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Bedlinog War Memorial

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On the front of the Memorial are the names of those who died in the Great War 1914-18 (now called World War I). The names of those who died in the second World War (1939-45) were inscribed on the rear of the Great War memorial. There were fewer names not only because fewer british soldiers died but also because mining was a reserved occupation, so many from Bedlinog would not have been permitted to join the armed forces.

The Great War 1914-18

Willian Beavan     (W. Bevan)
Private 13510 Welsh Regiment 2nd Battalion.
Killed in action December 25 1914, age 37.
Le Touret Memorial Panels 23 and 24, Pas de Calais, France.
Adopted son of the late William and Sarah Davies, of Shawle Cottages, Titley, Herefordshire; husband of Isabella Jay (formerly Beavan), of Meadow Cottage, Birley Hill, Weobley, Herefordshire.
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

Arthur Thomas Burston     (A. Burston)
Lance Corporal  6543 Worcestershire Regiment, 3rd Battalion.
Died November 7 1914, age 26.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 34.
Son of George and Jane Burston. Husband of Margaret Mary (15 Hylton Terrace, Bedlinog).
Enlisted aged 14, served 12 years in India.
(See also our journal Gelligaer 23 (1916) pp.48-52)
    Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

David Benjamin Davies     (D. B. Davies)
Company Serjeant Major 240286 Welsh Regiment 1st/5th Bn.
Died November 4 1917, aged 26.
Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza), Grave O. 51.
Son of Benjamin and Sarah Davies (5 Powell Street, Bedlinog).
    Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

Stanley Davies    (S. Davies)
Private 30440 South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion.
Died of wounds October 26 1918, age 21.
Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave III. D. 10.
Son of David and Gwenllian Davies, of 3, Oakland St., Bedlinog.
    Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

William East     (W. East)
Private 1330 Welsh Guards, Prince of Wales’ Company, 1st Battalion.
Died October 6 1915.
Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 10.
Son of George and Jane East.

William Henry Edwards    (W. H. Edwards)
Private 81735 Royal Army Medical Corps, 36th General Hospital.
Died October 7 1917, age 32.
Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece, Grave 1595.
Son of Richard and Ann Edwards of Ceinws, Montgomeryshire.

William Owen Francis    (W. O. Francis)
Private 1410 Welsh Regiment 1st/5th Bn.
Died August 10 1915 Age 22.
Memorial: Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli) Panel 140-144.
Son of Thomas and Hannah Francis (10 Oakland Street, Bedlinog) husband of Alice Maud Francis (6 Moriah Street, Bedlinog).
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

William George    (W. George)
Private 31508 Welsh Regiment, 19th Battalion.
Died July 29 1916.
Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave I. P. 2.
(Son of James and Naomi George)

David Harries    (D. Harries)
Private 19369 Royal Welsh Fusiliers “C” Coy 16th Battalion.
Died at home December 15 or 16 1915, age 23.
Grave 73 Graigfargoed Cemetery.
Son of Thomas and Alice Jane (Jessie) (Chapel Street, Bedlinog)

Frank Herbert Howard    (F. Howard)
Corporal 19904 South Wales Borderers, 4th Battalion.
Killed in action April 9 1916, age 31.
Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 16 and 62.
Husband of Margaret Jane Howard of 126 Falmouth Rd., Redruth, Cornwall.

Hugh Howells    (H. 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).
(Also on Pontlottyn War Memorial)

Charles Ellis Jones    (C. E. Jones)
Riflemen S/3405 Rifle Brigade, 13th Battalion.
Killed in action June 1 1917.
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 9.
(Son of Ellis and Ellinor Jones, and husband of Martha née James)

H. Jones – not identified

Robert Jones    (R. Jones)
Private 19923 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 8th Battalion.
Died January 2 1916, aged 30.
Commemorated Panel 77 to 80. Memorial Helles Memorial, Greece.
Son of Robert Jones, of 30, St. Helens St., Carnarvon.

W. J. Lewis – not identified

D. G. Lewis – not identified

William John Minton    (J. Minton)
Private 2763 Welsh regiment 17th Battalion (Formerly 11613 South Wales Borderers).
Died November 25 1917.
Commemorated Cambrai Memorial Louverval, France.
Son of John and Sarah Minton (1 Garth House, Graigfargoed, Bedlinog).

Arthur Orchard    (A. Orchard)
Private 240624 Welsh regiment 1st/5th Battalion.
Died December 6 1917.
Commemorated D.101. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
(19 Hylton Terrace, Bedlinog, son of Arthur Orchard and his wife Emily, later Tozer)

Horace Montague Price    (H. M. Price)
Private 241733 Welsh Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.
Killed in action March 26 1917.
Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 30 to 32.
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

William Quartley    (W. Quartley)
Private 1830 Welsh Regiment 1st/5th Battalion.
Killed in action in Gallipoli August 10 1915, age 23.
Memorial: Helles Memorial Panel 140 to 144.
Lived in Bedlinog, Son of Albert Quartley (14 Glynfach Road, Cymmer, Porth.)

