Llysfaen war memorial

Llysfaen war memorial

The village’s war memorial stands inside the churchyard of St Cynfran's Church. It commemorates local men who died in the First and Second World Wars. See below to discover who they were.

The memorial consists of a pillar on which the names of the war dead are inscribed. It's topped by a stone ball bearing a quotation from the Welsh national anthem: “Dros rhyddid collasant eu gwaed”. This translates as: “They lost their blood for freedom.”

Among the men named on the memorial is Ewell Daniell of Winnipeg, Canada. He enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War and fell in love with a local woman while training with the army in North Wales. They married and set up home locally, but Ewell was killed in an aircraft crash in 1916.

Also named is Rev Ivor Morgan Lewis, chaplain on a Royal Navy battleship which was torpedoed off Turkey. His father was rector of Llysfaen.

In January 1919, St Cynfran’s Church was packed for two memorial services, one in English and the other in Welsh, to the men who had died in the First World War. Mrs Clayton of Tanllwyfan-isa, whose son had served, had donated a banner on which the names of the local war dead were embroidered in silk. Local soldiers who had survived the war paraded the banner through the church during the services.

With thanks to Clwyd Family History Society and Adrian Hughes, of the Home Front museum, Llandudno

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First World War

Second World War

 
 

First World War

  • Adams, Llewelyn Glyndwr, Private G/49711. Died 22/11/1917 aged 25. Royal Fusiliers - City of London Regiment.  Foster-son of Mrs E R Adams of Glenmore, Colwyn Bay. Born Shrewsbury. Buried Tincourt New British Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Barker, James, Lance Corporal 203460. Died 15/04/1918. Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of John and M Barker of Colwyn Bay; husband of Kathleen H Barker of 2, Frome Hall Villas, Bath Road, Stroud. Buried St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Daniell, Ewell Eunice, Sergeant 17745. Died 3/11/1916. Royal Flying Corps. Husband of Hilda May Daniell (nee Whitley) of Gwynfryn, Old Colwyn. Buried Church Cemetery, Old Colwyn. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.soldier icon
  • Davies, John of Mona House, Llysfaen
  • Davies, John Thomas of Elvan View, Llysfaen.    
  • Davies, William Owen, Private 120525. Died 16/01/1918 aged 35. Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of William and Jane Davies of 5, Bryn Ffynnon Terrace, Old Colwyn. Buried Non-Conformist Cemetery, Old Colwyn. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Evans, Edward John, Private 36640. Died 10/07/1916 aged 24. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Thomas and Mary Evans of Ogwen Cottage, Old Colwyn. Buried Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Fisher, William John, Private 240585. Died 20/06/1918 aged 23. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Oscar George and  Margaret Fisher of Canolymarian, Llysfaen. Jerusalem War Memorial.
  • Foulkes, Owen, Private 203538. Died 19/10/1918 aged 22. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Robert and Leah Foulkes of Penmaen Cottage, Penmaenrhos. Born Llaneilian. Buried Pieta Military Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Hughes, Joseph. Of Tan y Penmaen, Llysfaen.   
  • Hughes, Thomas Howell, Lance Corporal 1522. Died 26/10/1915 aged 26. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Hugh and Catherine Ann Hughes of Henllys, Llysfaen. Helles Memorial.
  • Jones, Alfred, Lance Serjeant 240104. Died 22/04/1917 aged 24. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Deir El Belah War Cemetery. Son of Kyffin and Sarah Jones of 5, Park Road, Llysfaen.
  • Jones, Charles Edward, Private 46256. Died 6/1/1917 aged 23. Machine Gun Corps Infantry. Son of William and Elizabeth Jones of Tyn-y-Fron, Penmaenrhos. Thiepval Memorial. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Jones, Edward, Private 6637. Died 21/04/1918 aged 20. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Edward and Mary Jones of Tan y Coed, Llysfaen. Buried Contay British Cemetery.
  • Jones, Hywel, Private 25485. Died 1/8/1917. South Wales Borderers. Of Bron Llan, Llysfaen.  Born in Llanelian. Menin Gate Memorial.
  • Jones, Joseph Garner, Private 18886. Died 11/7/1916 aged 28. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Rose Cottage, Llysfaen.  Son of Mr and Mrs J Jones of Colwyn Bay.  Buried Heilly Station Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Jones, Lloyd. Of 8, Pentregwyddel Terrace, Llysfaen.     
  • Jones, Owen. Of 2, Bron Llan, Llysfaen. 
  • Jones, Thomas Peter, Private 87014. Died 13/9/1918. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Peter and Mary Jones of 8, Bodryfedd Terrace, Llysfaen.           
  • Larson, John Griffith, Telegraphist  Z/1274. Died 1/4/1918 aged 30. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve   (HMS Duke of Clarence). Of Gele House, Llysfaen. Buried St. Cynfran's Churchyard, Llysfaen. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Lewis, Reverend Ivor Morgan. Died 13/5/1915 aged 26. Royal Navy (HMS Goliath). Son of David and Caroline Lewis of the Rectory, Llanbedr, Ruthin. Chatham Naval Memorial. Torpedoed by Turkish Navy, off Gallipoli, Turkey.
