Gilfach War Dead

The names are listed alphabetically. In brackets are the names as they appear on the memorial – occasionally errors do occur on memorials.

William Cook     (Cook W)
Bombadier 146 Royal Field Artillery, “B” Battery, 122nd Brigade.
Died May 3 1918, aged 22.
II. B. 4. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Son of Elizabeth Cook, of 26, Gwerthonor Place, Gilfach.

Ronald James Davies     (Davies R J)
Able-seaman D/SSX 33913 Royal Navy.
Died on HMS Hecla November 12 1942, aged 21.
Commemorated Panel 68 Column 3 Plymouth Naval Memorial.

William Thomas Davies     (Davies W T)
Able Seaman Wales/Z/245, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion, R.N. Division.
Died September 22 1915, aged 19.
Commemorated Panel 8 Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Son of David and Alice Davies, of 12, Maesygraig St., Gilfach.

Albert Edward Dungey     (Dungy A E)
Private 21190 The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 7th Battalion.
Died December 17 1918, aged 22.
Grave VIII. A. 74, Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.
Husband of Janet Jones (formerly Dungey) of 143 Park Place, Gilfach.

Harold Edmunds     (Edmunds H)
Driver 205 Royal Field Artillery 119th Brigade.
Died July 13 1916.
Grave II. B. 16, Mericourt-L’Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Son of Mr. A. Edmunds (2 Vere Street, Gilfach).

Thomas Griffin     (Griffin T)
Private 37047 Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died July 31 1917, aged 31.
Commemorated Panel 34 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Son of Elizabeth Griffin, of 2, Llewellyn St., Gilfach and the late Joseph Griffin; husband of Mary Edith Griffin, of 11, Passage Rd., Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

Edward Griffiths     (Griffiths E)
Private 2959 Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died April 28 1921, aged 48
Grave 17. 9. Gelligaer (St Cattwg) Churchyard.
Born at Penrhyn. Son of Shem and Gwen Griffiths; husband of Mary Ann Griffiths, of 28, The Drive, Gwerthoner Houses, Gilfach.

William Austin Harvey     (Harvey W A)
Flying Officer 199344 RAFVR.
Died October 21 1947, aged 25.
Grave G. 64, Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.
Son of Frederick and Elise Mary Harvey, of Gilfach.

John Miles Jones    (Jones J M)
Sub-Lieutenant (A) Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M.S. Implacable.
Died May 12 1945, age 20.
Plot B. Row B. Grave 13, Nowra War Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia.
Son of John Lewis Jones and Joyce Jones, of Gilfach.

Simon Jones     (Jones S)
Lance Corporal 39302 South Wales Borderers, 5th Battalion.
Died March 25 1918, aged 26.
Commemorated Bay 6 Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Jones, of Oakland Villa, Park Place, Gilfach; husband of Charlotte Mabel Johnson (formerly Jones), of 19, Mountjoy Place, Newport, Mon

William Henry Jones     (Jones W H).
Driver 1335 Royal Field Artillery, “B” Battery, 122nd Brigade.
Died July 22 1917, aged 28.
Grave II. M. 3. Bard Cottage Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Son of Sarah Jane Bennett (formerly Jones), of 11, Railway Terrace, Gilfach, and the late Albert Jones. Native of Bishton, Newport, Mon.

Thomas James Kilty     (Kilty T J)
Leading Signalman D/JX 138661 Royal Navy..
Lost on HM Triumph January 20 1942.
Commemorated Panel 67, Column 3, Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Son of Annie Kilty (15 Cross Street, Gilfach).

George Cornelius Knight     (Knight G C)
Serjeant 13285 Royal Fusiliers 25th Battalion.
Died January 4 1917, aged 40.
Grave III. A. 3, D ar es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery, Tanzania.
Son of Charles and Naomi Knight and husband of Ethel Louise Knight of ‘Wordesley’, Gwerthonor Place, Gilfach. Born at Wordsley, Stourbridge, Worcs.

Frederick Joseph Lane     (Lane F J).
Private 37636 Welsh Regiment 14th Battalion.
Died December 5 1917, aged 32.
Grave I. B. 2. Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Nord, France.
Son of Thomas and Emma Lane (Malvern, Worcestershire) and husband of May Lane (4, Cross Street, Gilfach).

