Cwmcarn war memorial

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Cwmcarn war memorial

This memorial was erected to commemorate the men of Cwmcarn and Pontywaun who died in the First World War. The names of those who died in the Second World War were added later, as was the name of a local man killed while serving in Northern Ireland in 1979. To discover who they were, choose a category below.

The memorial was unveiled in 1922 by Sir John Wyndham Beynon, a wealthy industrialist who had served in the army in the First World War. It consists of a stone column topped by a bronze statue of a soldier with his head bowed, his tin battlefield hat on his back and his rifle pointing into the ground.

Two of the men named on the memorial died on the same day in 1940 when their ship, HMS Glorious, was sunk by the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst. One of the men, Kenneth Fell, was only 18 years old.

Two Cwmcarn brothers, James and Thomas Gougerty, belonged to different regiments but died within less than a fortnight of each other in 1944 during the fighting to oust the Nazis from France.

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First World War

Second World War

Northern Ireland

 
 

First World War

  • Birt, J. Private. South Wales Borderers.
  • Brinkworth, William John, Corporal 23259. Died 28/04/1918 aged 35. South Wales Borderers. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Son of George and Annette Brinkworth of 123, Oakfield Road, Cwmbran.
  • Broad, Ernest, Private 12520. Died 12/08/1915 aged 24. South Wales Borderers. Helles Memorial. Son of James Broad of 30, Nantcarn Road.
  • Brown, James, Driver 19843. Died 20/09/1915 aged 20. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Bethune Town Cemetery. Son of John and Catherine Brown of 40, Jamesville.
  • Burge, Henry, Driver 19711. Died 20/09/1915. Royal Field Artillery. Bethune Town Cemetery.
  • Burns, Samuel Valentine, Private 1981. Died 07/05/1915 aged 17. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery. Son of William James and Elizabeth Ann Burns. Brother of William, below.
  • Burns, William Reece, Pioneer 249448. Died 30/06/1918 aged 22. Royal Engineers. Awarded Military Medal. Buried Bagneux British Cemetery. Son of William James and Elizabeth Ann Burns of Manchester.
  • Callaghan, Thomas, Sergeant 42. Died 10/09/1916. Welsh Guards. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Coles, Frank Lewis John, Stoker 1st Class SS/106733. Died 31/05/1916 aged 27. Royal Navy - HMS Broke. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Son of Walter and Margaret Cole; husband of Sarah Cole of 212, Inverness Place, Roath Park, Cardiff. Native of Cwmcarn.
  • Crabb, Walter, Corporal 265369. Died 12/04/1918 aged 25. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of John Crabb of 6, Wood Street.
  • Cunnick, William Henry, Corporal 15549. Died 24/08/1916. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Davies, Arthur George, Private 1724. Died 06/12/1914 aged 18. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs Henry Davies.
  • Davies, Brinley, Private 15976. Died 24/07/1918 aged 29. Scots Guards. Buried Berles New Military Cemetery. Son of Joseph and Hannah Davies of 8, Newport Road.
  • Davies, E A, Driver. Royal Field Artillery.
  • Davies, Ellerton Osborne, Second Lieutenant. Died 02/04/1915 aged 22. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery. Son of George and Rose Davies of Moat House, St. James' Square, Monmouth.
  • Duffield, Henry, Private 12530. Died 09/04/1916. South Wales Borderers. Buried Amara War Cemetery.
  • Duffield, W, Lance Corporal. South Wales Borderers.
  • Edwards, Leonard James, Sergeant 11537. Died 27/08/1916 aged 21. South Wales Borderers. Buried London Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs Albert Edwards of 1, Holly Bush Cottage.
  • Evans, J W, Private. Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Evans, W J, Private. Gloucestershire Regiment.
