Tirphil War Memorial

Tirphil war memorial

This clock tower commemorates local people who died in the First and Second World Wars. To read their details, choose a category:

First World War

Second World War

The roll of honour was originally set into a simple pillar made of bricks, later demolished and replaced with the clock tower.

We have included in our Second World War list details of Cynthia Tugela Jones. She is not named on the memorial but her father Richard lived in Tirphil. She was one of 83 killed in Weybridge, Surrey, in 1940 as a result of German bombing of the Vickers Armstrong aircraft factory.

There is detailed information about some of the individuals on the website of Gelligaer Historial Society.

With thanks to Gelligaer Historical Society

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Tirphil war memorial on Gelligaer Historical Society website



First World War

  • John Barrett, Private 267128 (also 3313 & 15737), Welsh Regiment, 1st/6th Battalion. Killed in action February 9 1917. Thiepval Memorial.
  • J Beet, Guardsman, Grenadier Guards.          
  • David John Beynon, Corporal 16058, South Wales Borderers 8th Battalion. Killed in action August 28 1916 in Salonika. Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.
  • Frank Codrington, Private 21337, South Wales Borderers 1th Battalion. Killed in action July 10 1915. Thiepval Memorial. Brother of Miss A Codrington of Radstock, Bath.
  • Emrys Davies, Gunner W/3110 Royal Field Artillery 466th Bty, 6th Bde. Died of wounds November 19 1917. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
  • G Davies, Private, South Wales Borderers
  • James English. Able Seaman Z/784 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Drake Bn. Killed in action February 4 1917. Thiepval Memorial.
  • HE Evans, Private 3/21069, South Wales Borderers 7th Battalion. Awarded Military Medal. Died September 17 1918. Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece. Husband of Mrs Evans of 6 Upper Cross Street, Tirphil.
  • J Evans, Corporal 146205, Royal Engineers 254th Tunnelling Coy. Died March 13 1918. Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium. Husband of Gladys Mary (later James) of 14 Pleasant View, Tirphil.
  • David E Gough, City of London Yeomany. Died 1919. Son of George and Mary Gough.
  • J Howells, Coporal, South Wales Borderers.
  • WA James, Private, Welsh Regiment.          
  • Edwin George Jeffries, Private 94205, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds November 19 1918, aged 25. Caudry British Cemetery, France. Son of John and Mary Jeffries of 50 School Street, Tirphil.
  • HTD John, Lieutenant, South Wales Borderers.
  • T Jones, Private, Monmouthshire Regiment.
  • Thomas Stephen Jones, Second Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers 10th Battalion. Died September 26 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of Stephen and Mary Jones, of 7 Coedcae, Tirphil.
  • David William Lloyd, Lance Corporal 16090, South Wales Borderers 7th Battalion. Died September 18 1918, aged 36. Doiran Memorial, Greece. Son of David and Elizabeth Lloyd, of Llantysilio, Denbighshire.
  • J Moore, Driver 66868, Royal Field Artillery C Bty 64th Bde. Died July 26 1917, aged 27. Ypres Town Cemetery Extension. Husband of Elizabeth Ellen Moore of 6 Meadow Terrace, Phlipstown, New Tredegar.
  • David Whittaker Morgan, Private 34177, Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Battalion. Died May 31 1920, aged 28. Gwaelodybrithdir Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs Evan Morgan. Husband of Mary Eleanor Morgan of 24 Birch Grove, Tirphil.
  • Zachariah Partick, Pioneer 249458, Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action August 22 1917.
  • William Charles Phillips, Sergeant 67744, Royal Engineers 135th Army Troops Company. Died of wounds November 19 1917. Dozinghem Military Cemetary, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Born in Tirphil.
  • G Porch, Private, South Wales Borderers.
  • Lewis Henry Porch, Private 11019, South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion. Killed in action October 31 1914. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
  • Charles Poole, Sapper 86113, Royal Engineers 170th Tunnelling Coy. Formerly 15212 South Wales Borderers. Killed in action July 29 1916. Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery. Son of James Poole.
  • William John Rees, Private 8414, 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) "B" Squadron. Died August 1914, aged 26. Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme, Somme, France. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas John Rees, of 24 Birch Grove, Tirphil.
  • Charles Stapley, Able Seaman 183057, Royal Navy - HMS Goliath. Died May 13 1915, aged 36. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Husband of Henrietta Stapley of 47 School Street, Tirphil.
  • Oscar Barrett Tanner, Corporal 27341, Royal Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Battalion (formerly 2209 Welsh Cyc Regt). Awarded Military Medal. Killed in action April 14 1918. Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • Daniel Thomas, Gunner 87278, Canadian Field Artillery, 5th Brigade. Died July 25 1916. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
  • DJ Thomas, Private, South Wales Borderers.
  • Henry Wells, Driver W/791, Royal Field Artillery, "D" Battery, 121st Brigade. Died of wounds August 12 1917. Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium.
  • David Williams, Private 61435, Welsh Regiment 9th Battalion. Killed in action March 23 1918. Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Hebuterne. Son of Thomas and Margaret Williams of Craig Rhymney Farm, Tirphil.
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Second World War

