Talybont war memorial
Talybont war memorial
This building – Llanbedr-y-Cennin and Talybont Memorial Hall – commemorates the local men who fell in the First and Second World Wars. To discover who they were, choose a category below.
A roll of honour inside the hall lists the locals who served in the First World War. Another roll of honour is devoted to those who died in the war. A wooden plaque, engraved with the names of four who died in the Second World War, was later added.
The memorial hall was ceremonially opened in 1926. It replaced a reading room which was opened in 1905 at Blaenddol and was a popular place for young people to socialise. David Hughes, of Blaenddol, donated the land for a bigger hall, and in 1922 it was decided that the hall would commemorate the FWW dead.
The hall was built by c.100 volunteers from the local community including a building contractor, a master mason, a master carpenter and electrical experts employed at the nearby hydro-electricity plant in Dolgarrog. Farmers carted stone, bricks and other materials to the site free of charge.
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First World War
- Gordon Barber, Captain. Died 22/07/1916 aged 24. Cameron Highlanders. Buried Becourt Military Cemetery. Son of John and Jane Muir Barber of Little Heys, Bromborough. Gordon lived before the war at Ty’nyfedw, Talybont.
- Charles Carpenter, gunner, 108687, died 24/04/1917, age 41. Royal Field Artillery A Battery, 79th Bde. Buried at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. Son of Mrs Carpenter of Wood View, Wrecclesham, Farnham; husband of Maria Carpenter of 18 Gwydr Road, Dolgarrog. Left a widow and 10 children, two of whom were in the army. Also associated with 7 Hillside Cottage. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- James Leslie Chester, Lieutenant. Died 06/07/1915 aged 19. The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Buried Cambrin Churchyard. Son of James T and Sarah E Chester of 86, Penkett Road, Wallasey.
- Alexander Murray Craigmile, Captain. Died 29/03/1918 aged 23. Rifle Brigade. Buried Fampoux British Cemetery. Son of Dr Alexander Craigmile and Elizabeth Craigmile of Penygraig, Talycafn. Native of Wallasey. His brother Woodville also served.
- Thomas Foulkes Evans, Private 41358. Died 26/09/1917. Suffolk Regiment. Buried St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery. Of Berth.
- John Thomas Jones. Private 8252. Died 31/10/1914 of wounds received at Mons. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 2nd Bn. Bailleul Communal Cemetery. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- T Howel Jones, Pte, RWF. Hywel Jones on Roll of Honour. Of Bryn Awel. Possibly: Howell Jones, Private 54623. Died 18/02/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Bray Military Cemetery.
- Samuel Richard Jones, Rifleman 555077. Died 09/10/1918 aged 20. London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Buried St. Sever Cemetery. Son of Hugh and Margaret Jones of the Post Office, Talybont.
- Owen Lloyd, Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Plas Arfon. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- John MacDonald, Private 18683. Died 03/02/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Basra Memorial. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- Joseph William Pettifor, Serjeant 15481. Died 06/05/1918, age 25. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 11th Bn. Doiran Memorial. Son of John Robert and Ellen Pettifor, of 1, Glan Dulyn Terrace, Talybont, Talycafn. Wounded on the Somme in 1916.Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- Hugh Roberts, Lance Corporal, Lance Corporal 79702. Died of wounds 12/12/1915 aged 23. Canadian Infantry 31st Bn. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Local memorials list him as serving with Alberta Light Infantry. Of Cennin Cottage, Llanbedr-y-Cennin. Son of Robert Owen Roberts and Jane Roberts, of Glangors, Penygroes, Gwynedd.
- Llewelyn Roberts, Private, Private 203626. Died at Oswestry camp 18/02/1917 aged 19. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4th Reserve Bn. Buried Llanbedr-y-Cennin (St Peter) Churchyard. Served as JONES. Husband of Ann Jane Roberts (nee Jones), of Fron Haul, Llanbedr-y-Cennin.
- Charles H Roberts, Private 204032. Died 06/11/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Beersheba War Cemetery. Of Machno Terrace, Dolgarrog. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- Richard Henry Roberts, Private 67649. Died 01/01/1919 aged 19. Cheshire Regiment 9th Bn. Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of Mrs G Roberts, of Garn View, Rhyd-Ddu, near Caernarfon. Roll of honour in memorial hall notes that he died in Fulham Military Hospital from ill treatment as prisoner of war in Germany. He was taken prisoner on 6 June 1918 and held at a camp in Friedrichsfeld, Germany. After his release he said he had been overworked and received little nourishment. Ten of his fellow prisoners had died under the workload. He was taken to Fulham hospital on 28 December and died three days later.
- William Roberts, Private 61283. Died 15/05/1918 aged 28. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery. Son of William Roberts of Tŷ Gwyn.
- George Rowlands, Private 902080. Died 25/09/1918. Canadian Infantry 25th Bn. Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension. Local memorials list him as serving with Nova Scotia Highlanders and his address as Tyncae or Bryn Hyfryd.
- Joseph Thomas, Private 15277. Died 28/03/1919 aged 29. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Henrhyd Congregational Chapel Cemetery. Son of John and Mary Frances Thomas of Fron Haul, Llanbedr. Born at Henryd.
- Owen Williams, Gunner, RFA. Of Hednant. Possibly: Gunner 215726. Died 22/08/1917. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Artillery Wood Cemetery. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
- George Hamilton Williamson, Captain. Died of wounds 12/04/1917 aged 27. King's Royal Rifle Corps. Awarded Military Cross for his actions on the Somme. Buried Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery. Native of Manchester. Son of John Harper and Margaret Clark Williamson of The Bungalow, Llanbedr-y-Cennin. Educated at Buxton, Isle of Man, Edinburgh University and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Taught classics at Oundle School, Northants. Brother of Kenneth, below.
- Kenneth Harper Williamson, Second Lieutenant. Died in hospital of wounds on 19/04/1917 aged 19. King's Royal Rifle Corps. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery. Son of John Harper and Margaret Clark Williamson of The Bungalow, Llanbedr-y-Cennin. Born at Buxton. Educated at Cranleigh. Previously served in the Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division at Gallipoli; wounded June 1915.
- William Williams, Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Of Rala. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
Second World War
- Robert William Davies, Private 14640103. Died 17/07/1944 aged 19. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Buried Fontenay-le-Pesnel War Cemetery. Son of Cromwell and Dora Davies.
- Glyndwr Jones, Leading Aircraftman 1013178. Died 21/06/1943 aged 30. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery. Son of Owen and Catherine Alice Jones; stepson of Jane Ellen Jones.
- W Edward Jones, Civilian. Died 22/08/1944 aged 26. Of 145 Knolly’s Road, Streatham, London. Son of Mr and Mrs AE Jones of Bryn Awelon, Talybont; husband of Sylvia Violet Jones. Died at Knolly's Road.
- John Noel Mahler, Squadron Leader, 37452, died 17/01/1942, RAF 7 Sqdn. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross. Buried at Cambridge Cematorium, England. Son of Henry and Mary Margaret Mahler of Conwy. Also named on Dolgarrog war memorial.
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