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TIRPHIL ROLL OF HONOUR                    TIRPHIL MEMORIAL

The Great War 1914-18

Names on Memorial Additional Information
Cpl. J.Barrett, K.R.R. John Barrett
Private 267128 (also 3313 and 15737) Welsh Regiment, 1st/6th Battalion.
Killed in action February 9 1917
Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A., Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. 
The identity of his parents is unclear.
Gdsm. J.Beet, Gren.Gds. Probably James (Jimmy) George Christmas Harding (See Gelligaer Volume 23 pages 98-102)
Private  17010  Grenadier Guards 4th Battalion.
Died July 7 1917.
Grave I. B. 9., Canada Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Son of Richard Charles Harding and his second wife Alice Ann (who later married John Beet)
Cpl. D.J.Beynon, S.W.B  David John Beynon.
Corporal 16058 South Wales Borderers 8th Battalion
Killed in action August 28 1916 Salonika.
Grave A. 216 Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.
Son of David Beynon and Elizabeth. Married to Mary Jane, mother of his two sons.
Following the death of his mother, his father married widowed mother of J. English).
Pte. F.Codrington, Mons. Francis (Frank) Codrington 
Private 21337 South Wales Borderers, 10th Battalion.
Killed in action July 10 1916, aged 27.
Pier and Face 4 A Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Son of John Codrington and his wife  Sarah Jane.
Brother of Annie Codrington of Waldegrave Hotel, Radstock, Bath.
Gnr. E.Davies, R.F.A. Emrys Davies
Gunner W/3110 Royal Field Artillery 466th Bty, 6th Bde.
Died (in a Rouen hospital) of wounds November 19 1917
Grave Plot III. R. 14A St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Son of Daniel Davies and Eliza, of 24 Railway Terrace, Tirphil
Pte. G.Davies, S.W.B Wilfred Godfrey Davies
Private  36372  Welsh Regiment, 1st Battalion (formerly Private 14246 SWB).
Killed in action May 25 1915.
Panel 37, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Son of Joseph Davies and Sarah. Husband of Mary.
Pte. J.English, R.N.D. James English.
Able Seaman Z/784 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Drake Bn.
Killed in action February 4 1917
Pier and Face 1. A. Thiepval Memorial
Following the death of his father, his widowed mother married the widowed father of casualty David J. Beynon.. 
Pte. E.Evans,M.M., S.W.B. Horatio Ellis Evans
Private 3/21069 South Wales Borderers 7th Battalion
Died September 17 1918
Grave VI. E. 22 Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece
Son of Horatio Evans and his wife Sarah Elizabeth.
Survived by widow (Charlotte nee Mills), 6 Upper Cross Street, Tirphil
Pte. J.Evans, R.E. Isaac Evans
Corporal 146205 Royal Engineers 254th Tunnelling Coy
Died March 13 1918
Grave V. J. 30 Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium
Husband of Gladys Mary (later James) 14 Pleasant View, Tirphil
Pte. D.Gouch, C.L.Y. David E. Gough
City of London Yeomany.
Died 1919; Burial - not recorded on CWGC.
Son of George and Mary Gough.
Cpl. J.Howells, S.W.B. James Howells
Lance Corporal 19804 Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died May 9 1915, age 27.
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panels 23 and 24.
Son of George and Margaret Howells, of 40, Railway Terrace, Tirphil; husband of Elizabeth Eugene Howells, of Upper Cwm, Little Dewchurch, Hereford.
Pte. W.A.James, Welch. Alfred James
Private 36062 Welsh Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died July 18 1916.
Grave VII. F. 8., Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.
Pte. E.Jeffries, 1st Mons. Edwin George Jeffries
Private 94205 Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died of wounds November 19 1918 aged 25.