  • Foley, James J, Private 385. Died 08/07/1916 aged 30. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Englebelmer Communal Cemetery. Foster-son of Rhoda Stone of 28, Feeders Row.
  • Franklin, Richard, Private 13076. Died 18/08/1915 aged 31. South Wales Borderers. Buried East Mudros Military Cemetery. Husband of Mrs M Franklin (later Whiting) of 83, Broadway, Frome, Somerset.
  • Gooding, Thomas John, Lance Corporal 12502. Died 21/08/1915. South Wales Borderers. Helles Memorial.
  • Greenslade, John, Private 226418. Died 27/08/1918. Monmouthshire Regiment attached to South Wales Borderers. Buried Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.
  • Griffiths, Alfred, Corporal 26476. Died 25/11/1917 aged 27. Welsh Regiment. Cambrai Memorial. Husband of Letitia Griffiths of 35, Wood Street.
  • Griffiths, Percy, Corporal 20718. Died 10/07/1916. South Wales Borderers. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Hands, Thomas William, Private 33769. Died 22/09/1918. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Buried Peronne Communal Cemetery.
  • Harper, D, Sergeant. South Wales Borderers.
  • Harper, William, Private 201630. Died 25/04/1917 aged 50. Worcestershire Regiment. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Joseph and Hannah Harper; husband of Sarah Edith Harper of 11, New Houses, Llanfach, Abercarn.
  • Harrison, O, Private. Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Hern, George, Rifleman 8265. Died 15/09/1916. Royal Irish Rifles.
  • Holtham, Thomas George, Gunner 19795. Died 18/04/1917 aged 20. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Sucrerie Cemetery. Son of Edward and Naomi Holtham of 35, Garden Suburbs, Pontywaun.
  • Hopkins, Alfred, Private 58303. Died 08/10/1918. South Wales Borderers. Buried Guizancourt Farm Cemetery. Husband of Mrs W Hopkins of 2, Coronation Place, Pontywaun.
  • James, T, Gunner. Royal Field Artillery.
  • Jenkins, A, Private. Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Kenna, O, Private. Royal Engineers.
  • King, Herbert Parry, Private, 58333. Died 18/09/1918. Welsh Regiment 13th Bn. (South Wales Borderers on Cwmcarn war memorial). Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
  • Lander, William Edwin, Sergeant 17176. Died 15/04/1918 aged 25. South Wales Borderers. Awarded Military Medal. Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of Albert and Annie Lander of 8, Meredith Terrace, Newbridge; husband of Mrs K Lander of 2, Coles Building, West Street, Warminster, Wiltshire.
  • Lott, William Rees, Private M/348530. Died 14/10/1918 aged 20. Army Service Corps. Buried Risca Old Cemetery. Son of Joseph J and Annie Lott of 23, Mount Pleasant Terrace, Pontywaun.
  • Lovell, Albert R, Private 93629. Died 03/09/1918. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
  • Maisey, William Henry, Gunner 92569. Died 23/07/1916. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Amara War Cemetery.
  • Mantle, D T, Gunner. Royal Field Artillery.
  • Matthews, T J, Private. South Wales Borderers.
  • Morgan, William Henry, Private 2494. Died 13/07/1915. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Netley Military Cemetery.
  • Moseley, M, Private 4/13109. Died 05/04/1916 aged 21. South Wales Borderers. Buried Amara War Cemetery. Son of Mr W H and Mrs M A Moseley of 30, Bernard Street.
  • Nicholas, Trevor, Private 9962. Died 30/06/1916. Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried Risca Old Cemetery (Church Ground).
  • Peterson, Charles, Private 20037. Died 23/08/1917. South Wales Borderers. Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • Pike, Thomas, Private 19812. Died 27/09/1915. Grenadier Guards. Loos Memorial.
  • Price, P, Private. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.
  • Pye, W, Private. South Wales Borderers.
  • Roberts, Albert Rowland, Stoker 2nd Class K/48682. Died 27/10/1918 aged 24. Royal Navy - HM Trawler Neptunian. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Joseph and Matilda Roberts of 6, George Street.
  • Roberts, T, Private. Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Roberts, Thomas Herbert, Lance Corporal 265065. Died 01/07/1916 aged 26. Monmouthshire Regiment. Thiepval Memorial. Husband of E Roberts of 37, Wood Street.
