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Trelewis Memorial 1914-18

The names are listed in the order they appear on the memorial. The additional information shown has been taken from the Commonweath War Graves Commission Website, the next of kin addresses are evidently post-war. Further information is available by clicking on the poppy. Research is continuing to determine the identify those on the Memorial. If you can help please contact us.
Names on Memorial Additional Information
Richard Bailey Richard Bailey
Private 30870 Welsh Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action May 8 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.
Son of Thomas and Ellen Bailey.
Alfred G. Balls Alfred George Balls
Private 18279 Royal Army Medical Corps, 14th Field Ambulance.
Died of wounds July 25 1916
Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France, Grave I. A. 17.
William Bufton  
Joseph Davies Joseph Davies
Private 14040 King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.
Killed in action July 14 1916
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 12 A and 12 D.
Son of Joseph and Mary Davies of St Mary's Hill Cottage, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
Abram. Edwards Abraham Edwards
Private 12408 Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action July 1 1916
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7 B
Son of Robert and Priscilla Edwards of 35 High Street, Trelewis and husband of the late Beatrice Edwards.
D.W. Griffiths David Watkin Griffiths
Rifleman S/2336 Rifle Brigade, 11th Battalion.
Killed in action April 1 1918
Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 81-84
E. Hardman Edwin Hardman
Lance Corporal 3/8667 Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action May 2 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.
Hopkin Isaac Hopkin Isaac
Private 3/8672 Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action May 2 1915
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.
Son of the late Howell and Ann Isaac
Joshua L. Isaac Joshua Lewis Isaac
Private 241908 Welsh Regiment.
Died March 25 1919, age 46
Gellygaer (St. Cattwg) Churchyard, Grave 18. 20,
Son of Howell and Ann Isaac
Daniel Jayne Daniel Jayne
Private 6426 King's Shropshire Light Infantry 5th Battalion.
Died September 6 1917 aged 26.
III. B. 10. Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road, Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Son of John and Gladys Jayne (20 High Street, Trelewis).
J.T. Jenkins John Thomas Jenkins
Sergeant 16024 royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion.
Killed in action July 20 1916
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 A
Wm. J. Jewell William John Jewell
Second Lieutenant South Wales Borderers, 12th Battalion attached 10th Battalion
Killed in action September 1 1918
Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 6.
James Jones James Jones
Private 73695 Welsh Regiment, 14th Battalion.
Killed in Action August 18 1918
Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 7.
Joseph Jones Joseph Jones
Lance Corporal 8656 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 252nd Battalion.
Died September 25, 1918
Archangel Allied Cemetery, Russian Federation, Grave H. 2.
(formerly 19795 Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
Robt. J. Jones Robert John Jones (CWGC Robert Joseph)
Gunner 2369 Royal Field Artillery
Died January 26 1917, age 26
Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, Grave Div. 3. E. 14.
Son of Mrs S. Jones of 2 Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis.
Wm. Jones William Jones
Private 19890 Duke of Cornwalls's Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion (Formerly 12998, Somerset Light Infantry)
Killed in Action November 17 1916
Doiran Memorial, Greece.
H.G. Leigh Henry Godfrey Thomas Leigh
2nd Lieutenant Labour Corps and 5 Africa Field Artillery
Died November 11 1918, age 34
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France, Grave IX. E. 8.
Son of William Watkin Leigh and Jessie Louisa Leigh, of Llansnnor House, Cowbridge, Glam. 
Wm. H. Lewis William Havard Lewis
Private 75943 Welsh Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Died November 30 1918, age 32
Merthyr Tydfil (Beech Grove) Cemetery, Grave R. 1. 17.
Son of Aaron and Anne Lewis of 14 Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis
David Lewis  
Wm. H. Martin William Thomas Martin M.M.
Lance Corporal 12391 Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Battalion.
Died September 1 1918, aged 23.
Commemorated Panel 7., Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Son of Thomas Martin, of 33, Fell St., Treharris.
S.R. Mansell Samuel Richards Mansell
Private 12851 Grenadier Guards King's Company, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action October 20 1914, age 29
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Addenda Panel 58.
Husband of Laura M Mansell of Soley, Norwich.
Thos. Mansell Thomas Mansell
Private 463 Welsg Guards, 1st Battalion (formerly 21023 Grenadier Guards).
Died of wounds July 31 1917
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West Vlaaderen, Belgium, Grave II. E. 13.
Morgn. Martin Morgan Martin
Private 54391 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 19th Battalion. (formerly 1584 Welsh Horse)
Died of wounds November 26 1917
St. Aubert British Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave V. A. 11.
