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The Men of Llanon

Who served in the

Great War

1914 1918

Compiled by

Eric and Joyce Dockerty 2014



Llanon 1914-1918 War

The men who served



 Cambrian News


National Library of Wales – Welsh newspapers online


All dates refer to the print date of the Cambrian news.

West Wales War Memorial Project


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


World War l Pictures taken from the web site:-

Photos of the Great War

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Whilst every effort has been made to acknowledge original sources, errors or omissions are possible. If you are aware of any such omission or error, please contact the authors via the webmaster secretary@llanon.org.uk

The authors have compiled in good faith this tribute to the men and women of Llansantffraed served in World War I. They can not be held responsible for the use made of the contents. All information should be checked against original, verifiable sources.

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.Where are you going Written by Robert W Serve  France 1916

Where are you going, young fellow my lad,

On this glittering morn in May?

I’m going to join the colours, Dad.

They’re looking for men they say.

But you are only a boy young fellow my lad.

You aren’t obliged to go.

I’m seventeen and a quarter, Dad.

And ever so strong you know

So you’re off to France, young fellow my lad.

And you’re looking so fit and bright.

I’m terribly sorry to leave you Dad

But I feel I am doing right

God bless you and keep you, Young fellow my lad

You’re all my life you know.

Don’t worry I’ll soon be back dear dad

And I’m awfully proud to go.


They’ve told me the truth young fellow my lad.

You’ll never come back again

Oh god the dreams, and the dreams I’ve had

The hopes I’ve nursed in vain

For you passed in the night, Young fellow my lad

And you proved in the cruel test

Of the screaming shell and battle hell

That my boy was one of the best.


So you’ll live, you’ll live Young fellow my lad

In the gleam of the evening star

In the woodnote wild and the laugh of a child

In all the sweet things that are

And you’ll never die my wonderful boy

While life is noble and true

For all our beauty and hope and joy

We will owe to our lads like you.


Robert W Serve 1916, France An Australian Red Cross Man


Soldiers and supplies head to the front on narrow gauge railway
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Private H.J. Blakestone

Joined up November 1914

Dauntless   (boarder) a tailor born in Bristol


Private G.L.Davies R.A.M.C.

Lima House.

September 1st 1916

Served in Egypt.


Private David Lloyd Davies. R.F.C.

Lima House.

August 2nd 1918

Home on leave.



Private David Davies R.W.F

Morfa Uchaf

David was the son of Martha Davies of Morfa Uchaf Llanon  and the brother of Isaac Thomas Davies, He enlisted at Llandudno at the outbreak of war into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, which became Attached to the 11th Brigade 38th (Welsh Division) On 2nd December 1915 the battalion moved to France, and the entire division moved to the Fleurbux sector, where it was initiated into trench warfare during June 1916, the division marched South to the Somme, and on 7th July 1916 attacked  Mamety Wood, the initial attack failed, and it was three days later on 10th July, that a fresh attack was mounted . After two days of heavy hand to hand fighting within the wood, the Germans withdrew and the battered Welshmen moved via Hebuterne to Boesingle on the Yser Canal where it remained until launching its attack on Pilchem Ridgeon 31st July1917, the 15th Welsh remained in the line , and also took part in the battle of Langemarck before the entire division was moved to positions near Armentieres over the winter. After the Germans launched their offensive on the Somme on 21st March 1918 the division was moved back to the Somme and took up positions North of Albert, around Avelay wood. David was wounded soon after, during operations to secure Bouzincourt Ridge. He died of his wounds on 24th April 1918, aged 31 and is buried at Doullens Communal cemetery extension No 1 France. Another brother George  was taken prisoner in 1918 and returned safely to Llanon after the war. . Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.




Go forth in the battle of life my boy

Go while it is called today

For the tears go out, and the years come in

Regardless of those who may loose or win

Of those who may work or play.


There is room in the ranks, my boy

And duty to assigned

Step into the front with a cheerful grace

Be quick or another may take your place

And you may be left behind.


There is work to be done by the way my boy

That you can never tread again

Work for the loftiest, lowliest men

Work for the plough – the spindle – the pen

Work for the hands and the brain


Temptation will wait by the way my boy

In the beautiful days of youth

Put on the helmet, breastplate and shield

And the sword that the feeblest arm may yield

In the cause of right and truth.




British Troops resting in a support trench
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Driver William Davies. M.T.



Private Richard M Davies.



