County School war memorials, Llandrindod Wells
At Llandrindod High School there are several war memorials which were originally at the County School. Opened in January 1897, the County School was the first secondary school in this area of Radnorshire. It stood in Alexandra Road and was later renamed as a grammar school. Its war memorials were transferred to the High School in 1985.
Plaques in the entrance hall commemorate County School pupils who died in the First and Second World Wars. The main war memorial on the premises is a cenotaph, on which are inscribed the names of pupils who died in both wars. See below for details of who they were. The old photo shows the cenotaph in its original location.
Some of the school’s staff joined the armed forces in the First World War. Assistant master R Michael Morgan MA became a lieutenant in the South Wales Borderers and was wounded in June 1918. In November 1916 the county council agreed a salary of £120 a year for his wife, who was doing her husband’s work at the school in his absence. She too was a graduate (BA).
Lieut Ernest Cecil Amos BSc, of the South Wales Borderers, was awarded the Military Cross for his valour in 1918. He had been wounded in action in France but lived until 1954. He was educated at the County School and was science master there when war broke out. His brother Albert, who is named on the County School's First World War memorial, was discharged from the army after being wounded in 1918 and died in 1921.
With thanks to Adrian Hughes and to Phillip Jones, author of ‘Early Birds and Boys in Blue’ (a history of Radnorshire airmen)
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|To continue the Llandrindod Wells in WW1 tour, walk east, following Dyffryn Road almost to its end. The next QR codes are outside the modern Baptist chapel on the right|
First World War
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- Amos, Albert Lewis, Acting Sergeant. Died 30/01/1921 aged 33. Royal Fusiliers. Son of Thomas Amos, headmaster of Ffynnon-Gynydd primary school, Glasbury; husband of Lillian Mary Amos. Discharged from the South Wales Borderers, where he was an officer, in 1915 for drunkenness while in charge of a company providing a town guard. Re-enlisted in 1916 and was promoted to Acting Sergeant. Honourably discharged after being wounded in February 1918 and never recovered. Died in hospital in Ross-on-Wye. Four brothers also served.
- Botwood, George Lewis Gilford, Private 203690. Died 05/04/1917 aged 31. Gloucestershire Regiment. Buried Unicorn Cemetery. Son of M and A Botwood.
- Bradley, Walter Victor, Private G/21503. Died 27/08/1918. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Buried Peronne Road Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs Walter Bradley, of “Tŷ Cerrig”.
- Bryan-Smith, James Clement, Second Lieutenant. Died 27/03/1916 aged 33. Royal Fusiliers. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Brian Hinton Smith of Ye Wells Hotel.
- Bufton, Garnet, Gunner 74067. Died 05/05/1918 aged 26. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3. Son of Edward and Sarah Bufton, of Ithon Terrace, Penybont; husband of EA Bufton, of East Ham, London. Attended Llandrindod Intermediate School. Worked for General Post Office in London before enlisting in April 1916.
- Burton, Frederick Charles, Private 7100. Died 25/04/1915 aged 26. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Ezekiel and Jane Burton of 68, Moy Road, Roath Park, Cardiff, also of “Wern Villa”, Llandrindod Wells. Played for Llandrindod Wells football team.
- Davies, John Morgan, Private 38513. Died16/08/1916. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Thiepval Memorial.
- Deakins, Frank H. Possibly: Frank Harvey Deakins of Llanbister, who died in 1922.
- Edwards, Cecil John, Private 66869. Died 08/07/1917 aged 20. Machine Gun Corps. Buried Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery. His parents erected a plaque in his memory at Holy Trinity Church.
- Evans, William Albert, Lance Corporal 237103. Died 26/03/1917 aged 30. Herefordshire Regiment. Jerusalem Memorial. Son of John and Mary Evans, of Sunny Bank (or Bryntirion), Newbridge-on-Wye. Was called up when war broke out and was discharged in 1916 but returned to his regiment and died of wounds received in Gaza.
- Gough, Arthur George, Private 41726. Died at hospital in Rouen of wounds and gas poisoning on 20/05/1918 aged 19. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Buried St. Sever Cemetery. Son of Richard Philip and Elizabeth Hannah Gough of “Stoneleigh”.
