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Names on Pontlottyn War Memorial

The names on the Pontlottyn Memorial were originally on a plaque (see below). In the table below the name as on the Memorial is shown in black and the name as on the plaque is shown in brown, and in green is shown the name if it appears on the Memorial in St. Tyfaelog Church (see here). The order of the names follows strict alphabetical order rather than the order of the names on the Memorial/Plaque. Research into the identity of those on this Memorial is still being done. 

Names on Memorial Additional Information
Banfield G. H.

Pte G. H. Banfield  Anzac

Geo. H. Banfield
George Henry Banfield
Private 1450 Australian Infantry, A.I.F., 4th Battalion.
Died May 5 1915, age 29
4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Turkey (including Gallipoli) Grave C. 8.
Son of Martha Lewis (formerly Banfield) of 5 High St., Pontlottyn, and the late James Banfield. Native of Brisbane, Queensland.
Beddoe D. A.

Gnr Owen A. Beddoe  R.F.A.
Owen Arthur Beddoe
Gunner 74769 Royal Field Artillery, "A" Battery, 116th Brigade.
Died October 15 1916, age 24
Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave 589.
Son of Henry and Mary Ann Beddoe of 33 Duffryn st., Pontlottyn.

Jas Blewett
(Not on Memorial or Plaque)
Brodes T. H.

Pte T. H. Brodes  Northd. Fus.
Thomas Henry Brodest
Private 56127 Northumberland Fusiliers, 22nd (Tynside Scottish) Battalion.
Died April 4 1918, age 33.
Ecoust Military Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Pas de Calais, France, Grave II. B. 55.
Husband of Daisy B Brodest of 2 Llewelyn Court, Pontlottyn.
Cashman J. A.

L/Cpl J. A. Cashman  S.W.B.
John Augustus Cashman
Private 29519 South Wales Borderers 12th Battalion.
Died November 22 1917, Age 25.
Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave II. G. 34.
Son of John and Hannah Cashman, of Newport, Mon.; husband of Ellen Cashman, of 58 Garden City, Rhymney.
Cleaves C.

Pte Gilbert Cleaves  K.S.L.I.

Gilbert Cleaves
Gilbert Edward Cleaves
Private 14958 King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.
Died July 14 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 12 A and 12 D.
Clifford P.

Cpl Patrick Clifford  R.I.R.
Patrick Clifford
Corporal 6994 Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Died May 24 1915
Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave II. C. 3.
Cody P.
(Not on Plaque)
Patrick Cody.
Private 36251 Welsh regiment 1st Battalion. (Formerly Private 18570 South Wales Borderers 3rd Battalion).
Killed in action October 2 1915.
Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 77 and 78.
Curtis J. H.

Lieut J. Handel Curtis  4th Welsh
John Handel Curtis
Second Lieutenent Welsh Regiment, 4th Battalion attached 18th Battalion.
Died November 24 1917, age 26
Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, Panel 7.
Son of James and Phoebe Curtis of Dyffryn St., Pontlottyn.
Davies A.

Pte Albert Davies  S.W.B.
Davies C.

Cpl Charles Davis  S.W.B.
Charles Davies
Lance Corporal 4/13190 South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion.
Died of wounds May 2 1916.
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave VI. K. 10.
Davies D. J.

Pte Dd. J. Davies  S.W.B.
David John Davies
Private 18637 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion.
Died 08 May 1916.
Beauval Communal Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave E. 15.
Davies J.

Pte J. Davies  S.W.B.
John Davies
Rifleman 1558 Monmouthshire Regiment, "D" Company, 1st Battalion.
Died April 24 1915, Age 19.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 50.
Son of John James and Rebecca Jane Davies, of 3, Courtybella Terrace, Newport, Mon.
Davies J. C.

Pte J. Charles Davies  Welsh
John Charles Davies
Private 53782 Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion (formerly Private 2121 Monmouthshire Regiment 3rd Battalion).
Died March 29 1919.
Not on CWGC
Son of David and Rachel Davies of 18 Merchant Street, Pontlottyn.
Davies S.

Pte Stanley Davies  Welsh

Stanley Davies
Stanley Davies
Private 35150 Welsh Regiment, 14th Battalion.
Died July 12 1916, age 18
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.
Son of William and Jane Davies of 12 School St., Pontlottyn.
Davies W.

Pte W. Davies  Welsh
Drury E.

Pte E. Drury  R.W.Kents
Henry Edward Drury
Private G/12678 Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 6th Battalion
Died December 1 1917
Commemorated Panel 8 Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France
Born Biddenden, Kent. Husband of Edith L. May (later Harding) (4 Glyn Street, Abertysswg)
Edwards B.

Pte Ben. Edwards  S.W.B.

Ben Edwards
Benjamin Edwards
Private 13077 South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion.
Died December 18 1915
Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, Grave B. 3.
Son of Thomas and Sarah Edwards of 15 Queen St. Pontlottyn.
Edwards F.

Pte Fred Edwards  S.W.B.
Frederick Edwards
Private 18519 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion.
Died July 1 1916, age 23
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 A.
Son of William and Ann Edwards of 16 Union St., Pontlottyn.
Edwards T. J.

Pte Thos J Edwards  S.W.B.

Tom Edwards
Thomas John Edwards
Private 11544 South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion.
Died September 15 1918, age 21
Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Aisne, France, Grave V. C. 17.
Son of Thomas and Sarah Edwards of 15 Queen St., Pontlottyn.
Edwards T. R.
(Not on Plaque)
Thomas Richard Edwards
Private 33672 Welsh Regiment, 12th Battalion.
Died January 14 1916.
Bangor (Glanadda) Cemetery, Caernarvonshire, Grave E. NG. 2346A.
Evans R.

Smn Rees Evans  R.N.D.
Rees Evans 
Able Seaman  Wales Z/468  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion, R.N. Division.
Died January 1 1916.
Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, Grave A. 88.
Evans T.

Pte Tom Evans  Som.L.I.
Thomas Evans
Private 25618 Somerset Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion.
Died October 25 1916
Delhi Memorial (India Gate), India, Face 1. (Buried Peshawar (Left) B.C. VI. G. 131.)
Husband of Catherine Lewis (formerly Evans) of 16 School St., Pontlottyn.

?Thomas Evans
Private 11510 South Wales Borderers, "B" Company, 1st Battalion.
Died May 9 1915, age 27
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 14 and 15.
Brother of Mrs. S. H. Forture of 15 Bridge St., Pontlottyn
Evans W. T.

Pte W. Thos. Evans  Lancs. Fus.
William Thomas Evans
Private 46348 Lancashire Fusiliers, 16th Battalion.
Died May 29 1918, age 22
Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, Grave I.C. 35.
Son of Moses and Elizabeth Ann Pritchard of 17 High St., Pontlottyn.
Fairservice J. A. V.

Sgt J. A. V. Fairservice  2nd R.W.K.

J.A.V. Fairservice
John Albert Victor Fairservice
Sergeant S/6350 Queen's Owen (Royal West Kent Regiment) 1st Battalion
Killed in action April 18 1915
Commemorated Panel 45 and 47 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
Farrell E.

Pte E. Farrell  S.W.B.
Eugene Farrell.
Private 18516 South Wales Borderers 2nd Battalion.
Killed in action May 8 1915.
Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery, Lancashire, Grave Screen Wall. IV. C.E. 23.
George S. P.