Lt. Gaylon Davies


June 28th 1918      Lt Gaylon Davies awarded the M.C. for gallantry at the head of his men during the big push at the end of March when his superiors were put out of action


Private George Davies

Formerly of Morawel

22nd November 1918            Missing in France since September is among the prisoners of war released by Austria



Lance Corporal John William Davies.25471 Welsh Regiment

John William Davies enlisted at Tonypandy into the17th Battalion, Welsh Regiment which was a bantam battalion entitled the 18th Glamorgans, and was attached to 119 Brigade 40th (bantam) Division. The Division moved to France during the first week of June 1916 and moved to the front near Loos late in 1916, they moved South to the Somme and fought at the battle of Ancre and remained in the area over the winter. In March 1917 the Germans withdrew to there shortened line. Called the Hindenburg Line and the 40th Division was one of the Divisions that followed the withdrawal, late in the year they took part in the Battle of Cambrai , playing an role in the Battle of Bourlon Wood. John was badly wounded at Boulon Wood and died on 25th November 1917 aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai memorial Louverval. France.
ource    West Wales War Memorial Project.


A tank passes en route for Bourlon Wood through a group of captured German guns.
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Cambrai Memorial Louveral France



Private Edgar Davies. R.T.C.

Portland Street.




. Private David James Davies   Tyncefn

May 11th 1917   Private D.J. Davies is home during the week on a short leave.

January18th 1918   In hospital.

March 18th 1918,   Has come over to this country and is now in hospital in Bath where he is making good progress

April 5th 1918.   Private David James Davies has had his discharge from the army after spending a long time in Egypt and here in this country



. D. Saunders Davies

Lima House.

May 18th 1916.   Home on leave


British Troops digging trenches in a flooded French valley
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Mansel Davies A.S.C.

The Tonn.

. September 7th 1917.   Driver G.M.P. Davies was home last week.

October 18th 1918.     Rifleman G Mansel P Davies K.R,R.C.only son of Mr & Mrs Davies has died of his wounds received on the Western front.

December 27th 1918.     A memorial service to Rifleman G Mansel Prichard Davies K.R.R.C who fell in France during the great push was held At the Calvinistic Methodist chapel on Thursday Evening.


Private George Davies


April 28th 1916.    Attached to field ambulance in France since the beginning of December 1915.

Formerly of Morawel.

November 22nd. 1918.      Private George Davies, who was missing since September is among the prisoners of war.



John W Davies

2 Chapel Street

March 3rd 1916     Home on leave



Pte. J Davies

Tyn Cefyn



Private Albert Edward Edwards.

Green Garden.

August 10th 1917.    Private Edwards has gone to France on active service

January 18th 1918     Recently released from hospital suffering from trench fever

In hospital at Boulogne suffering from the effects of gas



Private Isaac Western Edwards.

Green Garden.

March 17th 1916     Home on leave




Private Nathaniel Edwards

Rhodesia Regiment

Nathaniel was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Edwards of Llwynon Llanon, he served with the2nd Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment. The regiment was formed in November 1914, and was sent to British East Africa to take part in the campaign against German held territories. Nathaniel was possibly a former British Soldier, who had settled in Rhodesia after the Boer War, and would have been a valued member of the regiment. He died in Tanzania on 5th February 1917, aged 38, and is buried in Morogoro Cemetery Tanzania. Nathaniel doesn’t seem to be commemorated anywhere locally. Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.





Daniel Edwin Edwards R.W.F.



Daniel was the son of Daniel and Mary Edwards of Llwynon, Llanon. He enlisted at Abertridwr into the 10th battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The battalion landed in France on 27th September 1915 attached to 76 Brigade joining the 3rd Division near Ypres. The battalion saw its first action in 1916 at the actions of the Bluff and at St Eloi Craters, the division then moved South to the Somme, and fought there at the battle of Albert and the battle of Bazenton where they captured Longueval , they then took part in the battle of Delville Wood where the 10th R.W.F. gained two Victoria Crosses. Daniel was killed in action at Delville Wood on July 20th 1916 aged 25, He is buried in Delville Cemetery Longueval  France. . Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.


Delville Cemetery Longueval France



Private Isaac Newton Edwards.

Green Garden.

March 13th 1916.      Home on leave during the weekend


World War 1 Tank
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Private John Edwards,

November 29th 1918     Prisoner of war in Germany



Private Edgar Davies. R.T.C.

Portland Street.




John David Evans

John David Evans, private, 13859.Somerset light infantry John was born in Llanon, he resided at Treorchy prior to the war, and was an army reservist. John rejoined the colours at the outbreak of war, and re-attested at Pentre into the 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry which was in France attached to the 11th Brigade, 4th division. John joined the battalion at Ypres on 27th December 1914 as a reinforcement after the First Battle of Ypres. In 1915 the division fought at the 2nd battle of Ypres and it was here that John was wounded, he died of his wounds on 27th April 1915, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate )Memorial. Belgium. John is not commemorated on the Llanon memorial.    Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.




