Beddgelert war memorial

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This memorial commemorates men from Beddgelert and the surrounding area who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Boer War. You can find their details below.

Henry Owen and Harry Owen are both named on the war memorial. They died on the same day in 1917 in the Battle of Gaza. Both are buried in Gaza War Cemetery.

Two others, Griffith Griffiths and William Edward Roberts, both died of pneumonia at a military camp in Oswestry with a week of each other in 1917. Both are buried near St Mary’s Church, Beddgelert.

The First World War caused a rift in the community between families with relatives in the armed forces and families which successfully appealed against conscription. In February 1916, 36 relatives of men in service signed a petition to the Glaslyn military tribunal (which adjudicated on exemption appeals). They protested in “the strongest possible terms against the wholesale exemptions and postponements” for young men whose work could be done by older men. They also claimed that many farmers’ sons had been excused despite not being essential workers.

The signatories included William Roberts, chairman of Beddgelert Parish Council. His son Rhys had been killed in France in the previous month. Several others were related to men who had been invalided home from the Front or taken prisoner of war.

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Boer War

  • Jones, Robert David, Private. 19th Hussars. Died at sea of enteric fever while on his way home from South Africa in 1900. Son of Robert Jones of Cae Du, Beddgelert. News of his death was received in Beddgelert in May 1900.