Grave II. A. 20 Caudry British Cemetery, France.
Son of John and Mary Jeffries (50 School Street, Tirphil) 
Lieut. H.T.D.John, S.W.B. Harold Thomas Johns
Second Lieutenant Welsh Regiment, 9th Battalion attd. 8th Bn.
Died January 1 1917.
Panel 24, Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Pte. T.Jones, Mons.  
Lieut. T.S.Jones, R.W.F. Thomas Stephen Jones
Second Lieutenant Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion.
Died September 26 1917
Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 63 to 65.
Son of Stephen and Mary Jones, of 7 Coedcae, Tirphil.
L/Cpl. D.W.Lloyd, S.W.B. David William Lloyd
Lance Corporal 16090 South Wales Borderers, 7th Battalion.
Died September 18 1918, age 36.
Dorian Memorial Greece
Son of David and Elizabeth Lloyd of Llantysilio, Denbighshire.
Dvr. J.Moore, R.F.A. Driver 66868 Royal Field Artillery C Bty 64th Bde
Died July 26 1917 aged 27.
Grave III. C. 18. Ypres Town Cemetery Extension.
Husband of Elizabeth Ellen Moore (6 Meadow Terrace, Phlipstown, New Tredegar) 
Pte. D.W.Morgan, S.W.B. David Whittaker Morgan
Private 34177 Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Battalion
Died May 31 1920 aged 28
Grave N. 605 Gwaelodybrithdir Cemetery.
Son of Mr and Mrs Evan Morgan. Husband of Mary Eleanor Morgan (24 Birch Grove, Tirphil)
Dvr. Z.Patick, R.F.A. Zachariah (Zack) Partick
Pioneer 249458 Royal Engineers, 38th Signal Company.
Killed in action August 22 1917.
Grave II. H. 2., Canada Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Husband of Martha P. Partick (now Noble), 26 Margaret St., Pontygwaith, Rhondda Valley. Native of New Tredegar.
Sgt. W.C.Phillips, S.W.B. William Charles Phillips
Sergeant 67744 Royal Engineers, 135th Army Troops Company.
Died of wounds November 19 1917
Grave XIV. C. 21. Dozinghem Military Cemetary, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
(Born in Tirphil)
Pte. G.Porch, S.W.B.  
Pte. L.Porch, S.W.B. Lewis Henry Porch
Private 11019 South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion
Killed in action October 31 1914
Panel 22 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Sapr. C.Poole, R.E. Charles Poole.
Sapper 86113 Royal Engineers 170th Tunnelling Company. (Formerly 15212 South Wales Borderers)
Killed in action July 29 1916.
Grave I. O. 3. Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery
Son of James Poole.
Pte. W.Rees, Welch. William Rees
Private 21818 Welsh Regiment, 14th Battalion.
Killed in action May 1 1916.
Grave I. G. 6., Rue-Du-Bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France.
A.B. C.Stapley, R.N. Charles Stapley.
Able Seaman 183057 Royal Navy HMS "Goliath".
Died May 13 1915 aged 36. Body not recovered for burial.
Commemorated Panel 6 Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Husband of Henrietta (47 School Street, Tirphil) 
Cpl. O.B.Tanner, Welch. Oscar Barrett Tanner
Corporal 27341 King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Battalion (formerly 2209 Welsh Cyc Regt.)
M.M.
Killed in action April 14 1918.
Panel 112 to 113 Tyne Cot Memorial. 
Gnr. D.Thomas, Can.RA. Daniel Thomas
Gunner 87278 Canadian Field Artillery, 5th Brigade.
Died July 25 1916
Panel 10 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Pte. D.J.Thomas, S.W.B.  
A.B. H.Wells, R.N. Henry Wells
Driver W/791 Royal Field Artillery, "D" Battery, 121st Brigade.
Died of wounds August 12 1917
Bard Cottage Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave III. G. 1.
Pte. D.Williams, Welch. David Williams.
Private 61435 Welsh Regiment 9th Battalion.
Killed in action March 23 1918.
Grave II. F. 1 Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Hebuterne.
Son of Thomas and Margaret Williams (Craig Rhymney Farm, Tirphil).

