Pontywaun school war memorial, Risca

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Pontywaun school war memorial, Risca

This memorial originally stood in the grounds of Pontywaun County School. It commemorates old boys and a former teacher who died in the First World War. You can find their names and details below.

The school moved into its new building on the site in 1900, on land donated by Lord Tredegar. Initially it catered for 60 boys and 40 girls, from communities between Rogerstone and Crumlin.

After the school’s demolition, the site in Brookland Road was re-used for a social services building and the war memorial was hidden from public view. In 2011, the memorial was moved to this small garden area on the corner of Station Road and Commercial Street, four blocks west of its original location.

Many of the old boys who died in the First World War were from communities outside Risca, reflecting the county school’s catchment area. The main war memorial for Risca itself is at the northern end of the town – click here for details of its location and the people it commemorates.

Postcode: NP11 6AW

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  • Banfield, James, Signaller Z/4591. Died 05/07/1918 aged 19. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - HMS Viking. Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery. Son of Shadrach and Mary Banfield of Commercial Road, Machen. Born in Tintern.
  • Cawley, Fred. Probably: Second Lieutenant. Died 13/10/1918 aged 20. Royal Air Force. Buried Marshfield (St. Mary) Churchyard. Son of Alfred and Agnes E Cawley of Cae Garw, St. Mellons, Cardiff.
  • Chissold, Cyril James, Private 91016. Died 31/08/1918 aged 20. King’s Liverpool Regiment. Buried Quebec Cemetery. Son of Albert and Gertrude Chissold of 17, Bridge Street.
  • Daniel, Noel Thomas, Gunner 201619. Died 25/04/1918 aged 24. Royal Field Artillery. Tyne Cot Memorial. Son of George Alfred and Jane Daniel of Pen-y-dre, Rogerstone.
  • Dart, David W Bowen, Private 26491. Died 29/10/1916. South Wales Borderers 2nd Bttn. Buried Abercarn Cemetery.
  • Davies, John Emlyn, Telegraphist J/42615. Died 25/05/1918 aged 18. Royal Navy - HMS Victory. Buried Abercarn Cemetery. Son of John and Annie Davies of 99, King's Road, Canton, Cardiff. Born in Newbridge.
  • Davies, Reginald
  • Dobson, William, Private 22122. Died 17/05/1916 aged 21. South Wales Borderers Buried Risca Old Cemetery. Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Dobson of 30, Park Place, Pontymister.
  • Evans, William Jones, Captain. Died 13/09/1917 aged 27. Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. Son of the Rev William Evans, of Cross Keys, and Zillah Evans (nee Jones). Educated at Llangynidr Elementary School and Pontywaun school. He was engaged to Mabel Russell Benson.soldier icon
  • Harper, William Hugh, Sergeant 113367. Died 22/09/1916 aged 21. Royal Engineers. Buried Lonsdale Cemetery. Son of William and Florence Harper of Turica, Ayr, St. Ives, Cornwall.
  • James, Arthur Leslie, Private 9442. Died of wounds in France on 16/11/1916, aged 20. Royal Fusiliers, 7th Bttn. Contay British Cemetery. Son of Thomas and Mary Ann James of Llanarth Square, Pontymister. Studied at Caerleon College before enlisting.
  • Jelf, Archibald, Private 11155. Died 25/09/1915 aged 26. Gordon Highlanders. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Son of Walter and Selina Eliza Jelf of Scarifour, Hasfield, Gloucester.
  • Jenkins, Edwin Willard, Private 38587. Died 20/09/1917. Gloucestershire Regiment. Tyne Cot Memorial.
  • Johnson, William Howard, Private M/287424. Died 04/11/1918 aged 26. Royal Army Service Corps. Buried Dar Es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery. Son of Mr W. E. and Mrs E. H. Johnson of 76, St. Mary Street.
  • Jones, Cobden
  • Jones, Ralph Edwin, Serjeant 17455. Died 30/05/1918 aged 23. South Wales Borderers. Soissons Memorial. Son of William and Helen Rosina Jones of 77, Commercial Road.
  • Llewellyn, Samuel, Lance Bombardier 74112. Died 13/04/1918. Royal Field Artillery. Tyne Cot memorial.
  • Mellish, Albert, Private 245088. Died 26/10/1917 aged 22. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Buried Cement House Cemetery. Son of Albert and Elizabeth Mellish of Dan-y-Graig.
  • Morgan, William, Second Lieutenant. Died 02/04/1916, age 24. South Wales Borderers, 9th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. St Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos. Awarded the Military Cross for rescuing a wounder soldier while under fire. Son of John Morgan of Islwyn Street, Abercarn. Was a clerical employee at Celynen Collieries, Newbridge, and a member of Abercarn rugby and cricket clubs. His brother Tom also served.
  • Orman, Zephaniah, Private 13052. Died 14/10/1914 aged 22. Middlesex Regiment. Buried Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery. Son of Simon Orman of 21, Gladstone Street, Cross Keys. Brother of 9311 Serjeant Reuban Orman, also killed in action.
  • Rowlands, David Francis, Gunner 740919. Died 16/10/1917 aged 20. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Locre Hospice Cemetery. Son of John and Rose Rowlands of 28, Newport Road, Cwmcarn, Cross Keys.
  • Salathiel, Ewart Gladstone, Second Lieutenant. Died of wounds on 17/07/1916 aged 27. South Wales Borderers, 4th Bttn. Buried Rogerstone (Bethesda) Baptist Chapelyard. Son of Philip and Justina Salathiel. Studied at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and played for the college’s tennis team. Was a teacher at the Cwmffrwdoer council school, Pontypool, before the war.
  • Taylor, John W. Was assistant master and maths master at Pontywaun school.
  • Tyler, Victor, Gunner 13200. Died 13/09/1916. Royal Field Artillery. Buried Delville Wood Cemetery.
  • Williams, Oswald Morgan, Second Lieutenant. Died 09/04/1916 aged 21. Welsh Regiment. Loos Memorial. Son of Edwin and Mary Williams of School House. Educated at Llandovery College 1910-1912 where he was captain and senior prefect. Later scholar and prizeman of St. John's College, Oxford (1912-14), gaining First Class Honours Moderations in mathematics in 1913.
  • Winstone, William James, Private PS/9961. Died 14/10/1917 aged 20. Royal Fusiliers. Buried Risca Old Cemetery. Son of William and Mary Ann Winstone of 15, Dan-y-Craig Cottages.
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