- Hamar, Clarence Richard, Cadet 152564. Died 04/06/1918. Royal Air Force, School of Aerial Gunnery. Buried Beamsville (Mount Osborne) Cemetery. Son of William and Paulina Hamar, of Hill Crest, Knighton. Emigrated to North America and worked for a bank in Detroit. Died of wounds after a plane crash. His brother, AJ Hamar, died in April 1917 while serving with the Royal Flying Corps.
- Jenkins, John Rees, Gunner 90923. Died of disease on 01/01/1919 aged 34. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria. Son of John and Esther Jenkins, of Cwmbach, Builth Wells, Breconshire
- Oliver, Gilbert J W, Private G/40061. Died 26/09/1916 aged 24. Middlesex Regiment. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs W Oliver, of The Limes, Llandrindod. Educated at Llandrindod Wells Intermediate School and worshipped at the Quaker meeting house before moving to Shrewsbury to work for the London, City & Midland Bank. Brother of William, below. Three other brothers served: Reginald; Stuart, who was taken prisoner of war; and Gus, wounded and invalided out of service.
- Oliver, William Claude, Lance Corporal 12818. Died 18/09/1918 aged 25. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Buried Doiran Military Cemetery. Son of W and E Oliver, of The Limes, Llandrindod.
- Powell, Arthur Clifford, Private 204356. Died 24/08/1921 aged 27. Somerset Light Infantry. Llandrindod Wells Cemetery. Son of William James and Clara Elizabeth Powell of The Croft, Montpellier Park. Brother of William Percival Wetherley Powell, below.
- Powell, William Percival Wetherley, Private 4330. Died 21/07/1917 aged 20. Herefordshire Regiment. Buried Llandrindod Wells Cemetery. Son of William James and Clara Elizabeth Powell of The Croft, Montpellier Park.
- Thompson, William Thomas Arnold, Private 203678. Died 27/01/1918 aged 21. Gloucestershire Regiment. Buried Llansantffraed-Cwmdeuddwr (St. Bride) Churchyard. Son of John and Harriet Thompson of Bryn Villa, Rhayader.
- Vaughan, Basil Charles Gordon, Private 16043. Died 21/12/1917 aged 19. Scots Guards. Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs WM Vaughan of Presteigne. Uncle of Alfred Vaughan, below.
Second World War
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- Alford, WL Harold, Sergeant 1018130. Died 04/04/1943 aged 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Malta Memorial. Son of Harold YL and Helen D Alford, of Newbridge-on-Wye, Radnorshire.
- Ashton, Vivian N, Sergeant Pilot 1392315. Died 21/05/1943 aged 24. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Cheltenham Cemetery, Prestbury. Son of Harold and Florence Mary Ashton, of Golders Green Middlesex. Served as James Ashton, having changed his name by deed poll.
- Baker, Margaret Rosina, Leading Aircraftwoman 2000254. Died 15/02/1944 aged 22. Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Buried Amersham (The Platt) Cemetery. Daughter of the Revd. Russell Scott Baker and Bessie Agnes Baker, of Amersham.
- Bennett, Phillip Charles Knill, Sergeant 1579492. Died 24/03/1944 aged 19. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Son of William and Frances Mary Bennett.
- Bufton, John Raymond, Flying Officer 74328. Died 28/10/1940. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Llandrindod Wells Cemetery.
- Davies, Kenneth George Charles, Flying Officer 44522. Died 09/02/1942 aged 23. Royal Air Force. Alamein Memorial. Son of Mr and Mrs George R Davies, of Llowes, Radnorshire.
- Edwards, J Wilfred. Possibly: Edwards, John Wilfrid, Lance Corporal 7631328. Died 14/09/1943 aged 29. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Buried Yokohama War Cemetery. Son of Gertrude H. Edwards, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Born in Montgomeryshire.
- Evans, Alfred Edward, Aircraftman 2nd Class 1279091. Died 27/09/1943 aged 22. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Cwmbach Llechryd (Or Builth Road) (St. John) Churchyard. Son of Oscar Ralph and Maud Evans, of Builth Road.