Brother of Mrs S. A. Davies of 42 Bassett St., Coldpenmaen, Pontypridd. 
 Frank Mason Frank Mason
Sergeant 3/8677 Dorsetshire Regiment, 6th Battalion.
Died April 20 1918, age 31
Grevillers British Cemetery, Grave XI. B. 9.
Grandson of Mrs Elizabeth Mason of 3 Castle Rd., Rhyader, Radnor
David W. Ninnis David William Ninnis.
Private 12393 Dorsetshire Regiment 5th Battalion.
Died August 21 1915, aged 19.
Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli), Panel 136 to 139.
Son of John and Elizabeth Ninnis (47 High Street, Trelewis)
Wm. D. Ninnis William Daniel Ninnis
Private 6427 King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 7th Battalion. 
Died January 1 1917.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 A and 12 D.
Wm. H. North William Henry North.
Private 6286 Australian Infantry A. I. F. 1st Battalion.
Died April 16 1917 aged 29.
Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave III. C. 9.
Son of William and Eva North of 6 Caiach Terrace, Trelewis. Born at Highbridge Somerset. 
James Northey James Northeypoppy
Sergeant 9563 Welsh Regiment 2nd Battalion.
Died October 8 1916 aged 35.
Merthyr Tydfil (Beech Grove) Cemetery, Grave A. 3. 35.
Son of John Northey; husband of Beatrice Jane Aston (formerly Northey) of 9, Colby Rd. Achddu, Buury Port, Carmarthenshire. Born at Gelli Ystrad, Rhondda
Moses Owen Moses Owen
Corporal 17703 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action September 25 1915
Loos Memorial Panel, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 50 to 52. 
Frank C. Parry Francis C Parry
Lance Corporal 266 Welsh Guards, 1st Battalion. (formery 19303 Grenadier Guards)
Died of wounds September 22 1916, age 21
Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe, Somme, France, Grave IV. H. 2.
Son of John Jenkyn and Caroline Raymond Parry, of Pencraigfargoed, Trelewis.
John E. Prosser John Edward Prosser
Second Lieutenant Royal Air Force 98th Sqadron.
Died October 30 1918, aged 18.
Grave A. 37., Quievrain Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Prosser, of 25, Brunswick St., Swansea. Native of Aberdare
George H. Rees George Herbert Rees
Rifleman 290 Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion.
Died October 14 1914.
Grave B. 1., Padelles Churchyard, Nord, France.
Herbt. Sellick Bert Sellick
Gunner 14507 Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery.
Killed in Action May 1 1918, age 20
Nine Elms British Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave XI. C. 9.
Son of William Henry and Clara Sellick, of Wales; husband of Mrs. G. M. Sellick of St. Columba's Hospital, Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, London. Born Somerset Herbert
D.Wm. Steer David William Steer
Private 33252 Welsh Regiment, 13th Battalion.
Killed in action September 25 1918, age 26.
Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, Pas de Calais, France, Grave A. 8.
Son of Thomas and Mary Steer of Llancaiach; husband of Esther Bagnall (formerly Steer) of 82, Whitehall Rd., Walsall.
D.J. Stephens David Stephens
Private 2382 Welsh Guards, 1st Battalion. (formerly 34404 Welsh Regiment)
Killed in action September 10 1916
London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, Somme, France, Grave 9.E.16.
Thos. C. Storey Thomas Charles Storey
Private 16727 Coldstream Guards, 2nd Battalion.
Killed in action September 16 1916, age 25
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 7D and 8D.
Son of Charles and Rachel Storey of 56 High Street, Trelewis.
Jas. H. Sykes James Henry Sykes
Private 3/8275 Dorsetshire Regiment, 3rd/5th Battalion.
Died January 7 1915
Weymouth Cemetery, Grave B. "C." 2282.
W. Stonebridge William Stonebridge.
Private 55657 Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Battalion.
Died aged 21 May 8 1918.
Panel 63 to 65 Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Son of Arthur and Lucy of "Brynawel" Castle Road, Rhayader.
Geo. Watkins George Watkins
Corporal 16729 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, "C" Company 1st Battalion.
Died June 28 1915, age 33
Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 13 and 14.
Son of John and Mary Watkins of 1 High Street, Trelewis; husband of Gwen Watkins of 66 High Street, Trelewis.
Rph. Watkins Ralph Watkins
Sergeant 14176 King's Shropshire Light Infantary, 7th Battalion.
Killed in action January 3 1916, age 19.
Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, West Vlaaderen, Begium, Grave C. 24.
Son of Mr W. M. and Mrs S. Watkins of Bryn-Amlwg, Trelewis.
Thos. Watkins Thomas Watkins
Second Lieutenant Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Battalion (formerly 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards).
Died May 9 1915, age 36
Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium, Panel 7 and 8.
Son of John and Mary Watkins of Trelewis, husband of Elsie Jane Watkins of 232 Oxford Rd., Reading.
J.C. Williams  
W.O. Williams William Owen Williams
Private 241143 Welsh Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.
Died November 23 1918, age 21
Kantara War Memorial Cemetry, Egypt, Grave F. 184.
Son of Owen and Margaret Williams of 14 Field St, Trelewis
J. Williams John Williams
Private 291258 Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion. (formerly 14225 Shropshire Light Infantry)
Died August 9 1918
Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, Grave II. D. 4.
J.T. Williams  




