Ystradgynlais war memorial

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This memorial commemorates people from the district who died in the First and Second World Wars. To discover who they were, choose a category below.

First World War

Second World War

The information was researched by Val Trevallion, who kindly agreed for it to be summarised here. For full details of the individuals, follow the link below to the Ystradgynlais History website.

The original memorial, in Gorsedd Park, was erected in the 1970s. Previously the town’s main war memorials were those in St Cynog’s Church. A larger memorial was installed in 2016, with new plaques which included names which were omitted in the 1970s.

Three of the local men who died in the First World War had been awarded the Military Medal for their bravery: William John Jones, Thomas Morgan and James George Whiting.

The same war robbed Mary Givens of her husband and one of her sons. She had moved with her family from Yorkshire to Cwmtwrch after her second husband, James Givens, got a railway job in the area. Her son Harry Furness died in the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. James was sent home from France after falling ill in 1918, and died soon after the war ended.

With thanks to Val Trevallion

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First World War

  • John Allen, Private 15110. Died 25th January 1915 aged 45. South Wales Borderers; 1st Bn. Le Touret Memorial. Husband of Alice Allen. Worked as a coal miner. Left five children.
  • Daniel John Austin, Private 17570. Died of wounds 5th June 1916 aged 29. Welsh Regiment; C Coy. 14th Bn. Born in Ystalyfera. Lived in Ystradgynlais. Enlisted in Swansea. Buried at Royal Irish Rifles . Buried atyard, Laventie. Husband of Mary Austin (later Jones).
  • Warren Ivor Boucher, Private 2026. Died 9th August 1915 aged 20. Herefordshire Regiment; 1st⁄1st Bn. Helles Memoral, Turkey. Son of Walter and Annie Boucher of 8 Powell’s Street, Penwyllt, Neath.
  • Richard Butler, Private 63432. Died 23rd October 1918 aged 24. South Wales Borderers; 3rd Bn. Buried at St. Cynog’s Cemetery, Ystradgynlais. Son of John Harry Butler and Elizabeth Ann Butler of Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Was a collier and blacksmith striker.
  • Frederick Herbert Carr, Private 2nd Class 84099. Died 13th December 1918 aged 32. Royal Air Force. Husband of Beatrice Annie Carr of 9 Graig Terrace, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. Buried at St. Cynog’s Cemetery, Ystradgynlais. Left four children. Was a coal washery attendant.
  • James Carter, Private 3236. Died at Pembroke Dock Military Hospital on 29th July 1916 aged 30. Welsh Regiment; 3rd⁄6th Bn. Buried at Cemetery Neath (Llantwit). Address in 1911 was 1 Richmond Terrace, Melincrythan, Neath. Husband of Married Mary E Carter (nee Jones). Was a blacksmith.
  • Joseph Thomas Chadford, Private 29228. Died from wounds on 25th June 1918 aged 19.Welsh Regiment; 2nd Bn. Address: Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Buried at Pernes British Cemetery, France. Son of William and Annie Elizabeth.
  • William Thomas Clifford, Lance Sergeant 7975. Died 18th September 1914 aged 28. South Wales Borderers; 1st Bn. Son of Henry and Alice Clifford of Brecon; husband of Daisy Olive Clifford, of 12 Hafod Street, Hafod. La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. Was a colliery coal picker.
  • John Henry Cole, Sapper 108003. Killed in action 25th September 1916. Royal Engineers; 126th Field Coy. Son of George Samuel and Jane Cole of Sunny Bank, Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. Thiepval Memorial, France. Was a bricklayer.
  • Ambrose Collict (or Collett), Sapper 156136. Died from gas shell wounds on 23rd July 1917 aged 38. Royal Engineers; 173rd Tunnelling Coy, formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Private 6001). Lived at 79 Oxford Street, Mardy. Brother of Mr W J Collect of Brickyard Cottages, Abercrave. Was an underground colliery haulier.
  • Leonard William Colwell, Corporal 15313. Died 26th April 1918 aged 23. Machine Gun Corps; 8th Bn. Lived in Abercrave. Buried at Crouy British Cemetery, France. Grandson of Richard and Eliza Colwell.
  • Henry Corfield, Sergeant 22200. Died 9th December 1916 aged 23. South Wales Borderers; 11th Bn. Lived at Asley Downs, Bristol. Enlisted in Ystradgynlais. Buried at Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
  • John Cullen, Lance Corporal S⁄8156. Died 31st October 1917 aged 22. Devonshire Regiment; 1st Bn. Enlisted in Gorseinon. Lived in Ystradgynlais. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of  James and Elizabeth Cullen.