Gordon Lewis     (Lewis G)
Private 28779 Welsh Regiment, 18th Battalion.
Died October 9 1916, aged 19.
Grave I. H. 19. Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France.
Son of William and Mary Lewis, of 8, Maesygraig St., Gilfach.

William Benjamin Lloyd     (Lloyd W B)
Second Lieutenant Northamptonshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Died August 10 1917, aged 22.
Commemorated Panel 43 and 45, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Lloyd, of “Fair View,” Gilfach.

Names on Memorial

John Samuel Mark     (Mark J S)
Private 7250 Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died August 22 1918.
Grave IV. F. 29. Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France.
Stepson of John Thomas, of 149, Park Place, Gilfach.

Arthur Morgan     (Morgan A)
Private 973 Welsh Guards, Prince of Wales’ Company, 1st Battalion.
Died September 27 1915, aged 22.
Commemorated Panel 10, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Francis C Parry     (Frank C. Parr?y)
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.

James Morgan     (Morgan J)
Private 11475 South Wales Borderers, 1st Battalion.
Died May 9 1915, aged 19.
Commemorated Panel 14 and 15, Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Son of James and Alice Morgan, of 31 Gwerthonor Place, Gilfach.

Wilfred Morgan Nash     (Nash W M)
Private 57948 Welsh Regiment 14th Battalion.
Died September 15 1918, aged 19.
Grave IV. A. 41, Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais France.
Son of Mr and Mrs Nash (15 Maesygraig Street, Gilfach).

William Thomas Price     (Price W T)
Gunner 159651 Royal Field Artillery 121st Battery.
Died July 14 1920, aged 27.
Commemorated Face 1, Delhi Memorial (India Gate), Delhi, India.
Son of William H. and Hannah Price (16 St. Mary Street, Gilfach).

Bernard Kenneth Spivey     (Spivey B K)
Trooper 7912891 Royal Tank Regiment R.A.C. 4th.
Died November 26 1941, aged 21.
Grave 8. F. 12.,Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya.
Son of Frank Knapman and Charlotte Spivey, husband of Mary Spivey (Gilfach).

John Selwyn Thomas     (Thomas J S)
Ordnance Artificer 4th Class D/MX 65301 Royal Navy, H.M.S. Repulse.
Died  December 10 1941, aged 21.
Commemorated Panel 54 Column 3, Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Son of Thomas and Sarah Thomas (Gilfach).

Lewis Frank Thomas     (Thomas L F)
Serjeant 13015 South Wales Borderers 1st Battalion.
Died August 11 1916, aged 39.
Grave III. A. 17. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension.
Brother of Mrs Squires (157 Park Place, Gilfach).

Percy Trigg     (Trigg P)
Corporal 23989 Welsh Regiment, 16th Battalion.
Died April 8 1916, aged 19.
Grave III. P. 5, Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France.
Son of George and Mary Ann Trigg, of 52, Maesygraig St., Gilfach.

S W Vallis     (Vallis S W)
Private 23852 Welsh Regiment, 16th Battalion.
Died May 10 1916, aged 32.
Grave VI. Q. 38, Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
Son of Harry Vallis; husband of Sarah Seal (formerly Vallis), of 4, Margaret St., Gilfach.

William Noel Woodman     (Woodman W N)
Aircraftman 1st Class  949740  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died August 14 1943, aged 23.
Grave 10. D. 6, Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.
Son of William Leonard and Mary Ann Woodman, Gilfach.

Idris Charles Wride     (Wride I C)
Driver  123572  Royal Army Service Corps.
Died Decemebr 2 1941, aged 22.
Grave 58, Gelligaer Cemetery.
Son of Joseph and Mary Wride, and husband of Jessie Lavinia May Wride, Weston-super-Mare.

The monument was originally built, in 1923, in the centre of Bargoed, but was later moved to the park. It was moved a second time, to Bargoed churchyard, after being vandalised. Originally no names were inscribed on the memorial.
The names were inscribed on the memorial in 2005 and were unveiled by Caerphilly MP Wayne David, and AM Jeff Cuthbert in a re-dedication ceremony at St Gwladys Church organised by the Royal British Legion. The names of the soldiers on the monument – 133 from Bargoed and 30 from Gilfach – were researched by Ray Thompson, secretary of Bargoed’s Royal British Legion.