Alfred Balls

Alfred Balls was born in Islesworth Middlesex (London) about 1887. He was the son of James and Jane Balls. In 1911 he was a quarryman, living as a boarder at 8 Richards Tce, Trelewis.

He first entered the theatre of war in France on August 21 1914.


Abraham Edwards

Abraham Edwards was born in Nelson about 1892. In 1911 he was a coal miner, living with his parents at 24 Bontnewydd Tce, Trelewis. He married Beatrice Mantle in May 1913. In August 1913 they had a daughter Averil; a second daughter, Dilys Megan, was born September 8, 1914. Nevertheless he signed up on November 9. As appears to be the case with many of those who joined, he was small by today's standard, being 5ft 5in and weighing 128lbs.

He was wounded in the upper left arm while fighting in the Dardanelles on August 25, 1915. He was transported back to Britain and spent 7 weeks in hospital in Bristol. He rejoined his unit in France in January 1916. On May 7 he suffered Shell Shock, and on the 8th he was sent to a rest station. He returned to his unit on the 14th. He was killed in action on July 1, 1916.

His wife gave birth to a son Abraham Audry four weeks later on July 27. She died in the March quarter of 1919.

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David Watkin Griffiths

David Watkin Griffiths, referred to as Dai Griffiths in Merthyr Express April 1918, was born in Treharris 1897. He family moved to Trelewis around 1906; in 1911 they were living at 5 Richards Tce. After the war his parents, Peter & Eli abeth, are mentioned as living at 28 Bontnewydd Tce. In 1911, David, although only 14, was already a coal miner. The 1914-18 war casualty list has his enlistment location as Porth, Cornwall, but his records seem to show that he atested at Winchester on September 8, 1914, stating his age as 19.

The records show that he was killed in action between March 20 and April 1, 1918.  After the war Catherine May Griffiths, of 26 Oakland Tce, Treharris was shown as his next of kin. He had married Catherine May Preston of Treharris in the June quarter of 1917.


Edwin Hardman

Edwin Hardman and Hopkin Isaac joined up together at Merthyr on September 2nd 1914. On May 2nd 1915 they died together. Edwin Hardman's service record survives and it shows he "Died of poison gas".