  • Rogers, Sidney Thomas, Private 265463. Died 12/04/1918 aged 20. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ploegsteert Memorial. Son of William and Phoebe Rogers of 29, Caradog Street.
  • Rowlands, David Francis, Gunner 740919. Died 16/10/1917 aged 20. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Locre Hospice Cemetery. Son of John and Rose Rowlands of 28, Newport Road.
  • Rowlands, J, Gunner. Royal Field Artillery.
  • Sage, William James, Private 245269. Died 30/11/1917 aged 23. Monmouthshire Regiment. Cambrai Memorial. Son of Isaac and Elizabeth Sage of 52, Twyncarn Road, Pontywaun.
  • Short, Alexander, Lance Corporal 1285. Died 08/05/1915 aged 22. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of John and Martha Short of 2, John Street.
  • Sheppard, J. Probably: John Sheppard, Rifleman 7958. Died 09/05/1915 aged 39. Rifle Brigade. Buried Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery. Son of George and Sarah Sheppard of 21, Regent's Place, Llanhilleth. Born in Fishponds, Bristol.
  • Simmonds, William Edward, Rifleman 2404. Died 08/05/1915 aged 19. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of William Simmonds of 10, Millbrook Terrace.
  • Smith, G H, Sergeant. South Wales Borderers. Possibly: George H Smith, Private 129653. Died 04/08/1919. Royal Fusiliers 45th Bn. Abercarn Cemetery.
  • Smith, William Henry, Private 48190. Died 01/05/1918. Royal Army Medical Corps. Risca Old Cemetery.
  • Stone, William John, Private 1632. Died 21/02/1915 aged 20. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery. Son of Henry John and Rhoda Stone of 28, Feeder Row.
  • Stroud, W J, Sergeant Major. Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Stroud, William John, Drummer 1312. Died 19/12/1916 aged 24. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried St Sever Cemetery. Son of RSM William and Keren H Stroud of 14, Feeder Row.
  • Taylor, John William, Lieutenant. Lieutenant. Died 12/03/1915 aged 37. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery. Husband of Ethel Hester Taylor (later Stephen) of Risca House, Cross Keys.
  • Thomas, D, Private. Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Thomas, Daniel Henry, Lance Corporal 1876. Died 16/05/1915 aged 32. Monmouthshire Regiment. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of William Rees Thomas of 16, Wood Street.
  • Thomas, P, Gunner. Royal Field Artillery.
  • Thompson, P C, Seaman. Royal Naval Division.
  • Titt, James, Private 4/13311. Died 30/08/1916 aged 43. South Wales Borderers. Buried Amara War Cemetery. Son of William and Sarah Titt of 27, West Street, Warminster, Wiltshire.
  • Tudor, R Douglas, Rifleman 3343. Died 15/10/1915 aged 23. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery. Son of Lloyd and Eleanor Tudor of 36, Garden Suburb, Pontywaun.
  • Walters, T H, Private 17189. Died 01/09/1916 aged 33. South Wales Borderers. Buried Blighty Valley Cemetery. Husband of Edith H Walters of 13, George Street.
  • Welsh, Gilbert, Private 54240. Died 13/10/1917. Durham Light Infantry. Buried Godewaersvelde British Cemetery. Husband of BE Welsh (later Lawson) of 94, Somers Road, Southsea, Portsmouth.
  • West, William James, Lance Corporal 48217. Died 07/07/1916 aged 31. Royal Army Medical Corps. Thiepval Memorial. Son of David West of 1, Twyn Carn Terrace; husband of Melinda West of 20, George Street.
  • Westcotte, Frederick, Private 19604. Died 01/07/1916. South Wales Borderers. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Whatley, George, Lance Corporal 1722. Died 11/03/1915. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.
  • Whatley, Thomas John, Acting Bombardier W/4378. Died 19/11/1917. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Solferino Farm Cemetery.
  • Williams, W, Probably William Williams, Lance Corporal 17229. Died 24/08/1918. Grenadier Guards. Buried Croisilles British Cemetery.
  • Willits, B, Gunner. Royal Field Artillery.
 