Private John Evans

May 12th 1916.     Given six days leave, recalled after 24 hrs



Lt Commander D.G. Evans

Was Captain in the mercantile Marine up to 1914 and received rapid promotion after joining the navy. Has been engaged in minesweeping for past 18 months



Private W Evans


March 3rd 1916    Joined the ranks at Porthcawl



Private David Evans. A.S.C.

Star of Isle



Driver N Evans A.S.C.


May 12th 1916.     The war office sent a notification to Mrs Anne Evans that her son Driver N Evans was dangerously ill in Mesopotamia with dysentery and a later communication that he had succumbed to the illness


Lt Commander D Owen Evans. R.N.


August 2nd 1918.      On leave after long service in the North sea


Gunner L Edwin Evans, R.F.A,


April 2h 1918       Gassed and is now in hospital

September 20th 1918   Wounded by shrapnel in the wrist and is in hospital


John Evans



British Gun
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John D Evans


Killed in action


Cpl John E Jones Evans. M.R,


February 11th 1916      Joined the Monmouth Regt

April 7th 1916         Sent to the front

September 7th 1917      Home on leave



Private John William Evans





Private Evans

Croes Chapel Street

A welcome concert was given at the Council School on boxing day to Private Evans on his return for a short leave after seeing much hard fighting on the Western front,


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Private Tom Evans    Lunaria

March 24th 1916     Was called up September 29th 1916

Wounded at Albert, has recovered enough for 10 days leave then returned to the front

December 15th 1916    Home for a few days

October 4th 1918     Home on leave from service in Italy


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Private Timothy Evans R.A.M.C.

Tymawr Farm

November 26th 1915.     Has served in the R.A.M/C. Since shortly after the declaration of war

October28th 1916      Reported ill and is in hospital

April 6th 1917.      Has been in hospital in the South of England for a time suffering from fever



Private Tom G Everiss


Jan 5th 1917       Has been on active service since February 1916 Served his apprenticeship at the tailoring trade with Mr Jones, Bristol House

July 6th 1917        Has recovered from his second wound.



Emlyn Felix




Jack Griffiths




R Griffiths




Ivor G Griffiths




Lt G.L.Griffiths R.S.C.




.Private Charles Gutteridge. W.R. Rhydtorth Farm.

Charles lived at Rhydtorth and served with the Third Battalion Welsh Regiment, he is shown on a memorial as having been killed in France on 15th March 1915 aged 17. Only two men of the Welsh Regiment died that day neither of them was Charles his name does not in fact appear on the Welsh Regiment casualty roll. So Charles is for now somewhat of a mystery. Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.



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Private Walter Hicks R.W.F.

Albany House.

Walter was the son of Ernest Walter and mary Jane Hicks of Albany House, Llanon. He enlisted into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at some time in 1916.  Walter was posted  to the 8th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusilierswhich was attached to the 36th Brigade 12th (Eastern Division) By June 1916 the Division was in position at the Somme and attacked Ovillers on 2nd July. They fought at Poziers and at Transloy before being moved to the Arras area during October 1916 where they fought in the March 1917 Battle of Arras taking part in the first of the Scarpe and the battle of Arleux. Walter was in hospital at Etaples by the time of the battle of Arras and died there on 11th April 1917 aged 19, he is buried at Etaples Cemetery France. . Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.



Etaples War Cemetery



Private Arthur Leslie Hawkins. M.G.C.

Lima House

28thJanuary 1916         The only recruit called up with groups 2-5 from Llanon is Mr Arthur Leslie Hawkins. Lima. He left for Brecon on Saturday morning for medical examination and training. As he was an orphan who came among us some years ago from Mullers  institution Bristol and as he had been a faithful member of the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, a movement was set up by that body to present him with a small sum before his departure.

18th August 1916.       Arthur Leslie Hawkins. Lima House Joined the Machine gun corps on service in France.

14th September 1917.     Private Arthur Leslie Hawkins. Lima. Has recovered from his wound and is home on ten days leave before rejoining the M.G.C. at the front



British Tanks in action
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 Courtesy, Great War Primary Documents Archive, www.gwpda.org


Private Mike Hogan

June 2nd 1916          Mike Hogan joined the army at the outbreak of war and was sent out with the first expeditionary force to France, he was in the retreat from Mons, wounded in the Maine and was in hospital for a time, he fought on till Christmas 1915 and was discharged last March after having been wounded 4 times


Dr Gwylm James R.A.M.C.