The record shows he signed up 2nd Sept. 1914. He was 19 years 150 days and a coal miner of 5ft 6in. To the question "Have you resided outside your father's house for 3 years continuously in the same place ..." he replied Yes (necessary because he was under 21). He signed up for three years unless the War lasts longer than three years.

The records show that having signed up on the 2nd September 1914, he joined the Somerset Light Infantry at Taunton on the 3rd. On the 9th he was transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment. On 26 January 1915 he was appointed a Lance Corporal and on 23rd March he was posted on active service. On 2nd May he died of poison gas in action. He was recorded as having served for 243 days.

His next of kin was given as his mother Emma Hardman of Shakesfield Cottage, Dymock, Glos. After the war in 1921 his possessions (1 Testament, 1 Gift Box and Letters) were returned to his next of kin, his brother William who lived at 71 High Street, Trelewis. The record suggests that perhaps he also was in the Dorsetshire Regiment.

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Hopkin Isaac

Hopkin Isaac and Edwin Hardman joined up together at Merthyr on September 2nd 1914. On May 2nd 1915 they died together.

The following is taken from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924. Unfortunately the quality of the reproduction of the photograph is not very good.


Joshua L Isaac

Joshua L Isaac's gravestone in Gelligaer Parish Churchyard

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John Thomas Jenkins

Merthyr Express, Aug 5 1916
Sergeant killed - Mr and Mrs R Jenkins of Caiach Terrace, have been notified that their son, Sergeant J T Jenkins, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action on July 20th. The sad news reached them Monday morning by letters from the deceased’s company officers and non-commissioned officers. Sergeant Jenkins was 23 years of age and had been at the front since September last year. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Ocean Colliery, Treharris and was very popular amongst all classes.

The letters from France read:
10th Batt, R.W.F., 26th July 1916 - Dear Madam, It is with very great regret that I have to inform you that your son, 16024, Sergt Jenkins, was killed in action on the 20th inst. He was one of the best men in my company, and knew no fear. In the event of any personal effects being found in his kit, I shall have them sent to you. Yours truly, E.M. Sell, Captain.

Company Sergeant W E Phillips writes:

Dear Mrs Jenkins, It is with very deep regret that I inform you of the death of your son, Sergt J T Jenkins, who was killed in action on 20th. He was a good friend of mine and I feel his loss very much. I may say that he was very popular with all his comrades and that he was one of the best and bravest N.C.O.s we had in the battalion. Please accept my sincerest sympathy in your loss. Yours Sincerely, W E Phillips, Sergt.

Harry Price of the same battalion, writing to his mother at Trelewis says “One of my chums has been killed, Jack Jenkins. I don’t know his people’s address or I would write to them. He lived near the Ffald somewhere. I would like you to go and tell them that little Jack died leading his platoon into action and setting a good example to the N.C.O.s under him. We were out for a walk a few nights ago and he was saying there were only three of us from the village in the battalion. Tell his mam the little hero died quite peacefully and suffered no pain. Please offer them my sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.”

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John Thomas Jenkins was born about 1893 in Treharris. His parents were Robert and Mary Jane Jenkins. The Family lived in Pritchard Street, initially at No.26 then later at No.1. There were eight children. The family moved across to Caiach Terrace, Trelewis, sometime after 1911.

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William John Jewell

William John Jewell was born in Skewen, in late 1897, to Thomas and Annie Jewell. In 1901, 25 year old Thomas Jewell was described as a collier above ground. In 1911, the family was living at 19 Field St., Trelewis. Both father and 14 year old William were described as coal miners. Annie Jewell was described as a sweets dealer. There were two younger children Oswald age 9 and Winifred age 7 who had both been born in Skewen.

The Merthyr Express of December 4, 1914, reported that "Tom and Will Jewell (father and son) ... are home on leave". However, little survives of the military record of the family. The father, who would have been 38 in 1914, is possibly Thomas J Jewell, Private 21930 South Wales Borderers, who entered the French theatre of war on December 4, 1915 and was discharged from the army July 19 1917.