L/Cpl S. Penry George  E.Surrey Rifles
Stephen Penry George
Lance Corporal 2426 London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 21st Battalion.
Died 23 May 1916, age 33.
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 10.
Son of Stephen and Mary George, of Dyffryn, Velindre, Crymmych, Pembrokeshire.
Gittens H. J.

Cpl H. J. Gittens  S.W.B.
Hayes J.

Pte J. Hayes  R.W.F.
John Hayes
Private 4448 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Battalion.
Died May 16 1915, age 20
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 13 and 14.
Son of Mr W. and Mrs M. Hayes of 3 King St., Pontlottyn.
Hale E.

??? E. Hale  R.C.
Hale F.

??? F. Hale  R.C.
Hinds T.

Pte Tom Hinds  R.D.C.

Thos Hind
Thomas Hind
Private 3655 Royal Defence Corps, 24th Protection Company. Formerly 3862 Welsh Regiment
Died July 11 1916, age 46
Grave C. 19. 14. (S.W. part) Pentwyn Fochriw (St. Mary) Churchyard,
Son of John and Ellenor Hind (Black Horse Lane, Guildford, Surrey) andhusband of Mary Elizabeth Hind (15 Union St., Pontlottyn)
Served in Burma and in the South African Campaign.
Howells H.

Lieut Hugh Howells  R.A.F.

Hugh Howell
Hugh Howells
Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps.
Died April 10 1917, aged 26.
Commemorated Cardiff Western Cemetery Screen Wall. Buried Graig Congregational Chapelyard, Llechryd.
Son of Rowland and Mary J. Howells. Husband of Margaret (Hill Crest, Friars Road, Barry Island).
Hughes D. J.

L/Cpl D. J. Hughes  Welsh
Hurley D.

Pte Dan Hurley  Welsh
Daniel Hurley
Private 19314 Welsh Regiment, 13th Battalion.
Died August 10 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.
Jenkins T.

Pte Tom Jenkins  S.W.B.
Jenkins W.

Pte W. Jenkins  S.W.B.

Wm Jenkins
William Jenkins
Private 7149 South Wales Borderers.
Died October 8 1917, aged 32.
Buried St. David’s, Rhymney, Glamorgan.
Wife of Sarah Ann Jenkins nee White.
Jones D. W.

Pte D. W. Jones   2/? Mons.
Jones J.

Smn Jim Jones  R.N.D.

Jas Thos Jones
Jones J. A.

Lieut J. Arllwyd Jones  R.W.F.
John Arllwyd Jones
Second Lieutenant, Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion
Died September 20 1917, aged 34
Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 93 to 94.
Son of the late Mrs. Jones, of Gyfaellwyd View, Devils Bridge, Aberystwyth; husband of Winifred Jones, late of 56, Alexandra St., Wrexham. B.A. On the staff of the Wrexham County School.
Jones P.

Smn Phil Jones  R.N.V.R.

Phillip Jones
Philip Jones
Able Seaman, Wales Z/609, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion R.N. Division.
Died October 20 1916, age 23
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 1 A.
Son of Mrs E. Jones of 4 School St., Pontlottyn.
Jones S. L.

Smn S. Lloyd Jones  R.N.D.

S Lloyd Jones
Samuel Lloyd Jones
Able Seaman  Wales Z/1500  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion, R.N. Division.
Died January 5 1916.
Plymouth Naval Memorial Panel 19.
Jones T.

Pte Tom Jones  S.W.B.
Jones T.

Pte T. Jones  Welsh
James Thomas Jones
Private 27305 Welsh Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Died August 08 1915, aged 24.
Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 140 to 144.
Son of Elizabeth Jones of 4, School Street, Pontlottyn. (Brother of Philip, above)
Kiley J.

Pte John Kiley  S.W.B.
James Kiley
Private 6266 South Wales Borderers, 8th Battalion.
Died 7 May 1917.
Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave E. 1082.
Kittle E.

L/Cpl Edwin Kittle  Ox&Bucks L.I.
Edwin William Kittle
Lance Corporal 11881 Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
October 7 1916, age 27
Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France, Grave XI. ZZ. 7.
Son of William and Eva Kittle of Osborne Villas, South End, Pontlottyn.
Law R.

Pte Reuban Law  1st Mons.

Reuben Law
Reuben Law
Lance Corporal 1818 Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force) 1st Battalion
Killed in action May 8 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 50.
Son of William and Emily Law, of 24, Carn-y-tyla Terrace, Abertysswg, Mon.
Legge T.

Pte Thos. Legge  S.W.B.

Lewis C. R.

Pte Cha. R. Lewis  Welsh

Chas R. Lewis
Charles Rees Lewis
Private 30994 Welsh Regiment, 13th Battalion.
Died July 17 1916, age 20
St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, Grave A. 31. 5.
Son of George and Ellen Lewis of 7 Wine St, Pontlottyn.
Lewis L.

Pte Llew Lewis  Welsh
Llewellyn Lewis
Private  37006  Welsh Regiment, 8th Battalion.
Died August 12 1916.
Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq Grave VI. W. 7.
Lewis T.

Pte Tom Lewis  S.W.B.
Thomas Lewis
Private 13181 South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion.
Died December 29 1914, age 35
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 14 and 15.
Son of the late Thomas and Ann Lewis; husband of Mary Jane Lewis of 7 Ring St., Pontlottyn.
Lewis T. G. G.

Cpl Tom G. Gilbert Lewis  M.T.A.S.C
Thomas John Lewis
Corporal M2/119426 Army Service Corps, Attached "H" Seige Park, VIII Corps Heavy Artillery.
Died May 11 1918, age 32
Ljissenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave XXVIII. H. 12A.
Son of Margaret Lewis of 264 Newport Rd., Cardiff, and the late James Lewis. Born Pontlottyn.
Lloyd D.

Sgt D. Lloyd  S.W.B.

F. Lloyd
Wm Longden
(Not on Memorial or Plaque)
McCarty C.

Pte Con. McCarthy  Welsh
Cornelius McCarthy
Private 15950 Welsh Regiment, "B" Company, 9th Battalion.
Died October 6 1915, age 34
St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, Grave A. 12. 1.
Son of John and Ellen McCarthy; husband of Mary Ann Hamblin (formerly McCarthy) of 11 Victoria St. Pontlottyn. Native of Rhymney.
McCarty E.

Pte Eugene McCarthy  Welsh
Eugene McCarthy
Private 2699 Welsh Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Killed in Action October 2 1915.
Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 77 and 78.
Mann J.

Pte J. Mann  Welsh
James Mann
Private 15307 Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion.
Died September 25 1915.
Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 77 and 78.
Martin A.

Pte A. Martin  S.W.B.
Arthur Martin
Private  13276  South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion.
Died August 21 1915.
Grave IV. C. 10., 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Turkey (including Gallipoli)
Miskill E.

Cpl E. Miskill  B?.B.D.
Edward Miskell
Private 830244 Canadian Infantry, 44th Battalion.
August 23 1917, age 32
Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Son of Thomas and Mary Miskell of 17 Chapel St., Pontlottyn.
Miskill J.

Pte Jas. Miskill  S.W.B.
James Miskell
Private 13255 South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion
Kiled in action January 25 1915
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 14 and 15.
Miskill T.

Pte T. Miskill  1st Mons
Thomas Miskell (in CWGC recorded as E. Miskell)
Private 3129 Monmouthshire Regiment, 1st Battallion
Killed in action March 10 1915
St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave I. G. 9. 
Morris L.

