Ystrad Mynach & Hengoed Cenotaph

Ystrad Mynach & Hengoed cenotaph

The war memorial for the Ystrad Mynach area was unveiled in 1927. It commemorated the local people who died in the First World War. The names of those who died in the Second World War were added later. Choose a category below to read details of the war dead.

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

Among those named on the memorial are two brothers, Archibald and Claud Lindsay, who were killed just five days apart in 1918. A third brother, George, had been killed in 1917. Their father, who lived at Ystrad Fawr, had fought in the Boer War and later became Justice of the Peace for Glamorgan and for County Dublin. Our page in the brothers’ memory is here.

Ystrad Fawr later housed the headquarters of Rhymney Valley District Council until the 1996 reorganisation of local government, when Caerphilly County Borough Council was created. Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, the new general hospital for the area, was built on its site and the cenotaph moved to a garden area outside the hospital. A service of rededication for the memorial was held in October 2008. The cenotaph was moved to make way for the present roundabout near Ystrad Fawr. It was near the A472 road, which leads towards the church and Nelson.

With thanks to Gelligaer Historical Society and to Dennis Sellwood of Caerphilly Local History Society

Postcode: CF82 7EP

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Second World War

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First World War

  • George H Barkwell (or possibly Borkwell or Burkhill), Bombardier 19903. Royal Field Artillery, D Bty 87th Bde. Died of wounds May 30 1918. Terlincthun British Cemetery. Of 3 Pantycelyn Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Robert Barnes, Private 2674. Welsh Guards 1st Batt. Killed in action November 18 1916.
  • William John Bear, Private 19103 Leicestershire Regiment, 2nd Batt. Died September 25 1915, aged 24. Loos Memorial. Son of John F and Amelia Bear of 1 Brynmynach Avenue, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Percy George Brookman, Private. Gloucestershire Regiment, 12th (Service) (Bristol) Batt. Killed in action August 31 1918.
  • Harry Brown              
  • Henry Carroll             
  • Percy Cooper, Private 77877. Royal Fusiliers 10th Batt. Died September 6 1918. Bagneux British Cemetery. Son of Mrs S Cooper of 34 Ynysglyd Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • William Edward Dadge, Private 3030291, Canadian Infantry 54th Batt. Died September 27 1918, aged 29. Quarry Wood Cemetery, France. Son of Henry Thomas and Sarah Ann Dadge  of Belmount, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Arthur Horace Davies, Gunner 3244. Royal Field Artillery, A Bty 211th Bde. Killed in action March 27 1918, aged 24. Son of Thomas and Alice J Davies, of Ortonville, Michigan, USA.
  • Edward Davies           
  • Harman Davies           
  • Edward T Davies       
  • Reginald R Derrick, Private 10383. Gloucestershire Regiment, 7th Batt. Died August 8 1915, aged 21. Helles Memorial. Son of William and E Derrick of Bristol; husband of Nellie May (later Hicks) of 6 Pantycelyn Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • William Divine            
  • William James Drew, Acting Sergeant T2SSR/02300. Royal Army Service Corps. Died January 1 1918. Son of William and Mary Drew of Devon; husband of Clara Drew of 5 Alexandra Road, Hengoed.
  • Lewis Brinley Edwards, Sapper 1414. Australian Tunnelling Corps 3rd Coy. Died November 27 1916, aged 31. Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension. Son of Richard and Sarah Edwards of Ivy Cottage, Hengoed.
  • John Evans     
  • Evan Evans     
  • William Fellowes, Lance Corporal 6516. Somerset Light Infantry 8th Batt. Died April 23 1917, aged 37. Arras Memorial. Husband of Sarah C Fellowes (later Dugdale) of 24 Central Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Charles J Foley           
  • Michael Foynes, Private 11723. Welsh Regiment 8th Batt. Killed in action August 8 1915. Helles Memorial (Turkey). Son of Patrick Foynes of Co. Galway.
  • Charles Collins           