William John Jewell, who turned 17 in late 1914, was Private 30869 South Wales Borderers. He first entered the theatre of war in the Balkans on August 4, 1915. From Merthyr Express we know that in January 1916 he was a corporal and in May 1916 he was a sergeant. He received his commission September 25, 1917 when he must have been just short of 20. He was killed in action in France September 1, 1918.

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Joseph Jones

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Merthyr Express October 19, 1918                                  Photographs Archangel Cemetery courtesy Paul Morgan (2015)

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Robert John Jones

Robert John JonesTrelewis-JonesR-ME030217 was one of five sons of Robert and Sarah Jones of 2 Bontnewydd Terrace. The family had moved to Trelewis early in the century from Minera, near Wrexham, where Robert senior had been a lead miner. In the 1911 census the family at 2 Bontnewydd Tce were mother Sarah, daughter Maria (age 25) and sons Robert John (age 21) and Thomas (age 18). Sons Ishmael and Joseph were already married with children. Joseph, Robert and Thomas all served during the war. Both Joseph (see previous name) and Robert died.

Merthyr Express February 3, 1917

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William Jones

Merthyr Express December 2 1916
"Trelewis News: Official notice has been received by Mrs Williams, Railway Street, Trelewis that her brother, Private W Jones, has been killed in action at Salonika. He worked at Treharris Colliery."

The Casualty List shows William Jones not only lived in Trelewis but had also been born in Trelewis.

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Henry Godfrey Thomas Leigh

Trelewis-Leigh-ME231118     Merthyr Express November 23, 1918

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William Havard Lewis


Merthyr Express December 7, 1918   and   December 14, 1918

William Havard Lewis was born William Havard and was named as such in the census data and as step-son to Aaron Lewis. Like his mother he was born in Crickadarn, Breconshire.

The deaths recorded as pneumonia were most likely deaths due to flu. The flu pandemic of 1918-20 killed over 50 million people worldwide. To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality, which was greater among young people than among children and the elderly.


William Thomas Martin

Although shown as Wm H Martin on the memorial, the report of the unveiling of the memorial in Merthyr Express June 6 1925 gave the name as William T Martin.

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Thomas Mansell

Trelewis-ManselT-ME180817     Merthyr Express August 8, 1917

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Morgan Martin

Merthyr Express March 23 1917
"Trelewis News: Official news has been received of the death in action some months ago of two Trelewis soldiers: Privates Morgan Martin and Charles Morris, R.W.F. Both lived at Warren Terrace, Trelewis."

Charles Morris's name does not appear on the War Memorial although the name C. Morris appears on the Parish War Memorial register at St Mabon's Parish Church, Llanfabon. Caiach Terrace, Warren Terrace and Mackintosh Terrace were sometimes mentioned as being in Trelewis and sometimes in Nelson.


Frank Mason

Trelewis-Mason-ME200418     Merthyr Express April 20, 1918

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William Daniel Ninnis

Trelewis-NinnisW-ME030217     Merthyr Express February 3, 1917

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William Henry North

William Henry NorthTrelewis-North was killed in action on the 16th November 1917 whilst serving with the Australian Imperial Force in France. His parents, William & Eva North, lived at 6 Caiach Terrace, Trelewis. William Henry had emmigrated to Australia on the 20th August 1912 on the ship Moravian, arriving at Sydney on 7th October 1912.

On 22nd March 1916, he enlisted at Victoria Barracks, Sydney, and joined the 1st Infantry Battalion, as Private 6286; he was 28. He embarked at Sydney, part of 20th Reinforcements, on the Australian Troopship A14 ‘Euripides’ on 9th Sept 1916, and arrived at Plymouth on 26th October. The next three months were taken up with training at Fovant, Wiltshire and Larkhill, Salisbury Plain, before proceeding overseas to France. He departed Folkstone on the 4th February 1917 aboard the S.S. Victoria. He joined his unit at Estaples on the 7th.