World War II 1939-45

Gnr. R.Colton, R.A. Richard Colton.
Gunner 5256453 Royal Artillery 179 Field Regiment.
Died (aged 25) September 29 1944.
Grave Sec. B. 3764 Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of Hercules and Beatrice Colton, and husband of Hilda Gladys Colton (Tirphil). 
Sgt. R.Downs, R.A.F. Robert Vernon Downs.
Sergeant. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner 1119224 RAFVR Bomber Command 10 Squadron.
Killed (aged 22) when his aircraft Halifax HX181, returning from a raid on Germany, crashed into the servicing hangar at Tangmere at 21.35 November 19 1943, killing all six crew. 
Buried with his brother Stanley in grave Sec. B. 3787 Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of Robert and Edith May Downs (Tirphil)
Pte. S.Downs, P.Co. Stanley Downs.
Private 13070271 Pioneer Corps.
Died (aged 29) December 6 1940. 
Buried with his brother Robert in grave Sec. B. 3787 Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of Robert and Edith May Downs (Tirphil).
Lieut. T.J.Eynon, R.N.V.R.  Thomas John Eynon.
Lieutenant. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Medina.
Died of illness (aged 50) January 30 1945 whilst stationed at HMS Medina, Training Establishment, based near Ryde, Isle of Wight..
Grave 5. 15. Bedwellty (St. Sannan) New Churchyard.
Son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth Eynon, and husband of Winifred Eynon (Tirphil).
A.B. T.Forde, M.N.  Terence Forde.
Ordinary Seaman in Merchant Navy.
Died (aged 22) December 1942.
Commemorated Panel 73, London Memorial.
Son of Michael and Catherine Forde. 
Pte L.Hammond, K.O.R.R.  Leslie Hammond.
Private 4078472 King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).
Died (aged 33) November 27 1944.
Grave Sec. B. 3697 Gwaelod y Brithdir Cemetery.
Son of John Henry and Catherine Hammond (Tirphil).
Sgt. T.Harris, R.A.F.  Thomas Harris.
Sergeant. Wireless Operator/Air  Gunner 1119248 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died (aged 23) January 28 1944.
Grave 7. A. 2. Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.
Son of David and Judith Harris (Tirphil).
A.M. G.James,1stCl. R.N.  Glyndwr Rees James.
Air Mechanic 1st Class no. FAA/FX 78613.
Killed (aged 22) in accident in board HMS Archer June 19 1942.
Commemorated Bay 3 Panel 5 Lee-on-Solent Memorial.
Son of David and Rhoda May James (Tirphil). 
Sgt. E.T.Jones, R.A.F. Ernest Thomas Jones
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 570004, Royal Air Force 15 Squadron.
Killed (age 24) May 12 1944.
Row A Grave 1, Leuven Communal Cemetery, Belgium.
Son of Joseph and Margaret Jones; husband of Sylvia Jones, of Brithdir
A.B. M.J.Saunders, M.N. Melvin John Saunders.
Ordinary Seaman in Merchant Navy.
Died (aged 21) October 29 1942, on SS Bullmouth.
Commemorated Panel 21 Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Son of Thomas and Rose Saunders. 
L/Cpl. K.Williams, Glostrs. Kenneth Rowland Williams.
Lance Corporal 6466727 Gloucestershire Regiment 2nd Battalion.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Died (aged 27) January 19 1945.
Grave 23. A. 12. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery.
Son of Rowland Rees and Rosanna Williams, and husband of Veronica Ahearn Williams (Shepherd's Bush, London). 

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John Barrett

Research to date has thrown up a number of uncertainties and discrepancies about both the family background and the war service of John Barrett.
  He was probably born in Tirphil about 1891-1893 and a copy of his birth certificate should shed some light on the identity of his parents. When the 1901 census was taken, he was described as the 8 year old nephew, of an Irish couple named Murphy, at 24 Manest Street, Rhymney. A decade later, he was a 20 year old coal miner and again described as nephew, this time of a Welsh couple named Arundell, at 1 Railway Terrace, Tirphil.
  It is not known when and with whom he enlisted for war service in Rhymney. He served as a private (various service numbers 3313, 15737 and 267128) in 1/6th battalion Welsh Regiment. His medal card shows he first served abroad in the Balkans on August 9 1915. He later fought on the Western Front where he was killed in action February 9 1917. He is commemorated on Pier and Face 7A and 10A Thiepval Memorial in France.
  A further discrepancy occurs on the war memorial in his birth village, Tirphil, which shows him to have been a Corporal in King's Royal Rifles.

James G C Harding

James George Christmas Harding was baptised 1 March 1893, at Prendergast, Haverfordwest, Pembokeshire, the son of Richard Charles Harding, licenced victualler of the Mill Inn, and his wife Alice. His father's death was registered in September quarter 1895. Alice his mother remarried in December 1895. Her new husband was John Beet, a widower whose wife had died 6 months earlier.  John Beet was a regular soldier. He joined the Army, aged 16, in December 1868 and, after 27 years' service, left the Army in February 1896.
At the time of the 1901 census, the family (John and Alice, Alice's five children by her first marriage, including James Harding aged 9, and John Robert Beet aged 1) lived in Haverfordwest. A decade later, the family was at 30 Pleasant View, Tirphil. But James G C Harding was a private in the South Wales Borderers in Brecon. 
 
  Four members of the Beet family served in the First World War, John Beet, his step-sons James Harding and Thomas Harding, and son John Robert Beet.

