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Brithdir War Memorial 1939-45


Names on Memorial Additional Information
Baker G.  Pte. Bertie William George Baker
Private  14767330  Durham Light Infantry, 9th Battalion.
Died April 4 1945, aged 29.
Buried Grave 55. B. 13., Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Brewer E.  Pte. Edward Brewer
Fusilier  4204990  Royal Welch Fusiliers, 12th Battalion.
Died April 12 1941, aged 27.
Buried Section O, Grave 12, Llandudno (Great Orme's Head) Cemetery, Caernarvonshire.
Son of Sylvanus and Margaret Brewer; husband of Winifred Brewer, of Llandudno.
Butts T.  Pte. Trevor Butts
Gunner  1492701  Royal Artillery.
Died December 18 1941, aged 23.
Commemorated Column 3., Sai Wan Memorial, China (including Hong Kong).
Son of Herbert James Butts and Ethel Butts, of Brithdir.
Fergusson J.  Cpl. John Thomas Ferguson
Corporal  3954925  Welch Regiment, 1/5th Battalion.
Died August 12 1944, aged 37.
Buried Grave V. C. 26., Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
[Brother of Thomas Henry below]
Fergusson T.  Pte. Thomas Henry Ferguson
Private  3959703  Welch Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died May 27 1941, aged 23.
Buried Grave 3. A. 16. Suda Bay War Cemetery, Greece.
Son of Emily Cooper, of Brithdir. [Brother of John Thomas above]
Hill W.T.  P.O. William Thomas Hill
Petty Officer Stoker  D/KX 83585  Royal Navy H.M.S. Dragonfly.
Died February 14 1942.
Commemorated Panel 69, Column 1, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Howells J.  Pte.  
Jones E.T.  F/Sgt. Ernest Thomas Jones
Flight Sergeant (Pilot)  570004  Royal Air Force, 15 Sqadron.
Died May 12 1944, aged 24.
Buried Row A. Grave 1., Leuven Communal Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium.
Son of Joseph and Margaret Jones; husband of Sylvia Jones, of Brithdir.
Southam E.  Cpl. Ernest Southam
Corporal  7012844  Royal Ulster Rifles, 1st (Airborne) Battalion.
Died August 23 1944, aged 24.
Buried Grave 7. G. 5., Tourgeville Military Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Son of Richard and May Southam; husband of Amelia Elizabeth Southam, of Brithdir.
Jenkins J.C.  F/Lieut. John Griffiths Jenkins
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)  124463  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died April 24 1945, aged 23.
Buried Section B. Grave 3836., Gwaelod-y-Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of Lewis J. Jenkins and Sarah Jenkins, of Brithdir.
Jones C.I.  Pte. Clement Idris Jones
Private  3912662  South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion.
Died June 19 1942, aged 28.
Commemorated Column 62., Alamein Memorial, Egypt.
Son of Charles and Harriet Jones; husband of Amelia Jones, of Brithdir.
McDonald W.  Pte. William McDonald
Private  2182010  Pioneer Corps, Aux. Mil.
Died June 17 1940, aged 38.
Buried Section 18, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 48, Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.
Son of William McDonald, and of Mary Ann McDonald, of Brithdir. 
Phillips R.  L/Ac. Ronald Phillips
Leading Aircraftman  1313723  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died November 20 1944, aged 28.
Buried Section B. Grave 3583., Gwaelod-y-Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of Ritchard and Claudia Phillips; husband of Gwyneth Phillips, of Bargoed.
Willetts V.  F/Sgt. Vivian Alquin Willetts
Flight Sergeant  970524  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 23 Sqadron.
Died April 27 1942, aged 24.
Commemorated Panel 76., Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Son of Phillip L. and Margaret Willetts, of Brithdir.
Williams W.C.  Pte.   



Bertie William George Baker

Bertie William George Baker
Brithdir-WW2-BakerG-MIenlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment, but died while serving with the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion. He was the son of Bertie George & Bertha Baker of Gloucestershire and husband of Lorraine Baker, nee Bevan, of Brithdir.

[Research by Roy Smith]


Edward Brewer

Edward BrewerBrithdir-WW2-BrewerE-MI, a despatch rider, was accidently killed when he lost control of his motorcycle. He was riding from Staithes to Whitby in Yorkshire, carrying despatches when the accident occurred. He is buried at Llandudno where his wife lived. His parents were from Brithdir.

[Research by Roy Smith]

John Thomas Ferguson

Corporal John Thomas FergusonBrithdir-WW2-FergusonJ was killed in action August 12 1944. He had successfully attacked a machine-gun post and was returning with a prisoner when they were both killed by enemy fire. A letter from his officer states: he was a good NCO, excellent in battle and a soldier that his family may be proud of.
During 19 years service he had been in India, Singapore, Shanghai and other parts of the Far & Middle East and had been recalled to his unit a few days prior to the war. His wife Mrs L Ferguson lived with their four children at 1 Milton Terrace in Brithdir and his mother, Emilie Cooper (she had remarried), at 4 Nelson Terrace. His younger brother Thomas Henry had been killed earlier in the war. 
For the most part, the men buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery were killed in the fighting from the second week of July 1944, when Caen was captured, to the last week in August, when the Falaise Gap had been closed and the Allied forces were preparing their advance beyond the Seine.

[Research by Roy Smith]

William Thomas Hill

Petty Officer William Thomas HillBrithdir-WW2-HillWT-Dragonfly had nine years service, with time on the aircraft carriers Eagle and Furious before going to the Far East in 1939 on H.M.S. Dragonfly - a Locust Class river gunboat. During the Second World War, Dragonfly with its sister ships Scorpion and Grasshopper was tasked with securing the Chinese rivers as part of the gunboat squadron operating from Shanghai, China. They were withdrawn and sent to Singapore after the Japanese forces invaded China. Japanese forces invaded Malaya just after midnight on December 8 1941 (local time, just prior to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour). Completely taken by surprise, British forces along the length of the Malay Peninsula were overrun. On January 31, the three ships successfully evacuated the 1,500 men of the brigade to Singapore. However, Singapore itself was soon to fall and Dragonfly and Grasshopper left Keppel Harbour, Singapore, on February 14 1942 bound for Batavia in Java. They were immediately attacked by waves of Japanese torpedo and dive bomber aircraft in the shallow waters of Rusuk Buaja Island east of Sumatra. Both ships were lost in the action. Dragonfly, having been heavily damaged, sank with a loss of 40 lives including that of Petty Officer Hill.
  He was the son of Mr Benjamin Hill and the late Mrs Rose Hill of Rock House, Brithdir. His wife, a native of Plymouth, also resided at Brithdir.

[Research by Roy Smith (the picture shows Dragonfly off Hong Kong October 10 1939)]

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