  • Leonard Walter Gowers, Private 533. Middlesex Regiment, C Coy 11th Batt. Died February 13 1916, aged 21. Vermelles British Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs R Gowers of 9 Pantycelyn Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Albert J Greenaway, Gunner 4701. Royal Field Artillery, D Bty 252nd Bde. Died September 17 1916, aged 25. Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France. Son of Thomas and Charlotte Greenaway of 3 Station Road, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Ernest Charles Russell Ham, Lance Corporal 58476. Died March 21 1918. Royal Engineers, 61st Field Coy. Pozieres Memorial.
  • S Harnden. Possibly: Lance Serjeant 7276. Died March 14 1915. Rifle Brigade 2nd Bn. Le Touret Memorial.
  • Richard Henry Harvey, Private 19883. South Wales Borderers 4th Batt. Died April 22 1916, aged 30. Basra Memorial. Son of Charles Harvey and husband of Alice of 27 Pengam Road, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Arthur E Hinton. Possibly: Arthur Edward Hinton, Private 9027. Died November 07 1918, aged 38. Grenadier Guards 1st Bn. Awoingt British Cemetery. Husband of Ada Mary Hinton, of 515 Fishponds Road, Bristol.
  • Benjamin Holder, Driver T3/024421 Royal Army Service Corps. Died November 6 1916.
  • Frederick Hole, Private 24118. Welsh Regiment 17th Batt. Killed in action September 5 1917. Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery.
  • Robert Wood, Private 14555. Welsh Regiment 19th Batt. Died of wounds February 27 1917, aged 19. Mendinghem Military Cemetery. Son of Robin and Mary Hannah Wood of Malvern.
  • Joseph Ashton Humphreys, Private 13543. South Wales Borderers, 2nd Batt. Killed in action July 1 1916. Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France. Son of Mary A Ashton of Rhymney.
  • Francis Jones              
  • James Jones, Private 926. Welsh Regiment 1st Batt. Died May 26 1916, aged 23. Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery. Son of William and Rosena Jones of 16 Alexandra Road, Hengoed.
  • John Jones, Sapper 158132. Royal Engineers, 258th Tunnelling Coy. Died December 6 1916, aged 32. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Son of Samuel Jones of 20 Ynysglyd Street, Ystrad Mynach; husband of Ada Jones of 3 Railway Terrace, Caerphilly.
  • Philip Vivian Jones, Private 1379. Australiam Infantry, 3rd Batt. Fourth Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Turkey. Son of James and MA Jones of Hengoed.
  • Gilbert William Howard, Gunner W/4952. Royal Field Artillery, A Bty 121st Bde. Died October 27 1918, aged 21. Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of William and Emma Howed (later Davis).
  • Walter James              
  • Ewart Edmund Lewis, Sergeant 91747. Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery C Bty 177th Bde. Died of wounds March 21 1918. Pozieres Memorial. Awarded Military Medal for bravery in the field.
  • Archibald Thurston Thomas Lindsay, Lieutenant. Royal Engineers 7th Army Troops Coy, Royal Monmouthshire. Died March 26 1918, aged 20. Foncquevillers Military Cemetery. Son of Col. Henry Edzell Morgan Lindsay, CB, RE, and Ellen Katherine Lindsay (nee Thomas) of Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, and Glasnevin, Co. Dublin. Brother of Claud, who died five days later, and of George – also listed below.soldier icon
  • Claud Frederic Thomas Lindsay, Major Royal Field Artillery 33rd Bty. Died March 31 1918, aged 26. Hailles Communal Cemetery. Son of Col. Henry Edzell Morgan Lindsay, CB, RE, and Ellen Katherine Lindsay (nee Thomas) of Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, and Glasnevin, Co. Dublin; husband of Dorothy Lindsay.soldier icon
  • George Walter Thomas Lindsay, Captain. Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field Artillery. Died June 26 1917, aged 26. Buried in family vault Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of Col. Henry Edzell Morgan Lindsay, CB, RE, and Ellen Katherine Lindsay (nee Thomas) of Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, and Glasnevin, Co. Dublin.soldier icon
  • Tom D Lloyd              
  • Berry Oliver Lockyer, Private 17417. Somerset Light Infantry 6th Batt. Killed in action August 18 1916. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Henry and Edith Lockyer of Aller, Langport, Somerset.
  • John McMurtrie, Captain (Acting Major). Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action July 26 1917, aged 32. Bard Cottage Cemetery. Son of James and Margaret Cowper McMurtrie, Radstock, Bath.
  • Joseph Sidney Meredith, Private 49296. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died July 26 1916. Basra War Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs JS Morgan of 2 Guildford Street, Hereford; husband of MW Meredith (later Matthews) of 23 Berthllanlwyd, Cascade, Pengam. 
