Ruabon war memorial

Ruabon war memorial

The lychgate at St Mary’s Church was built in 1920 as a memorial to the local men who died in the First World War. The names of the Second World War dead were added later. To discover who they were, choose one of the following categories:

First World War

Second World War

Among those named on the memorial is Charles Taylor, son of the headmaster of Ruabon Grammar School. He played rugby for Wales nine times during the early part of his Royal Navy career. He died in a naval battle in 1915.

Inside the churchyard, close to the lychgate, stands an obelisk in memory of the alumni of Lindisfarne College, Essex, who died in the wars. The college moved to Wynnstay Hall, near Ruabon, after the Second World War. The war memorial was moved to the churchyard after the college’s closure in the 1990s.

With thanks to Clwyd Family History Society

Postcode: LL14 6DS    View Location Map

 
 

First World War

  • Driver George Sedgwick ALDERSON 700348. Royal Field Artillery. Died 23 Jan 1918, aged 19. Son of George & Annie Alderson, of 67, Fountain Street, Accrington, Lancashire. Born Ruabon. Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.
  • Private Frank BARNES 32954 Gloucester Regiment (2nd Bn.) 26 Oct 1919 18 Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, England.
  • Gunner Richard Charles BENYON 189728 Royal Field Artillery ("B" Bty. 83rd Bde.) 24 Jul 1917 29 Son of the late John & Eliza Benyon, of Reel Cottage, Berriew, Montgomeryshire; husband of Amelia Greasley (formerly Benyon), of 7, New Hall View, Ruabon. Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Piper Colin CAMPBELL S/9023. Gordon Highlanders. Died 17 Aug 1916 aged 23. Son of George & Kate Campbell, of Brick Yard Cottage, Wynnstay, Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial, , France.
  • Private William CARTER 267009 & 8726 Welsh Regiment (1st/6th Bn.) formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 12 Jul 1917 aged 30. Born Ruabon. Son of William & Elizabeth Carter, of Acton Scott, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private John Thomas COLLEY 37917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 18 Nov 1918 28 Son of Mary Colley, of Brookside, Duke Street, Ruabon & the late John Colley. Caudry British Cemetery, Nord, France.
  • Second Lieutenant Harry Harding DAVIES. South Wales Borderers. Died 10 Nov 1917 aged 21. Son of William & Sarah C Davies, of Bryn Celyn, High Street, Ruabon. Brother of Robert Dyke Davies. Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private R DAVIES. Welsh Regiment.
  • Lance Corporal Robert Dyke DAVIES 44440. Royal Engineers. Died 16 Dec 1915 aged 26. Son of William & Sarah Catherine Davies, of Bryn Celyn, High Street, Ruabon. Brother of Harry Harding Davies. Divisional Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Corporal Robert Owen DAVIES 25167. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 29 Aug 1917 aged 23. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal. Son of John Davies, of Tan y Lan, Ruabon. Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private Thomas Albert DOBBINS 202070. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 23 Mar 1918 aged 34. Husband of Mary Dobbins, of 3, Brookside Cottages, Ruabon. Arras Memorial, France.
  • Q.M. Sergeant Charles EDWARDS 23046. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 22 Jun 1917 aged 23. Son of Charles & Sarah Edwards, of Plas Newydd Lodge, Ruabon. Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private David Richard EDWARDS 241933. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 26 Mar 1917 aged 36. . Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Phillips of 2, Green Lane, Abbey Road, Llangollen. Born in Ruabon. Jerusalem Memorial.
  • Private Joseph Reynold EDWARDS 127575. Machine Gun Corps (7th Bn.). Died 14 Jul 1918 aged 22. Son of William & Margaret Jane Edwards, of 2, Cleveland Street, Ruabon. Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
  • Private R Emlyn EVANS 70017. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 30 Jul 1918 aged 34. Son of George & M J Evans; husband of Minnie Evans, of Ruabon. Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, Poona, India.
  • Lance Corporal William Lloyd EVANS 345172. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 27 Dec 1917 aged 21. Son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Evans, of Royal Oak Inn, Gresford, earlier of Park Street, Ruabon. Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.
  • Private Albert William FOWLES 25446. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 18 Sep 1918 aged 22. Son of William & Alice Ann Fowles, of 40, New Hall View, Ruabon. Born Bronington. Doiran Memorial, Greece.
  • Private Enoch GRIFFITHS 200504. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 5 May 1918 aged 22. Son of George & Elizabeth Griffiths, of 37, New Hall View, Ruabon. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
  • Private William GRIFFITHS 55675. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 31 Jul 1917 aged 24. Son of Edward & Sarah Griffiths, of Mount Pleasant, Penybryn, Ruabon. Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Battery Sergeant Major Edwin HAMPSON 15440. Royal Artillery. Died 14 Apr 1917. Son of Mr E Hampson, of Railway Terrace, Ruabon. Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Private Joseph HAYCOCKS 8149. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 10 Jun 1915. Husband of Sarah Louisa Haycocks of Whitegate Cottage, Gyfelia. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Private Ellis HOPLEY D/16740. 7th Dragoon Guards. Died 14 Oct 1918 aged 24. Son of Thomas Hopley, of Brookside Cottage, Gyfelia. St.Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
