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Trelewis War Memorial

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

Great War 1914-18

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 George Balls     (Alfred G Balls)
Private 18279 Royal Army Medical Corps, 14th Field Ambulance.
Died of wounds July 25 1916.
Dantzig Allet British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France, Grave I. A. 17.

William Bufton – not identified

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.

Abraham Edwards     (Abram 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.

David Watkin Griffiths     (D.W. Griffiths)
Rifleman S/2336 Rifle Brigade, 11th Battalion.
Killed in action April 1 1918.
Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 81-84.

Edwin Hardman     (E. 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 Lewis Isaac     (Joshua L 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).

John Thomas Jenkins     (J.T. Jenkins)
Sergeant 16024 royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion.
Killed in action July 20 1916.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 A.

William John Jewell     (Wm. J. 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).

Robert John Jones [CWGC Robert Joseph]    (Robt. J Jones)
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.

William Jones     (Wm. 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.

Henry Godfrey Thomas Leigh     (H.G. 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.

David Lewis – not identified.

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.

Samuel Richards Mansell     (S.R. 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.

Thomas Mansell     (Thos. 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.

Morgan Martin      (Morgn. 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.

William Thomas Martin M.M.     (Wm. Martin)
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.

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 William Ninnis     (David W. 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)

William Daniel Ninnis     (Wm. D 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.

William Henry North     (Wm. H 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 Northey)      see more
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.

Francis C Parry     (Frank 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 Edward Prosser     (John E. 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 Herbert Rees     (George H. Rees)
Rifleman 290 Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion.
Died October 14 1914.
Grave B. 1., Padelles Churchyard, Nord, France.

Bert Sellick     (Herbt. 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

David William Steer     (D. Wm. 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.

David Stephens     (D. J. Stephens)
Private 2382 Welsh Guards, 1st Battalion (formerly 34404 Welsh Regiment).
Killed in action September 10 1916.
London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, France, Grave 9.E.16.

Thomas Charles Storey     (Thos. C. 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.

James Henry Sykes     (Jas. H. Sykes)
Private 3/8275 Dorsetshire Regiment, 3rd/5th Battalion.
Died January 7 1915.
Weymouth Cemetery, Grave B. “C.” 2282.

William Stonebridge     (W. 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.

George Watkins     (Geo. 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.

Ralph Watkins     (Rph. 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.

Thomas Watkins     (Thos. 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.

John Williams     (J. 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.C. Williams – not identified.

J.T. Williams – not identified.

William Owen Williams     (W.O. 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.

Trelewis War Memorial
Trelewis Church WW1 Memorial Plaque
Trelewis Church WW1 Memorial Plaque - now in Treharris Church

World War II 1939-45

David Joshua Bufton     (D. J. Bufton)
Private  3962687  Welch Regiment  1st Battalion.
Died: May 10 1943, age 31.
Gelligaer Cemetery, Grave 10.
Son of William and Alice Bufton, husband of Anita H. Bufton, all of Trelewis.

Howell James Buckley     (H. J. Buckley)
Sergeant  Wireless Operator/Air Gunner  1312443  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died November 20 1942, age 22.
Pontypridd (Glyntaff) Cemetery, Plot Z. Grave 190.
Husband of Dilys May Buckley, of Pontypridd.

William John Percival Evans     (W. J. P. Evans)
Lance Corporal  3969655  Welch Regiment.
Died October 18 1941.
Gelligaer Cemetery, Grave 136.

W. J. Evans     (W. J. Evans)
Able Seaman Service  D/JX284750  Royal Navy H.M.S. Offa.
Died April 14 1944, age 34.
Merthyr Tydfil (Beech Grove) Cemetery, Row D. Grave 24.
Son of William and Margaret Evans, Treharris; husband of Queenie Maud Evans, Trelewis.

Cyril Norman Hughes     (C. N. Hughes)
Signalman  3912651  Royal Corps of Signals.
Died October 20 1944, age 30
Merthyr Tydfil (Beech Grove) Cemetery, Row Q. Grave 36.
Son of David and E. A. Hughes, Trelewis.

John Graham Jones     (J. G. Jones)
Sergeant  W.Op./Air Gunner  975754  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 142 Squadron.
Died September 20 1941, age 22.
Ystrad Mynach (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Plot F. Grave 134.
Son of Francis George and Lucy Teresa Jones, Trelewis.

Ronald Lewis     (R. Lewis)
Gunner  1534935  Royal Artillery, 165 H.A.A. Regiment.
Died June 27 1944, age 25.
Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, Grave VI. F. 8.
Son of James Albert and Gwendoline Lewis, Trelewis.

Bernard Reginald Pitt     (B. R. Pitt)
Pilot Officer  Navigator  165840  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died December 28 1944, age 21.
Merthyr Tydfil (Beech Grove) Cemetery, Row O.1. Grave 32.
Son of Ernest John and Violet Emily Pitt, Trelewis.

William Grenville Roberts     (W. G. Roberts)
Lance Serjeant  1458772  Royal Artillery 239 Battery., 77 H.A.A. Regiment.
Died September 7 1943,  age 22.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, Grave 4. E. 51.
Son of Frank E. Roberts and A. A. Roberts, Trelewis.

Thomas Ronald Steer     (T. R. Steer)
Able Seaman  D/J 105390  Royal Navy H.M.S. Drake IV.
Died September 12 1942, age 36.
Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 66, Column 3.
Son of Thomas and Mary Steer; husband of Nellie Steer, Callington, Cornwall.