Emrys Rollings (Rawlings)    (E. Rollings)
Gunner 50619 Royal Garrison Artillery 78th Siege Bty.
Died November 21 1916, age 19.
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France VI.C.28.
Son of Thomas Rollings (10 Commercial Street, Gelligaer).
(Also on Gelligaer War Memorial as E. Rawlings)

Alfred John Squire    (A. Squires)
Gunner 21246 Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died April 5 1916.
Grave II. D. 225, Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

William Sims    (W. Sims)
Private 16415 Welsh Regiment 10th Battalion.
Died June 4 1916.
Rue-du-Bacquerot Graveyard, Laventie, France.
Son of Frank and Elizabeth Sims (4 Davies Town, Brookland, New Tredegar).

Willie Parry Thomas    (W. P. Thomas)
Private 78054 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 13th Battalion.
Died September 30 1918, age 19.
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, Grave R. IV. C. 2.
Son of Thomas William and Jane C. Thomas of 1 Primrose Cottages, Bedlinog.

Richard Stanley John Thomas    (R. S. J. Thomas)
Private 17906 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.
Died June 10 1916, age 20.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave VII. C. 23A.
Son of Richard Henry and Elizabeth Ann Thomas of 15 Oakland St., Bedlinog.
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

David Thomas Williams    (D. Williams)
Sapper 139465 Royal Engineers, 161st Tunnelling Company.
Died June 8 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 8A and 8D.
[Brother of Mordecai Williams below]

Emrys Williams    (E. Williams)
Private 7938 Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died October 29 1914.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.

Mordecai Williams    (M. Williams)
Private 15948 Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 9th Battalion.
Died October 3 1915, age 30.
Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog, Grave 89.
Son of Edmund P. and Anne Williams of 59 Pant-du, Port Talbot. Born at Bedlinog.
[Brother of David Thomas Williams above]
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

Thomas David Williams    (T. Williams)
Private 17904 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.
Killed in action August 16 1917, age 22.
Panel 80 to 82 and 163A Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Son of James and Catherine Williams (25 Commercial St., Bedlinog).
  Also Commemorated on GKN Bedlinog Pits Plaque

World War II 1939-45

John James Adcock    (J. J. Adcock)
Private 6146795 East Surrey Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Died February 19 1945, age 29.
Grave 10. C. 2., Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Son of Hezekiah and Anna Adcock; husband of Dilys Adcock of Bedlinog.

Cyril George Briggs    (C. G. Briggs)
Gunner 958137 Royal Artillery, 102 (The Pembroke Yeomanry) Field Regiment.
Died May 7 1944.
Grave VIII. C. 20., Cassino War Cemetery, Italy.
Husband of Joyce Beatrice Briggs of Chertsey, Surrey.

T. G. Evans – not identified

Christopher William Greenaway    (W. Greenaway)
Leading Aircraftman 1282363 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died September 8 1942, age 32.
Grave 374, Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog.
Son of John and Dorothy Greenaway; husband of Gladys Mary Greenaway, of Bedlinog.

Thomas Aldwyn Harvard    (T. A. Havard)
Lance Bombadier 965087 Royal Artillery, 11 Field Regiment.
Died December 1 1944, age 27.
Panel 2, Column 3, Brookwood Memorial, Surrey.
Son of David W Harvard and Phoebe O Harvard of Bedlinog.

Herbert Edwin Hocking    (H. E. Hocking)
Marine CH/23867 Royal Marines.
Died March 11 1941, age 42.
Grave 334, Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog.
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hocking; husband of Millicent A. Hocking, of Bedlinog.

George Francis Jenkins     (F. Jenkins)
Sergeant 1312853 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 102 Squadron.
Died June 6 1942, age 30.
Panel 87, Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey.
Son of George and Rachel Jenkins of Bedlinog.

Price Jones     (P. Jones)
Private 13067281 Pioneer Corps.
Died December 6 1940, age 27.
Grave 364, Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog.
Son of Morgan Lewis Jones and Mary Ann Jones, of Bedlinog.

Thomas George Kingdom     (T. Kingdon)
Flying Officer, Pilot, 171736 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 228 Squadron.
Died April 27 1945, age 25.
Plot C. Cons. Row V. Grave 1893., Caerphilly (Taffs Wells) Cemetery.
Son of Edward John and Margaret Kingdom of Bedlinog.

Marsden Mordecai Phillips     (M. Phillips)
Lance Bombardier 840848 Royal Artillery, 7 Medium Regiment.
Died April 20 1941, age 28.
Face 2., Athens Memorial, Greece.
Son of William John and Elizabeth Matilda Phillips of Bedlinog.

William George Nicholas     (W. J. Nicholas)
Bombardier 1062647 Royal Artillery.
Died February 4 1944, age 39.
Grave 5. H. 3., Rangoon War Cemetery. Myanmar (Burma).

William Thomas Roberts     (W. Roberts)
Fusilier 4200507 Royal Welch Fusiliers, 7th Battalion.>
Died June 11 1941, age 25.
Grave 383, Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog.
Son of William J. Roberts and Mary A. Roberts, of Bedlinog.

H. Shotton – not identified

Gwynfor Thomas     (G. Thomas)
Able Seaman D/JX 217225 Royal Navy, H.M.S. President III.
Died March 15 1941, age 21.
Panel 48, Column 3, Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Son of Haydn and Olivia Mary Thomas of Bedlinog.

This plaque, originally in St Cadoc's Church, Bedlinog. which has closed, is now in St Matthias' Church, Treharris
Merthyr Express 21 November 1925