Oakdale war memorial

Oakdale war memorial

This memorial commemorates local people who died in the First World War and later conflicts. To discover who they were, see below.

The original war memorial for Oakdale was a stone cross. It was replaced in the 1990s with a tall pillar of rock. This enabled the plaques bearing the names of the fallen to be affixed to the memorial. Previously they were on gateposts at the village’s recreation ground.

We are grateful to the compilers of the Oakdale War Memorial website for allowing us to draw on their First World War research. There is more detail about each of the individuals who died in the First World War on their website here. Their research uncovered details of several men who fell but are not named on the plaques, despite their local connections.

Among those named on the memorial are brothers John Richard John and William Charles John, of Penmaen. They died in the space of two months in 1916.

With thanks to Martin Roscoe, Melanie Fields and Roger Evans

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First World War

 
 

First World War

  • Thomas George Coombs Private 17288. 6th Battalion South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 11August 1917 aged 21. Buried at the Huts Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Thomas and Susan Coombs of 8 Bryn Howard Terrace, Oakdale. Born in Crumlin.
  • Jehoida Daniels Private 85937. 8th Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 11September 1918. Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension. Son of Catherine Hughes of Oakdale.
  • Thomas Davies Private 93340. Welsh Regiment and 1st/7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Died 5 October 1918. Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Son of Thomas and Annie Davies of Fleur-de-Lis. Probably died as a prisoner of war.
  • Albert Edward Dyer Private 387635. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Labour Corps. Died of wounds 6 April 1919 aged 47. Buried at Jerusalem Chapelyard, Woodfieldside. Son of Joseph and Ellen Dyer; husband of Mary Jane Dyer.
  • Milson Ellway Private 58274. 13th Battalion (2nd Rhondda) Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 18 September 1918. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Son of William and Alice Ellway of Oakdale.
  • David John Evans Private 44181. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 19December 1917. Buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine. Son of Henry and Mary Evan of Pontypridd. Not named on Oakdale war memorial.
  • Michael Farrell Private 22104. 7th Battalion Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Killed in action 5 September 1916. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Samuel Fisher Private 3/13341. South Wales Borderers. Died of pneumonia, related to wounds sustained in action 25 July 1917. Buried in Penmaen Chapelyard. Son of Alfred and Sarah Fisher of Blackwood.
  • Frederick George Goodman Private 19476. South Wales Borderers. Honourably discharged in January 1919 and assumed to have died later of wounds. Husband of Ethel Goodman of Brithdir.
  • Richard Henry Harvey Private 19883. 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 22 April 1916 aged 30. Basra Memorial, Iraq. Son of Charles Harvey; husband of Alice Harvey of Oakdale, also of 27 Pengam Road, Ystrad Mynach. Not named on Oakdale war memorial.
  • Ernest Havard Private 265827. 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 2 December 1917. Cambrai Memorial, France. Son of John and Sarah Havard of Gwrhay Fawr Cottage, Argoed.  Brother of Thomas, below.
  • Thomas Benjamin Havard Private 2586. 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force). Killed in action 8 May 1915 aged 22. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Son of John and Sarah Havard of Argoed.
  • Frank Herbert Howard Private 19904. 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 9 April 1916 aged 31. Basra Memorial, Iraq. Husband of Margaret Jane Howard of Oakdale, and of 126 Falmouth Road, Redruth, Cornwall.
  • John Richard John Private 13208. 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 8 September 1916 aged 23. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Thomas and Rachel John of Penmaen. Brother of William, below.
  • William Charles John Private 3137. 1/2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 November 1916 aged 22. Buried at the AIF Burial Ground, Flers. Son of Thomas and Rachel John of Penmaen.
  • William Arthur Lloyd Private Deal/1361/S. Royal Marine Divisional Engineers. Killed in action 30 November 1915. Buried at Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. Son of Edwin and Maria of Argoed.
  • George Lovell Private 1883. 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 May 1915. Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Son of William and Lydia Lovell of Oakdale.
  • Ivor James Nelmes Private J26377. Royal Navy. Died at home in 1918. Son of Martha Evans; adopted son of John and Elizabeth Higgs of Tredegar.
  • William Jones Onions Private 226022. 1/1st (Rifle) Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 May 1917 aged 22. Buried at Beehive Cemetery, France. Son of Richard and Gertrude Onions of 8 Llys Dafydd Avenue, Oakdale.
  • Arthur Owens Private 39344. Monmouthshre Regt and 5th (Service) Btn South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 24 March 1918 aged 24. Arras Memorial, France. Son of Edward and Mary Jane Owens of Ystrad, Rhondda; husband of Ada Jane Owens of Oakdale and of 48 Tredegar Road, Ebbw Vale.
  • William John Paulk Private 21400. 10th (Service) Battalion (1st Gwent) South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 31 August 1918 aged 32. Saint Sever Cemetery Extension, France. Son of John and Elizabeth Paulk, of Bryn Howard Terrace, Oakdale.
  • Gilbert Phillips Private 1355. 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. Died of wounds 30 July 1917. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Son of William and Charlotte Phillips of Oakdale.
  • Albert Steward Price Private 13230. 1st (Rifle) Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5 April 1915. Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery France. Son of John and Harriet Price of Oakdale.
  • Ernest Prosser Private 10145. 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 23 September 1916 aged 27. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Frederick and Charlotte Prosser of Blackwood.
  • David J Rees Private 202272. 9th (Service) Battalion Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds 24 September 1917. Buried at Saint Sever Cemetery Extension, France. Son of David and Naomi Rees of 38 Markham Crescent, Oakdale.
  • Edmund Stanley Rowlands Private 159318. South Wales Borderers/Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 19August 1916. Buried in Penmaen Chapelyard. Son of Charles Rowlands of Oakdale.
  • Frank Shaw Private 17668. 2nd (Service) Battalion (3rd Gwent) South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 4 February 1918. Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Frederick John Symons Private 2896. 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 May 1915. Son of John and Emily Symons of Oakdale.
  • Edward Watkins Private 13206. 4th (Service) Battalion South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 24 August 1915 aged 24. Helles Memorial, Turkey. Son of Edward and Emily Watkins of 58 Markham Crescent, Oakdale.
  • John T Williams Private 21985. 11th (Service) Battalion (2nd Gwent) South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 25 May 1916. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery, France.
  • Phillip Arthur Williams Private 2380. 1st (Rifle) Battalion The Monmouth Regiment. (Territorial Force). Killed in action 8 May 1915 aged 19. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Mary Jane Williams of 11 Llys Dafydd Avenue, Oakdale.
  • George Wiltshire Gunner 97039. Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 28 March 1918. Buried at Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France. Not named on Oakdale war memorial.
  • Wyndham Workman Rifleman 226544. 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment. Died of wounds 4 June 1917 aged 25. Buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, France. Son of Frederick and Blanche Workman of Railway Cottage, Argoed.
  • Albert Young Private 2362. 1st Battalion Monmouth Regiment, 28th Division. Killed accidentally in the UK 31 March 1916. Buried at Jerusalem Chapelyard, Woodfieldside. Son of William and Catherine Young of Beaufort.