  At the outbreak of war, John Beet rejoined as an ex-NCO to train the men of Kitchener’s army. On 18 September 1914, at the age of 59 years and 11 months, he enlisted at Hereford and was posted to 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment as Private 9255; he was promoted to his former rank of Sergeant Major the following day. At the time of enlistment, his wife Alice with daughters Alice and Sybil were living at Poole Cottage, Thruxton, Hereford.  John Beet finally retired from the army on 6 March 1915.  In August 1915 John Beet was granted the licence of the Somerset Inn in Abergavenny, and he and Alice were still at the pub in 1917.  On 19 March 1924 he was granted an annuity of £10 as a reward for his long service.  John Beet died, aged 84, and was registered in Abergavenny in December Quarter 1935.

  Private M2/073686 Thomas Herbert Harding served with the Army Service Corps. He arrived in France 9 May 1915. He was discharged to Class Z Reserves 20 June 1919.

  John Robert Beet, who was born in 1899, served with the 2nd Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.  Newspaper articles report that he was badly wounded in February 1915; having both his legs smashed by a mortar shell when only 15 years and 9 months old. Surviving service records show that on 20 Oct 1913 he enlisted in Special Reserve King's Shropshire Light Infantry giving his age as 17 years 9 months. Both Constable William John of Tirphil Police Station and Theophilus Roberts of Tirphil School gave him good references and stated they had known him for at least 5 years and had last met him 3 weeks previously - despite the fact that the forms they filled in clearly stated that his age was 17 years 9 months! John Beet was posted to the 3/K.S.L.I. Depot/training unit in Shrewsbury. He was mobilised at the outbreak of the war. On 9 February 1915 he transferred to 2nd Battalion, and the next day he arrived in France. On 22 February 1915 he was appointed lance corporal but on the same day he was wounded, his wound being recorded as "fracture legs". He was repatriated on 7 March and did not return to France. He was discharged from the army as medically unfit 11 May 1917 after having had many operations on his legs. The army remained unaware of his true age. His discharge sheet gave his intended address as Mount Street, Abergavenny. John Robert Beet married Violet Mary Richards at St Mary’s Abergavenny on 6 August 1924. He appears to have died in 1887 at Brecon when aged 87.

Tirphil-Beet-Harding2James George Harding (familiarly known as Jimmy) enlisted at Cardiff.  Newspapers report that he was invalided home with a nervous breakdown in December 1914.  He returned to France in May 1917. Private Jimmy Harding was a telegraphist and signaller and part of a working party behind the lines when he was hit by a German shell, which also killed two of his comrades.  He died 7 July 1917, aged 24, and is buried in Canadian Farm Cemetery, Belgium. He is also remembered on the War Memorial in St Mary's Parish Church, Abergavenny.

  It was some years before war memorials were erected and that an occasional mistake was made might be expected. (For more details on the Beet/Harding family, see Gelligaer Volume 23 pages 98-102.)

Abergavenny Chronicle 20 July 1917

David John Benyon

Cpl 16058 David John BeynonTirphil-BenyonDJ, 8th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was killed by enemy shell fire on the 28th June 1916. He was part of a small group on picket duty in a forward trench at Kalinova, a village two miles North East of Caussica, at the foot of the hills which stand between Lakes Ardzan and Doiran. They were maintaining a watch for enemy movement when an enemy shell hit the parapet of the trench, killing three. Burials at Kalinova were later transferred to the Karasouli Military Cemetery; Cpl Beynon is buried in grave A216. Born in Nelson his residence on enlistment was New Tredegar. David married Mary Jane Elliott in Bedwellty parish in the March Quarter 1914. The 8th (Service) Battalion was formed at Brecon on 19th September 1914 as part of K3 and came under orders of 67th Brigade, 22nd Division. Battalion landed at Boulogne on 6th Sept 1915, sailed from Marseilles on 30th October 1915 for service in Salonika.

Tirphil-BeynonDJ-MI1Tirphil-BeynonDJ-MI2Headstone of Cpl Beynon’s grave at Karasouli Cemetery, Greece, courtesy of British War Graves.
"In June 2013, the CWGC began the project to replace all of the 1,426 pedestal grave markers due to deterioration and extreme weather conditions". Quote from the CWGC August 2013 newsletter
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Francis (Frank) Codrington