  • David Davies, Private 267441. Killed in action 12th April 1918 aged 28. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried at Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Fiance of Miss Beattie Rowe of Swansea, formerly of Station Road, Ystradgynlais. Was a collier at Ystradgynlais Colliery.
  • David John Davies, Private 93951. Died 8th October 1918 aged 20 Royal Welsh Fusiliers; 16th Bn., formerly Private 32219 South Wales Borderers. Address: 3 Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Buried at Bois-des-Angles British Cemetery, France. Son of John and Eleanor Davies.
  • Richard George Davies, Driver 899. Died 19th Ocotber 1916 aged 32. Royal Field Artillery; C Bty. Buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Son of George and Elizabeth Davies of Glyn Neath. Was boarding at Cwmgiedd, Ystradgynlais, before the war and working as a collier.
  • Thomas Howell Davies, Captain. Died 6th October 1919 aged 33. South Wales Borderers; 11th Bn. Born in St. Clears, Carmarthenshire. Buried at St Cynog’s Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of  Mr and Mrs Thomas Davies of Llain-y-Gors, Ystradgynlais; husband of Edith Davies (later Newman).
  • Ronald Guy Dawes, Private 290694. Died 23rd August 1918 aged 20. Welsh Regiment; 15th Bn. Lived at Glanrhyd Ystradgynlais. Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. Son of Archibald and Elizabeth Esther Dawes, of Gough Buildings, Ystradgynlais. Brought up by his aunt, Miss Thomas. Worked as a teacher. Contributed sports reports to Llais newspaper. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera.
  • Cyril de la Haye, Second Lieutenant. Died 23rd May 1918 aged 24. Royal Engineers; N Spec. Coy. Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, France. Son of Herbert Lewis and Annie de la Haye of Claremont, Station Road, Ystradgynlais. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera.
  • Phillip Draper, Private 15526. Died 18th January 1917 aged 21. South Wales Borderers, posted to Monmouthshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Thiepval Memorial, France. Son of Mrs Mary Jane Vellacott of Church Lane, Ivybridge, Devon. Lived at Dyffryn Clwyd, Ystalyfera. and was a bricklayer’s labourer.
  • Richard Edwards, Private 43176. Died 15th April 1918 aged 39. Leicestershire Regiment; 1st Bn. Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of William and Margaret Edwards of 10 Philip Street, Mountain Ash; husband of Martha Jane Edwards of ‘Ynyslas’, Ystradgynlais. Left an adopted daughter. Was a colliery coal hewer.
  • David Evans, Private 37705. Died 2nd October 1915 aged 37. Welsh Regiment; 1st Bn., Husband of Elizabeth Evans (nee Jones). Lived at 5 Glantawe, Ystradgynlais. Loos Memorial, France. Left five children. Was a brick setter.
  • James Walter Evans Sapper 398112. Died of wounds 28th April 1918 aged 28. Royal Engineers; 497th Field Coy. Buried at Aire Communal Cemetery, France. Educated at Ystalyfera County School. Son of John and Mary Evans of Glan-yr-Avon, Ystradgynlais; husband of Dorothy Sanderson Evans (nee Hopper) of 7 Albion Street, Driffield, Yorkshire. Worked as an outfitter in Birmingham, where he enlisted.
  • Samuel Fletcher, Private 62781. Died 21st December 1915 aged 47. Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried at Lydbrook Baptist Chapelyard, Gloucestershire. Son of Annie Fletcher, of Lydbrook; husband of Alice Fletcher (later Havard) of Church Road, Ystradgynlais. Left five children.
  • George Hayden Francis, Private 36293. Died 25th May 1915 aged 33. Welsh Regiment; 1st Bn, formerly Private 15482, South Wales Borderers. Lived in Penygurnos. Buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France. Son of John and Sarah Ann Francis, of Ystradgynlais; husband of Emily Ellen Francis (nee Earland). Left three children. Was an assistant annealer in the tinplate works.
  • William Francis, Lance Corporal 28582. Died 13th January 1917. Welsh Regiment; 18th Bn. Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. Born in Warminster, Wilts. Enlisted in Ystalyfera. Before the war, William worked as a coal hewer at Abercrave and lived at Shop House.
  • Harry Bickerdike Furness, Private 17775. Killed in action 10th July 1916 aged 28. Welsh Regiment; 14th Bn. Born in Farnley, Yorkshire. Enlisted in Swansea. Thiepval Memorial, France. Son of James Russel Furness and Mary Jane Givens (formerly Furness) of Mount Pleasant, Cwmtwrch; stepson of James Williams Givens, below.
  • James William Givens, Private M2⁄098458. Died 30th November 1918 aged 45. Royal Army Service Corps. Born in Yorkshire. Buried at Beulah Welsh Baptist Chapelyard, Lower Cwmtwrch. Husband of Mary Jane Givens. Left three children. Was a wagon repairer for the Midland Railway.
