment. Buried Dantzig Alley British Cemetery.
  • Lewis, Sydney, Gunner 70791. Died 25/06/1916. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Amara War Cemetery.
  • Meek, A.
  • Milton, William J, Sergeant 8652. Died 19/10/1918 aged 34. South Wales Borderers. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. Buried Vaux-Andigny British Cemetery. Husband of Annie May Milton of 9, Talbot Street, Aberavon.
  • Morgan, T J, Private 58630. Died 27/10/1918. South Wales Borderers. Buried Englefontaine British Cemetery.
  • Nethercott, William J, Private 17506. Died 14/11/1918 aged 24. South Wales Borderers. Awarded Military Medal. Buried Les Baraques Military Cemetery. Son of John and Emma Nethercott.
  • Overton, Harry Neville, Private 105575. Died 02/11/1918 aged 44. Royal Fusiliers. Buried St. Sever Cemetery. Son of William Henry Overton; husband of Clara Jane Overton of 3, Albany Road.
  • Phillips, Hector George, Private 25691. Died 07/05/1918. South Wales Borderers. Buried Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery.
  • Price, Thomas, Gunner 215182. Died 31/10/1918 aged 28. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Awoingt British Cemetery. Son of George and H A Price of 28, Coronation Road.
  • Roberts, A E. Possibly: Rifleman 228845. Died 22/11/1917 aged 19. Monmouthshire Regiment. Loos Memorial. Son of Joseph and Catherine Roberts.
  • Smith, Wallace William, Private 33585. Died 17/08/1916. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Snelgrove, George, Rifleman 226676. Died 01/07/1916. Monmouthshire Regiment. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Spencer, James Herbert, Sergeant 1115. Died 02/06/1915 aged 27. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mr F and Mrs M Spencer of Brynteg, Cefn Road.
  • Stephens, Albert Ronald, Private 16650. Died 01/10/1915 aged 19. Somerset Light Infantry. Buried Railway Chateau Cemetery. Son of Rowland and Caroline E Stephens of 13, Monteclaire Avenue, Gordon Road. Brother of Reginald, below.
  • Stephens, Reginald (served as Reginald Adams), Acting Bombardier 19898. Died 21/05/1917 aged 23. Royal Field Artillery. Buried La Clytte Military Cemetery. Son of Rowland and Caroline Stephens of 13, Monteclaire Avenue, Gordon Road.
  • Stokes, William John, Private 58758. Died 04/11/1918. South Wales Borderers. Buried Romeries Communal Cemetery.
  • Walton, Stanley, Private 5556. Died 18/07/1916. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Watkins, Lewis William, Private 89006. Died 04/11/1918 aged 20. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Forest Communal Cemetery. Son of Edwin James and Agnes Watkins of 6, Coronation Road. Born in Tredegar.
  • Williams, Albert Henry, Private 21739. Died of wounds 15/04/1918 aged 27. South Wales Borderers. Buried Lapugnoy Military Cemetery. Son of Charles and Mary Williams of 71, Gordon Road; husband of Jessie Williams of Broadwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire.
  • Williams, Arthur C, Private 21738. Died 31/10/1918 aged 29. South Wales Borderers. Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France. Husband of Gertrude May Williams of 7, Bryn Gwyn St., Fleur-de-Lys. Lived at 71, Gordon Road, and therefore was probably brother of Albert, above.
  • Williams, Thomas, Gunner 218714. Died 26/11/1918 aged 26. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of Mrs M J Williams of 20, Bridge Street.
  • Williams, Thomas, Private 75543. Died 18/04/1918 aged 20. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Tyne Cot Memorial. Son of Mrs Williams of 5, David Street.
 
 

Second World War

  • Abrahams, Aleck, Sergeant 928572. Died 22/01/1944. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery. Son of Ephraim and Esther Abrahams of Blackwood.
  • Allen, Ronald, Private 3915597. Died 09/06/1946 aged 23. Welsh Regiment. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Son of Robert and Sarah Rose Allen of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Bennett, Reginald Griffith, Lieutenant 130990. Died 16/10/1944. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Buried Overloon War Cemetery.