- Glasscodine, J Kenneth. Private 14989830. Died 07/03/1945 aged 19. Welsh Regiment. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Son of Wilfred Henry Portman Glasscodine and Jane Annie Maud Glasscodine, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. WHP Glasscodine was station master at Builth Road. Kenneth was in the Air Training Corps at Builth Wells and applied to join the RAF but was compulsorily transferred to the Army.
- Hanne, John Henry, Sergeant 564212. Died 10/01/1940 aged 26. Royal Air Force. Runnymede Memorial. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Hanne; husband of Nancy Vera Hanne of Maida Vale, London.
- Harper, Douglas Hayden, Sergeant 1196615. Died 20/03/1943 aged 32. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Runnymede Memorial. Son of William and Edith Harper.
- Instone, Thomas Harold Mathew, Sergeant 1417346. Died 18/08/1944 aged 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried Wick Cemetery. Son of Harold and Fanny Gertrude Instone.
- Jones, Ralph Claude Hilton, Ordinary Seaman D/JX 556820. Died 15/06/1944 aged 19. Royal Navy - HMS Mourne. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Radcliffe Claude and Ethel Miriam Jones. His ship, a frigate, was sunk by a German submarine while assisting with the D-Day landings.
- Kinsey, Sidney Crowther, Private 4198018. Died 19/09/1944 aged 27. Welsh Regiment. Buried Coriano Ridge War Cemetery. Son of Richard and Margaret Elizabeth Kinsey, of Rhayader, Radnorshire.
- Lane, Philip A, Lieutenant. Died 27/08/1943 aged 24. Royal Navy – HMS Egret. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Son of Albert and Gertrude Lane; husband of Alma Doreen Lane, of Knighton, Radnorshire.
- Lewis, Frederick Ernest, Flight Lieutenant 52239. Died 12/10/1945 aged 23. Royal Air Force. Buried Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery. Son of Bosley Ernest and Mabel Alice Lewis.
- Lewis, Thomas E, Private 7371624. Died 26/07/1941. Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Born and resided Radnorshire.
- Lloyd, Alan CC, Aircraftman 2nd Class 577935. Died 28/07/1942 aged 19. Royal Air Force. Buried Heliopolis War Cemetery. Son of Arthur Henry and Emily EG Lloyd, of Rhayader, Radnorshire.
- Morgan, Thomas, Sergeant 924905. Died 18/05/1941 aged 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Runnymede Memorial. Son of Thomas and Catherine Ellen Morgan, of Rhayader, Radnorshire.
- Rees, Eric Albert Duggan, Captain 240499. Died 04/12/1944 aged 29. Royal Artillery. Buried Forli War Cemetery, Italy. Son of William John and Lottie Minnie Rees; husband of Dorothy Joyce Rees, of Blaby, Leicestershire. Eric and Dorothy lived at “Brampton”, Llandrindod Wells.
- Samuel, Penry J. Probably: Samuel, Penry, Private 13454. Died 01/10/1943. Straits Settlements Volunteer Force 1st (Singapore Volunteer Corps). Buried Chungkai War Cemetery.
- Taylor, Douglas Percy, Telegraphist D/JX 454425. Died 05/11/1944 aged 19. Royal Navy – HMLCT(R) 457. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Percy Frederick and Dorothy May Taylor, of Builth Road, Radnorshire.
- Thomas, Hywel Tudor, Master. Died 08/12/1940 aged 36. Merchant Navy - SS Empire Jaguar (London). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Alfred and Sarah Thomas of Penybont Shop; husband of Lilian Thomas, of Fenham, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Ship was torpedoed with the loss 35 crew. Born in Crosskeys, Monmouthshire. Ship was torpedoed off County Galway, Ireland, with the loss of the master and 36 crew members.
- Tossell, John C, Corporal S/191150. Died 17/08/1943 aged 28. Royal Army Service Corps. Buried Khayat Beach War Cemetery. Son of William James Tossell and Victoria May Tossell, of Cardiff.
- Vaughan, Alfred John, Corporal 540407. Died 28/10/1944 aged 25. Royal Air Force. Buried Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. Son of George Thomas Vaughan and Annie Jane Vaughan, of Builth Road, Radnorshire; husband of Lilian Vera Vaughan. Nephew of Basil Vaughan, above (First World War).