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Troedrhiwfuwch War Memorial

Great War 1914-18

Names on Memorial Additional Information
Sergt. H. Phillips, S.W.B.  
Pte. J. Gill  
P. Leageian, D.C.M. Welch   
Pte. T. Jones   
Pte. R.J. Williams Richard John Williams.
Private  18912 Welsh Regiment 13th Battalion.
Killed in action July 10 1916.
Pier and Face 7A and 10A Thiepvil Memorial, France.
Son of Edwin and Jane Williams (57 High Street, Troedrhiwfuwch)
Pte. T.I. Healey Thomas Ivor Healey.
Private 3190 (241290) Welsh Regiment 1/5th Battalion.
Killed in action November 3 1917.
Grave C. 18 Beersheba War Cemetery.
Son of Thomas and Sarah Healey.
Pte. H. Nash, Worcs. Possibly Herbert George Nash.
Private 34212 Welsh Regiment 1st Battalion.
Died October 2 1915.
Panel 77 and 78 Loos Memorial, France. 
Pte. S. Davies, R.W.F.  
Rfln. J. Hillman, Mons. James Henry Hillman.
Rifleman 2415 Monmouthshire Regiment 1st Battalion
Killed in action May 8 1915 (as was his brother Rifleman Thomas John Hillman).
Panel 50 Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium,
Son of John and Annie Hillman.
Rfln. G.P. Ward George Pritchard Ward.
Rifleman 1965 Monmouthsire Regiment 1st Battalion.
Killed in action May 8 1915.
Panel 50 Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium.
Son of Robert and Martha Ward (1 Chapel Road, Troedrhiwfuwch)
Rfln. E. Williams Edward Williams.
Private 1563 Monmouthshire Regiment 1st Battalion.
Killed in action April 1915.
Panel 50  Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium.
Son of George Williams and cousin of William John Jones of 54 High Street, Troedrhiwfuwch. 
Rfln. A. Panter Arthur Panter.
Rifleman 2416 Monmouthsire Regiment 1st Battalion.
Killed in action May 8 1915.
Panel 50 Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium.
Son of Sidney and Sarah Panter (61 High Street, Troedrhiwfuwch)
Rfln. E. White, R.I.R Private 18354 Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died August 21 1918
Grave X. J. 1., A. I. F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France
Pte. F. Mayo, Army  
Sig. J. Roach, Navy  
Pte. B. Short, S.W.B  

World War 1939-45

M.V. Phillips, Sgt. R.A.F.  

The Village of Troedrhiwfuwch
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Troedrhiwfuwch Village 2013

Photo taken November 2013. Date of the original photograph is not known.

Richard John Williams

Richard John Williams, eldest child of Edwin Williams and his wife Jane, was born in Troedrhiwfuwch about 1893. According to the 1911 census, Edwin, born in Pontlottyn about 1867, spoke both English and Welsh, but, as his Cumberland-born wife Jane (whom he married about 1889) spoke English only, it is not surprising that their six children were monogot English.
In 1911, 18 year old Richard John, like his father, was described as a coal miner (hewer) while 14 year old Edmund was a coal miner (boy), presumably working with his father or older brother. His 15 year old sister, Lizzie Jane, assisted at home, younger brother Oliver, aged 9, was attending school, and the youngest brothers (Trevor aged 2 and Thomas aged 5 months) were at home.
It is not clear when and with whom, Richard John Williams enlisted for war service at Bargoed. He served as a Private (service number 18912) with Welsh Regiment 13th Battalion in France and Flanders where, sadly, he was killed in action July 10 1916. His name is listed on Pier and Face 7A and 10A on Thiepval Memorial, France and he is commemorated on the war memorial in his home village, Troedrhiwfuwch.
Further research may shed more light on the family, including whether or not the E. Wiliams (Rifleman) commemorated on Troedrhiwfuwch war memorial is a relative.

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