  • John Morgan, Gunner 54343. Royal Garrison Artillery 36th Siege Battery. Died of wounds May 3 1917. Athies Communal Cemetery Extension. Son of Mrs Morgan of 19 Central Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Lewis R Morris          
  • Wyndham Morris      
  • Frederick James Norris, Private 28490. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 2/4th Batt. Died of wounds October 29 1917, aged 20. Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Son of James and Ada L Norris of 30 Raglan Road, Hengoed.
  • Percy Walter Norris, Second Lieutenant. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 34th Batt. Died July 29 1918, aged 30. Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire. Husband of Kate May Norris, of Danygraig, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Frederick George Osborne, Private  2837. Welsh Regiment 1st/5th Batt. Died August 17 1915. Helles Memorial. Son of Mrs Louisa Osborne of 28 Commercial Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Leonard Perrins, Private 35009. King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Batt. Killed in action September 18 1918.
  • James Victor Porter, Private 35131. Welsh Regiment 17th Batt. Killed in action November 25 1917.
  • Archibald James Powell, Private 30366. Welsh Regiment 14th Batt. Killed in action July 10 1916. Thiepval Memorial. Husband of Grace Beatrice (later Miles) of 35 Trosnant Crescent, Penybryn, Gelligaer.
  • Charles Price              
  • Percy Quinn (also known as Patrick Quinn), Private 1/11820, South Wales Borderers 2nd Batt. Awarded Military Medal. Died July 1 1916, aged 23. Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No. 2, Auchonvillers. Born in Dublin and became adopted son of Mr EC Whitcombe of 17 Alexandra Raod, Hengoed.
  • Idris Gwilym Rees (Gwilym L Rees on memorial), Private 12422. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 8th Batt. Died September 29 1915, aged 18. Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey. Son of Gwilym and Martha Rees of 5 Davies Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • George Richards        
  • William J Richards    
  • Austin Roberts           
  • Alexander L Russell, Private DM2/190081. Royal Army Service Corps 338th M.T.Coy. Died December 19 1918, aged 33. Chela Kula Military Cemetery, Serbia. Son of Thomas and Christina Russell. Husband of Amy Ann Russell of Cartref, Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach.
  • Harry Smith    
  • William Rees Smith, Driver 108792. Royal Field Artillery 85th Bty. 11th Bde. Killed in action September 23 1918, aged 23. Beveren-Ijzer Churchyard, Belgium. Son of John and Sarah Ann Smith of 19 Hengoed Crsecent, Hengoed. Also commemorated on Pontlottyn war memorial.
  • Bert Stevens    
  • Sydney Thomas, Private 34089. Welsh Regiment 9th Batt. Died October 27 1916, aged 36. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas of Ferndale, Rhondda Fach, and husband of Hannah Thomas of 12 Penybryn, Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach.
  • George T Walker, Private 14152. King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Batt. Died September 19 1918, aged 27. Brie British Cemetery. Son of Charles Walker of 32 Hengoed Avenue, Garden Village, Hengoed.
  • Thomas Walker, Gunner 3151. Royal Field Artillery 11th Bty 1st Bde. Died October 3 1916, aged 39. Lahana Military Cemetery. Husband of Mary Walker, 18 Commercial Street, Ystrad Mynach.
  • George J Warren       
  • Amy Laura Whitcombe, Worker 36023. Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps S.C. Convalescent Hospital, Plymouth. Died November 3 1918, aged 24. Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery. Daughter of Edward Charles and Emma Whitcombe of 17 Alexandra Road, Hengoed.
  • David Williams           
  • George Williams         
  • Holland Williams        
  • William Ernest Willis, Private 81028. King's Liverpool Regiment, 2nd Garrison Batt. Killed in action February 27 1917. Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.
  • Sydney Needes Wyatt, Private 33109. Welsh Regiment 1st Batt. Died October 2 1915, aged 34. Loos Memorial. Son of Edwin Durban and Elizabeth Wyatt and husband of Susannah Elizabeth Wyatt of 3 Cefn Road, Hengoed.
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Second World War