Pte Levi Morris  Welsh
Levi Richards Morris
Private 46102 Welsh Regiment, 17th Battalion.
Died June 13 1918, age 33.
Grave in East part of Maesycwmmer (Tabor) Congregational Chapelyard, Caerphilly, Wales.
Husband of Jessie Rosanna Griffiths (formerly Morris), of 36, Newbridge Rd., Pontllanfraith.
Morris R. L.

Dvr Rich. Ll. Morris  R.F.A.
Richard Lloyd Morris
Driver W/3507 Royal Field Artillery, "A" Battery. 119th Brigade.
Died October 14 1918.
Dadizeele British Cemetery, West-Vlanderen, Belgium, Grave IV. A. 3.  
Mutton E.

Pte E. Mutton  19th Pioneers
Edwin Mutton
Private 12808 Welsh Regiment, 19th Battalion.
Died July 10 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.
Neade R.

Pte Reuben Neade  S.W.B.

Reuben Mead
Reuben Mead (sic)
Private 13240 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion.
Died September 16 1915.
Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, Turkey (including Gallipoli), Grave II. A. 15.
Stepbrother of Daniel Clarke of 6 Crofts Row, Pontlottyn.
Nicholas W.

Pte W. Nicholas  S.W.B.

Wm Nicholas
William Nicholas
Corporal 13700 South Wales Borderers. 2nd Battalion
Died July 1 1916.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 A.
Owen W.

Spr W. Owen  R.E.

Willie D. Owen
William David Owen
Sapper 149631 Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport.
Died November 13 1917.
Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave IV. B. 2.
Palmer J.

Pte Jas Palmer  R.W.F.
James Palmer
Private 4356 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Battalion.
Died January 16 1915.
Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium, Panel 5.
Phillips J. H.

Pte J. H. Phillips  S.W.B.
James Herbert Phillips
Private 13187 South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion.
Died 6 December 1914, age 44.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 22.
Son of the late David and Elizabeth Phillips. Served in the South African Campaign.
Phillips T.

Pte Tom Phillips  S.W.B.
Thomas Phillips
Private 39207 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion (Formerly 3871, Monmouthshire Regt.).
Died April 11 1918.
Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France, Grave I. G. 9.
Phillips W. H.

Sgt W. H. Phillips  M.G.C.

W. Herbert Phillips
William Herbert Phillips
Serjeant 59313 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 3rd Battalion.
Died October 8 1918, age 21
Grand Ravine British Cemetery, Havrincourt, Pas de Calais, France, Grave C. 48.
Son of David and Elleanor Phillips of 28 Greenfield St, Pontlottyn.
Pope J.

Sgt J Pope  Gloucesters

J. Pope
John Pope
Sergeant 18097 Gloucestershire Regiment, 13th Battalion
Died March 25 1918
Poziers Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 40 and 41.
Potter S.

L/Cpl S. Potter  Welsh
Samuel Potter
Lance Corporal 16833 Welsh Regiment, 10th Battalion.
Died July 12 1916.
Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France, Grave IX. G. 2.
Prosser A.

Pte Alf. Prosser  Welsh
Price D.

Pte David Price  R.W.F.

Dd Wm Price
Price E.

Pte Evan Price  1st Mons
Evan Price
Rifleman 1826 Monmouthshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died April 24 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 50.
Price J.

Cpl J. Price  R.W.F.
James Price
Private 7715 Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died November 3 1914.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.  
Price M.

Sgt Morgan Price  S.W.B.

Morgan Price
Morgan Rees Price
Sergeant 18513 South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion
Died November 10 1917, age 24
Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 65 to 66.
Son of Richard and Lavinia Ann Price of 12 Iron Court, Pontlottyn.
Powell W.

Dvr W. Powell  R.F.A.
W. Powell
Shoeing Smith 52458 Royal Field Artillery, 55th Brigade Ammunition Col.
Died July 30 1916, age 37
Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave XIII. F. 17.
Son of the late William Powell of Builth Wells, Breconshire; husband of Ceridwen Powell of 18 Duffryn St., Pontlottyn.
Pugh S.

L/Cpl Sidney Pugh  Welsh
Sydney Pugh
Lance Corporal 16437 Welsh Regiment, 10th Battalion.
Died July 12 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.
Reardon J.

Sgt J. Reardon  R.W.F.
Reardon M.

Pte M. Reardon  S.W.B.
Michael Reardon
Private 16199 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion.
Died February 19 1916.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 22.
Rees W.

Pte W. Rees  S.W.B.

Wm Rees
Possibly the same person shown on Ystrad Mynach & Hengoed Memorial as Idris Gwilym Rees.
Roberts B.

Pte B. Roberts  Welsh
Spicer H.

Spr H. Spicer  R.E.
Sherman R. J.

Pte J. R. Sherman  1st Mons
Joseph Rees Sherman
Rifleman 1866 Monmouthshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died April 25 1915, Age 19.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 50.
Son of Thomas and Catherine Sherman, of 3 Carntyla Terrace, Abertysswg, Mon.
Smith W. R.

Dvr W. R. Smith  R.F.A.
William Rees Smith
Driver 108792 Royal Field Artillery, 85th Battery. 11th Brigade.
Died September 23 1918, Age 23.
Beveren-Ijzer Churchyard, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave 22.
Son of John and Sarah Ann Smith, of 19 Hengoed Crescent, Hengoed. (Also on Ystrad Mynach Hengoed & Memorial)
Sterry H.

Pte H. Sterry  Welsh
Henry Sterry
Private 33668 Welsh Regiment 8th Battalion 
Died July 16 1916
Grave XI. A. 11. Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
Born in Gloucestershire.
Thomas E.

Pte E. Thomas  Cheshires
Evan David Thomas
Private  66172  Cheshire Regiment, 15th Battalion.
Killed in action March 24 1918, age 22.
Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 35 and 36.
Son of Thomas and Jane Thomas, of 2 Lower Salisbury St., Tredegar, Mon.
Thomas J.

Pte John Thomas  3rd Welsh
Thomas R.

Pte Rhys Thomas  R.S.L.I.
Thomas T. C.

Pte Thos Chas Thomas  S.W.B.

Thos Chas Thomas
Thomas Charles Thomas
Private 18583 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion.
Died July 1 1916, age 22
Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No. 2, Auchonvillers, Somme, France, Grave B. 53.
Husband of Esther Thomas of 15 Heol Evan Wynne, Pontlottyn.
Thomas W. B.

Pte W. Bedford Thomas  M.T.
Whale E. J.

Pte Ed. Jno. Whale  Aus.Forces
Edward John Whale
Private 3987 Australian Infantry, A.I.F., 47th Battalion.
Died November 17 1916, age 41
Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France, Grave V. G. 16.
Son of William and Martha Whale of 30 Tynewydd st., Pontlottyn.
Williams B.

Pte Benj Williams  S.W.B.
Ben Williams
Private 13827 South Wales Borderers, 8th Battalion.
Died December 26 1916
Grave C. 578 Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.
Williams E.

Sgt Edmund Williams  Welsh
Edmund Williams
Serjeant 15013 Welsh Regiment 16th Battalion.
Died August 1 1917, Age:23.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen Belgium, Panel 37.
Son of Richard Williams, of 85 New St., Burry Port, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire.
Williams E.

Pte Edward Williams  S.W.B.
Edward Williams
Private 18577 South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion.
Killed in action 21 August 1915.
Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli), Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.
Williams E. A.