  • Bray, R. Probably: Bray, Roland, Sergeant 403077. Died 22/08/1944 aged 32. Royal Armoured Corps. Buried St. Desir War Cemetery. Son of Edward and Alice Bray; husband of Rose Martha Bray of River, Dover.
  • Clayfield, L. Possibly: Clayfield, Leslie, Leading Seaman D/JX 140648. Died 07/05/1940 aged 22. Royal Navy - HMS Curlew. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs W Clayfield of Nailsworth.
  • Conolly, T.
  • Copping, Henry George, Private 6202987. Die between 01/10/1942 and 02/10/1942 aged 25. Middlesex Regiment. Sai Wan Memorial. Son of Henry George and Mary Copping.
  • Crewe, K.
  • Crewe, R.
  • Davies, William Raymond, Aircraftman 1st Class 1137140. Died 02/12/1942 aged 22. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Yokohama War Cemetery. Son of Thomas Daniel and Margaret Mary Davies of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Ellway, Vernon, Aircraftman 2nd Class 1031941. Died 30/10/1941. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Woodfieldside (Jerusalem) Chapelyard.
  • Evans, Dennis Kenneth, Corporal 1161570. Died 16/02/1944 aged 31. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Gelligaer (St. Cattwg) Churchyard. Son of Thomas Arthur and Edith Lily Evans.
  • Garrett, T. Possibly: Garrett, Trevor, Warrant Officer Class II 6102632. Died 24/12/1944 aged 48. Army Educational Corps. Buried Kirkee War Cemetery. Son of Albin and Margaret Garrett.
  • Gregory, Albert, Private 7264672. Died 30/03/1942 aged 28. Royal Army Medical Corps. Rangoon Memorial. Son of Robert and Harriet Gregory.
  • Griffin, Harold Claude, Sergeant 953947. Died 18/01/1943. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Hamburg Cemetery.
  • Harris, Thomas, Donkeyman. Died 28/01/1941 aged 62. Merchant Navy - SS Homeside (Newcastle-on-Tyne). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of John and Alice Harris; husband of Clara Edna May Harris of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial. SS Homeside sailed from Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 21/01/1941 for the UK, but seven days later off the NW Spanish coast it reported leaking in heavy seas and was subsequently posted as lost through stress of weather.
  • Harris, William Herbert Beddow, Ordinary Telegraphist D/JX609151. Died 17/02/1944 aged 22. Royal Navy. Buried Woodfieldside (Jerusalem) Chapelyard. Son of Francis John and Gertrude May Harris; husband of Myra Rennis Harris.
  • Harrhy, Claud East, Private 4080644. Died 10/07/1944 aged 29. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried St. Manvieu War Cemetery. Son of George and Eliza Jane Harrhy. Brother of Leonard, below.
  • Harrhy, Leonard Ford, Guardsman 2737969. Died 27/05/1944 aged 30. Welsh Guards. Buried Cassino War Cemetery. Son of George and Eliza Harrhy; husband of Edna Dorothy Harrhy of Ynysddu.
  • Holvey, A C.
  • Jones, A.
  • Jones, E H. Possibly: Jones, Edwin Horatio, Second Radio Officer. Merchant Navy - SS Ruperra (Cardiff). Died 19/10/40 aged 20. Born Phillipstown, Monmouthshire. Lived at Graig Glas Crescent, Cefn Forest. Ship sunk SW of Rockall. Tower Hill Memorial.
  • Jones, R.
  • Lee, Harold George, Driver T/10695099. Died 13/06/1945 aged 28. Royal Army Service Corps, 1804 Bailey Bridge Platoon. Udine War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Sidney Martin Lee and Alice Maude Lee, of Margate, earlier of Beechtree, Blackwood. Brother of Sidney, below. A third son, Gilbert, served in the Royal Navy in the war and survived.
  • Lee, Sidney Ernest Benjamin, Captain 126148. Died 26/09/1944 aged 33. South Wales Borderers, attached to Welsh Regiment 4th Battalion. Valkenswaard War Cemetery, Netherlands. Son of Sidney Martin Lee and Alice Maude Lee; husband of Florence Doreen Lee.
  • Legge, R.
  • Legge, F.
  • Lewis, Alfred Richards, Second Lieutenant 285337. Died 20/09/1943 aged 29. Royal Artillery. Buried Penmaen Congregational Chapelyard. Son of Edward and Ann Lewis; husband of Martha Edna Jean Lewis.
