Names on Memorial Additional Information
Addis, J.A. John Arthur Addis
Sergeant 11292 5th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Killer in action March 18 1916, age 20
Grave Reference: XVII. M. 10. Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez
Son of J. C. Addis and Annie Addis, of "Redlands", Much Marcle, Glos.
Caswell, T. Thomas Caswell
Lance Sergeant 25179, 17th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action April 24 1917
Grave Reference: I. C. 39. Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich.
Connolly, C. Cornelius Connolly
Rifleman 14569 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Died July 17 1916, aged 34
Buried grave 263, Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece
Son of Ellen Connolly of 2 Victoria Place, Dowlais
Edwards, W.C. William Cornelius Edwards
Private 49310 10th Battalion South Wales Borderers
Died September 18 1918, age 22
Buried Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, plot IV. C. 9.
Son of Jane Edwards, of Anchorage, Fochriw, and the late Cornelius Edwards.
Ellis, E.J. Evan John Ellis
Private 12243 8th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Died July 19 1916, age 28
Amara War Cemetery, plot XIV. J. 8.
Son of John and Catherine Ellis, of Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire.
Evans, E. Evan Evans
Private 32649 16th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Died of wounds September 13 1916, aged 25
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium, plot X.B.3A.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Evans, of 18, Aelybryn, Fochriw.
Evans, J.H. Joseph Henry Evans
Private 15928 7th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Died of wounds August 29 1916
Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'abbe, Somme, France, plot III. G. 53.
Foley, J. John Foley
Private 11165 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers
Killed in action October 31 1914, age 19
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 22.
Son of Roger and Julia Foley, of 17, Lloyd St., Dowlais
James, E.  
Jenkins, I. Ivor Jenkins
Private 76648 15th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action October 08 1918
Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, plot VI. A. 14.
Son of Mr. D. Jenkins, of 19, White St., Dowlais
Jones, D. David Jones
Private 27247 8th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action August 8 1915
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, Panel 140 To 144.
Jones, J.  
Jones, R. Richard Jones
Private 12122 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action May 9 1915
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panels 23 & 24.
Husband of Margaret Jones, of 5, Pit Row, Fochriw.
Jones, S.  
Morris, A.  
Morris, E.  
Phillips, W.J. William John Phillips
Private 58222 13th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action September 18 1918
Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 7.
Formerly 41966 South Wales Borderers
Pritchard, R.J.  
Ryan, M.    D.C.M. Mathew Ryan D C M
Private 11577 "B" Company 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers
Died of wounds October 19 1918, age 22
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, plot S. II. J. 2.
Son of Hannah Ryan, of 1, Sand St., Dowlais, Glam., and the late John Ryan
Thomas, D.W.  
Thomas, T.O. Thomas Owen Thomas
Lance Sergeant 240596 1st/5th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action March 26 1917, age 26
Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 30 To 32
Son of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Thomas, of 1, Berry Square, Dowlais; husband of Blodwen Walters (formerly Thomas), of 48, Balaclava Rd., Dowlais
Thomas, W. William Thomas
Private 3989 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Killed in action October 20 1918
Vertain Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France,plot A. 6.
Tyler, W.F. Walter Francis Tyler
Private 1395 1st/5th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Killed in action September 05 1915, age 21
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, Panel 140 To 144
Son of Frederick James Tyler, of 16, Caehendwy St., Penydaren, Merthyr Tydfil; husband of Sarah Hannah Davies (formerly Tyler), of 11, Lower Union St., Dowlais
Williams, W.R.  

William Cornelius Edwards

Willie Edwards is one of the five soldiers from Fochriw killed in the last weeks of the war. 
He was William Cornelius Edwards, son of Cornelius Edwards and his wife Jane, who was born in Liverpool about 1896. His father, having qualified for his Master certificate in Swansea in 1880, had been Captain of s.s. Bishop Rock but had died at Anchorage, Fochriw on 17 May 1904. His mother, Jane, was the daughter of coal miner William Edwards and his wife, Margaret, she was listed in the family home in Caeglas, 2, Guest Street and 7, Guest Street in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 census returns. By the time of the latter, she was an assistant school mistress. It is not clear how she had met her husband but her marriage to Cornelius Edwards was registered in West Derby registration district (which covered part of Liverpool) in December quarter 1895, and the births of her two sons, William Cornelius and Albert, were registered there in 1896 and 1897. By the time of the 1901 census, Jane, living on her own means, and her two young sons had returned to Fochriw, and were living at 8, Pleasant View. Her mother died before the next census was taken when she, by then working as assistant elementary teacher, her two boys and her widowed father were enumerated in Anchorage, Pleasant View, Fochriw. While Albert was still a schoolboy then, William Cornelius was working as blacksmith’s striker on surface.
Fochriw EdwardsW ME19181012William Cornelius Edwards enlisted for war service at Pontlottyn and served as Private 49310 in South Wales Borderers 10th Battalion on Western Front where, aged 22, he was killed in action on 18 September 1918, as reported in Western Mail 12 October 1918. The Unit Diary does not include any mention of casualties on 18 September when 10th was supporting an attack by 114th Brigade near the Fins-Gouzeaucourt road. His grave, IV. C. 9. in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery was marked with a cross inscribed with words chosen by his mother: GOD TAKES OUR LOVED ONES FROM OUR HOMES BUT NEVER FROM OUR HEARTS.

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