  • John Thomas Grice, Private 24911. Died 28th March 1918 aged 39. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry; 7th Bn. Arras Memorial, France. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Grice of Colbren Villa, Ystradgynlais.
  • David Griffiths, Corporal 282634. Died 8th September 1918 aged 32. Royal Garrison Artillery; 194th Siege Bty. Buried at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France. Son of David Thomas Griffiths and Sarah Griffiths of 7 Chapel Street, Ystradgynlais. Was a colliery coal hewer.
  • Isaac John Griffiths, Private 11639. Died 19th August 1918 aged 40. South Wales Borderers; 2nd Bn. Buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France. Son of David and Mary Ann Griffiths of 57 Llewellyn Street, Ystradyfodwg, Pontypridd; husband of Mary Griffiths of 5 Troed y bryn, Penycae, Breconshire. Left two children. Worked as a horse keeper below ground at International Colliery.
  • David Harris Sapper 147880. Died from gas poisoning 23rd December 1916 aged 27. Royal Engineers; 255th Tunnelling Coy. Buried at Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Son of Peter and Margaret Harris of School House, Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Lived at 6 Davies Row, Fforestfach, Swansea. Was a colliery coal hewer.
  • Henry Hasell, Private 29033. Died 18th August 1916 aged 21. Welsh Regiment; 14th Bn. Born in Clutton, Somerset. Enlisted in Swansea. Buried at Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Hasell of 69 High Street, Aberavon, Port Talbot.
  • Lewis Holt, Private 17809. Died of wounds 24th July 1916 aged 22. Welsh Regiment; 14th Bn. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l’Abbe, France. Son of Mrs Mary Jane Holt of 1 Golden Lion Terrace, Ystalyfera. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera. Lived at Oakfield, Lower Cwmtwrch.
  • William Hoskins, Private 39620. Died 15th October 1918 aged 24. South Wales Borderers; 2nd Bn. Buried at Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium. Born in Devonport. Son of John and Clara Hosking. Brother of Mrs Annie Lewis of Bridgend Cottage, Abercrave. Lived at 5 Brickyard, Abercrave, and worked as a collier.
  • Rees Howells, Private 28681. Died 10th July 1917 aged 28 Border Regiment; 11th Bn. Nieuport Memorial, Belgium. Son of Thomas and Gwen Howells of 2 Gwalia Villas, Penycae. Worked at Abercrave and Onllwyn collieries.
  • David Hughes, Private 14762. Died 6th April 1916 aged 30. South Wales Borderers; 2nd Bn. Buried at Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, France. Son of John and Margaret Hughes of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire; husband of Mary Emily Hughes (later Rise) of 20, Bryndulais Row, Seven Sisters, Neath.
  • William Hull, Private 3492. Died 1st December 1917 aged 20. Welsh Guards; 1st Bn. Buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, France. Son of William and Anne Hull of 7 Edwards Ville, Treharris; nephew of Gomer and Margaret Davies of Tyn y pant, Abercrave. Was a coal hewer at Nixon’s Navigation colliery.
  • John James, Private 93969. Died 5th October 1918 aged 21. Royal Welsh Fusiliers; 16th Bn. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Son of John D and Mary Ann James of Caerlan, Abercrave.
  • Tom Michael James, Private 201101. Died 17th October 1918 aged 34. South Wales Borderers; Brecknockshire Bn. (Garrison Bn. in India). Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Son of John Llewelyn James and Sarah James of Ship Inn, Ystradgynlais; husband of Catherine Mary James (nee Davies) of Star Cottage, Gough Buildings, Ystradgynlais. Left three children. Lived at Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Was a colliery coal hewer.
  • John Johnson, Shoeing Smith 34506. Died 24th August 1914 aged 33. Royal Field Artillery; 119th Bty. La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. Born in Stourport, Worcestershire. Son of Isaac and Annie Johnson. Was an army reservist when he became a blacksmith at Gwaunclawdd Colliery some years before the war, lodging at Pantycwrt, Abercrave, with Jane Joseph and her son Tom Rees Joseph.
  • Albert Jones, Signalman Wales/Z/3064. Lost in the English Channel on 23rd March 1917 aged 21. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Laforey. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Henry and Mary Ann Jones. Was a shop assistant. Attended Ebenezer Chapel, Cwmtwrch.
  • James Jones, Private 94717. Died 7th August 1918 aged 21 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry); 74th Bn, formerly Private 1922 South Wales Borderers. Buried at St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, France. Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Jones of 4 Temperance Hall, Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Worked as a colliery coal hewer. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera,
  • Tom Jones, Lance Sergeant 22349. Died 31st July 1917 South Wales Borderers; 11th Bn. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Son of Lewis John Jones and Mary Ann Jones, of Glantawe Row, Ystradgynlais; husband of Grace Jones (nee Hughes). The couple lived next to Thomas’ parents. Left a son. Worked as a colliery coal hewer.
