War graves in Talgarth churchyard

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In the churchyard of St Gwendoline’s Church are seven Commonwealth war graves, five of which relate to the First World War. See below for details of the people buried in the war graves.

Unusually, a brother and sister are buried in two of the war graves. Daphne Elizabeth Powell joined Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps in November 1917 and worked at a military hospital in Swanage, Dorset. She died at her parents’ home, the Old Vicarage in Talgarth, in April 1919, following a brief illness. She was 21 years old.

Her brother Charles was unable to attend her funeral because he was in Germany. He was still serving in the South Wales Borderers, although the war had ended. He died at Beechwood House Hospital in Newport in February, also aged 21, in February 1921 and is buried near his sister.

Percy Davies, also buried here, died in May 1921 after serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was the second son of Talgarth’s long-serving schoolmaster WT Davies and worked as a house surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital, London, before joining the army.

One of the Second World War graves is that of George Henry Tanswell. He was a member of the Home Guard, a part-time volunteer force trained to protect Britain and respond to emergencies during the war.

The churchyard is now in the care of Talgarth Town Council.

With thanks to Talgarth and District Historical Society

Postcode: LD3 0BH    View Location Map

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War grave occupants

First World War

  • Davies, Percy F, Staff Serjeant 7246818. Died 04/05/1921 aged 31. Royal Army Medical Corps. Husband of Edyth Davies, of High St., Talgarth. Grave location: south-east corner.
  • Inseal, Alfred, Private 19931. Died 02/10/1917 aged 32. South Wales Borderers. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Inseal; husband of Sarah Inseal, of Holly Bush Cottage, Llangorse, Brecon. Grave location: south of church.
  • Powell, Charles Baden, Private 68023. Died 18/02/1921 aged 21. South Wales Borderers. Son of Charles and Eleanor Powell, of Old Vicarage, Talgarth. Brother of Daphne Elizabeth Powell, below. Grave location: south-east corner.
  • Powell, Daphne Elizabeth, Worker 10897. Died 11/04/1919 aged 21. Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. Daughter of Charles and Eleanor Powell, of Old Vicarage, Talgarth. Brother of Charles Baden Powell, above. Grave location: in south-east corner.
  • Power, John Patrick, Sapper WR/100537. Died 04/01/1921 aged 28. Royal Engineers. Son of John and Bridget Power. Grave location: south-west corner.


Second World War

  • Makovsky, Bohumil, Vojin (Private). Died 27/01/1943. Czechoslovakian Army. Grave location: central section.
  • Tanswell, George Henry, Sergeant. Died 18/01/1942 aged 37. Home Guard, 2nd Breckonshire (Builth Wells) Bn. Son of George Henry and Kathleen Bentley Tanswell, of Talgarth; husband of Rhoda Elizabeth Tanswell, of Talgarth. Grave location: south-west of church.