Francis (Frank) Codrington was the son of coal miner John Codrington and his wife Sarah. While the births of his twin sisters (Edith Martha and Mary Annie) were registered in Bedwellty registration district in June quarter 1882, maybe the family migrated to London where Frank was born about 1890. The family was back in Rhymney valley and lived in Commercial Street, New Tredegar in 1891 and 1901. Parents John and Sarah both died in 1905. Edith, having been in service in Cardiff at the time of the 1901 census, married son of local schoolmaster, Theophilus Roberts, in 1908. When the 1911 census was taken, Annie was in service in Cardiff and Frank was a coal miner lodging in Commercial Street, New Tredegar. Reports in the local press show he was a member of New Tredegar Lilies Cricket Club and that, in February 1910, he was elected as Hon. Secretary of the club. 
Frank enlisted for war service in New Tredegar and served as Privarte 21337 in South Wales Borderers. He entered France December 3 1915. Killed in action July 10 1916, he is remembered on Thiepval Memorial Pier and face 4A as well as on Tirphil and New Tredegar war memorials.
It is likely that sister Annie, his sole legatee, was in service in Waldegrave Hotel, Radstock, after the war.

Emrys Davies

Gunner Emrys Davies was 30 years old when, on 19 November 1917 and in a hospital in Rouen, he died of wounds received.  Born in Tirphil, he was son of Daniel Davies and his wife Eliza. He enlisted in Bargoed. According to information on his Medal Index Card, he served in France from 24 December 1915. Research to date has not shed any further light on his war experiences and the circumstances under which his wounds were inflicted are unclear, but possibly a day or two prior to his death.

Wilfred Godfrey Davies

 Research to date suggests that G. Davies was Wilfred Godfrey Davies, son of boot and shoe maker Joseph Davies and his wife Sarah. Born about 1867, he grew up in the family home in Tirphil (8 School Street at the time of the 1881 census). Both his parents died before the 1891 census was taken and no further details relating to his siblings have yet been researched. 
Records show that, aged 18, Wilfred Godfrey Davies joined the Welsh Regiment in 1885, and when the 1891 census was taken he may have been serving abroad. It is not clear when he returned to his native valley but, late in 1898, he married Mary Woodfield, a widow and mother of two young children. He was described as a coal miner when he headed the household at 32 Railway Terrace, Tirphil, when the 1901 and 1911 censuses were taken. According to the 1911 census, three of the five children born to Wilfred Godfrey and Mary were still alive at that time.
When World War I started, Wilfred Godfrey Davies was about 47 years old. He enlisted at Newport and went to France January 5 1915 and was killed in action on the Western Front May 25 1915. Records show he served with South Wales Borderers as Private 14246 and in Welsh Regiment 1st battalion as Private 36372.
Wifred Godfrey Davies is commemorated on panel 37 Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial as well as on Tirphil and New Tredegar war memorials.

Horatio Ellis Evans

Tirphil-EvansHC-Monmouth-Guardian-01118Monmouth Guardian, 1st November 1918.

Casualty E. Evans was probably Horatio Ellis Evans (familiarly known as Ellis). Son of Horatio Evans and his wife Sarah Elizabeth, Ellis was brought up in the family home at The Lloyds, Madeley (Ironbridge), Shropshire. His father was a labourer in the iron furnace and, when the 1901 census was taken, 14 year old Ellis was working as a brick and tile labourer.
If he was the Horatio Ellis Evans shown in Railway Employment Records, he was born July 12 1886 and employed by London and North Western Railway between September 25 1906 to July 6 1908. His move from his native Shropshire  to upper Rhymney valley was after that.
When Ellis Evans married Charlotte May Mills in St. Tyfaelog's Church on March 28 1910, his father was employed as a puddler and living at 13 Railway Terrace, Tirphil. His bride's father had died before that, and her widowed mother married Allan Tranter in 1908. Their family home was 4 Railway Terrace.  At the time of the 1911 census, Ellis, employed as a coal miner, lived in two rooms in 39 School Street, Tirphil, with his wife and infant daughter, Amy Enid.
Ellis, a timberman at East Elliott Pit, enlisted for war service at New Tredegar in January 1915. He served in South Wales Borderers as Private 3/21069 and, while he was a patient in Whitchurch Hospital (Cardiff), after being wounded and gassed in France, he was, as announced in London Gazette June 3 1916, awarded the Military Medal in the King's Military Birthday Honours 1916. As the newspaper extracts show, after being discharged from Whitchurch Hospital. Private Evans was drafted to Salonika where, in April 1917, he was blown up by a shell and then sent to England and, in March 1918, to France. From there, he went to Greece.
He died aged 34, September 17 1918, and his is grave VI.E.22 in Doiran Miltary Cemetery, Greece.