  • William John Jones MM, Sergeant 139041. Died 28th July 1917 aged 25. Royal Engineers; 256th Tunnelling Coy. Buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium. Awarded the Military Medal in 1917 and Mentioned in Despatches. Only son of John and Mary Ann Jones of The Castle Hotel, Abercrave. Worked at the International Colliery.
  • Harold Idris King, Private 27780. Died of wounds 19th February 1917 aged 21. South Wales Borderers; 4th Bn.. Basra Memorial – Iraq. Son of Thomas and Caroline King of ‘Hazelhurst’, Lower Cwmtwrch. Lived in Bryneithyn, Lower Cwmtwrch. Was an assistant teacher in Cwmtwrch School. Educated at Ystalyfera County School.
  • Llewellyn Tibbett Lewis, Private 58340. Died 18th September 1918 aged 21. Welsh Regiment; 13th Bn. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Nephew of Jane Tibbet. Lived near the Castle Inn, Lower Cwmtwrch.
  • William Lewis, Private 200660. Died 10th July 1915 aged 19. South Wales Borderers; "D" Coy. Brecknockshire Bn. Heliopolis (Aden) Memorial, Egypt. Born in Abercarn. Son of William and Jane Lewis, of Penycae Inn, Penycae. Lived in Pontrhydawr, Penycae.
  • John Lloyd, Private 38216. Died 19th August 1916 aged 25. Royal Welsh Fusiliers; 2nd Bn, formerly Private 12374 South Wales Borderers. Thiepval Memorial, France. Son of David and Elizabeth Lloyd, of Ynis Isaf, Ystradgynlais. Worked at Gwaunclawdd Colliery, Abercrave.
  • Arthur Mainwaring, Private 22178. Died 5th May 1918 aged 19. South Wales Borderers; 6th Bn. Buried at Arneke British Cemetery, France. Son of David and Ellen Mainwaring of 2 Temperance Buildings, Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais.
  • Albert Richard Mallows Sapper 199005. Died 1st August 1917 aged 21. Royal Engineers; 254th Tunnelling Coy. Buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3, Belgium. Son of George and Alice Mallows, of Glan-y-Dwr, Ystradgynlais. Worked at Seven Sisters and Ystradgynlais Colliery.
  • James Charles Mallows, Private 26230. Died 1st September 1918 aged 33. Welsh Regiment; 13th Bn. Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. Son of George Mallows; husband of Daisy Florence Mallows (née Badham) of Rose Villa, Abercrave.
  • Sidney Neale Marsden, Sergeant 14618. Died 29th October 1915 aged 30. South Wales Borderers; 5th Bn. Born in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Buried at Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, France. Son of William and Kate Marsden; husband of Ellen Marsden (nee Mead). Left three children. Liver at Gilwen Cottage, Lower Cwmtwrch. Was a Carpenter.
  • Joseph Marshall, Private 18264. Died 24th January 1917 aged 32. South Wales Borderers; 5th Bn. Sailly-Au-Bois-Military Cemetery, France. Born in Newcastle under Lyne, Staffs. Enlisted in Ystradgynlais. Worked as a brick setter.
  • Harold Martin, Driver 67486. Died 5th November 1918 aged 21. Royal Engineers; 151st Field Coy. Born in Great Bowden, Leicestershire. Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. Son of James and Ann Measures Martin of Crofton House, Lower Cwmtwrch. Worked as a coal miner. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera. Worshipped at the English Congregational Church, Ystalyfera.
  • Hopkin Morgan, Private (Driver) T/260798. Died 16th January 1918 aged 24. Army Service Corps; 2nd Cyclist Brigade. Buried at Ty’n y Coed Congregational Chapelyard, Abercrave, Son of William and Margaret Morgan, of Danygraig, Abercrave. Became ill during training and was discharged in July 1917. Managed a grocery shop at Caerlan before enlisting in January 1917.
  • Richard Morgan, Private 17887. Died of wounds 21st February 1916 aged 24. Welsh Regiment; 14th Bn. Buried at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, France. Son of John Richard Morgan and Ann Morgan of Coelbren.
  • Thomas Morgan MM, Sergeant 14735. Died of wounds 10th November 1917 aged 28. South Wales Borderers; 1st Bn. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Awarded the Militry Medal in 1916. Born in Llandigat, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. Son of David and Ann Morgan, of Victoria Street, Llandovery. Worked at the International Colliery, Abercrave and lodged with Mr and Mrs Jenkins at Clydfan, Station Road, Abercrave. Was a hockey player.