  • Lewis, John Gordon, Private 323332. Died 7/6/1917. London Regiment - City of London Rifles. Son of David and Caroline Lewis of the Rectory, Llanbedr, Ruthin. Menin Gate Memorial.
  • McCombe, Charles, Wardroom Attendant. Died 27/6/1918. Mercantile Marine (HMS Llandovery Castle). Of Chwarel Goch, Llysfaen. Born in Liverpool. Son of  John and Elizabeth McCombe. Tower Hill Memorial. Torpedoed by German submarine off the south coast of Ireland.
  • Morris, William. Private 32099. Died 24/04/1918 aged 33. Welsh Regiment. Buried Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery.  Husband of Catherine Morris, of 3, Gwyn-Fryn Terrace of Llysfaen.         
  • Parry, Thomas Bridge, Private 316132. Died 21/8/1918 aged 32. Cheshire Regiment. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Roberts, Hugh, Private 267408. Died 23/11/1917 aged 29. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Mary Davies of 1, Bron Parc, Llysfaen. Cambrai Memorial.
  • Roberts, Idwal Harries, Private 11835. Died 3/2/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Tan'r Allt, Llysfaen. Resident of Surbiton, Surrey. Basra Memorial.
  • Roberts, John. Private 2117. Died 02/10/1915. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Helles Memorial. Lived at either Graiglwyd, Llysfaen, or 1, Rock Terrace, Llysfaen – see below.
  • Roberts, John. Of 1, Rock Terrace, Llysfaen.        
  • Roberts, John James. Of 5, Ogwen Terrace, Llysfaen.     
  • Roberts, Llewelyn, Private 41282. Died 10/09/1918 aged 21. Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of Hugh and Sarah Roberts of Bro Llewelyn, Bryn Gwylan Terrace, Llysfaen.  Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Roberts, Robert, Private 25544. Died 04/03/1916. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  Of 12, Bodryfedd, Llysfaen. Buried Le Touret Military Cemetery.
  • Roberts, Robert John. Private 20292. Died 03/12/1918 aged 30. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Llysfaen (St Cynfran) Churchyard. Son of John and Jane Roberts of 6, Pentregwyddel Terrace, Llysfaen.
  • Roberts, Thomas Samuel, Private 36843. Died 21/4/1916. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of 1, Bryn Gwylan Terrace, Llysfaen. Buried Rue-du-Bacquerot Cemetery, Laventie.
  • Roberts, W, Private 94191. Died 07/11/1919 aged 22. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Bn. Llysfaen (St. Cynfran) Churchyard. Son of Joseph and Mary Roberts, of Bryn Golau, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay. Not named on Llysfaen war memorial.
  • Smith, William Summers. Of Brynonnen, Llysfaen.
  • Thomas, William, Private 54664. Died 27/8/1918 aged 22. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Thomas of Penycoed, Bache, Llysfaen.  Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
  • Wheater, William Herbert, Guardsman 26912. Died 27/7/1919 aged 33. Grenadier Guards. Of Oakfield, Llysfaen.  Husband of Winifred Wheater of Station Road, Lubenham, Market Harborough. Buried Non-Conformist Cemetery, Old Colwyn. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Williams, Clement, Private 241137. Died 4/11/1918. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Husband of Jennie Williams, 4 Bryn Ffynnon Terrace, Old Colwyn. Born Holywell. Buried Englefontaine British Cemetery. Also named on Old Colwyn war memorial.
  • Williams, David Hugh, Private 345314. Died 1/11/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of 3, Rhos View Terrace, Llysfaen. Buried Kantara War Memorial Cemetery.
  • Williams, John, Lance Corporal, 2111. Died 10/08/1915 age 24. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Helles Memorial. Son of Thomas Kyffin Williams of 11, Pentregwyddel Terrace, Llysfaen; husband of Margaret Jane Williams.
  • Williams, John. Of Tanybryn, Llysfaen.   
  • Williams, John. Of Rose Hill, Llysfaen.  Private 36783. Died of pneumonia 19/02/1919 aged 25. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, transferred to (191891) 1st Labour Company, Labour Corps. Buried at Llysfaen (St. Cynfran) Churchyard. Son of Mr and Mrs William Williams of Erw Llewelyn. William died accidentally at Merllyn Quarry in 1896 aged 27. John was raised by his grandparents Mr and Mrs John Williams at Rose Hill and was wounded several times during the war. He returned to Rose Hill from military service on 12/02/1919 suffering a heavy cold and went straight to bed, where he died a week later.
  • Williams, Richard Henry, Private 25121. Died 2/8/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Brynonnen, Llysfaen. Buried Artillery Wood Cemetery. Also commemorated on the Old Colwyn War Memorial.
 
 

Second World War

  • Jones, Gwilym Samuel, Aircraftman 1st Class 1538260. Died 16/5/1943 aged 21. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Son of Edward and Maggie Jones of Bryn Dedwydd, Llysfaen; husband of Mair Jones. Buried St Cynfran's Churchyard, Llysfaen.
  • Jones, Wilfred. Leading Aircraftman 1032809. Died 13/01/1942 aged 32. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried St Cynfran’s Churchyard, Llysfaen. Husband of Elizabeth Rhona Jones of Colwyn Bay.