Gnr Edgar A. Williams  R.G.A.
Edgar Albert Williams
Gunner 50460 Royal Garrison Artillery, 126th Heavy Battery.
Died October 19 1918, age 23
Rhymney Cemetery, Grave C. 387.
Son of W.C. and Elizabeth Ann Williams. Born at Pontlottyn.
Williams F.

Pte Ernest Williams  S.W.B.
Williams G.

Pte George Williams  S.W.B.
William George Williams
Lance Corporal 6/16295 South Wales Borderers, 7th Battalion.
Killed in action 18 September 1918, age 23.
Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave VI. A. 7.
Son of Clara Williams. Born at Aymestrey, Hereford.
Williams H.

Sgt H. Williams  S.W.B.
Hubert Williams
Private 7308 Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died November 11 1914.
Ixelles (Elsene) Communal Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, Grave IV. D. 5.
Williams L.

Sgt Edward Williams  Cardiff City Batt.
Williams T.

Gnr? T. Williams  R.G.
Williams W.

Dvr W. Williams  R.F.A.
W. J. Williams
Driver 56847 Royal Field Artillery, 23rd Brigade.
Died December 2 1918, age 21
Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, Grave VIII. B. 40.
Son of Alfred and Mary Williams of 31 Duffryn St., Pontlottyn.

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George Henry Banfield

Pontlottyn-BanfieldGHGeorge Henry Banfield was born 24th January 1886, at 13 Queen’s Street, Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, son of James and Martha Banfield nee Woods. He attested on 6th November 1914, enlisted on 5th February 1915, joining the Australian Imperial Force at Liverpool army camp, New South Wales, where he was appointed to 4th Battalion. On 11th February 1915, the 4th Battlion 2nd Reinforcements including Private 1450 Banfield, boarded the Australian troopship A48 “Seang Bee” and set sail to join the other ANZACs already in Egypt. After only a short stay in Egypt, the battalion took part in the Anzac landing on 25th April 1915 as part of the second and third waves.
His description on enlistment was age 28, 5ft 9ins; 11st 6lbs, and chest 35-37, dark complexion, brown eyes, curly dark brown hair. He listed his mother, Mrs M. Lewis, of 5 High Street, Pontlottyn, as next of kin. George Henry Banfield died on the 5th May 1915, at sea, on board H.M.H.S. “Gascon” of wounds received in action at Gallipoli, and was buried at ‘right of path through Gully, Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli Peninsula’. His body was later exhumed and buried in Plot 1, Row C, Grave 8, at the 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Anzac about 1000 yards east of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. George Henry Banfield's name is located at panel 39 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial..


Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW )
Wednesday 16 June 1915

John Augustus Cashman

John Augustus Cashman Pontlottyn-CashmanJA-gravewas born in Newport in 1892 and married Ellen Collins of Pontlottyn in 1916. He is also remembered on the Memorial Plaque in St Michael's Church, Newport and on the Rhymney War Memorial.

Pontlottyn-CashmanJAPhotograph courtesy of Susannah Cashman, his great-niece.

Cuttings from South Wales Argus thanks to newportsdead.shaunmcguire.co.uk


Patrick Clifford

Pontlottyn CliffordP WM 19150624Corporal Patrick Clifford was born in Pontlottyn in early 1883 to Patrick and Johanna. The family, originally from Ireland, had been in Pontlottyn since at least the early 1870s. In 1901 he was private 2469 with the Welsh Regiment in Cardiff; further research may show more about this service.
He married Mary Callaghan in 1907 and in 1911 was living at 21 Broad St. Pontlottyn, working as a coal hewer, with his wife and three year old daughter Joanna.
It is not known when he enlisted in the Royal Irish Regiment or was posted to France. He died of Gas Poisoning 15 May 1915.

John Handel Curtis

Merthyr Guardian 7th Decemeber 1917

Charles Davies

Charles Davies was born in Pontlottyn, in 1884, to William and Mary Ann - possibly Charles Edwin Davies. William, an ostler/groom from Criceth, and Mary Ann, born in Crumlin, lived at 1 Thomas St., Pontlottyn. In 1901 Charles was a labourer underground, while his bothers James and John were miners. In 1911 he was a carter still living in the family home with his widowed mother. His mother died while he was at war.
It is not known when he enlisted, at Newport, into the South Wales Borderers joining 2nd Battalion. He served in the Balkan Campaign landing in theatre on 19 July 1915. He died of wounds in Mesopotamia, on 2 May 1916 and was buried in Basra, Iraq.
.Pontlottyn DaviesC MG 19160623

David John Davies

David John Davies was born in Newbridge, Gwent. In 1911 he was living with his parents David & Sarah Ann Davies at 4 Picton Street, Pontlottyn.

He is also commemorated on the Newbridge War Memorial, see

John Davies

Merthyr Guardian 7th April 1915

John Charles Davies

John Charles Davies is recorded on the Pontlottyn Boys plaque as Pte J Charles Davies of Welsh Regiment and on the Pontlottyn War Memorial as Davies J. C. He is not recorded at the Commonweath War Graves Commission.

He was born in Pontlottyn 1st October 1893 to Joseph and Rachael Davies. In 1911 the family lived at 18 Merchant St..

He enlisted at Abergavenny on 1 September 1914 and as Private 2121 joined the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment Territorial Force for the duration of the war. At the end of January 1915, orders were received for service in Flanders and the battalion sailed from Southampton on the S.S. “Chyabassa” on the night of 14 February 14, 1915. In August 1916 the 3rd Mons were disbanded. Private John Charles Davies’s records show he was deemed to join the 9th Entrenching Battalion, issued with a new number 53782, then transferred to the 9th Welsh Regiment and joined 9th Battalion on 23 September 1916. During the assault on the Messines-Wytschaete Ridge on 7 June 1917 he received a shrapnel wound to his right-hand. After treatment, he rejoined his battalion on 10 June. On 20 September 1917, he was wounded for a second time with a gun shot wound to his left-arm during action at Ypres. The following day he was admitted to the 1 Canadian Hospital and then shipped back to England on 30 September 1917 via the hospital ship Pieter de Connick and posted to the Welsh Depot. He was Discharged on 23 August 1918. Medical Board classed him no longer physically fit for war service, due 100% disability with Pulmonary Tuberculosis due to service during war with Germany; he was awarded a Disability Pension for 26 weeks. Written in pencil, on the pension award sheet is ‘Died 29 March 1919’.

Henry Edward Drury

Henry Edward Drury was born in Biddenden, Kent, about 1884. Further research using a wider range of sources may shed light on when he left south east England and arrived in the upper Rhymney valley.
It is not clear when and with whom he enlisted for war service at Pontlottyn. His marriage to Edith L. May Martin, registered in Bedwellty in June quarter 1916, may have taken place when he was home on leave.  He served on Western Front (Private G/12678) in Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 6th Battalion.
He died December 1 1917. The Register of Soldiers' Effects recorded that he died as a prisoner of war, this has not been further researched.
The marraige of his widow (May) to Arthur V. Harding was registered in Bedwellty June quarter 1924, and records show that she was living at 4 Glyn Street, Abertysswg, in the later 1920s.

Benjamin & Thomas John Edwards

Benjamin and Thomas John Edwards were brothers, two of the sons of Thomas and Sarah Edwards who, in 1911, lived at 15 Queen Street, Pontlottyn. Father Thomas was from Builth Wells and Mother Sarah from Tregaron, Benjamin had been born in Aberystwyth and Thomas John in Machynlleth. Their younger children had been born in Merthyr Tydfil.

