Mochdre & Penstrowed war memorial

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The men of Mochdre and Penstrowed who died in the First World War are commemorated on a Roll of Honour in Mochdre community centre, and another in St Gwrhai’s Church, Penstrowed. See below for their details.

Malcolm David Owen, who died in 1945 while held prisoner of war by the Japanese, was connected with the area through his wife Edith. She had a commemorative brass plaque affixed to the collection box at St Gwrhai’s Church. The plaque is still attached to the box.

A brass plaque attached to the organ in Mochdre church commemorates airman William Leslie Pryce, who also died in the Second World War. He was 20 years old and is buried in Milan.

The photo on the right shows the Roll of Honour in the community centre. In each of the corners are flags of allied countries, including Japan (bottom right corner). Japan’s assistance during the First World War included sending warships to the Mediterranean, at Britain's request.

With thanks to David Brundrett

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First World War

  • EVANS, Richard Thomas, Gunner 213125. Royal Field Artillery. Died 21/02/1917 aged 19. Buried at Pentre Baptist Chapelyard, Mochdre. Son of John Evans and Elizabeth Evans (nee Hamer) of Sunny Bank, Mochdre.
  • JONES, Thomas Alfred, Private 130231. Canadian Infantry. Died 14/09/1916 aged 24. Buried at Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. Eldest son of Thomas Jones and Elizabeth Ellen Jones of Bontdulas, Mochdre. Died as a result of gunshot wounds to his side and chest.
  • JONES, William, Private 43853. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 27/05/1917 aged 35. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Joseph Jones and Elizabeth Jones (nee Williams) of Brymbush, Penstrowed. Emigrated to Quebec in November 1910. Worked as a bank clerk before enlisting in 1916 in Vancouver.
  • MORRIS, John Albert, Private 88646. The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 01/09/1918 aged 22. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Mrs Jane Morris (nee Turner) of Oak Farm, Mochdre. Address given as Oak Cottage on Mochdre roll of honour. Worked as a cattleman at Penthryn, Mochdre, before enlisting.
  • OWEN, John Edward, Private 61033. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 10/07/1917 aged 19. Buried at All Saints Churchyard, Mochdre. Son of Pryce Owen and Sarah Ann Owen (nee Davies) of Tyn-y-bar, Mochdre. Died of pneumonia at Blundellsands Military Hospital, Liverpool.
  • TURNER, William Job, Private 89612. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died 17/11/1918 aged 19. Buried at Caudry British Cemetery, Nord, France. Son of David Edward Turner and Sarah Jane Turner (nee Reese) of 10 Raven Square, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire. Worked for a relative, Mr Rees of Cwmbyr, before enlisting.


Second World War

  • DAVIES, Pryce Howell (named as Pryce Harold Davies in war graves records), Fusilier 14567154. Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died 13 January 1945 aged 20 years. Buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar. Son of Mary Ellen Davies, of Mochdre. Lived at Nofydd.
  • OWEN, Malcolm David, Corporal 2359273. Royal Corps of Signals. Died 23/08/1945 aged 37. Buried at Labuan War Cemetery, Borneo. Youngest son of Hugh and Gertrude Caroline Owen; husband of Edith Mary Owen, of Penstrowed Rectory. Died while held captive by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. Worked as a postman before enlisting.
  • PRYCE, William Leslie, Sergeant 1421608. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13/10/1944 aged 20. Buried at Milan War Cemetery. Lived at Brook Terrace, Mochdre. Commemorated on a brass plaque on the organ in Mochdre church.
  • WILLIAMS, John Stanley, Private 14387387 aged 23. Monmouthshire Regiment. Died 29 September 1944. Buried at Overloon War Cemetery, Netherlands. Worked before the war as a sawman at Jones & Leach. Lived at 3 Stepaside.