  • Bailey, Herbert Eric, Flight Sergeant 971793. Died 09/05/1941 aged 24. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Sage War Cemetery. Son of Herbert Bailey and Elizabeth H Bailey.
  • Brooks, Reginald Alfred Edward, Private 3973705. Died 29/04/1942 aged 20. Welch Regiment. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of Charles and Edith Maud Brooks.
  • Blewett, Richard, Pilot Officer 52812. Died 10/10/1943 aged 24. Royal Air Force. Buried Campbeltown (Kilkerran) Cemetery. Son of Alfred and Mary E Blewett of Penybryn.
  • Davies, Brynmor John, Lance Corporal 3910837. Died 04/07/1944 aged 26. Monmouthshire Regiment. Buried St. Manvieu War Cemetery. Son of John and Margaret Davies; husband of Ethel Florence Davies of Ystrad Mynach. Not named on Ystrad Mynach war memorial.
  • Davies, David Gwynne, Sergeant 1836072. Died 06/02/1944 aged 31. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Cussy-Les-Forges Communal Cemetery. Son of David and Rebecca Ann Davies.
  • Davies, John Samuel, Bombardier 1474423. Died 29/11/1943 aged 33. Royal Artillery. Singapore Memorial. Husband of M Davies.
  • Evans, Graham Herbert, Sergeant 1025594. Died 26/03/1944 aged 21. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of William Jenkins Stanley and Elizabeth Evans.
  • Evans, John Thompson, Gunner 3910442. Died 13/05/1943 aged 24. Royal Artillery. Buried Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs David Thomas.
  • Evans, William Thomas, Gunner 11416923. Died 27/09/1944 aged 42. Royal Artillery. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of William and Sarah Evans; husband of Ethel May Evans.
  • Gabriel, P.
  • Ganderton, Raymond Llewellyn, Sergeant 1836364. Died 17/06/1944 aged 21. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Llanfabon Cemetery. Son of Ernest and Katherine Ganderton; nephew of Idris G. Griffiths of Gelligaer.
  • Gittens, Thomas Henry, Flight Sergeant 1067871. Died 07/08/1943 aged 24. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.Runnymede Memorial. Son of Arthur and Margaret Ann Gittins.
  • Goddard, Vincent Reginald, Lance Corporal 2196874. Died 11/12/1944 aged 24. Royal Engineers. Buried Hengoed Welsh Baptist Chapelyard. Son of John Thomas Goddard and Alice Goddard; husband of Berenice Goddard.       
  • Hartmann, Ernest John, Sergeant 3025176. Died 17/12/1944. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Durnbach War Cemetery.
  • Hier, Frederick George, Corporal 7876094. Died 17/12/1945 aged 40. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of Sidney and C Hier; husband of Iris Grace Eileen Hier.
  • Hitchens, Gordon, Private 3910627. Died 26/01/1942 aged 22. South Wales Borderers. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of William James Hitchens and Tirzah Ann Hitchens.
  • Holder, B.      
  • Jenkins, Albert, Private 6403121. Died 05/10/1942 aged 24. Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried El Alamein War Cemetery. Son of Tom and Florence May Jenkins.
  • Jelley, Emlyn Lawrence Warnford, Gunner 978706. Died 18/12/1942 aged 27. Royal Horse Artillery. Buried Tripoli War Cemetery. Son of Henry and Alice Mary Jelley.
  • Jones, George Edmund Armon, Trooper 7924842. Died 08/12/1941 aged 31. Royal Tank Regiment. Buried Knightsbridge War Cemetery. Son of George and Elizabeth Ann Jones; husband of Sarah Ceridwen Jones.
  • Lambley, E. Possibly: Ernest John Roger Lambley, Boy 1st Class D/JX 157804. Died 08/06/1940 aged 16. Royal Navy - HMS Glorious. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Robert John and Bessie Lambley of Draycott, Cheddar, Somerset.       
  • Lewis, G H.
  • Lewis, William, Lance Corporal 410580. Died 30/06/1940 aged 24. Royal Armoured Corps - 7th Queen's Own Hussars. Buried Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery. Son of William Henry and Mabel Lewis.