  • George Mountjoy, Private 6482. Died 6th April 1915 aged 33. Welsh Regiment; 2nd Bn. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Germany. Son of William and Mary Ann Mountjoy, of Westleigh, Devon; husband of Ethel Mountjoy (nee Watts, later Hedges) of Westleigh. Was a gardener in Swansea before moving to Abercrave, where he married.
  • Archibald Palmer, Private 1290. Died 27th September 1916 aged 24. Welsh Guards; 1st Bn. Loos Memorial, France. Son of Henry Walter Thomas and Alice Martha Palmer of 70 Carlisle Street, Splott, Cardiff. Was a colliery coal hewer and lived at 7 Brookland Terrace, Abercrave.
  • Frank Phibben, Private 27786. Died 22nd April 1918 aged 28. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry; 7th Bn., formerly Private 19403 Wiltshire Regiment. Born in Westbury, Wilts. Enlisted in Swansea. Loos Memorial, France. Son of Eli and Elizabeth E Phibben of 15 Leigh Street, Westbury; husband of Mary Margaret Phibben (nee Williams). The couple lived with Mary’s parents at 6 Watkins Terrace, Caerbont, Avercrave.
  • Matthew Tom Powell, Sergeant 6649. Died 20th July 1916 aged 36. Welsh Regiment; 8th Bn. Born in Shoreditch, London. Lived at Old Lamb, Upper Cwmtwrch. Husband of Esther Frances Powell of Upper Cwmtwrch. Was a colliery coal hewer.
  • William James Powell, Private 49363. Killed in action 29th October 1918 aged 26. South Wales Borderers; 10th Bn. Buried at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Son of William John and Elizabeth Powell of Station Road Ystradgynlais; husband of Mary Blodwen Powell of 45 Neville Street, Cardiff. Lived in Rhymney and worked as a coal miner.
  • Emlyn Morgan Rees, Sapper 146064. Killed in action 26th March 1918 aged 25. Royal Engineers; 252nd Tunnelling Coy. Born in Victoria, Australia. Buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France. Son of Mary Anne and Morgan Rees of Bryncelyn, Rhiwfawr, Lower Cwmtwrch. Lived 4 Cambrian Place, Upper Cwmtwrch. Was a colliery coal hewer. Worshipped at Ebenezer Chapel.
  • Alfred Richards, Private 57474. Died 28th September 1918 aged 27. Suffolk Regiment; 12th Bn. Son of John and Lydia Richards of 6 Hendreladis Cottage, Brecon Road, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Was a colliery haulier.
  • Isaac Roberts, Private 48589. Died 1st June 1918 aged 38. Royal Army Medical Corps; St John’s Ambulance. Lived at 22 College Row, Ystradgynlais, Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Son of Deborah Roberts (nee Davies); husband of Rachael Roberts (nee Rees). Was a coal hewer in the Diamond Colliery.
  • Fred Russell, Private 27811. Died 30th April 1917 aged 20. South Wales Borderers; 4th Bn. Basra Memorial, Iraq. Lodged with his sister, Mrs William Lewis, at 11 Church Terrace, Ystradgynlais. Son of Mr. Henry Russell of Llanfaes, Brecon.
  • David John Samuel, Corporal 290469. Died in hospital 17th July 1918 aged 24. Welsh Regiment; 7th Bn. Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial, Surrey. Son of Thomas and Rachel Samuel, of Penbryn. Lived in Crickhowell.
  • David Tyler, Private 57046. Died 5th August 1917 aged 21. Welsh Regiment; 14th Bn.,  formerly Private 2367 Glamorgan Yeomanry. Buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Born and lived in Abercrave. Enlisted in Bridgend. Son of Olivia and F Tyler.
  • Reginald Taylor, Private 125797. Died 28th July 1918 aged 19. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry); 51st Bn. Soissons Memorial, France. Son of William and Ann Taylor of Midland Terrace, Gurnos. Born and lived in Lower Cwmtwrch.
  • David Oswald Thomas, Private 38555. Killed in action 5th June 1918 aged 19. Gloucestershire Regiment; 12th Bn. Buried at Thiennes British Cemetery, France. Son of George and Margret Thomas of Nant Cae’r Efail, Penycae. Born in Ystradgynlais.
  • Thomas Thomas, Private 12019. Died 10th November 1917 aged 32. South Wales Borderers; 1st Bn. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Thomas Sennybridge; husband of Edith Jane Thomas (later Meikle) of Thistle House, Abercrave.  Left a daughter. Was a postman in Abercrave.
  • Oswald Watkins, Private 26524. Died 26th September 1915 aged 20. Welsh Regiment; 2nd Btn. Memorial Loos Memorial, France. Son of Morgan and Ann Watkins of Caerbont, Abercrave. Born in Ystradgynlais. Lived in Abercrave.
