Llanfairpwll war memorial FWW
Llanfairpwll First World War
The following men from the area died in the First World War. Many were with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF).
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Parish of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
- Herbert Thomas Alderson, Min y Don, Private, 14th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF). Son of Florence and Walter Alderson of the Relay Office. He died whilst swimming on 7 June 1917, aged 20. He had been in France for 18 months, and was on leave from the front-line. He is buried in Terlincthun, Wimille, in the Pas de Calais.
- William Richard Black, Tan Dinas, Lance Sergeant, 13th RWF. At the outbreak of war William Richard Black was a school teacher at Llanddeusant, Anglesey. In September 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal. Sadly, two months later, Billy Black was killed whilst on patrol on 14 November 1917, aged 23. Buried at the Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard. Commemorated also on the Llangefni County School War Memorial.
- H Edwards, Rose Hill Cottage, Private, 16th RWF. He was killed in France on 25 February 1917, aged 21.
- H Edwards, Tan y Graig, Engineer, SS Cecil. Engineer Edwards was 47 years old when his ship ran aground and was wrecked at the entrance to the Somme, Pas de Calais, in December 1915.
- Robert Evans, Tai’r Lôn, Private, 9th RWF. Son of Evan and Margaret Evans, of Maesincla, Caernarfon; husband of Mary Catherine Evans, of Tal y Bont, Llanfairpwll. He died on the 25 September 1915, aged 37. Commemorated on the Loos memorial.
- William Jones Evans, Maenafon, Private, 17th RWF. Son of Owen and Mary Evans, of Glangors, Llanfairpwll. Died on 24 August 1917, aged 19. Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium.
- Robert Fair, Estate Office, Private, 14th Warwick Regiment. Bob Fair was 23 years of age when he was captured and became a Prisoner of War in late 1917. He died on 26 October 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
- John Leslie Horridge, Plas Llanfair, Captain, RAF. Son of John Horridge of Plas Llanfair and of Boholt House, Bury. He was educated at Uppingham School. In 1915 he passed into Pembroke College, Cambridge, but did not take up his studies. He applied for a commission in the RFC, and while waiting to receive it he joined the Grahame White Flying School as a private pupil, and took his certificate in November. On receiving his commission in January 1916, he went into training at the Curragh and afterwards at Ruislip, taking his wings on May 21. He went to France on May 25 1916. In January 1917, he was made a flight commander. He died, aged 21, in an air accident on 21 November 1918 at Kenley when his Sopwith Dolphin D5298 suffered engine trouble at 60m (200ft) and crashed after stalling. This was 10 days after the Armistice. Buried in St John’s Church, Tottington, near Bury, Lancashire.
- Charles Morris Howells, Williams Terrace, Private, 4th Welsh Regiment. Charles Morris Howells, who was serving in Egypt, died of illness on 1 October 1915, aged 22. Son of Edward and Elizabeth Howells, of 4 Williams Terrace, Llanfairpwll. Buried at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.
- R Hughes, Min y Ffrwd, Able Seaman, SS Connemara. His ship sank on the night of 3 November 1916 at the entrance to Carlingford Lough, Ireland, after colliding with the coal ship Retriever. Hughes, aged 20, was among 97 lost that night.
- WG Hughes, White Lodge, Steward, SS Laurentic. Two men from Llanfairpwll died on board SS Laurentic. Their ship was an ocean liner of the White Star Line. When war broke out the vessel was immediately commissioned as a troop transport for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1915 the ship was converted into an armed merchant cruiser. On 25 January 1917 the vessel struck two mines off Lough Swilly in the north of Ireland and sank within an hour. Only 121 of the 475 aboard survived. 354 people were lost in total. In addition to her passengers and crew, the ship was carrying about 43 tons of gold ingots, which, at the time, was valued at £5 million. The same amount of gold today would be valued at £250 million. Steward Hughes was 41 years old when he died.
- W Hughes, Penucheldre Terrace, Private, 15th RWF. Private Hughes was 21 years old when he died.
- Owen Jones, Crossing Terrace, Royal Naval Reserve, 1st Petty Officer, HMS Invincible. Son of Owen and Margaret Jones, of 5 Crossing Terrace, Llanfairpwll; husband of Grace Jones, 23 Dale Street, Menai Bridge, and 2 Mount Pleasant Square, Twt Hill, Carnarfon. Died aged 45 on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. Also commemorated on the Menai Bridge war memorial on Church Island, and Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
- JI Jones, Gorad Goch, Private, 1st RWF. He belonged to the Ynys Gorad Goch family. Died on 27 February 1917, aged 19. Buried at Queen’s Cemetery, Bucquoy, south of Arras.
- Richard Humphrey Jones, Ffordd Deg, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Mary Jane Jones, of the Alms Houses, Aber, Bangor. He was a member of the 1st Caernarfon Battery, RGA. On 4 March 1915, he became the first man from Llanfairpwll to die in the Great War. He was 33 years old and buried in St Cross Churchyard, Llanllechid.
- John Francis Lewis, Britannia Terrace, Signaller, 51st Cheshire Regiment. Son of Mrs Ellen Roberts, 1 Britannia Terrace, Llanfairpwll. Died on 5 June 1918, aged 19. Buried at Sezanne Communal Cemetery, south of Reims.
