Le memorial de la guerre de Llanwrtyd Wells

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Le memorial de la guerre de Llanwrtyd Wells

Ce mémorial de la guerre prend ici la forme d’un institut commémoratif qui, de façon originale, a été créé en transformant une maison déjà existante. Juste à l’entrée, des plaques commémorent des autochtones morts à la Première  et la Seconde Guerres Mondiales. Choisissez une des catégories ci-dessous pour découvrir qui ils étaient.

Première Guerre Mondiale
Seconde Guerre Mondiale

Parmi les morts de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale se trouvent les frères Morris, dont l’un était aumônier dans l’armée. L’autre est décédé dans un camp de prisonniers en Indonésie, où la plupart des prisonniers de guerre sont morts de diverses causes  telles que la faim, la violence, les travaux forces et les expériences médicales.

En novembre 1928, à la cérémonie d’ouverture de l’institut, le Rev Rees Evans a prononcé un discours. C’était le pasteur méthodiste local depuis 1874 et il avait fait don de £1 000 pour la création de l’institut, ce qui s’ajoutait aux autres fonds rassemblés.

Après la Première Guerre Mondiale, il s’est créé dans de nombreuses communautés galloises des salles et instituts commémoratifs dans le but de rendre hommage aux disparus d’une façon qui offrait un local utile aux autochtones. D’habitude, les salles étaient construites à cet effet. Ici, c’est un bâtiment important qui a été transformé. On peut constater le changement opéré sur  la façade  en comparant ce bâtiment avec son double, à côté.

A l’intérieur du bâtiment, se trouve un mémorial aux anciens élèves de la Bromsgrove School, morts à la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Cette école des West Midlands avait été évacuée à Llanwrtyd pour échapper à la menace des bombardements aériens. De nombreux élèves qui ont terminé leurs études a Llanwrtyd sont partis servir dans l’armée et 16 d’entre eux ont perdu la vie.

L’institut a connu de nombreux usages au fil des ans. De nos jours, on compte le conseil municipal et un petit commerce parmi ses occupants.

Traduit par Catherine Jones

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First World War

The following are listed as having died in battle:

  • Blyth, Glyn, Private (Lance Corporal in war graves records) 3/8096. Died 14/05/1917. Dorsetshire Regiment. Buried Nesle Communal Cemetery. Son of gamekeeper G Blyth of Esgairmoel. Previously wounded at Verdun in 1916.
  • Brick, John Caleb, Private 14519. Died 14/07/1916 aged 32. King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Aaron and Margaret Brick of Providence Place.
  • Davies, David John, Gunner 166472. Died 15/09/1917 aged 27. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Voormezeele Enclosures No.1 And No.2. Son of Mr and Mrs JA  Davies of Bryn Irfon. Three brothers also served.
  • Davies, William James, Gunner.
  • Jones, David John, Private 18809. Died 21/02/1917 aged 37. Auckland Regiment. Buried Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery. Son of David and Margaret Jones of Sugar Loaf Cottages.
  • Jones, Evan James, Private 39775. Died at Grantham Red Cross Hospital on 12/02/1916 aged 19. Welsh Regiment, later transferred to Machine Gun Corps. Buried Cefn Gorwydd (Gosen) Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard. Lived at Ffosyffynon. Worked for William Williams of Myrtle House.
  • Lewis, Aneurin R, Private, Gunner 124040. Died 21/03/1918 aged 20. Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery. Son of  William Rhys Lewis of Fronfelen, Llandovery. Lived at Erwbeili.
  • Lewis, John Nicholas, Lieutenant. Died 08/08/1915 aged 22. Welsh Regiment. Helles Memorial. Son of Mrs Mary Lewis of Ffynonau. Educated at Llanwrtyd Council School and St John’s College, Oxford.soldier icon
  • Preece, Arthur Evan, Sapper 88473. Died 04/12/1916 aged 37. Royal Engineers. Buried Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Husband of Alice Preece of Clarence House. Worked as a railway platelayer. Taught in the Sunday school at St James’ Church, Llanwrtyd.soldier icon
  • Richards, Gwilym Thomas. Probably: Richards, William Thomas, Corporal 22259. Died 24/07/1917. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Bard Cottage Cemetery. Born in Llanwrtyd Wells.
  • Thomas, Evan, Private 713. Died 10/09/1916. Welsh Guards. Thiepval Memorial. Lived at Llwynheilog.
  • Williams, Peter Roderick, Lance Corporal 22895. Died 10/07/1916 aged 23. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried Flatiron Copse Cemetery. Son of Roderick and Sarah Williams.