  • Cornelius Samuel White, Private 16⁄1801. Died 9th October 1917 aged 21. Royal Warwickshire Regiment; 16th Bn. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Orphaned son of Jarvis and Amelia White, of Longlane, Bridport. Born in Charmouth, Dorset. Worked in the Bowens grocery shop in Ystradgynlais. His brother Frederick also fell.
  • James George Whiting MM, Lance Corporal 7080. Died 9th April 1917 aged 30. Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment); 2nd Bn. Awarded the Military Medal in 1916. Buried at Wancourt British Cemetery, France. Son of Frederick Henry and Mary A Whiting (nee Day) of Queen Street, Chedworth, Gloucestershire. Born in Chedworth. Worked at Gwaunclawdd Colliery, Abercrave, and lived in the village at Old Shop and Gamlas Cottage. Attended Bible classes led by Alderman MW Morgan.
  • Arthur Williams, Corporal 13/664. Killed in action 5th November 1916 aged 19. East Yorkshire Regiment; 13th Bn. Buried at Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, France. Son of Thomas Richard and Rachel Williams of 17 Granville Gardens, Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Born in Hull. His father was an Inspector of Schools. His mother came from Gillach yr Haidd, Ystalyfera, and had taught in the Wern Schools.
  • Daniel John Williams Second, Lieutenant. Killed in action 5th October 1917 aged 35. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry); 13th Bn. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of Joseph Williams of  Cwmtwrch; Husband of Annie Williams of 93, Endelsham Road, Balham, London. Left a child. Was a schoolmaster in Colbren and London.
  • Llewellyn Oswald Williams, Lance Corporal 53984. Died 8th October 1918 aged 22. Royal Welsh Fusiliers; 17th Bn. Buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, France. Son of Griffith and Jane Williams Penrhiwfarteg, Ystradgynlais. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera,
  • Owen Jeffrey Williams, Private DM2/151520. Died 9th September 1918 aged 22. Army Service Corps; attached to III Corps Mechanical Transport Coy. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l’Abbe, France. Only son of Evan and Sarah Williams of Pant-y-Ffynnon Cottage, Ystradgynlais. Worked as a colliery slag picker. Was a Boy Scout in Ystalyfera,
  • William A Williams, Corporal 6356. Died 13th May 1915 aged 28. 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). Menin Gate Ypres Memorial, Belgium. Husband of Gladys Williams (later Buttler) of Hill Street, Hull; son-in-law of Mr and Mrs G Baber, of Canal Terrace. Worked at Ynyscedwyn Colliery.
  • Joseph William Thomas Williams, Private 34392. Died 5th November 1918 aged 35. Cheshire Regiment; 9th Bn. Buried at Rieux-en-Cambresis, Nord, France. Son of Daniel and Sarah Williams, of Brynderi, Abercrave. Lived in Pontneathvaughan, Glamorgan, and worked as a collier.
  • James Woodhouse, Lance Corporal 21549. Died 21-28 September 1916 aged 22. South Wales Borderers. Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Lived in Gelligaer.
  • William John Woodward, Gunner 39822. Died 28th November 1916 aged 29. Royal Field Artillery; 57th Bty. 45th Bde. Buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France. Son of Albert Victor and Sarah Ann Woodward of, Stroud, Glos; husband of Elizabeth Woodward (nee Thomas). Born in Stroud. Lived in St David’s Road, Ystalyfera, and worked as a colliery coal hewer.
 

 

Second World War

  • Benjamin Alexander, Lance Sergeant 2734183. Died 22nd May 1940 aged 21. 2nd Batallion, Welsh Guards. Dunkirk Memorial, France. Son of William and Mary Alexander of Ystradgynlais.
  • Benjamin Morgan Baker, Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 563729. Died 21st June 1940 aged 27. Royal Air Force 216 Sqdn. Buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. Son of Benjamin and Martha Baker of Cwmgiedd, Ystradgynlais.
  • James Edward Bamford, Able Seaman D⁄JX 349851. Died 19th March 1943 aged 19. Royal Navy – HMS President III. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of William & Annie Bamford of Filton, Bristol, formerly of Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Worked at Harris Stores, Ystalyfera.
  • William Alan Cornelius, Lance Corporal 4078921. Died 11th August 1944 aged 26. South Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn. Bayeux Memorial, France. Son of Thomas J. and Beatrice A. Cornelius of Ystradgynlais.
  • Mansel David, Able Seaman D⁄JX 168463. Died 23rd October 1943 aged 22. Royal Navy – HMS Charybdis. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of William and Sarah Ann David of 6 Crown Cottages, Ystradgynlais, Glamorgan.