Benjamin enlisted in Newport and arrived in the Balkans Theatre of War 19th July 1915. He died five month later 18th Decemner 1915 aged about 23.

Thomas John, who had enlisted in Rhymney, arrived in France 15th January 1915. He survived three years and nine months before being killed in action 15th September 1918. He was then aged about 21.

Benjamin & Thomas John Edwards

Benjamin and Thomas John Edwards were brothers, two of the sons of Thomas and Sarah Edwards who, in 1911, lived at 15 Queen Street, Pontlottyn. Father Thomas was from Builth Wells and Mother Sarah from Tregaron, Benjamin had been born in Aberystwyth and Thomas John in Machynlleth. Their younger children had been born in Merthyr Tydfil.

Benjamin enlisted in Newport and arrived in the Balkans Theatre of War 19th July 1915. He died five month later 18th Decemner 1915 aged about 23.

Thomas John, who had enlisted in Rhymney, arrived in France 15th January 1915. He survived three years and nine months before being killed in action 15th September 1918. He was then aged about 21.

Rees Evans

Rees Evans, born 5 June 1894, son of William and Sarah Evans of 2 Rock Road, Pontlottyn died in Alexandria of injuries sustained whilst serving with the Royal Navy Division in Galliopli. In March 1915, 20 year old Rees had left his civilian job of colliery ‘rider underground’ and joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as Able Seaman Z/468.
Upon the mobilisation of the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war it was quickly discovered that the numbers of men reporting for duty far exceeded the Admiralty’s requirements for the manning of ships. Accordingly, the men who were presently surplus to the Navy’s requirements were organised in Army type units under the command of the Admiralty. The RN Division had battalions named after the former naval officers Drake, Nelson, Benbow, Hawke, Hood, Howe, Anson and Collingwood, and the various encampments at Blandford took these names. Instruction on trench construction and trench warfare was carried out within the camp area. Eventually they were to wear British Army uniform but with the badges of rank, insignia and traditions of the Royal Navy.
After training at Blanford Camp, Rees was drafted to Drake Battalion. Severely wounded on Gallipoli, hit by shrapnel on his right side and leg, he was transferred via hospital ship Assaye to 21st General Hospital in Alexandria. On 28 Dec 1915, dangerously ill, his right leg was amputated. He died of his wounds and is buried at Chatby Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt.

John Albert Victor Fairservice

The birth of John Albert Victor Fairservice was registered in Camberwell (London) in March quarter 1888. He was one of five children of William Frederick Fairservice and his wife Fanny baptised in the parish of St Jude Peckham February 8 1893. The family was enlarged with the birth of another daughter about 1896 but Fanny was widowed before she was enumerated as a charwoman in a household comprising her six children in 1901.
Sources studied to date have not shed light on the fate of other members of the family, but, in 1911, J. A. V. Fairservice was enumerated as a 22 year old surface labourer in the coal industry when he was described as a boarder in a household headed by William Isaac Rowlands at 9 Edmund Street, Pontlottyn.
It is not clear how long J. A. V. Fairservice was associated with Pontlottyn. He enlisted for war service at Maidstone, Kent and served (Lance Corporal and later Sergeant S/6350) in Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 1st Battalion. He went to France December 7 1914 and was killed in action April 18 1915.

Thomas Hind

Thomas Hind was born in Guildford in September quarter of 1868. He was son of John Hind and Eleanor, and he was listed in the family home in Surrey when the 1871 and 1881 censuses were taken. He enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment in 1886 and served in both Burma and South Africa. He may first have come to south-east Wales in the mid-1890s as his wife Mary Elizabeth was born in Tredegar and their older children were born in Pontlottyn in the mid-late 1890s. At the time of the 1901 census he was a general labourer living in Surrey. The birthplaces of the younger children suggest the family had returned to south Wales by 1907. When the 1911 census was taken Thomas Hind, a colliery labourer underground, lived at 15 Union Street, Pontlottyn, with his wife and five children. Thomas Hind enlisted for war service in Bargoed and served as Private 3862 in Welsh Regiment before transferring to Royal Defence Corps, as Private 3655, probably on its formation in March 1916. His death, on 11 July 1916, was registered in Cardiff registration district and he was buried in the church at Pentwyn, just above Fochriw.

Hugh Howells

Hugh Howells was buried at Soar-y-Graig Cemetery in Llechryd.
In 2005 the Chapel and Cemetery was bought for development. The names of War dead in the Cemetery were then recorded on Cardiff Western Cemetery Screen Wall. His name is recorded on War Memorials at Barry, Bedlinog and Pontlottyn.
Bedlinog-HowellsH ME061115The Cemetery was never developed and now lies abandoned to japanese knotweed and bluebells. Hugh Howells grave still survives as shown to the right.
The inscription on the Grave reads: In loving memory of LIEUT. HUGH HOWELLS, R.F.C. the dearly beloved husband of MARGARET HOWELLS, Hill Crest Barry Island and son of ROWLAND & MARY J. HOWELLS Railway Hotel, Bedlinog, who whilst serving his King and Country, was killed in a flying accident at Spittlegate (Lincs.) April 10th 1917 Aged 28 years. “Till the day dawn and shadows flee”

Left:Merthyr Express, November 11, 1916.

Bedlinog-HowelsH-MG-130417Right: Monmouth Guardian April 13, 1917

Bedlinog-HowellsH-Flight 19 Apr 1917                                Above: Flight, April 11, 1917.


David Hurley

Pontlottyn-HurleyDaniel Hurley served with the Welsh Regiment 13th Battalion (2nd Rhondda) in France. The battalion landed at Le Harve on 2nd Dec 1915. In July 1916 they were in action at Mametz Wood on the Somme, suffering severe casualties, Pte Hurley was killed in action on 10th July. His name is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial Pier 7A and Face 10A. He was born in Roath and enlisted at Pontlottyn.

Welsh Regiment Panel on the Thiepval Memorial with his name.

William Jenkins

Pontlottyn-JenkinsW-MG171019William Jenkins
 of 18 Chapel Street Pontlottyn, was wounded in the eye by gunshot and had the eye excised. He was a prisoner of war 1914-1917, interned in Friedrichsfeld, Soldau and other POW camps. He was transferred to Switzerland July 1917 with Tuberculosis. His was married to Sarah Ann White. 

Information supplied by Glen Jenkins [not a relative]

Merthyr Guardian Wednesday 19 October 1917

John Arllwyd Jones

Pontlottyn JonesJA PhotoJohn Arllwyd Jones was born in Llanfihandel-y-Creuddyn (then Llanfihangel Upper) about 1884 to David and Elizabeth. His father was a grocer and his mother the sub-postmistress near Devil’s Bridge. He appears to have been the only child. In 1901 he was a 17 year old student at university in Aberystwyth and in 1911 an assistant teacher at a secondary school in Wrexham living with his new wife Eliza Winifred, born in Hope, Flintshire. They appear to have married in Bedwellty district where her father was a Congregational Minister. As CWGC describes him as “on the staff of the Wrexham County School” it is unclear what personal connection he had with Pontlottyn, but his Medal Index Card give his widow’s address as 18 Merchant Street, Pontlottyn.