First World War

  • Brennan, John Patrick, Private 13017406. Died 03/12/1944 aged 38. Pioneer Corps. Son of James and Annie Brennan; husband of Elizabeth Brennan, of Beddgelert. Buried at Beddgelert New Cemetery. Not named on Beddgelert war memorial.
  • Davies, Owen, Private 59941. Died 06/11/1918 aged 33. Welsh Regiment - 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion. Buried Orcq Communal Cemetery. Son of William and Ellen Davies of Peniel Terrace, Nantmor.
  • Ellis, Joseph, Private 16017. Died 14/08/1920 aged 25. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) - 2nd/8th Battalion. Buried in a war grave at Beddgelert New Cemetery. Stepson of David H Roberts of Glasfryn (Glasfryn Terrace), Rhyd-ddu. Treated for wounds in a hospital in France. Came home on leave to Rhyd-ddu before returning to his regiment in October 1916. Not named on Beddgelert war memorial.
  • Evans, John Robert, Private 159691. Died 22/10/1918 aged 31. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) - 200th Company. Of Sygun Terrace, Beddgelert. Was a postman in Beddgelert and Nantmor.
  • Griffiths, Griffith, Private 203628. Died of pneumonia at Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, on 26/02/1917 aged 22. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 4th Reserve Battalion. Buried Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of Thomas and Mary Griffith of Tan y Merddyn, Ceunant, Llanrug, also of Maes Sguboriau (locally known as “Maesboriau”), Nantgwynant.
  • Griffiths, Thomas, Private 36103. Died 16/11/1918 aged 30. South Wales Borderers - 14th Battalion, transferred to Labour Corps and given service number 274768. Buried at Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of Morris and Ann Griffiths, of Gwynant Street, Beddgelert. Not named on Beddgelert war memorial.
  • Hughes, Griffith C, Able Seaman R/4638. Died 30/12/1917 aged 24. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Son of Griffith and Ann Hughes of Tanybryn, Rhyd-ddu.
  • Jones, John James, Sapper 216769. Died 20/10/1918 aged 38. Royal Engineers - 205th Field Company. Buried Harlebeke New British Cemetery. Son of John and Susannah Jones of Talybont, Cardiganshire; husband of Annie Jones of 15, Gwynant Street, Beddgelert.
  • Marshall, Frederick, Battery Serjeant Major 49507. Died in hospital in Aldershot on 01/12/1914 aged 50. Royal Field Artillery - 224th Battery. Buried Aldershot Military Cemetery. Husband of Mrs Marshall of 10 Sygun Terrace, Beddgelert. Appointed recruiting officer for Beddgelert when the war broke out. Went to Aldershot in autumn 1917 to work as a drill instructor but soon fell ill. Had previously served in the armed forces in India. Work at the Pen y Pass Hotel before retiring to Beddgelert.
  • Owen, Harry, Private 241432. Died 26/03/1917 aged 23. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 1st/5th Battalion. Buried Gaza War Cemetery. Son of GH and A Owen of Briesea, Upper Berfield Street, Dolgellau. Born in Beddgelert, where he lived at Pontalun.
  • Owen, Henry Jones, Private 266510. Died 26/03/1917 aged 24. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 1st/6th Battalion. Buried Gaza War cemetery. Son of Robert Owen of Snowdon View, Nantgwynant.
  • Parry, Albert Llewelyn, Private 241405. Died 04/03/1917 aged 20. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) - 6th Battalion. Buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Son of Mr and Mrs William J Parry of Rhyd-ddu. Raised by his grandparents, Mr and Mrs John J Parry, of Siop Tanygraig. Before enlisting he worked in an office in Liverpool, where his widowed mother was also living. Not named on Beddgelert war memorial.
  • Pierce, David Griffith, Lance Sergeant 31701. Died 07/11/1916 aged 20. South Lancashire Regiment - 7th Battalion. Thiepval Memorial. Only son of Mr and Mrs Robert Pierce of Fronheulog, Beddgelert. Worked on a farm before enlisting.
  • Roberts, Owen, Lance Corporal 580. Died of wounds on 21/09/1918 aged 33. Australian Infantry - 39th Battalion. Buried St. Sever Cemetery. Son of Edward and Jane Roberts of Penybryn, Nantgwynant. Worked as a farm labourer in Victoria, Australia, before enlisting in February 1916. Brother of WE Roberts, below.
  • Roberts, Rhys, Private 15563. Killed in action on 14/01/16 aged 24. King’s (Liverpool Regiment) - 17th Battalion. Buried Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. Son of William Roberts, chairman of Beddgelert Parish Council, and Elizabeth Roberts; husband of Edith Mary Roberts. Lived at Bwlch (Bwlch Mwlchan), Nantgwynant.soldier icon
  • Roberts, Richard Henry, Private 67649. Died 01/01/1919 aged 19. Cheshire Regiment - 9th Battalion. Buried Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of Mrs G Roberts of Garn View, Rhyd-ddu.
  • Roberts, Richard Humphrey, Private 25938. Died 27/07/1916 aged 20. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 17th Battalion. Buried Euston Road Cemetery. Son of Richard and Ellen Roberts, of 6 Gwynant Street, Beddgelert.
  • Roberts, William, Private 12513. Died 05/04/1916 aged 26. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 8th Battalion. Basra Memorial. Son of William and Ann Roberts, of Glangors, Prenteg, and earlier of Penygaer, Nantmor.
  • Roberts, William Edward, Private 203754 aged 24. Died of pneumonia in Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, on 19/02/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 4th Reserve Battalion. Buried Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of Jane Roberts of Penybryn, Nantgwynant.
  • Rudd, William Ferris, Captain. Died 13/11/1916 aged 29. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 10th Battalion. Buried Serre Road Cemetery No.1. Eldest son of engineer George Patrick Ferris Rudd of Plas Tanygraig, Beddgelert. Worked as a ship’s captain before joining the army.
  • Thomas, William (“Willie”) Parry, Private 78054. Died from gas poisoning on 30/09/1918, aged 19. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 13th Battalion. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Son of Thomas William and Jane C Thomas, of 1 Primrose Cottages, Bedlinog, near Merthyr Tydfil, and formerly of Bryn Tirion, Nantmor. Also commemorated on Bedlinog war memorial.
  • Watson, Evan, Gunner 112362. Died 21/08/1918 aged 30. Royal Garrison Artillery - 119th Siege Battery. Buried St Sever Cemetery. Son of Walter and Margaret Watson, of Plasgwynant Farm, Nantgwynant.
  • Williams, David John, Private 22897. Killed in action on 03/07/1916 aged 19. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) - 20th Battalion. Thiepval Memorial. Only son of Mr and Mrs David John Williams of Plas Gwyn, Beddgelert, and later of Tŷ Cybi. Had also lived at Llys Gwynant. Educated at the Council School.
  • Williams, John, Private 2993. Died 25/05/1918. Australian Infantry - 31st Battalion. Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Of Glan Don, Nantmor. Brother of Kate Owens, of 65 New Street, Porthmadog. Emigrated to Australia and worked as a gardener in Brisbane before enlisting in January 1916, aged 23.
  • Williams, Robert David, Private 69252. Died 05/01/1918 aged 22. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 2nd Battalion. Buried Tyne Cot Cemetery. Son of David and Annie Williams of 14 Peckers Hill Road, Sutton, St Helens, and of Minafon, Rhyd-ddu.soldier icon
  • Williams, Rowland, Private 317032. Died 18/03/1918 aged 38. Royal Welsh Fusiliers - 14th Battalion. Buried Merville Communal Cemetery. Husband of Ellen Williams of 2 Gwynant Street, Beddgelert.
  • Williams, William, Private. Killed in action in October 1918. Lived at Hafodowen (or Hafod Owain), Nantgwynant, and earlier at Porthyrhirfaen. Probably: W Williams, Private 203646. Died 08/10/1918. Royal Welsh Fusiliers -  17th Battalion. Born in Ynyscynhaiarn.


Second World War

  • Brennan, John Patrick, Private 13017406. Died 03/12/1944 aged 38. Pioneer Corps. Buried Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of James and Annie Brennan; husband of Elizabeth Brennan of 1 Tanrhiw, Beddgelert.
  • Jones, Robert Henry, Sergeant Major. Lived at Ferlas, Nantmor.
  • Morris, Alun, Gunner 955789. Died 21/01/1942 aged 24. Royal Artillery - 149 (The Lancashire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment. Buried Benghazi War Cemetery. Son of John and Mary Morris of Sygun Bach, Beddgelert.
  • Morris, Thomas, Private. Lived at Glanrafon, Rhyd-ddu.
  • Roberts, Pierce (Prys) Owen, Sergeant (Air Gunner) 2210829. Died 25/09/1944 aged 19. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - 199 Squadron. Buried Beddgelert New Cemetery. Son of William and Elizabeth Roberts of The Bungalow, Nantgwynant.
  • Williams, William, Captain. Died 27/10/1942 aged 47. Merchant Navy - MV Stentor (Liverpool). Tower Hill Memorial. Son of Pierce Samuel and Louisa Williams; husband of Margaret Williams of Rhyd-ddu. Died when his cargo ship was torpedoed while transporting food and passengers from west Africa to Liverpool.