  • Brinley Davies. Died 18th June 1944 aged 35. Civilian War Dead. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of Eleanor Davies of Oaklands, Gorof Road, Ystradgynlais.
  • David Glyndwr Davies, Chief Stoker D⁄KX 79912. Died 13th November 1943 aged 34. Royal Navy – HMS Dulverton. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of John and Margaretta Davies of Upper Cwmtwrch.
  • Edgar Evans, Corporal 5259578. Died 25th May 1944 aged 22. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1st Bn. Rangoon Memorial, Burma. Son of George Alfred and Rhoda Evans of 32 Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais.
  • Henry Garfield Evans, Guardsman 2735038. Died of illness 17th February 1940 aged 20. Welsh Guards. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of John Henry and Gwen Evans of Hendreladis Cottage, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais. Brother of William, below.
  • William Stanley Evans, Petty Officer Sick Berth D⁄MX 45954 aged 36. Died of illness 12th June 1945 aged 36. Royal Navy. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of John Henry and Gwen Evans of Penrhos; husband of Mary Ellen Evans of Abercrave.
  • Morgan Francis, Private 4079066. Died 8th February 1944. South Wales Borderers, 1st Bn. Buried at Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Evan and Martha Ann Francis of Bath, Somerset.
  • Thomas Edward Guppy, Private 7608634. Died 24th May 1940 aged 21. Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, attached to 6th Bn. Dunkirk Memorial, France. Son of John and Mary Guppy of Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea.
  • Douglas Hibbard, Bombardier 1562805. Died 27th August 1944 aged 29. Royal Artillery, 34 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt. Buried at Bari War Cemetery, Italy. Son of William and Edith Hibbard; husband of Beryl Hibbard of Ystradgynlais.
  • Gwilym Iowerth Hopton, Gunner 6404426. Died 13th May 1945 aged 30. Royal Artillery, Light Anti-Aircraft Regt. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Son of William and Anne Hopton of Bryn Celyn, Neath Road, Ystradgynlais.
  • Thomas Watkin Humphreys, Flying Officer 171357. Died 8th September 1945 aged 28. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 117 Sqdn. Singapore Memorial. Son of Charles Maclaren Humphreys and Beatrice Mary Maud Humphreys.
  • Noah Isaac, Lance Corporal 4621021. Died 19th September 1944 aged 29. Durham Light Infantry, 16th Bn. Buried at Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Noah and Beatrice Isaac of Romford, Essex. Born in Swansea.
  • John David Leslie James, Corporal 550248. Died 14th February 1942. Royal Air Force. Buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery, China. Son of Mr and Mrs William D. James of 2 Pelican Street, Ystradgynlais.
  • Ronald James, Corporal 4077384. Died 30th November 1944 aged 23. Monmouthshire Regiment, 3rd Bn. Buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands. Son of Mr and Mrs David James of Queen Street, Pembroke Dock, formerly of 1 Rowton Villas, Ystradgynlais.
  • Christopher David Jones, Captain EC⁄13434. Died 9th May 1946 aged 23 10th Gurkha Rifles, attached to Indian Engineers. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Son of William and Edith Rachel Jones of Llantarnam, near Newport.
  • Cyril Edward Jones, Private 4081407. Died 7th August 1944 aged 24. Monmouthshire Regiment, 3rd Bn. Buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, France. Son of Morgan Roberts Jones and Winifred Jones of Pentrebach, Glamorgan; grandson of Elizabeth Ann Jones of Pentrebach.
  • Cyril Eurfryn Jones, Private 14821427. Died 29th August 1945 aged 19. Welch Regiment. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of Thomas Frederick and Annie Jones of Ystradgynlais.
  • Daniel Thomas Jones, Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1199711. Died 23rd August 1942 aged 20. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 159 Sqdn. Buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. Son of Thomas Lewis Jones and Mary Jones of Carisbrook House, Yniscedwyn Road, Ystradgynlais.
  • John Jones, Sapper 4077138. Died 19th February 1944 aged 24. Royal Engineers, 170 Tunnelling Company. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of William John and Mary Jones of Glanrhyd, Ystradgynlais.
  • Jeffrey Jones, Group Workshops Craftsman 10545918. Died 23rd October 1946 aged 25. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 9 Armoured Bde. Buried at Alltwen Welsh Congregational Churchyard. Son of David Charles and Elizabeth Ann Jones of Alltwen, Pontardawe.
  • Phillip Llewellyn Jones, Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 865682. Died 25th February 1944 aged 35. Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force); 61 Sqdn. Buried at Choloy War Cemetery, France.
  • William John Jones, Private 4074321. Died 2nd February 1942 aged 34. Welch Regiment, 1st Bn. Buried at Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya. Son of Daniel William and Elizabeth Jane Jones; husband of Lily Louisa Jones of Godrergraig.
