Whitford war memorial

Whitford war memorial

The village’s war memorial consists of tablets inside the church, listing 10 local men who fell in the First World War and four who were killed in the Second World War. Scroll down for their details.

The Hon John Llewelyn Lloyd-Mostyn was son of the 4th Baron Mostyn. He joined the Royal Navy and was on leave in Glasgow when he was shot dead, aged 28, by a fellow midshipman who had pointed a pistol at him as a prank. The latter was put on trial but acquitted of culpable homicide. Lord Mostyn told the inquest that nobody was to blame for the death, which had happened when his son and comrades had been working with a revolver, apparently thinking it wasn’t loaded. Lord and Lady Mostyn gave two oak desks for the church sanctuary in memory of their son.

On the church’s north wall is a war shrine, presented by Lord Mostyn in 1917 and made of wood and copper from the training ship Britannia.

In 1949 a new Bible was bought for the church as a memorial to the men who died in the Second World War.

Some of the church’s altar ornaments were previously at the army chapel in Kinmel Park camp during the First World War. Many Canadians died there in 1918-19 and are buried in Bodelwyddan churchyard.

With thanks to Alwyn Evans of Clwyd Family History Society

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First World War

Rank, Name &
Service Number
ServiceDiedAgeDetailsCemetery or
Memorial
Gunner
EVANS
Robert Thomas

220619
Royal Field Artillery
(51st Bty.)
16 Nov 1918 28 Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Jane Evans; husband of Margaret Evans, of 7, Lower Brognall, Holywell. Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France.
Private
HOSKINS
Thomas Edward

37890
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
(1st Bn.)
26 Oct 1917 27 Born Lloc. Hooge Crater Cemetery,
West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium.
Private
JONES
Edward
54797
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
(15th Bn.)
27 Jul 1917 20 Son of Thomas and Mary Jones, of Bychton Cottages, Mostyn. Artillery Wood Cemetery,
West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium
JONES
Joseph
Denbighshire Hussar Yeomanry        
Private
JONES
William
2507
King's Liverpool Regiment
(10th Bn.)
16 Jun 1915 23 Son of Ann Jones,
of Tanrallt Farm,
Lloc,
Holywell.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,
West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium
Private
PRICE
Ernest Everett

41258
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
("B" Coy. 1st Bn.)
18 Sep 1918 19 Son of Thomas & Maria Price,
of Bryn Bella,
Lloc.
Vis-en-Artois Memorial,
Pas de Calais,
France.
Private
ROWLANDS
Joseph

5301
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
(16th Bn.)
4 Mar 1917 46 Husband of Annie Elizth Rowlands, Mostyn Square, Whitford. Bard Cottage Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Private
SIMON
Albert Daniel Vaughan

3037
Welsh Guards
(1st Bn.)
31 Jul 1917 28 Son of David & Susannah Elizabeth Simon, of Whitford. Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Private
WILLIAMS
James

240989
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
(1/6th Bn.)
6 Nov 1917 25 Stepson of Mrs Jane Williams,
Saithfynnon,
Whitford
Beersheba War Cemetery,
Israel.
Private
WILLIAMS
John David

25367 & 26081
South Wales Borderers (2nd Battalion)
formerly
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
23 Apr 1918 20 Son of David and Mary Hannah Williams, of Mostyn. Mynwent Pen Rhewl, Mostyn.

 

Second World War

Rank, Name &
Service Number
ServiceDiedAgeDetailsCemetery or
Memorial
HUGHES
Elwyn
Royal Artillery        
The Honorable
Midshipman
MOSTYN
John Llewelyn Lloyd
Royal Navy
(HMS Rodney)
10 Jan 1940 28 Son of Edward Llewelyn Roger Lloyd Mostyn (4th Baron Mostyn) & Constance Mary Reynolds, of Mostyn Hall, Mostyn. Accidentally shot at the Beresford Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland.  
Gunner
PARRY
Leonard Edward
1516993
Royal Artillery
(292 Bty.
94 H.A.A. Regt.)
14 Apr 1943 25 Son of Thomas and Hilda Winefred Parry, of Hoylake.
Resident of Werneth,
Whitford.
Medjez-el-Bab Memorial,
Tunisia.
Corporal
REECE
Gerald

640363
Royal Air Force 19 Dec 1941 20 Son of Percy William & Marjorie Reece, of Berthengam. SS Beuno & Mary Churchyard, Whitford.