It is is not known when he joined Royal Welsh Fusilliers, where he became a corporal, it appears he did not go abroad. Evidently he was selected for officer training. He would then have been posted to one of the Officer Cadet Battalions and received perhaps six months training in UK. After training 2nd Lieutenant J Arllwyd Jones was posted to Welsh Regiment

He landed in France June 26 1917. He was killed in action three months later.       View Detail

As well as being commemorated on Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium and Pontlottyn War Memorial, “J Arllwyd Jones Gyfarllwyd View” is remembered on Devil’s Bridge War Memorial.

The Cambrian News & Merionethshire Standard October 5 1917
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Samuel Lloyd Jones

Samuel Lloyd Jones, of 20 Trewarde Street, Rhymney, enlisted 29th June 1915 and joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Ann Jones, 14 Union Street, Pontlottyn and the late David Jones formerly of 87 Plantation Street.
   Able Seaman Jones served with the Royal Naval Division attached to 5th Battalion, and was drafted to 3rd Reserve Battalion at Blandford. On 26th October, he was drafted to Drake Battalion, M.E.F.(Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at Gallipoli. On 5th December 1915 he reported to 1st Field Ambulance RND with pains in chest, and was transferred to 18th Stationary Hospital at Mudros, on the Greek island of Lemnos, with an undiagnosed ailment. Samuel was invalided to UK on the hospital ship “Britannic”. The ship’s log records that it departed Mudros on 3rd January 1916, bound for Southampton. An entry in his service states “accidently drowned (lost overboard) dated 6 Jan 1916. Gibraltar”.
   The ship's log reads as follows:  5.1.16 At Sea: Evidence given at Court of Inquiry held at 3 pm on board shows that No. Z 1500 S. Jones AB Drake Bn. R.N.D. jumped overboard about 6.00 am, and the court found that "It is reasonable to assume that he is dead." Signed: Charles A. Bartlett (Master); H.S. Anderson (Lieut. Col., S. M. Officer Commanding Troops on Board)
  In peacetime the vessel would have been stopped in order to attempt a rescue or retrieval of the body, but in a war zone "Britannic" had to keep going so as not to endanger the ship and the 3,300 casualties on board. The log gives the position of the apparent suicide as 37.10 N, 11.25 E. - a location somewhere in the strait between Sicily and Tunisia. "Britannic" made port at Southampton on 9th January 1916.

John Kiley

Pontlottyn KilleyJJames Kiley Private 16266, a native of Pontlottyn, was killed in action at Salonika on the 7th May 1917, with the South Wales Borderers, 8th Battalion. He is buried in Grave E.1082 at Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. He was one of four brothers who served with the South Wales Borderers. Pte Mike Kiley served with 3rd Battalion and was wounded at the battle of the Ainse, Pte John Kiley and Pte Daniel Kiley.

Their father, John Kiley, was also in service with the National Reserve Company of the 5th Welsh. The Noble 24th by Holmes lists him in South Africa as Private 2757 with 24th 2nd Battalion. He was entitled to South Africa Medal without clasp.

Edwin William Kittle

South Wales Echo

Tom Legge

Pte Tom LeggePontlottyn-LeggeT, South Wales Borderers, was badly wounded on May 9th, and died shortly afterwards, according to information received from a comrade by his sister, Mrs Davies, of 8 School Street, Pontlottyn. Legge will be remembered as the goal-keeper of the Pontlottyn Association team.
Source: South Wales Echo, 17 May 1915.

The only Thomas Legge recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is
Private 20057 Northumberland Fusiliers, 12th Battalion.
Died September 27 1915
Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 20 to 22
which does not match the description/date in the article.

Charles Rees Lewis

Pontlottyn LewisCR MG 040816Monmouth Guardian and Bargoed and Caerphilly Observer       4 August 1916

Llewellyn Lewis

Llewellyn Lewis, born in Tredegar about 1884, married Margaret Mary Williams in December quarter of 1907. In 1911 he lived at 3 Penygraig, Pontlottyn with his wife and 3 year old daughter Lizzie. He was a haulier below ground. Army records show that, at the time of his death, he had children.

He was first posted abroad, October 10 1915, to the Balkans with the Welsh Regiment 8th Battalion. In December 1915 the battalion was evacuated from Gallipoli and went to Egypt. In February 1916 they moved to Mesopotamia, Pte Lewis died at British General Hospital, Basra, 12th July 1916 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq, in Plot VI. Row W.  Grave 7.

Cornelius McCarthy

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Cornelius McCarthy (above) sustained injuries in the first day of the Battle of Loos (25 September, 1915). He died on 6 October in Rouen. Above left with his brother Denis in India in late 1890s.                     (photographs courtesy of his great-granddaughter Sally Savory)

Below: Cornelius with his wife Mary Ann
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Arthur Martin

Arthur Martin was born 21 Jun 1879 in 8 Chapel Street, Hindley, Lancs., the son of Arthur and Eliza Martin. By 1881 the family was living in Gelligaer. In 1911 he was living with his sister in School Street, Pontlottyn, Glamorgan. He was killed in action on 21 Aug 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. He is buried in the 7th Ambulance Cemetery, grave No. IV, c10, in Gallipoli, Turkey.

Arthur Martin and Charlotte Bond had one child Phillys Irene Martin.

Information Courtesy of Arthur Martin's grandson Jack Kemp.

Levi Richards Morris

Richard Morris, born in Narberth, Pembrokeshire about 1863, was about two years older than Rhymney-born Elizabeth who he married about 1885. Levi Richards Morris, born about 1886, was probably their first child. By the time the family was enumerated in a four-roomed dwelling, 10 Clarence Row, Rhymney, in 1891 they had three children, Levi Richards, William R, and Margaret A.
  Sources studied to date have not shed much light on the childhood of Levi Richards Morris, but, it is likely that he and his siblings received their elementary education in a local school before, on attaining the statutory school-leaving age, entering employment.
  It is not clear when the family moved from Rhymney but they were probably living in Abergwynfi in the later 1890s as, while their older children were born in Rhymney, son Alfred was born in Abergwynfi about 1900. However, the family returned to the upper Rhymney valley as they were enumerated in 34 Tynewydd Street, Pontlottyn, in 1901 , by which time Levi had started working as a coal miner and may have been working alongside his father in a local colliery.
  Although the family was still in Pontlottyn when the 1911 census was taken, they had moved to a seven-roomed dwelling, 35 Greenfield Street. In common with many of their neighbours, the Morris family was dependent upon the coal industry as Levi, his father and his brother Rupert were coal miners while his brother William was a colliery blacksmith. The two younger children were attending school, presumably the local school.
  Although the language information in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses is somewhat inconsistent, it is likely that Levi’s father, a native of Narberth, Pembrokeshire, spoke English only, while his Rhymney-born mother spoke both English and Welsh. The fact that the 1891 census enumerator’s book shows that 5 year old Levi and his 3 year old brother spoke both Welsh and English suggests that their mother (and perhaps members of her family as well as friends and neighbours) spoke Welsh to them. The entire Morris family was described as English in language in 1901, but, a decade later, his mother and his younger sister, 15 year old Martha, were both described as speaking Welsh and English.
  It is likely that Levi Richards Morris married Jessie Rosanna Lewis soon after the 1911 census was taken. Daughter of Lloyd Lewis and his wife Sarah, Jessie was enumerated in the Lewis family home in 22 Chapel Street, Pontlottyn, in 1891, in Clydach Vale in 1901, and in Fair View Villa, Pontlottyn, in 1911.
  It is not clear when and with whom Levi Richards Morris enlisted for war service in Caerphilly but it was probably not in the first year of the war as he was not awarded the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star. He served as Private 46102 in Welsh Regiment 17th Battalion (First Glamorgan Bantams).
  Further research may shed some light on his wartime experiences before he died of wounds June 13 1918 at Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal posthumously.
  As his body was returned to Rhymney valley for burial in grave 16, in sixth row from the chapel in Tabor Congregational Chapelyard, Maesycwmmer, it is assumed that his widow, and maybe other members of his family, were living in or near Maesycwmmer (perhaps moving south for employment in the new Penallta Colliery).
  Sources studied to date have not shed any light on whether or not Levi Richards Morris (or his widow who married Herbert G. Griffiths in 1928) had any children.