  • Private Harry HUGHES 15464. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 16 Aug 1916 aged 21. Son of William & Sarah Hughes, of 1, Afon Terrace, Afongoch, Ruabon. Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France.
  • Sergeant Percy HUGHES 15492. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 1 Oct 1917 aged 21. Son of Frederick & Emma Hughes, of 1, Queen Street, Ruabon. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private Sydney Gordon HUGHES 8003. Army Cycle Corps. Died 5 Oct 1918. Born 1896. Of New Hall View, Ruabon. Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Private Thomas HUGHES 127579. Machine Gun Corps. Died 21 Aug 1918 aged 23. Son of Robert Thomas & Harriett Hughes, of Corwen. Forceville Communal Cemetery & Extension, France.
  • Lance Corporal William HUGHES 200706. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 4 Dec 1918 aged 32. Son of William & Sarah Hughes; husband of Margaret Hughes, of Pen y Gardden, Ruabon. Ruabon Cemetery.
  • Private Levi Arthur HUMPHREYS 6592. Australian Infantry. Died 20 Sep 1917. Born in Dyserth. Moved to Plas Bennion, Ruabon. Emigrated to Australia c.1911. Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Private Frederick JOHNSON. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
  • Private Arthur JONES 65214. Welsh Regiment. Died 13 Apr 1918 aged 19. Son of Job & Dorothea Jones, of Gardden Hall, Ruabon. Ploegsteert Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Private Charles JONES 25444. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 12 Jul 1916 aged 19. Son of Edward Jones of 50, Walker’s Lane, Sutton Manor, St. Helen’s. Born in Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial.
  • Sergeant Charles JONES 345002. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 27 Aug 1918. Husband of Sophia Jones, of Bryn Isa Cottages, Plas Bennion, Ruabon. Caestre Military Cemetery, France.
  • Private David JONES 200818. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 27 Mar 1918 aged 35. Son of John & Sarah Jones, of Johnstown; husband of Sarah Ellen Jones, of Eddys New Buildings, Afongoch. Etaples Military Memorial, France.
  • Private Edward JONES. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Park Street, Ruabon. Shot while doing stretcher work.
  • Sapper Edward JONES WR/277862 Royal Engineers (278th Railway Coy.) 13 Jul 1918 32 Husband of Elizabeth Jones of 2, Queen Street, Ruabon. Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France.
  • Private George T JONES 14656. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 29 Sep 1917 aged 21. Son of David and Elizabeth Ann Jones of Ruabon. Buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery.
  • Private Humphrey JONES. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
  • Private John Mortimer JONES 19599. Cheshire Regiment (15th Bn.). Died 30 Apr 1918 aged 27. Son of Mr & Mrs Edward Jones, of Rhosnesni, Wrexham. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Germany.
  • Private John William JONES 73233. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 7 Sep 1918 aged 20. Son of James and Mary Elizabeth Jones (later Evans), of 33A High Street, Cefn Mawr. Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Trooper T JONES. Royal Garrison Artillery.
  • Private Thomas Arthur JONES 31377. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 20 Jul 1916 aged 23. Son of Thomas & Annie Jones; husband of Mary Ann Jones, of 18, Park Street, Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Lance Corporal William JONES 28320 (listed as Private in war graves records). Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 26 Sep 1916 aged 37. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Husband of Mary A Jones of 30, Dolydd Lane, Lower Cefn, Ruabon. Etaples Military Cemetery.
  • Gunner William Stanley JONES 113105. Royal Horse Artillery. Died 22 Oct 1916 aged 21. Son of Alfred John & Mary Ann Jones, of 10, Chapel Street, Ponciau. Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France.
  • Private (Rifleman) John KEMPSTER R/11465. King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 23 Jul 1916. Son of William & Ann Kempster of Hen Barns, West Felton, Oswestry. Enlisted in Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Walter KEMPSTER.
  • Private Arthur Trevor LEWIS 38012. Gloucester Regiment. Died Apr 1918 aged 27. Son of Canon JS Lewis and Mrs E M Lewis, of Berwyn, Rhuddlan. Ruabon Cemetery.
  • Private Robert LLOYD 48953. South Wales Borderers. Died 14 Jun 1918 aged 19. Son of Frederick Robert & Jane Lloyd, of Maesyllan Farm, Ruabon. Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France.
  • Private Thomas LLOYD 200852. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 23 Sep 1917 aged 31. Son of John & Sarah Lloyd, of Gyfelia; husband of Caroline Lloyd, of Rhosymadoc. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Private Walter LOCKLEY R/11466. King's Royal Rifle Corp. Died 25 Sep 1915 aged 25. Son of Mrs A McCormack, of St Margaret's Cottage, 12 Bainton Road, Oxford. Born in Chester. Lived at Pont Adam, Ruabon. Worked as a railwayman. Loos Memorial, France.
  • Private Thomas James MATTHEWS 26133. West Yorkshire Regiment Prince of Wales’ Own. Died 4 May 1917. Son of Robert & Sarah A Matthews. Ruabon Cemetery.
  • Private William Edward MATTHEWS 49774. Cheshire Regiment. Died 28 Jun 1917 aged 21. Son of Edmund & Mary Matthews, Outfalls, Morton. Arras Memorial, France.
  • Sergeant James Davie McLAREN 5641. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 6 Oct 1916. Born in Wrexham. Son of James Davie & Margaret Ann McLaren of 2, Copperas Hill, Penycae. Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Bother of Thomas, below.