It would appear from his records that Pte North was listed as missing in action. A letter, dated 10th Sept 1917, reveals that his sister, Miss E North of 6 Caiach Terrace, Trelewis, had written to the Australian Red Cross seeking information on her soldier brother. The Society made extensive enquires over a four-month period, interveiwing numerous men from his unit, who, incidentally, were all in various English and French military hospitals when their statements were made. All gave similar evidence.

The Australians were in the front lines near the village of Boursies, when Pte North was killed instantaneously by a German ‘pineapple’ grenade bomb, thrown into the trench (A pineapple bomb was a heavily grooved hand grenade in a familiar quilted "pineapple" pattern to enhance fragmentation). North did not see the bomb coming, nor did he hear the warning, and he did not take cover. He was the only one killed. His comrades buried him out in the open near the Sunken Road outside the village of Boursies, on the road to Cambrai, near the remains of a ruined church or chapel, his grave being marked by his rifle and his name and regimental particulars. Pte 5748 Levison Murphy, Pte 3862 F. C. Hudson, and Pte 29 Wilton Eric Cheadle were three who helped bury their comrade; Cheadle stated he made a rough cross, and put North's name, etc. on it.

The British Extension to the local Moeuvres Communal Cemetery was made between September and October 1918. It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields on the Cambrai-Bapaume road. Pte William Henry North was buried in Plot III, Row C, Grave 9.   On the Australian War Memorial in London, William Henry North's name is on panel 30.

Trelewis-NorthWH-ME190517Before enlisting William resided with his uncle (mother’s brother) Police Sgt J.F. Linegar at 25 Moore Park Road, Sydney and left in his care a locked cabin trunk and a suitcase containing wearing apparel and presents from his mother of esteemed family value, and a mandolin in a case. He expressed a wish that should he not return the effects to be sent to his father and mother, William and Eva, Trelewis, South Wales. A few months after Pte North was killed his father wrote to Sgt Linegar and requested that because of the great activity of the German submarines not to send the effects until conditions improved. Pte North's campaign medals, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, were received by his mother with his Memorial Plaque & scroll in 1921

Early Life
His parents, William North & Eva Linegar married at Bridgewater in 1886. William Henry was christened on the 7th May 1887 at Highbridge, Somerset. A sister Lily was born in 1889. In the 1891 census the family lived at the Globe Inn on Newton Road, Highbridge with Eva’s sixty-year old mother, Charlotte Linegar, who was the Publican. William and Eva remained within a ten-mile radius and had four more children Elsie, Mathew, Grace, and Charlotte. By April 1903, the family had moved to the Treharris area where Eva gave birth to three more children, Winifred at Pentwyn, John at Treharris, and Ronald at Quakers Yard. On the 1911 census they lived at 13a Mill St Road, Quakers Yard. William aged 46, was employed as a road repairer underground. William Henry's service record shows that prior to emigrating to Australia he had served with the 3rd Welsh Volunteers but had resigned after two years service

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Troops billeted in a sunken road, Bullecourt, France, May 1917.
Note the white crosses identifying where soldiers were buried, some near the spot where they were killed. The bodies would later have been moved to a cemetery as was that of William North.

Sources: Australian Imperial Force Service Records, Australian War Memorial Roll, Australian First World War Embarkation Rolls, Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files, National Library of Australia: Trove Digital Newspapers.
[Research by Roy Smith]

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Frank Parry

Frank Parry, was born in Little Newcastle, Pembokeshire in about 1897. Not long after his birth the family moved to Bryn-rhe farm and later moved across the common to  Pencraigfargoed farm.