  • Richard Colton, Gunner 5256453, Royal Artillery 179 Field Regiment. Died September 29 1944, aged 25. Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery. Son of Hercules and Beatrice Colton, and husband of Hilda Gladys Colton of Tirphil.
  • Robert Vernon Downs, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner 1119224 RAFVR Bomber Command 10 Squadron. Killed November 19 1943, aged 22, when his aircraft crashed into a hangar on returning from a raid on Germany. Buried with his brother Stanley (see below) in Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery. Son of Robert and Edith May Downs of Tirphil.
  • Stanley Downs, Private 13070271, Pioneer Corps. Died December 6 1940, aged 29. Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery. Son of Robert and Edith May Downs of Tirphil.
  • Thomas John Eynon, Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve – HMS Medina. Died of illness January 30 1945, aged 50, while at HMS Medina training base on Isle of Wight. Bedwellty (St Sannan) New Churchyard. Son of Thomas H and Elizabeth Eynon; husband of Winifred Eynon (Tirphil).
  • Terence Forde, Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy – MV Norse King (Norway). Died December 1942, aged 22. Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Michael and Catherine Forde of Weston-super-Mare.
  • Leslie Hammond, Private 4078472, King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster). Died November 27 1944, aged 33. Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery. Son of John Henry and Catherine Hammond of Tirphil.
  • Thomas Harris, Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner 1119248, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died January 28 1944, aged 23. Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan. Son of David and Judith Harris of Tirphil.
  • Glyndwr Rees James, Air Mechanic 1st Class FAA/FX 78613. Killed in accident in board HMS Archer, June 19 1942, aged 22. Lee-on-Solent Memorial. Son of David and Rhoda May James of Tirphil.
  • Cynthia Tugela Jones, Civilian war dead. Died September 12 1940, aged 18. Daughter of Richard Jones of 21 Pleasant View, Tirphil. Injured 4 September 1940 at Vickers Armstrong Works, Weybridge; died at Weybridge Hospital. Not named on Tirphil war memorial.
  • Ernest Thomas Jones, Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 570004, Royal Air Force 15 Squadron. Killed May 12 1944, aged 24. Leuven Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Joseph and Margaret Jones; husband of Sylvia Jones of Brithdir.
  • Melvin John Saunders, Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy – SS Bullmouth. Died October 29 1942, aged 21. Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of Thomas and Rose Saunders.
  • Kenneth Rowland Williams, Lance Corporal 6466727, Gloucestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion. Mentioned in Despatches. Died January 19 1945, aged 27. Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery. Son of Rowland Rees and Rosanna Williams; husband of Veronica Ahearn Williams of Shepherd's Bush, London.
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