  • Corporal Thomas McLAREN 200298. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 24 Dec 1917. Born in Wrexham. Son of James Davie & Margaret Ann McLaren of 2, Copperas Hill, Penycae. Ruabon Cemetery.
  • Sapper I Alec MEREDITH 152178. Royal Engineers. Died 7 Sep 1917 aged 24. Brother of J Meredith, of 4, Fernleigh, Ruabon. Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private John Thomas MORGAN 8592. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 21 Jan 1917 aged 20. Son of Thomas & Hannah Morgan, of 2, Brookside Cottages, Ruabon. Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.
  • Private Arthur MORRIS 22779. King’s Liverpool Regiment (20th Bn.). Died 3 Jul 1916 aged 24. Son of William and Annie Morris, of 8, Queen Street, Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Driver Charles NICHOLAS T3/024263. Army Service Corps. Died 12 Aug 1918 aged 40. Son of Charles & Jane Nicholas, of Railway Terrace, Ruabon. Boves West Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Second Lieutenant Walter Lowe PERCIVAL 13928. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, formerly King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 24 Oct 1918. Born in Derby. Son of Walter & Emily M Percival of Hafod House, Ruabon. Poix-du-Nord Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
  • Private Charles PRINCE 696155. 175th Canadian Labour Corps. Died 18 Oct 1918 aged 41. Born in Ruabon. Son of Charles & Mary Prince; husband of Edith Prince, of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Levallois-Perret Communal Cemetery, Paris.
  • Corporal Frank PUMFORD 40760 & 43730. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Born in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Son of George & Sarah A Pumford of Church Street, Ruabon; husband of Mrs C E Pumford, 52, Carne Street, Pentre, Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Lance Corporal Thomas REED 25196. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 7 Jul 1916 aged 36. Son of Mrs Eliza Reed, of 2 Beech Terrace, Ruabon. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Private Robert RIDGE 200455. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 22 Mar 1918 aged 29. Son of John & Jane Ridge, of Duke Street, Ruabon; husband of Mrs E A Ridge (later Bebbington), of The Royal Oak, Gresford. Hermies Hill British Cemetery, France. Left a child.
  • Corporal George ROBERTS 362054 Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 14 Feb 1918 aged 25. Son of Richard & Charlotte Roberts, of Bryn Coed, Summer Hill, Wrexham. Lived in Ruabon. Ramleh War Cemetery, Ramla, Israel.
  • Morris ROBERTS.
  • Private William ROBERTS 17037. South Lancashire Regiment. Died 29 Aug 1916. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Private William Lawton ROBERTS 172. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 30 Jul 1916 aged 22. Son of Dr Richard Lawton Roberts & Christiana Roberts, of Ruabon. Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l'Abbe, France.
  • Private Clifford ROBINSON 31338. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 04 Dec 1915. Buried Green Hill Cemetery. Enlisted in Ruabon.
  • Second Lieutenant Benjamin Richard Corley ROGERS. Royal Fusiliers. Died 17 Oct 1918 aged 28. Son of Mrs Corley Rogers, of 24, Tollington Place, London. Native of Oswestry. Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France.
  • Private William Henry ROGERS 20660. Manchester Regiment. Died 1 Jul 1916. Thiepval Memorial, France.
  • Private Alfred SAMUELS. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
  • Private T SAMUELS 6669 (shown as E Samuels on war memorial). Died 30 Sep 1915. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Born and lived in Ruabon. Buried La Brique Military Cemetery No.2.
  • Private Joseph SAMUELS 24165. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 27 Jun 1916. Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.
  • Private John Allen SANGER 55512. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 2 Feb 1917. Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
  • Gunner Thomas SMITH 26858. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 12 Jul 1917 aged 26. Son of John & Mary Ann Smith of 12, Forester's Terrace, Bryn Fields, Ruabon. Noeux-les-Mines Military Cemetery, France.
  • Engineer Captain Charles Gerald TAYLOR. Royal Navy – HMS Tiger. Died 24 Jan 1915 aged 51. Awarded MVO (Member of Royal Victorian Order) in 1911. Son of the Rev A L Taylor, headmaster of Ruabon Grammar School; husband of Mary Taylor, of Maysmead Place, Langford, Bristol. Killed in the Battle of the Dogger Bank, North Sea. Won nine international rugby caps for Wales, 1884-87. Joined Royal Navy in 1886, Tavistock New Cemetery, Devon.
  • Private Thomas VAUGHAN. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 6 Jul 1915 aged 26. Son of Edward and Ann Vaughan, of 25, Russell Street, Cefn Mawr. Le Touret Memorial, France.
  • Sergeant George WEBSTER 6214. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 23 Aug 1917. Born in Hanley, Staffordshire. Father of Doris Webster, of 1, Oakleigh Terrace, Ruabon. Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium.
  • Trooper Albert WILLIAMS. Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry.
  • Private James WILLIAMS 6848. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 30 Oct 1916. Son of Mrs Mary Caine, of 71, Harrowby Road, Birkenhead. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
  • Private John Henry WILLIAMS. South Lancashire Regiment.
  • Second Lieutenant William Lawton WOOLLEY. South Wales Borderers. Died 18 Sep 1918, aged 19. Son of Mrs E T Woolley of Hafod House, Hafod, Ruabon. Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece.
  • Private John WYATT, 17412. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 10 Jul 1916, Thiepval Memorial, France.
 