On April 15 1916 Merthyr Express carried the following report:
Gallant Trelewis Soldier - Corporal Frank Parry, Welsh Guards, son of Mr J J Parry, Penygraig Fargoed Farm, Trelewis, has received an official commendation of a brave action performed by him in September last at the battle of Loos. This gallant soldier, who is not 21 years old, enlisted in the Grenadier Guards at the outbreak of war and transferred to the Welsh Guards on the formation of that regiment. He is well known locally, especially amongst the local farmers and has won several prizes in ploughing competitions prior to his 17th birthday. The news has created great satisfaction in his district. Full particulars of his gallant action are contained on a parchment certificate which has been sent to his father for safe custody by Colonel Lord Harlech, commanding officer of the Welsh Guards. It was for this action that he was promoted to Corporal on the field. Lord Harlech’s letter reads as follows:
Headquarters, Welsh Guards, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W. - 4th April, 1916 - Sir, I forward herewith for safe custody, a parchment certificate of good service rendered in the field by No 266, Private Frank Parry, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards. Will you kindly acknowledge its receipt, I am your obedient servant, Harlech, Colonel commanding the Welsh Guards.
   The parchment certificate reads as follows:
“Guards Division, 1916. This is to certify that No 266, Private Frank Parry, First Battalion, Welsh Guards, performed the following act of gallantry on 27th September 1915 at Loos: In company with three other privates, remained on Hill 70 from September 27th until midnight September 30th-October 1st, in a hole between the British and German trenches, with two German prisoners and a dead German officer. They lived on food taken from the Germans, and returned on Oct. 1st with the two prisoners and the papers found on the dead German officer, This certificate is issued in appreciation of the act, but does not entitle or qualify the recipient to any reward, extra emolument, or pension, (Signed) A Fielding, Major-General, commanding the Guards Division.”

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 6 October 1916

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George Herbert Rees

Trelewis-reesghTrelewis-ReesGH-Cambrian-Daily-Leader-271114     Cambrian Daily Leader, November 27, 1914

George Herbert Rees died exactly one year to the day after the Senghenydd explosion. He is also remembered on the Grangetown War Memorial. (Photo courtesy of Grangetown War Project)

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David William Steer

David William Steer, known as Will, was the second of 14 children of Tom and Mari Steer. He was the oldest of the four sons. He was a locomotive driver at Deep Navigation before he enlisted but became a cobbler when he joined the army. He was killed by a stray shell while working in a ruined building. He is also commemorated on the Nelson Memorial. In 1901 and 1911 the family were living at 4 Glynbargoed Road in Trelewis but at the time of his death David William was living in Caiach Terrace. His younger brother, Thomas Ronald Steer, known as Ron, died in the Second World War and is also commemorated on Trelewis War Memorial.

This information courtesy of Judy Ellis, whose mother, Hilda, was his youngest sister, born in 1915. Her only memory of him was of a time when he came home on leave from France, probably in early 1918, bringing her a big china doll. Her grandfather was also a locomotive driver and worked at Deep Navigation Pit for many years.


David Stephens

David J Stephens, was born in Nelson in 1895. In 1911 he was living with his parents and four brothers at 32 Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis. He married Louisa Burley in the December quarter of 1913.

Merthyr Express reported his death on 7th October 1916
"Official intimation has also been received that Private David Stephens, Welsh Guards, is missing, believed killed, since September 10th. Private Stephens is a son of Mr Ben Stephens, Lower High Street, Trelewis."
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He had a son who was killed in the second World War.

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William Stonebridge

Trelewis-Stonebridge-ME010618     Merthyr Express June 1, 1918

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William Owen Williams

Trelewis-Williams-Lewis-ME071218     Merthyr Express July 12, 1918

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Johnny Williams

Trelewis-WilliamsJ-ME231118Jack Williams was the son of John and Ann Williams. In the census data he was generally recorded as Johnny Williams. He was born about 1893. John and Ann Williams had come to the eastern coalfields with their two eldest daughters in the mid 1870s.  They had lived in both Llanfabon and Treharris before settling at 8 Glynbargoed Road in the 1890s. They had had four more daughters before Johnny was born. Both Johnny and his father worked underground in 1911.

A news item of Oct. 6 1917 said "Private J Williams, Suffolk Regiment of Glynbargoed, who has been wounded, is on rest leave from a home camp". This has enabled him to be identied on the CWGC website.

Merthyr Express October 23, 1918

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