Tirphil EvansE Nov 30 1918



  South Wales Echo
30th November 1918

Isaac Rees Evans

When the 1891 census was taken, Isaac Rees Evans, born in Penmark,Tredegar, about 1890, was the youngest child of coal miner Isaac Evans and his wife Rachel living in the family home in Penmark. Isaac Rees Evans saw changes within the family during the following decade: not only did his mother Rachel die and his father remarry (Ellen) but he had younger siblings and the family moved to New Tredegar.
He married Gladys Mary (nee Thomas) May 14 1910 and, when the 1911 census was taken, he was a married coal miner, living with his wife in 2 Colliers Row, Tirphil.
Having enlisted for service in R.W.F. November 3 1908, Isaac Rees Evans served (number 3896) 7 years to December 6 1915. On enlisting, he was 5' 5" tall, weighed 140 lbs and his chest was 36½" (expanding by 2½"). Two months later on February 7 1916 he enlisted at Bargoed for war service and, as an experienced collier, served as Sapper 146205, a tunneller in Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers. He started as a tunnellers' mate at 2s 2d per day. He was transferred to the French Expeditionary Force February 29 1916 and arrived in France on March 2 1916. Promotion followed and when he died of wounds (gas) received in action on March 13 1918, he was a Corporal (having been promoted to that rank July 5 1917).

His parents are not named on the Statement of Relatives completed in 1920. That same document shows he and Gladys Mary had no children and his surviving siblings were named as:-

  • Evan Evan, full brother, aged 33 of White Houses, Coedcae, Tirphil.
  • David Evans aged 26 and Thomas Evans aged 22 (his two half brothers) of 2 Powells Terrace, New Tredegar (the family home at time of 1901 census)
  • Elizabeth Vaughan, full sister, aged 36, of 2 Wellfield Villa, Talyllyn
  • Sarah Ann Wheeler, full sister, aged 35, of 43 Fothergills Road, New Tredegar.

His widow, who later married a Mr James and lived at 14 Pleasant View, Tirphil, received a weekly pension of 15 shillings from September 30 1918. His possessions (coins, wallet, letters, cards. photographs, knife and silver watch [broken] and chain) were returned.

David E Gough

David E Gough served with the 1st London Regiment of the City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). He was discharged from the army on 15th January 1919 due to tuberculosis of the lungs, he never served abroad. His death was registered in Merthyr Tydfil district in the June Quarter 1919.

Alfred James

Tirphil-James-MG-250816Monmouth Guardian, 25th August 1916.

Edwin George Jeffries

Tirphil-JefferiesEdwin George Jeffries enlisted March 2 1916 and was called up May 27 1918, joining 1st Monmouthshire Regiment as Private 60594. His Regiment landed in France October 12 and on October 16 Private Jeffries was transferred to Royal Welsh Fusiliers and given a new number, 94295. Less than a month later, in one of the final attacks of the war, he was seriously wounded in action in France and he died a week after Peace was declared.
The battalion war diary reveals he was with the 16th battalion in the field on October 20 and suffered a gun shot wound to his back on November 4. He probably died of his wounds at one of the four casualty clearing stations at Caudry on November 19 1918 before being buried at Caudry British Cemetery.

Thomas Stephen Jones

Thomas Stephen Jones, Second Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion, was killed in action on 26th Sept 1917, age 26. On the day he was killed his battalion were taking part in the Battle of Polygon Wood, near Zonnebeke where they came under heavy machine gun fire from the railway station. The names of fifty-nine Fusiliers of 10 battalion are commemorated on Panel 63 to 65 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, 2nd Lte Jones’ name amongst them. He was the son of Stephen and Mary Jones of Coedcae, Tirphil

David Whittaker Morgan

Gwaelod-y-Brithdir Cemetery
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Lewis Henry Porch

Lewis Henry Porch was the son of Stephen and Sydnea Porch. Lewis was born at New Tredegar in 1896. In 1901 the whole family lived at Upper Cross Street in Tirphil with Lewis' maternal grandparents. By 1911 they were living in Nelson Terrace in Brithdir. Both Lewis, and his elder brother George, were coal miners, aged 15 and 17 respectively. His mother appears to have died in 1912. Lewis' enlistment papers have not survived but his brother George enlisted in the South Wales Borderers, at Brecon, in April 1913. His service number was 11036 and that of his brother Lewis was 11019, so it can be assumed that they enlisted at about the same time. George was however permitted to leave the army after only 6 weeks. He did not die in the war despite the fact that Pte. G.Porch, S.W.B. is recorded on the Tirphil Memorial