William Nicholas

According to Merthyr Express November 11 1916 page 10, Corpl. W. Nicholas of Pontlottyn (13700 South Wales Borderers) who had previously been reported missing was then reported killed. While this provides the basic information needed to link to further sources shedding light on his WWI career, it does not make it easy to establish with certainty other information about his family and life. His service records do not appear to have survived but according to other military records he was born in Pontygwaith, Glamorganshire.
Research into his family background is made difficult as not only are there two Glamorganshire communities called Pontygwaith (one in Llanwonno [Rhondda Fach] and one in Merthyr Tydfil) but also the extant military sources do not give any indication of his likely date of birth. Nevertheless, Nicholas is easier to research than a more common family name such as Davies or Williams. It is likely that William was born in Pontygwaith (Llanwonno parish) about 1890 and that he was the infant enumerated with his parents (William and Emma) and older sister Minnie in Mynyddislwyn in 1891. By the time of the 1901 census the family, having moved to Trallwm, Pontypridd, had been extended with the births of two children about 1898 and 1900.
When the 1911 census was taken, William Nicholas was a 20 year old miner haulier underground, living at 29 Machen View, Risca, with his wife Amelia (married 1909), daughter Freda (born Pontlottyn about 1910) and Amelia’s 13 year old sister Elsie (born Pontlottyn). In the 1901 census Amelia and her sister were enumerated as the daughters of Miles Lewis and his wife Ann, although the 1911 census shows Amelia was born before their marriage. Her surname on her marriage was given as Byard. Also some evidence suggests that Lewis may not have been the family’s true name. Whether Amelia returned to Pontlottyn after her husband’s death is not known.
William Nicholas was first posted abroad August 23 1915 when he was sent to the Balkans (probably Gallipoli). He was killed in action July 1 1916 in the Somme, France.

William David Owen

Pontlottyn-Owen-Postcard IWTDSapper William David Owen, Corps of Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport, was killed in action 13 November 1917 and buried in Plot IV, Row B, Grave 2 at Dunkirk Town Cemetery. The Cemetery is at the south-eastern corner of the town of Dunkirk, immediately south of the canal and on the road to Veurne (Furnes) in Belgium.

The Inland Water Transport Division (I.W.T.D.) of the Royal Engineers was responsible for the movement and safe navigation of ambulance barges along the waterways of northern France. This coloured 1918 Christmas greetings postcard depicting a tug, also shows the connection between the I.W.T.D. and the medical services, by the depiction of a red cross emblem. By the end of the Great War over 70,000 casualties had been carried to safety by the I.W.T.D. barges. About the size of a Thames lighter, the ambulance barges were roofed in and fitted out as a ward with 30 beds and an operating table. In the bow of the barge was a kitchen and store-room, and there were bunks for the staff in the stern. Each vessel was staffed by two nursing sisters, nine R.A.M.C. orderlies and three Royal Engineers (R.E.) from the Inland Water Transport unit. The barges were towed in pairs by a small tug operated by the engineers. An onboard medical officer attended to patients in both barges. Transportation by this method was particularly suited to those suffering from head or chest wounds and gunshot fractures of the thigh, as the jolting usually experienced by any other means of transport only resulted in "more suffering for the patient".

Imagin and text courtsey of Tony Allen at http://www.worldwar1postcards.com

James Palmer

James Palmer is commemorated among the total of 79 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, on Panel 5, of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was born in Pontlottyn, but was a resident of Swansea when he enlisted into the Fusiliers at Wrexham. His medal index card show he arrived in France with 1st Battalion on 11th December 1914 and was killed in action thirty-three days later on 13th January 1915.

Pontlottyn-PalmerJGenerally those commemorated on Ploegteert Memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to the south. Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere.
Image courtsey of CWGC.

William Herbert Phillips

Pontlottyn PhillipsWH MG19181018Monmouth Guardian and Bargoed and Caephilly Observer, 18th October 1918
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This plaque is on the wall in the chancel of Pontlottyn Parish Church
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Monmouth Guardian and Bargoed and Caephilly Observer, 1st August 1919

John Pope

Pontlottyn-Pope-MG-170518P.C. J. Pope, Pontlottyn, has joined the Forest of Dean Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment. He has been stationed in the Rhymney Valley for many years, and is very popular both with his colleagues and with the community generally.
Source: South Wales Echo 15 Feb 1915.

Pontlottyn-PopeJBorn on the 22nd Aug 1888, in Long Sutton, Somerset. He was the son of John and Mary Pope, his father was a farmer who died in 1899. In 1901, at age 12, he too was a farmer, his mother, a washerwoman, residing in New Street, Long Sutton. In 1911, he was a Police Officer at Police Office Barry Dock, aged 22 and single.

Merthyr Express 17 May 1918

Samuel Potter

Samuel Potter and his brother Edward JenkinsPontlottyn PotterS bw

(picture courtesy of Avril Harper)

Evan Price

Evan Price,Pontlottyn-PriceE was born in Rhymney about 1888. He married Elizabeth Mary Williams in 1908 and in 1911 they lived at 16 Station St., Pontlottyn, with their two children. Later the family lived at 22 Victoria St. Evan was a miner.
He enlisted at Rhymney and joined the 1st Monmouthshire Regiment as Rifleman 1826. The Battalion landed in France on the 13th February 1915, as part of the 84th Brigade, 28th Division. Evan Price was killed on the 24th April 1915 in action at Hill 60, during the opening phases of the Battle of St Julien.
His name is commemorated on Panel 50 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and also on the St. Woolos Cathedral Memorial, Stow Hill, Newport

Sources: MIC, CWGC, SDGW, South Wales Echo of 14 May 1915 Mon Regt.

James Price

Pontlottyn PriceJJames Price, was born at 8 Chapel Street, Pontlottyn in 1881 and lived at Farm Rd before joining the Welsh Regiment in 1901 when 18.
in 1914 Britain declared war on Germany on August 4th and James Price landed in France August 13th. He was killed in action on 3rd November 1914, he is commemorated on Panel 37, Ypres Memorial.
James Price's identity tagPontlottyn PriceJ 2
(picture and tag courtesy of his great niece Sue Brencher Summerbell)

Morgan Rees Price

Morgan Rees PricePontlottyn-PriceMR, Serjeant, 18513, South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion, Killed in action on 10th Nov 1917, Age 24. His name is commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Panel 65 to 66. He was the son of Richard and Lavinia Ann Price, of 12, Queen Street, Pontlottyn. He had been in France two and a half years, having joined the colours at the outbreak of the war. In civil life he was a coalminer. Writing to his parents a fellow-sergeant says “He was a real good chum, always cheerful and fearless, and was highly respected by both officers and men, who would go through anything for ‘Morg’ as the boys used to call him”.

