Glanwydden war memorial

Glanwydden war memorial

This inscribed stone was installed in October 2022 to replace the war memorial plaque which was in Ainon Chapel before the building’s sale. For details of the local war dead, see below.

In 2022 the community felt strongly that local men who fell in the First World War and Second World War should never be forgotten or overlooked. Glanwydden’s population only numbered c.65 people at the time of the wars, so these men and their comrades who returned would have been an absence at the heart of the community. The area also included Pydew and Llangwstenin.

Among those named on the memorial is Corporal Thomas Radcliffe Thomas, who was part of the British Expeditionary Force evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940. Later that year, he married Mabel Jones of Pen-y-bont Road, Llangwstenin. In 1942 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in east Asia. He died at the defence of Kohima in May 1944.

With thanks Adrian Hughes, of the Home Front Museum, Llandudno, and to Gini Rivers, of the Glanwydden & Valley Community Trust

Postcode: LL31 9JN    View Location Map


First World War

  • Evans, Goronwy, Private, 310555. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 28/10/1917 aged 20. Buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Daniel and Jane Evans of Wiga, Bryn Pydew.
  • Jones, James Hennesey, Private 1021. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 28/10/1916 aged 32. Buried Llangwstenin (St Cystenin) Churchyard. Son of David William and Julia Ann Jones of East Cot, Conway Road, Llandudno Junction.
  • Jones, Thomas Kyffin, Private 20335. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 06/07/1916 aged 50. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Husband of Jane Jones of 1 Ffolt Cottage, Glanwydden.
  • Parry, William, Gunner 310577. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 15/06/1917 aged 22. Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. Son of John and Kate Parry of Red Lion, Bryn Pydew.
  • Roberts, Robert, Private 45017. Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 26/10/1917. Buried Poelcapelle British Cemetery. Of Bryn Bach, Bryn Pydew.
  • Williams, Ellis, Shoeing Smith 2857. Royal Field Artillery. Died 15/6/1916 aged 53. Buried Glanwydden Cemetery. Father of Ellis J Williams, below. Was s blacksmith of Yr Efail (the smithy), Llangwstenin.
  • Williams, Ellis J, Sapper 96444. Corps of Royal Engineers. (Signal Depot). Died 12/1/1916 aged 21. Buried Glanwydden Cemetery. Son of Ellis Williams. Died of pneumonia while on leave.
  • Williams, Robert Baron, Able Seaman Wales Z/3241. Royal Naval Division. Died 04/02/1917 aged 23. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Nephew of Kate Williams, Efail-y-waen, Glanwydden.

Second World War

  • Radcliffe, Thomas, Corporal 4189717, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died 5/5/1944 aged 32. Buried Kohima War Cemetery. Awarded Military Medal. Son of William and Ann Radcliffe; husband of Margaret Jane Radcliffe of Llwynon, Pen y bont, Glanwydden.
  • Weyman, John Edward, Private 5116715. Queen's Royal Regiment West Surrey. Died 25/10/1942 aged 27. Alamein Memorial. Son of John Weyman of Kenilworth, Warwickshire; husband of Nora Isobel Weyman of Glasfryn, Pen y bont, Glanwydden.