The medal card for Lewis Porch, 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, shows his date of entry into the French theatre of war as 13 Aug 1914. The 1st Battalion was part of the original British Expeditionary Force (BEF) that was sent to France shortly after war was declared. Part of 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, the 1st Battalion S.W.B landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. Lewis lost his life in the defence of Ypres, where the battalion suffered heavy casualties near Poelcapelle. On 31st October the battalion was dug-in along the Gheluvelt-Poezelhoek Road and fought gallantly under concerted attacks in the area of the Gheluvelt Chateau. Some elements were still in a sunken lane in the village, and held until reached by men of the 2nd Worcesters. The next day the survivors, who did not include Lewis, were withdrawn to Sanctuary Wood.

Lewis Henry Porch

Lewis Henry Porch was the son of Stephen and Sydnea Porch. Lewis was born at New Tredegar in 1896. In 1901 the whole family lived at Upper Cross Street in Tirphil with Lewis' maternal grandparents. By 1911 they were living in Nelson Terrace in Brithdir. Both Lewis, and his elder brother George, were coal miners, aged 15 and 17 respectively. His mother appears to have died in 1912. Lewis' enlistment papers have not survived but his brother George enlisted in the South Wales Borderers, at Brecon, in April 1913. His service number was 11036 and that of his brother Lewis was 11019, so it can be assumed that they enlisted at about the same time. George was however permitted to leave the army after only 6 weeks. He did not die in the war despite the fact that Pte. G.Porch, S.W.B. is recorded on the Tirphil Memorial

The medal card for Lewis Porch, 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers, shows his date of entry into the French theatre of war as 13 Aug 1914. The 1st Battalion was part of the original British Expeditionary Force (BEF) that was sent to France shortly after war was declared. Part of 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, the 1st Battalion S.W.B landed at Le Havre 13 August 1914. Lewis lost his life in the defence of Ypres, where the battalion suffered heavy casualties near Poelcapelle. On 31st October the battalion was dug-in along the Gheluvelt-Poezelhoek Road and fought gallantly under concerted attacks in the area of the Gheluvelt Chateau. Some elements were still in a sunken lane in the village, and held until reached by men of the 2nd Worcesters. The next day the survivors, who did not include Lewis, were withdrawn to Sanctuary Wood.

William Rees

Tirphil-ReesW-MG-260516Monmouth Guardian, 26th May 1916.

Charles Stapley

HMS Goliath was anchored in Morto Bay off Cape Helles along with HMS Cornwallis and a screen of five destroyers in foggy conditions on the night of May 12-13 1915. Around 1 a.m. (May 13) the Turkish torpedo boat destroyer Muavenet-i Milliye (manned by German and Turkish crew) eluded the British destroyers Beagle and Bulldog and zeroed in on the battleships. Muavenet-i Milliye fired two torpedoes, both of which struck Goliath almost simultaneously. One struck by her forward turret and the other near her forward funnel, immediately causing a massive explosion. Goliath began to capsize, and was already on her side when a third torpedo struck near her turret. She then rolled upside down and sank bow first. Five hundred and seventy of her 700 man crew died, including her commanding officer.
One interesting story relates to the survival of crew from Broadclyst, near Exeter. Leading Seaman, W. H. (Bill) Gitsham 203708, on watch in the hours leading up to sinking of Goliath, sighted a periscope on 3 occasions and reported to the Captain in accordance with standing orders. On the third occasion the Captain was not happy to be disturbed from his sleep. Bill was convinced of the threat to the ship and encourgaed his friends from Broadclyst to sleep on deck that night. One of them went below to get an envelope as the three torpedoes struck but, as those on deck survived, Bill became a hero in Broadclyst.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel ThomasTirphil-ThomasD-Book, was born in Brithdir, 2nd October 1893, but had emigrated to Canada. He enlisted 15th June 1915 at Calgary, Alberta. His next-of-kin was Mrs John Morgan of 2 Coedcae, Tirphil.

Gunner Daniel Thomas is remembered in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance, page 172.

Henry Wells

Tirphil-Wells-SWE040515There would appear to have been an error on the memorial. Henry Wells, also known as Harry, was in the army and his brother Jack was in the Navy. It is not known whether his brother survived the war or not.

In 1911 the family lived at 22 School street, Tirphil, having come to South Wales from Tyneside a few years earlier. Henry was then aged 19.