William George Speck     (W. G. Speck)
Private Service  14415950  Welch Regiment 4th Battalion.
Died April 08 1945, age 20
Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany, Grave 15. D. 2.

R. Watkins  – not identified

Enoch Lewis Williams     (L. Williams)
Sergeant  Pilot  1314533  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died December 6 1942, age 23
Lethbridge (Mountain View) Cemetery, Alberta, Canada, Lot 13. Block B. Grave 4W.
Son of Samuel and Margaret Williams, Trelewis.
(Also on Gelligaer War Memorial)

Unveilling of War Memorial 1925

On Sunday, May 31st, 1925 the Trelewis War Memorial to the 45 young men who had sacrificed their lives in the Great War was unveiled. It was reported over two pages in the “Merthyr Express” with two photographs and some almost poetic reporting. The headlines were: TRELEWIS WAR MEMORIAL – IMPRESSIVE SCENES AT UNVEILING CEREMONY – A worthy tribute to fallen heroes.  The Report started: “Sunday last will long live as a day of sacred and proud memories in the minds of the residents of Trelewis and it will be spoken of as such in the story handed down to the generations yet unborn. Fully 3,000 people stood in silent admiration as the Union Jack which had veiled a majestic and beautiful monument was unfurled, revealing the little mining town’s tribute and memorial to the 45 gallant men of Trelewis who laid down their lives in the great war.” A stormy night and a rainy morning had preceded the ceremony but then the weather turned out gloriously fine. “The Great War, like unto the storm, was a thing of the past and a great peace had taken its place.” The War memorial was topped by a life-size figure of a mourning soldier, made of Sicilian white marble, with head reverently bowed and hands resting on an upturned rifle. It had been erected in a peaceful location adjacent to Captain’s Hill. The Memorial was unveiled by John Davies (seen on platform at right) who having been headmaster at Trelewis from 1881-1913 would have known most of those named on the memorial.

Soldier atop Trelewis War Memorial

Earlier there had been a large procession through the village led by the Treharris Workmen’s Silver Band. A dense crowd of spectators had lined the road leading to the memorial  The Memorial Service was led by the three local ministers and then John Davies rose to unveil the Memorial. Of the 45 names on the pedestal, two of the youngest were aged only 19, most were in their twenties and the oldest was aged 46. Remarking on the unveiling, he said: “We have today performed an honourable but sad and solemn ceremony……. All suffered in the Great War, but nothing compared to these who gave their all.” His thoughts that day were of those he had known as pupils at the school who had concentrated on “the acquisition of learning, preparatory to the battle of ordinary life.” Now the remains of some were interred in foreign soil, some unknown were laid “Ei enw dyna’i gyd” – (“His name and nothing more.”). The Memorial was then dedicated, followed by the Last Post and floral tributes were placed at its base by relatives of the fallen and various societies. The Reveille, singing of “Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah”, “God Save the King” and the Benediction marked the conclusion.

The incription on the Memorial reads “Erected by the Inhabitants of Trelewis to the glory of God and the Immortal Memory of the men of this Village who died for their Country in the Great War 1914-1918   They died that we might live  Gwell Angau Na Chwilydd” (‘Death rather than Dishonour’). It was the Caiach Lodge of the RAOB which had first started the movement for a memorial. But when villagers learned that the memorial was only intended for members of the Lodge they wanted something for the whole village. So in September, 1919, a meeting was held in the vestry of Ebenezer Chapel to discuss how to proceed. A committee was formed chaired by T W Lewis and including John Davies amongst its members to raise money for a War Memorial. Various fund-raising activities were begun. Trelewis School participated on 2 occasions in 1919 when the School was closed for a carnival and sports to be held. When the original fund-raising committee stalled with the fund reaching £161.15.9, a fresh committee led by Mr Ivor Lewis, made the final push to raise the £250 required. Of all the interested parties, at the forefront of raising money for the impressive war memorial, was the Trelewis Ex-Servicemen’s Club which became part of the British Legion after the latter was founded in 1921. Previously, it had also been active in supporting the families of those killed in the war. For many years it was to be a focal point in the life of the village, using as its base one of the original huts left by those who had sunk Taff Merthyr Colliery. In all, it took over six and a half years and the overcoming of many difficulties before the objective was accomplished with an estimable memorial constructed by Messrs David Williams and Sons of Abercynon.

Towards the end of the twentieth century, the War Memorial had become neglected and even subject to vandalism. The British Legion, inspired by its women members, wished to rectify a deplorable situation. It was decided to raise funds to move the memorial to a more prominent and safer spot, opposite the main road, near the Ffald bridge. It was erected on in its new spot on 9th Febuary 2002 by The Royal Engineers. On June 23rd, 2002, about 500 people took part in the re-dedication of the War Memorial. There were 300, mostly ex-servicemen, who marched from the Millennium Park through the village to the new site, led by the Salvation Army band. Local clergy officiated at the service of hymns and prayers. The Mayor was also in attendance and the Chairman of the Trelewis Cenotaph Project, Shirley Bufton, presented him with the symbolic deeds of dedication. The laying of wreaths and poppy crosses was followed by the Act of Remembrance. At the close, light refreshments were served at the Bontnewydd Hotel and in Trinity Church Hall. The report in the “Merthyr Express” was much briefer and less lyrical than that of the 1925 ceremony but it had a much larger, coloured photograph than on the former occasion. (The above is mainly taken from “A Village Headmaster – John Davies (1851-1942)” by Alun Watkins)