Pontlottyn Church Chair1 The Bishop's chair is in the sanctuary of Pontlottyn Parish Church and was given in memory of Sergeant Morgan Rees Price, South Wales Borderers, who fell in action at Paschendale Ridge on 10 November 1917. It was a gift from his parents.  


Sydney Pugh

Sydney Arthur Pugh landed at Le Havre on 2nd December 1915 and was killed in action 12th July 1916 with the Welsh Regiment 10th Battalion. He is Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.

Sydney was the son of Arthur Pugh, wagoner of Radnor and Jane Pugh, formerly Garraway, nee Jones of Presteigne, Radnorshire. He was born in the village of Pembridge located between Leominster and Kington in Herefordshire and named Sydney Arthur Pugh. He was aged 7 when his father died and left his mother a widow for the second time. Jane had two daughters from her first marriage, namely Edith Jane (1880) and Emily (1885) and three children with Arthur Pugh, Aaron Edward (1888), Sydney Arthur (1890) and Elizabeth (1893). Jane provided for her family by working from home as Laundress, with daughter Edith Jane, her assistant. In 1911, Sydney, aged 21, had moved to Wales and was a boarder at the Central Hotel, Cardiff, his occupation being collier. It must be assumed that later he moved to Pontlottyn.

Michael Reardon

Michael Reardon, born in Pontlottyn, enlisted at Merthyr and joined Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th (Service) Battalion, as Private 16199. His battalion landed at Boulogne on 27th September 1915. On the 15th October 1915 the Battalion transferred with 76th Brigade to 3rd Division. In 1916 they took part in The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters then moved to The Somme for The Battle of Albert. He was killed in action on 19th November 1916. His name is commemorated on Panel 22 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
He was the son of Michael and Margaret Reardon, (possibly nee Corcoran) and grandson of iron-worker John Reardon and his wife Margaret, both natives of Ireland. The Reardon family were residents of Merthyr Tydfil for many years.

Joseph Rees Sherman

Pontlottyn-ShermanJJoseph Rees Sherman Pontlottyn-DaviesJ-MG-070515arrived in France on 13th February 1915, his battalion was in the front line trenches at Zonnebeke when he was killed in action in the Battle of St Julian on 25th April 1915, age 19. His war lasted just 70 days.  
Joseph was the son of Thomas Sherman, a native of Herefordshire, and his wife Catherine nee Williams. Thomas and Catherine married in February 1892; at that time they were living in King Street, Blaenavon. They later moved to Pontlottyn, with three sons, Thomas, Joseph Rees and John. In 1911 they were living at 11 Edmond Sreet, Pontlottyn. By 1915 the family had moved to 3 Carntyla Terrace, Abertysswg.

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Rifleman E Price and Rifleman J Davies are also remembered on the Pontlottyn Memorial. 


William Rees Smith

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, born in Pontlottyn, enlisted at Bargoed into the Royal Field Artillery and joined 85th Battery, 11th Brigade as Driver 108792. He was killed in action 23rd September 1918, age 23 and is buried in Grave 22, at Beveren-Ijzer Churchyard, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Buried alongside him are Gunner Downie, Driver Winfield and Driver Neate MM, of the same battery in graves 23, 24 and 25 respectively. Beveren-Ijzer Churchyard contains the graves of 20 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War.

Image courtsey of Johan Moors, http://www.ypres-salient.com


Henry Sterry

Henry Sterry was born in Gloucestershire about 1881. Sources studied to date have not shed light on when he arrived in the upper Rhymney valley, but, in 1911, he was enumerated as a 30 year old unmarried boarder in a household headed by coal miner Robert Roberts at 17 Board Street, Pontlottyn. Henry Sterry was an underground haulier working on  his own account.
It is not clear when and with whom Henry Sterry enlisted for war service at Rhymney, He served in Asiatic Theatres of war and died in Mesopotamia.

T C Thomas

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Edward John Whale

Edward John WhalePontlottyn-Whale-MI, son of William and Martha Whale, was born in Pontlottyn in 1875. From a young age he worked as a coal miner. In 1905 he emigrated to Australia where he continued as a coal miner. On the outbreak of war he volunteered and served in the Australian Imperial Force and was killed in action on 17th November 1916 in France.

Pontlottyn-WhaleEJ-NMH-240117Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW ); 24 January 1917

His father, William Whale, son of miller John Whale, was born in the village of Altarnun on the northern fringes of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. William, like generations of Whales’ before him was baptised, on 11th Jan 1852, in the parish church. The Church of St Nonna, being the largest parish church on Bodmin Moor, is also known as the Cathedral of the Moor. Sometime before 1871, William and his elder brother John had migrated to the Rhymney Valley. In the 1871 census they were boarders in the household of Luke Warne, in Church Street, Pontlottyn. Recorded as being Iron Miners, it is likely they were employed by the Rhymney Iron and Coal Company. In 1873, William married local girl Martha Moore, daughter of Edward & Eleanor Moore of Pontlottyn. They remained in Pontlottyn and raised a family of eleven children.

On 28 July 1905, their eldest son Edward John, aged 30, emigrated to Australia, departing London bound for Sydney on the Ormez. Prior to emigrating to Australian he had served 4 years in the South Wales Borderers. He enlisted, at Toowoomba, Queensland, on 28th August 1915 and joined the Australian Imperial Force, 9th Battalion, as Private 3987. He was described on enlistment as 5ft 3¾ inches tall, 109 lbs with a 34¼ inch chest, dark complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair.

On the 30th December 1915, he embarked on HMAT Itonus (A50) at Brisbane with the 9th Infantry Battalion (Queensland), 3rd Infantry Brigade, 12th Reinforcements, bound for Egypt. After disembarking in Egypt he was, as a result of illness and the general reorganization of the AIF after the Gallipoli campaign, transferred to the 47th Battalion at Serapeum Egypt. On 2nd June 1916 the battalion proceeded to join BEF in France, embarking on the steamship ’Caledonia’ at Alexandria and arriving at Marseilles on the 9th.

The 47th Battalion entered the trenches of the Western Front for the first time on the 3rd July. It participated in its first major battle at Pozières. On 20th October 1916, Pte Whale was detached to 12th Machine Gun Company joining them in the field. Three weeks later on 11th November he rejoined the 47th Battlion. He was wounded in the field during a shell attack and died on 17 November 1916 at 38 Casualty Clearing Station of gas poisoning. He was aged 41.

He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France. The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery. On the Australian War Memorial in London, Edward John Whale's name is on panel 144.

His father William Whales of 30 Tynewydd Street, Pontlottyn received two separate parcels of his son’s personal effects. On 19th February 1917 he received of two scarves, and on 22nd March he received his son's identity disc, letters and a broken pipe. He also received Edward John's Campaign Medals the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, and a Memorial Plaque and Scroll.

Ben Williams

Ben WILLIAMS,Pontlottyn-WilliamsB 13827, South Wales Borderers, 8th Battalion, died at Salonika on Boxing Day, 1916, as the result of being gassed. His widow and son reside at 6 Picton Street, Pontlottyn. His brother Lance Corporal T.R. Williams, Welsh Regiment, was formerly a certified teacher at the Pontlottyn Boys School.
Source: South Wales Echo


Cornelius McCarthy

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Cornelius McCarthy (above) sustained injuries in the first day of the Battle of Loos (25 September, 1915). He died on 6 October in Rouen. Above left with his brother Denis in India in late 1890s.                     (photographs courtesy of his great-granddaughter Sally Savory)

Below: Cornelius with his wife Mary Ann
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