 

Second World War

  • Fusilier Norman Edgar CARLESS 4203761. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 13 Mar 1945 aged 31. Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.
  • Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Patrick Russell COOPER 649058. Royal Air Force. Died 23 Feb 1942. Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya.
  • Fusilier E C DAVIES. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
  • Fusilier John Dilwyn EDWARDS 4198915. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 18 Mar 1943 aged 23. Son of Albert & Annie Edwards, of Ruabon. Rangoon Memorial, Burma.
  • Company Sergeant Major R EDWARDS. Welsh Guards.
  • Sergeant John Edward HUMPHREYS 527341. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 Nov 1942. Runnymede Memorial.
  • Driver Alfred Edwin JOHNSON 2330467. Royal Corps of Signals. Died 8 Sep 1943 aged 23. Son of Frederick & Edith Johnson, of Ruabon. Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.
  • Guardsman Robert Francis JONES 2734987. Welsh Guards. Died 29 May 1940 aged 19. Son of John William Jones, & of Gertrude Mary Jones, of Ruabon. Dunkirk Memorial, France.
  • Private Robert LARGE 4206462. Hampshire Regiment. Died 9 Sep 1943 aged 32. Son of James & Catherine Large, of Ruabon; husband of Emily Edith Large, of Ruabon. Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.
  • Warrant Officer John Eric LATHAM 1511713. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 Apr 1945 aged 21. Son of Edward Graham Latham & Dorothy Latham, of Ruabon. Padua War Cemetery, Italy.
  • Guardsman William OWENS 2737842. Welsh Guards. Died 12 Aug 1944 aged 23. Son of David & Elizabeth Owens, of Ruabon; husband of Phoebe Ann Owens, of Ruabon. Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Normandy, France.
  • Able Seaman James Robert WARD C/JX 300788. Royal Navy - HMS Bullen. Died 6 Dec 1944 aged 22. Son of William Robert & Mary Ward, of Ruabon. Ship torpedoed and sunk northwest of Strathy Point, Scotland. Lyness Royal Navy Cemetery, Orkney, Scotland.
  • Sergeant David Charles WILLIAMS 4188258. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and Reconnaissance Corps. Died between 6 May 1943 and 8 May 1943 aged 33. Son of Edward Lewis Williams & Priscilla Williams; husband of Olwen Williams, of Ruabon. Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia.
  • Able Seaman Leonard YARWOOD C/JX 542855. Royal Navy - HMS Liddesdale. Died 9 Feb 1945 aged 20. Son of Thomas & Ada Yarwood of Ruabon. Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.