South Wales Echo May 4, 1915

Robert Vernon Downs

All six crew members were killed when aircraft Halifax HX181, returning from a raid on Germany, crashed into the servicing hangar at Tangmere at 21.35 November 19 1943.

The Halifax made several attempts to land and, as each time the approach was off, too high or off track, it suggests that either the pilot was badly injured ot someone else was trying to land the aircraft. On the last attempt the approach was much better aligned but still a little too high and it drifted left off-track towards the control tower. It drifted further, to the west side of the control tower at low height, until it crashed into the side of the most easterly hangar (the one closest to the control tower). A Spitfire and six Typhoon aircraft in the hangar were also destroyed and the resulting fire caused ammunition to explode and all off-duty personnel were evacuated from the station. Despite valient efforts by station personnel, all crew members perished and their bodies were taken to various cemeteries across the UK for burial.
The crew members were:-

  • 1015613 F/Sgt (Pilot) Benjamin HOLDSWORTH RAFVR
  • 578363 Sgt (Flt. Eng.)Raymond James Harry STEEL RAF
  • 1390492 Sgt (Nav./B) Clive TELFER RAFVR
  • 1397140 Sgt (Air Bomb.) Albert James OUDINOT RAFVR
  • 1119224 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Robert Vernon DOWNS RAFVR
  • AUS421975 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) John HARPER RAAF
  • 1338514 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Charles Edward SMITH RAFVR

Terence Forde

Son of Michael and Catherine Forde, Terence Forde, Ordinary Seaman in Merchant Navy, was just 22 years old when he died in December 1942.

He was a crewmember on the Norwegian steam ship Norse King, one of 45 ships, with Royal Canadian Navy Escort ships, in Convoy ON-154 outward bound from UK to North America in December 1942. The vessel was torpedeod by a German submarine during the Battle of the Atlantic. The convoy, 45 merchant ships in 12 columns of 3 or 4 ships each, escorted byCanadian Royal Navy, and over 5 miles wide and 1½ miles deep, was attacked by U-boat in the early hours December 27 1942, when 4 ships were torpedoed. On the night of December 28, the convoy was flanked by 19 U-Boats in two wolfpacks, and Terence's ship was sunk within two minutes with the loss of 14 crew members.

Glyndwr Rees James

Glyndwr Rees James, Aged 22, was killed in an accident on board HMS Archer June 19 1942.

HMS Archer, built as cargo ship, Mormacland, by the United States, was converted to escort carrier and operated by the Royal Navy during World War II.

En route from Capetown to UK June 14 1942, Archer came across two survivors of the merchantman SS Lyle Park which had been sunk by German raider KMS Michael on June 11. Whilst searching for other survivors, a signal was received: orders to sail to UK were countermanded and she was redirected to New York.
Archer's passage back to Freetown to disembark her passengers was marred by tragedy on June 19 when armourers were handling a 250lb bomb which exploded in a walkway on the edge of the flight deck. The blast killed eight men (who were buried at sea) and injured eleven more, one of whom died from his wounds two days later (he was buried in Freetown).

Those killed in Archer incident:-

  • >CORNELIUS, Leonard A, Air Fitter (O), FAA/FX 80390, MPK
  • >HOYLE, Alexander G, Act/Leading Air Mechanic (A), FAA/FX 75441
  • >JAMES, Glyndwr R, Air Mechanic (E) 1c, FAA/FX 78613, MPK
  • >MACDONALD, John, Air Mechanic (E) 1c, FAA/FX 78805, MPK
  • >MARTIN, Robert M, Air Mechanic 2c, FAA/FX 83818
  • >MAVOR, Robert G I, Air Mechanic (O), FAA/FX 78081
  • >SMITH, Clarence L G, Act/Leading Air Mechanic (O), FAA/FX 76276
  • >WHALEY, Walter R, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX 273099, MPK

Information from www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk

Melvin John Saunders

Melvin John Saunders, Aged 21, lost his life October 29 1942 whilst on the London registered SS Bullmouth.

Sailing from Sierra Leone to UK, Bullmouth, one of 37 ships in Convoy SL-125 attacked by Wolfpack 'Battleaxe' was torpedoed and damaged by U-409 and became a straggler. She was later hit by torpedoes from U-659 and sank in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the north west coast of Africa, not far from Gibraltar.

Another local man to lose his life that day was BRINLEY GORDON LEWIS, son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Lewis of New Tredegar who, aged 19, was ship's Steward on Bullmouth. Like Melvin John Saunders, Brinley Gordon Lewis is commemorated on Panel 21 Tower Hill Memorial, London.

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