The following died of the after-effects

  • Davies, Thomas, Lieutenant
  • Evans, William, Private
  • Jones, Evan Owen, Private. Labour Corps. Lived at the Abernant Hotel.
  • Jones, Stewart, Private. Herefordshire Regiment. Lived at Pleasant View.

 
 

 
Second World War

  • Davies, John Rees, Aircraftman 2nd Class. Died 19/12/1942. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Buried St David’s Churchyard, Llanwrtyd. Educated at Builth Wells County School. He was serving in the UK when he died. His death was registered in Ruthin.
  • Davies, William Thomas Glyn, Driver T/293134. Died 19/06/1945 aged 23. Royal Army Service Corps. Buried Udine War Cemetery. Son of Theodore and Janet Davies of Llanwrtyd Wells.
  • Evans, Brinley Morgan, Flight Sergeant. Probably: Evans, Brinley Morgan, Sergeant 908598. Died 21/04/1941 aged 19. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 99 Sqdn. Runnymede Memorial. Son of D Cynan Evans and Elizabeth Evans, of Harvey, Illinois, USA. Educated at Builth Wells County School. While returning from a raid on Cologne, he and all his fellow crew members died after their Wellington bomber hit a barrage balloon over Harwich.
  • Griffiths, John Isaac, Writer D/MX 72620. Died 10/12/1941 aged 25. Royal Navy - HMS Repulse. Mentioned in Despatches. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of David Timothy and Margaret Ann Griffiths. Died when his ship was sunk by Japanese action off Malaysia.
  • Herbert, William E, Lance Corporal 4031578. Died 02/11/1942 aged 29. Durham Light Infantry. Buried El Alamein War Cemetery. Son of John and Annie Herbert of Maida Hill, London. Born in Brecknockshire.
  • Kidd, Colin Alfred, Flight Lieutenant 42952. Died 28/04/1944 aged 30. Royal Air Force. Buried Durnbach War Cemetery. Son of Lewis and Elizabeth Kidd; husband of Irene Florence Kidd. Air gunner on a Lancaster bomber shot down by a German night fighter during a raid to Friedrichshafen.
  • Morris, Godfrey Morgan, Gunner VX31478. Died of illness on 11/06/1945 aged 43. Australian Infantry. Buried Ambon War Cemetery. Son of Joseph Peregrine Morris and May Morris of 4, Belle Vue Terrace.  Enlisted in Melbourne in June 1940. Was held prisoner of war at Ambon camp, Indonesia, where he died. Brother of Ivor Joseph Morris, below.
  • Morris, the Reverend Ivor Joseph, Chaplain 4th Class 157811. Died 26/10/1942 aged 30. Royal Army Chaplains' Department, attached to the Rifle Brigade. Buried El Alamein War Cemetery. Son of Joseph Peregrine Morris and Mary Morris of 4, Belle Vue Terrace. Held a Bachelor of Arts degree from St David's College, Lampeter.
  • Williams, Margaret Ethelwyn. Civilian. Died 03/05/1941 aged 40. Died at 28 Linnet Lane, Liverpool. Of Delfryn, Abergwessin, Llanwrtyd Wells. Not named on Llanwrtyd Wells war memorial.