 

Second World War

  • Barnes, C. Gunner. Royal Artillery. Was taken prisoner of war.
  • Bowdler, Garnett, Gunner 852823. Died 11/06/1940 aged 19. Royal Artillery. Buried Abercarn Cemetery. Son of Lewis and Minnie Bowdler.
  • Caddy, Percival James, Boatswain. Died 08/06/1940 aged 31. Royal Navy - HMS Glorious. Plymouth Naval Memorial.
  • Fell, Kenneth W, Boy 1st Class D/JX 155511. Died 08/06/1940 aged 18. Royal Navy - HMS Glorious. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Ernest and Ellen Fell.
  • Gibson, E F, Private. Royal Engineers.
  • Gougerty, James Daniel, Private 4078243. Died 06/08/1944 aged 24. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery. Son of James and Hannah Gougerty, of Cwmcarn. Brother of Thomas, below.
  • Gougerty, Thomas Edward, Private 4078244. Died 26/07/1944 aged 23. South Lancashire Regiment. Buried Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery. Son of James and Hannah Gougerty.
  • Hinwood, Philip Arthur, Fusilier 11051278. Died 26/03/1945 aged 24. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
  • Hyde, George, Gunner 958558. Died 25/07/1943 aged 23. Royal Artillery. Buried Bari War Cemetery. Son of George and Elizabeth Hyde.
  • James, Cyril, Fusilier 14808843. Died 05/03/1945 aged 18. Royal Welch Fusiliers. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Son of Lewis and Lilian May James.
  • Jones, M, Gunner. Royal Artillery.
  • Lewis, George, Ordinary Seaman. Died 25/02/1940 aged 21. Merchant Navy - SS Castlemoor (London). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Henry Job and Eliza Ann Lewis.
  • Meredith, Graham, Guardsman 2737494. Died 09/04/1943 aged 31. Welsh Guards. Buried Enfidaville War Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs C. Brinley Meredith.
  • Peterson, Edward, Trooper 7953509. Died 17/10/1944 aged 35. Royal Armoured Corps - 23rd Hussars. Buried Overloon War Cemetery. Son of Charles John and Bridget Clara Peterson.
  • Pike, F J. Aircraftman. Royal Air Force.
  • Ransome, George, Sergeant 5181491. Died 19/04/1942 aged 31. Gloucestershire Regiment. Rangoon Memorial. Son of John and Mary Ransome; husband of Millicent Ransome of Cheltenham.
  • Rees, Gwyn, Private 7371294. Died 14/11/1942 aged 24. Royal Army Medical Corps. Alamein Memorial. Son of Llewellyn and Florence Elvina Rees.
  • Roberts, Fred, Corporal 6025698. Died 27/08/1944 aged 30. Essex Regiment. Buried St. Desir War Cemetery. Son of George Alfred and Winifred May Roberts; husband of Sybil Doreen Roberts of Pontywaun.
  • Rodwell, John James, Sergeant 4075906. Died 03/07/1944 aged 30. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried Bayeux War Cemetery. Husband of Dorothy Rodwell.
  • Taylor, Cyril Mervyn, Flight Sergeant 1103542. Died 21/09/1944 aged 29. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Bari War Cemetery. Son of Ernest and Mary Elizabeth Taylor.
  • Taylor, Ernest Lyndon, Able Seaman P/JX 168205. Died 23/10/1941 aged 22. Royal Navy - HMS Cossack. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Son of Ernest and Mary Elizabeth Taylor.
  • West, William Elvet, Stoker 1st Class D/KX 138569. Died 12/11/1942 aged 28. Royal Navy - HMS Hecla. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of William James West and Melinda West.
  • West, William James, Ordinary Seaman D/JX 254920. Died 06/07/1942 aged 24. Royal Navy - HMS Niger. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Elizabeth West.
 
 

Northern Ireland

  • Fryer, Paul Arthur, Guardsman 24464284. Killed, aged 18, by a bomb on 13/11/1979 in South Armagh, Northern Ireland. Welsh Guards. Buried Dan y Graig Cemetery, Risca.