  • Alun Gwyn Lewis, Flight Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 946288. Died 11th April 1943. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; 429 (RCAF) Sqdn. Buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany. Son of David Rees Lewis and Margaret Lewis. His brother Llewelyn Lewis died in the war.
  • John James Lewis, Private 3967429. Died 27th to 28th May 1941 aged 24. Welch Regiment; 1st Bn. Athens Memorial, Greece. Son of Jonathan and Annie Lewis of 2 Tudor Street, Ystradgynlais. Was a tinplate worker.
  • Leonard Llewelyn, Midshipman. Died 17th October 1948 aged 18. Royal Navy – HMS Illustrious. Ashes buried at Tynycoed Chapelyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of Evan and Dinah Llewelyn of Abercrave. Was a Swansea Valley milkman.
  • James Morgan, Flight Sergeant. It’s not known why this name appears on the war memorial. A James Morgan, whose parents kept the Rheolau Arms, was reported missing in September 1944 but appears to have survived the war.
  • James John Morgan, Fifth Engineer Officer. Died 4th April 1941 aged 25. Merchant Navy – MV Conus (London). Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of Thomas and Catherine Morgan.
  • John Price Morgan, Sergeant 626428. Died 28th June 1940 aged 29. Royal Air Force, 500 Sqdn. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Son of Richard and Esther Morgan of Abercrave.
  • Alfa Powell, Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gunner) 1181850. Died 17th April 1942 aged 20. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais. Son of William David and Janet Ann Powell of Bedfont, Feltham, Middlesex.
  • Harkless Welltion Rowe. Died 22nd November 1940. Merchant Navy – MV Kolchis. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of Horace and A Rowe of 5 Station Road, Ystradgynlais. Died after his ship was torpedoed west of the Outer Hebrides.
  • David Meurig Thomas, Sergeant (Pilot U⁄T) 1316660. Died 30th September 1942 aged 29. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at Bulawayo (Athlone) Cemetery, Zimbabwe. Son of Idwal Vaughan and Elizabeth Gwladys Thomas of Pontardawe,
  • David Naunton Thomas, Air Mechanic 1st Class FAA⁄SFX 319. Died 9th April 1942 aged 21. Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire. Son of Mr and Mrs David Thomas of 25, Cwmtawe Road, Penrhos, Ystradgynlais.
  • Harry Prosser Thomas, Private 4074475. Died 20th April 1943 aged 33. Essex Regiment, 1⁄4th Bn. Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Son of Evan Prosser Thomas and Susanah Thomas.
  • Ivor Bertram Thomas, Sergeant (Wireless Operator⁄Air Gunner) 1184086. Died 22nd May 1944 aged 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 44 (Rhodesia) Sqdn. Buried at Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Harold Charles and Mabel Hilian Thomas of Clifton, Bristol.
  • Islwyn Thomas, Warrant Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1283921. Died 5th November 1945 aged 27. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at Tynycoed Congregational Chapelyard, Abercrave. Son of Arthur and Mary Alice Thomas of Ystradgynlais
  • Kenneth Vernon Thomas, Warrant Officer (Pilot) 1389444. Died 8th February 1945 aged 28. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 47 Sqdn. Buried at Imphal War Cemetery – India. Eldest son of Stanley and Gladys Thomas of Ystradgynlais
  • Lynn Thomas, Pilot Officer (Observer) 145487. Died 23rd November 1942 aged 22. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried at Kisumu Cemetery, Kenya. Buried at St Cynog's Churchyard, Ystradgynlais Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs T Thomas of Collier's Wood, Surrey.
  • Keith Webb, Lance Corporal 4079043. Died 13th July 1944 aged 24, Essex Regiment, 1/4th Bn. Buried at Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Edith Maud Webb of Ystradgynlais, Glamorgan
  • Cedric Watcyn Williams, Squadron Leader 26219. Died 25th August 1940 aged 30 years. Royal Air Force, 17 (Fighter) Sqdn. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Son of Mrs Ada Williams, of London, formerly of Rose Cottage, Ystradgynlais; husband of Nell Williams (nee Morgan). Born at Pelresfa, Wern Road Ystalyfera, where his father kept a confectionery shop.
  • David Jestyn Williams. Died 24th September 1940 aged 37. Civilian War Dead. Buried at Tynycoed Cemetery, Abercrave. Son of David Rosser and Elizabeth Williams of Swansea.
  • Sidney Woodcock, Gunner. Died 2nd October 1942 aged 32. Royal Navy – HMS Curacoa. Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Son of William and Amelia Woodcock, of Cwmtwrch; husband of Sarah Ann May Woodcock, of Faversham, Kent.