  • Littlewood, G. Possibly: George Littlewood, Private 4625290. Died 11/09/1944 aged 33. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Buried Ste. Marie Cemetery.
  • Morgan, Frederick Henry, Flight Sergeant 929015. Died 24/12/1943 aged 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Runnymede Memorial. Son of TH Morgan and Blodwen Morgan.
  • Morgan, H R. Possibly: Harry Rowland Moran, Lieutenant 164738. Died 28/12/1944 aged 28. Welch Regiment. Rangoon Memorial. Son of Thomas Rowland Morgan and Ellen Isabella Morgan of Llanishen.
  • Meyrick, Benjamin. Possibly: Leading Steward D/LX 24159. Died 02/03/1944. Royal Navy - HMLST 362. Plymouth Naval Memorial.
  • Parry, Ralph, Lance Corporal 3962040. Died 06/04/1943 aged 26. Cheshire Regiment. Buried Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery. Son of Arthur and Jessie Parry.
  • Payne, E.
  • Probart, James, Guardsman 2735371. Died 03/08/1944 aged 25. Welsh Guards. Bayeux Memorial.  Son of Mrs. E. J. Probart.
  • Prosser, H. Possibly: Henry Prosser, Private 3908072. Died 01/08/1943 aged 30. Dorsetshire Regiment. Buried Catania War Cemetery. Son of Alfred and Ellen Prosser of Pontnewynydd, Monmouthshire.
  • Rawlings, David Albert, Private 4202807. Died 06/08/1944 aged 29. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Buried Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery. Son of Frederick William and Celia Rawlings of Bargoed; husband of Violet Rawlings of Bargoed. Father of Norma Evangeline.
  • Roberts, Frederick, Mess Room Boy. Died 03/12/1940 aged 19. Merchant Navy - SS W Hendrik (Newcastle-on-Tyne). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs R Roberts.
  • Roberts, Arthur Frederick Noel, Warrant Officer 590902. Died 25/12/1944 aged 27. Royal Air Force. Buried Cambrai (Route De Solesmes) Communal Cemetery. Son of Arthur Frederick and Ruth Roberts; husband of Ruby Irene Roberts of Upholland, Lancashire.
  • Smith, Leslie, Signalman 5675219. Died 01/01/1942 aged 23. Royal Corps of Signals. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of Albert Edward and Lydia Smith; husband of Enid Joy Smith.
  • Teconi, Ronald, Fourth Engineer Officer. Died between 17/11/1942 and 18/11/1942 aged 24. Merchant Navy - SS Widestone (London). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Albert and Beatrice Teconi.
  • Tudge, Eric Roy, Flying Officer 167783. Died 03/12/1945 aged 20. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Rangoon War Cemetery. Son of Frederick John and Hilda Mary Tudge of Grays, Essex; husband of Joan Ida Tudge.
  • Thomas, David, Gunner 3910442. Died 13/05/1943 aged 24. Royal Artillery. Buried Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery. Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas.
  • Williams, Alan Basil Granville, Sergeant 1653142. Died 07/09/1943 aged 19. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Son of John Pierce Williams and Doris Victoria Williams.
  • Williams, E.   
  • Williams, Glyndwr, Fourth Engineer Officer. Died 08/12/1940 aged 21.Merchant Navy - SS Empire Jaguar (London).Tower Hill Memorial. Son of David John and Lily Williams.
  • Williams, Richard Glenyster, Air Fitter SFX1316. Died 30/01/1942 aged 20. Royal Navy - HMS Landrail. Buried Ystrad Mynach (Bethania) Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard. Son of Richard David and Catherine Williams.    
  • West, Robert, Sergeant 1376915. Died 13/11/1941 aged 29. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Benghazi War Cemetery. Son of William and Kate West; husband of Doreen Ivy West of Ystrad Mynach. Not named on Ystrad Mynach war memorial.
  • Young, Harold George, Private 5385921. Died 13/06/1944 aged 30. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Buried Ranville War Cemetery. Son of Charles Edward and Florence Young; husband of Margaret Young.
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