  • Lippiatt, Alfred Charles, Sergeant 851447. Died 19/06/1942 aged 24. Royal Artillery. Buried Benghazi War Cemetery. Son of G. Hebert and Florence Lippiatt of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Locke, Charles John, Private 3961500. Died 27/06/1944 aged 23. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Buried La Delivrande War Cemetery. Son of Walter and Catherine Locke of Blackwood; husband of Gwendoline Locke of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Maguire, Maurice, Able Seaman P/JX 215102. Died 22/11/1943 aged 32. Royal Navy - HMS Hebe. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Son of John and Mary Ann Maguire; husband of Kathleen Maguire of Tredegar.
  • Maynard, Paul, Corporal 7916497. Died 16/05/1944 aged 24. Royal Armoured Corps. Buried Cassino War Cemetery. Son of Stanley and Emily Margaret Maynard.
  • Mountjoy, William Bruce, Lieutenant 89172. Died 15/02/1943 aged 23. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Bedwellty (St. Sannan) New Churchyard. Son of Bruce and Alice Mountjoy; husband of Beryl Mountjoy.
  • Parker, Albert Reginald, Aircraftman 2nd Class 1651199. Died 16/12/1944 aged 22. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Schoonselhof Cemetery. Son of Albert A and Martha M Parker.
  • Parfitt, William John Cuzner, Signalman 14387636. Died 16/08/1943 aged 23. Royal Corps of Signals. Buried Bedwellty (St. Sannan) Churchyard. Son of William and Elizabeth E Parfitt.
  • Perkins, N. Possibly: Perkins, Norman, Private 3911474. Died 13/07/1944 aged 28. Essex Regiment. Buried Arezzo War Cemetery. Son of William and Jane Perkins; husband of Sadie Perkins of Fazakerley, Liverpool.
  • Pettet, Leslie Albert, Petty Officer D/JX 127061. Died 04/11/1944 aged 33. Royal Navy - HMS Sphinx. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal for his service on HMS Bideford. Buried Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. Son of George Edward and Rose Mary Ann Pettet.
  • Price, Vivian Graham, Sergeant 1836656. Died 25/09/1944 aged 19. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Calais Canadian War Cemetery. Son of Albert and Gladys Price.
  • Salmon, Stanley Arthur, Private 14343002. Died 06/08/1944 aged 31. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Tilly-sur-Seulles War Cemetery. Son of Arthur and Ethel Maud Salmon; husband of Mary Megan Salmon.
  • Thomas, William Gwyn, Lieutenant 261528. Died 26/08/1943 aged 23. Royal Engineers. Buried Pontypridd Crematorium. Son of Thomas and Mabel Annie Thomas.
  • Tiley, Donald Henry George, Flight Sergeant 1853257. Died 02/03/1945. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Tomkins, Thomas Beavan, Flying Officer 131897. Died 23/06/1943 aged 30. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Uden War Cemetery. Only son of Thomas Beavan and Mary Jane Tomkins of Strand House, Blackwood; husband of Suzanne Langdale Tomkins of Finchley, Middlesex. Educated at Pontllanfraith Secondary School. Worked as a sanitary inspector before the war. Left a child.
  • Vernall, Aubrey Arthur, Fusilier 4196118. Died 31/05/1940 aged 20. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery. Son of Henry John and Rose Bertha Vernall.
  • Wiltshire, Leslie, Flight Sergeant 562956. Died 29/06/1942 aged 31. Royal Air Force. Buried Wonseradeel (Makkum) Protestant Churchyard. Son of Mr and Mrs W. J. Wiltshire; husband of G M Wiltshire.
  • Woodward, Sydney Charles, Corporal 2655938. Died 01/06/1940 aged 25. Coldstream Guards. Buried Leuven Communal Cemetery. Son of Charles and Katharine Woodward; husband of Evelyn Mary Woodward of Blackwood. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.
  • Yandle, Joseph, Able Seaman D/JX257824. Died 29/03/1942. Royal Navy - HMS Dulverton. Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery. Son of Rufus and Hannah Yandle; husband of Iris Yandle, of Argoed. Not named on Blackwood war memorial.