- Charles Ollosson, Williams Terrace, Steward, 681653, SS Laurentic. Son of Samuel and Mary Ollosson. He was 34 or 35 years old when his ship sank on 25 January 1917. His colleague WG Hughes also died – see above.
- Thomas Hugh Owen, Tŷ Tŵr, Private, 15th RWF. Son of Mary and Hugh Owen, of Tŷ Tŵr, Llanfairpwll. He died on St. David’s Day 1916, aged 27. Buried at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, in the Pas de Calais.
- Edward Owen, Tŷ Capel, Lance Corporal, 1st RWF. Son of Edward and Jane Owen, of Tŷ Capel, Llanfairpwll. Killed, aged 21, on 3 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. The memorial bears the names of more than 72,191 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Also named on Llanrwst war memorial.
- Edward Parry, Pen Rallt, Private, 14th RWF. Son of Richard and Ann Parry, of Pen Rallt, Llanfairpwll. Died on 28 February 1917 aged 28. Buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium.
- T Parry, Hen Siop, Lance Corporal, 16th RWF. Son of John Parry, Hen Siop, Llanfairpwll. Died on 18 September 1918, aged 24. Commemorated at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pays de Calais, which lists the names of 9,813 men who died from 8 August 1918 to the Armistice and who have no known grave.
- John Pritchard, Maesgarnedd, Private, 10th RWF. Son of Owen Pritchard, of 2 Penybryn Place, Bethesda, Gwynedd. John was brought up in the Maesgarnedd Children’s Home at Llanfairpwll. He became a farm labourer at Hirdrefaig, and joined the army when war broke out. He won the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on the field, but was killed in action on 2 November 1916 aged 19. Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium. Also named on Llanddaniel war memorial.
- William Jones Rowlands, Bryn Goleu, Lance Corporal 21199, 14th RWF. Son of Thomas and Ellen Rowlands, of Shop Uchaf, Llanfairpwll. Died on 6 July 1916, aged 23, during the Battle of the Somme. Like Edward Owen, above, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
- William Weed, Plas Llanfair, Lance Corporal, 13th RWF. Son of William and Charlotte Weed, of Hawley Lodge, Blackwater, Hampshire. Born in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire. He enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Menai Bridge and was killed on 10 July 1916, aged 25, during the Battle of the Somme. Buried at the Tincourt New British Cemetery on the Somme. He is also commemorated at St Matthew's Church, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.
- Emyr Jones-Williams, Tremarfon, Gunner, 87th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was the only surviving son of the Rev William Jones Williams of Capel Rhos y Gad, Llanfairpwll. He survived the war but died, aged 19, during the flu epidemic one week after the end of the war. Buried at Solesmes British Cemetery, Cambrai, France. Also commemorated on the David Hughes Grammar School war memorial in Beaumaris.
- John Williams, Cefn Capel, Private, 17th RWF. He was involved in the Battle of Mametz Wood during the period 7-12 July 1916. Soon afterwards he was reported missing. A year later it was confirmed that he had been killed during the fighting. He was 26 years old when he died.
Parish of Llanedwen
- WC Davies, Plas Newydd, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was 29 years of age when he died in February 1918.
- Lewis Hugh Williams, Tyddyn Pwyth, Private, 14th RWF. Lewis Hugh Williams was the son of Griffith R Williams, of Tyddyn Pwyth. He was badly injured during a gas attack on the Western Front, and spent many years as a patient at the Lady Thomas Convalescent Home for Discharged and Disabled Soldiers and Sailors at Holyhead. He succumbed to his injuries on 12 February 1921, aged 24. He is buried in the St Mary’s Churchyard at Llanfairpwll.
Parish of Penmynydd
- Richard Meredith Jones, Tal y Bont, Private, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He was 28 years old when he died.
- Arthur Lloyd, Tŷ Mawr, Private, 14th Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He was 33 years old when he died in October 1918. Buried at Beaulencourt, Arras, France. Married Margaret Owens of Ceint Fawr, Llanfihangel, in Penmynydd in 1915.
- Messach (or Meshach) Rowlands, Pen Wal, Private, 17th RWF. Son of Daniel Rowlands, Pen Wal, Penmynydd. Killed on 20 January 1916, aged 17. Six weeks after arriving in France, he had been taking part in an advance across no-man's land alongside his brothers Edward and John. He is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery, south-west of Armentieres. Also commemorated at Penmynydd Church.
- David Williams, Tan y Bryn, Private, 1st RWF. Son of Owen and Elizabeth Williams, Penmynydd. He was 22 years old when he died on 29 November 1918, a few weeks after the Armistice was signed. Buried at Arquata Scrivia Communal Cemetery in Piedmont, Italy.
- Edward Williams, Elusendai, Private 19193. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 14th Battalion. Buried at Guards Cemetery, Cuinchy, France. He died on 21 February 1916, aged 23 (20 according to local news reporting). Son of Mr and Mrs W Williams. He lived with his parents in the almshouses in Penmynydd.