Pennal war memorials

Pennal war memorials

The village’s war memorial commemorates local people who died in the First and Second World Wars. Alongside is a memorial to six airmen who died when their Wellington bomber crashed near Pennal in 1941. For details of the people commemorated, choose a category below.

First World War (details coming soon)

Second World War (details coming soon)

1941 plane crash

Among those named on the memorial is Arthur Moore Lascelles, who was awarded the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest honour for bravery – for his actions in resisting a German advance on 3 December 1917. His citation said he was an “example to all”. Despite having been wounded, he returned to the fray and was killed in action on 7 November 1918, four days before hostilities ended.

The 1941 plane crash occurred during a routine cross-country training flight. The Wellington, from No 21 OTU at Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, took off from its base at 11am with a pupil crew and a more experienced navigator. At about 11.40am it crashed into the hillside at Ffridd Rhosfarch, killing all on board. No definite accident cause could be established. It was thought that the crew had glimpsed the Dyfi estuary through the clouds and assumed it was the sea.

With thanks to Phillip Jones

Postcode: SY20 9DL    View Location Map




Plane crash on 17 August 1941

  • George Hewison, Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1379096. Died aged 30. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at St John’s Westgate and Elswick Cemetery, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Husband of Kathleen Hewison, of Benwell, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
  • Allan Jackets, Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 994357. Died aged 21. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at Hull Eastern Cemetery. Son of Thomas William and Ada Annie Jackets, of Hull.
  • George Joyce Matthews, Pilot Officer (Observer) 100059. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at St Nicholas’ Churchyard, Cottesmore, Rutland. Of Olverston, Bristol.
  • Herbert George Mole, Sergeant (Pilot) 1375799. Died 17/08/1941 aged 27. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at East London Cemetery, Plaistow. Son of Herbert William and Mable Mole, of Kew, Surrey.
  • John Francis Moore, Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1252146. Died aged 21. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at Tywyn cemetery. Son of Gerald and Margaret Moore, of Janesboro, Limerick, Ireland.
  • James Francis Paul Stuart, Sergeant (Pilot) R/62632. Died aged 21. Royal Canadian Air Force. Buried at Tywyn cemetery. Son of Robert Archibald and Hilda Macdonell Stuart, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.