British Ammunition Dump
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Are YOU in this





Private D Harold Jenkins Welsh Guards

Millet Park

David was the son of David and Elizabeth Jenkins of Millet Park, Llanon. He enlisted at Cardiff into the First Battalion Welsh Guards. The regiment was raised by royal warrant of 26th February 1915 at White City. Before landing at Le Havre on 18th August 1915 having become attached to the 3rd Guards Brigade, Guards Division. The Division saw its first major action during the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 remaining in the area during the coming months, where they also fought in the subsequent action of Hohenzollern Redoubt. In July 1916 the Division moved to the Somme where they fought at the battle of Flers-Courcellette and then at th Battle of Norval, capturing the Lesbocufs village. They remained here for the winter, and in March 1917 followed the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Later that year they moved North to Ypres where they fought at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge then at the Battle of Menin Road Battle at Poelcapelle. November saw them move South again where they took part in the Battle of Cambrai. They remained in the area over the first winter of the war and were stationed near Gouzeaucourt when the German Spring offensive hit the area on 21st March 1918 at the Battle of St Quentin. David was killed on the Somme on 27th May 1918, he was 30 years old and is buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery.. Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.


Llansantffraed Church Yard


Private Ronald Jenkins A.S.C.

Millet Park

Came home this week before joining the motor transport service in East Africa




Lt. David Lewis. Jenkins R.W.F.


David was the son of Captain David and Anne Jenkins of Enkrateia, Llanon. He was commissioned into the 5th Battalion Welsh  Regiment, but instead of joining them in Palestine was posted to France on 14th May 1917, joining the 10th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusileers which was attached to 76 Brigade, 3rd Division in May 1917, the division was at Arras and fought at the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe and of the Battle of Arlenx and the third Battle of the Scarpe where they captured Roeuse, again they moved , this time back to Ypres where they fought in the third Battleof Ypresat the Batle of the Menin Road and the Battle of Polygon Woods. Near Zonnebeke David was killed in action during the the initial assault against the wood on 26th September 1917. He was 21 years old and is commemorated on the Tyne Lot Memorial, Belgium. . Source   West Wales War Memorial Project.

 Albert Edwards (the butcher) was David Jenkins' batman.

A view of part of the battlefield at Zennubuch

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Tyne Cot War memorial Belguim

Llansantffraed Churchyard


Private John Walter P Jenkins



May 26th 1916     Left lately for the trenches on the western front. He was accorded a good send off on leaving home.

October 28th 1916     Wounded in France, in hospital in Sheffield

He later joined the Indian Army.

Note on the gravestone in Llansantffraed churchyard he is recorded as Captain died 1965.



British Armoured Cars in France

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A military cemetery at Arras

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Private Harold Jenkins. W.G.

Picton House.

May 27th 1918      News was received that Private H Jenkins has been killed in action on the Western front. Buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Baillenval via Arras




Private Lewis Jenkins


January 18th 1918      In Hospital


Private Stephen L. Jenkins. Llansantffraed

May 31st 1918     Home on furlough at the end of the last week and has recovered from his severe illness



Lt D.A. Jones RNR

Rosemount Villa

13th December 1918         Home on leave.



2nd Lieutenant  Henry R Jones R.F.A.


April 1916.      Sent to the front

September 22nd 1916      Spent the last month in hospital in England, is now making rapid progress toward recovery

October 6th 1916.       Was in the thick of the fighting at Pozieres where he was wounded by machine gun fire. Now in Manchester hospital

December 29th 1916         Was home getting rid of the lameness caused by his wound.



Private Thomas  Edwin Jones




Private L Jones




Sub Lt M Sinnett Jones. R.N.




Lt David Morgan Jones RNR


Photograph taken aboard HMS Malaya in 1916 after the battle of Jutland in which the Malaya was engaged under the command of Admiral Beatty.
D M Jones' great pals were David Jenkins, Enkratia (killed in action), his brother John Walter Jenkins who later joined the Indian Army and Teddy Richards, Claremont, who was at one point welter weight boxing champion of the British Expeditionary Force. Thanks to George Jones for the above photograph and information

May 11th 1917.    Is home during the week on a short leave

Sept 7th 1917     Home last week

8th February 1918       home on leave


2nd Lt. H.R,Jones W.R.

Led his company forward to the objective with great gallantry, when held up by a strong point in a copse he showed fine leadership and initiative by directing two platoons round either side and outflanking the enemy, He put them to flight.  Lt Jones is still with the forces on the Rhine.   Lt Jones, attached to the K,S,L,I. Has been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty



2nd Lt David Alfred Jones.

Rose Mount

April 28th 1916.        Left for the front



Private W Lloyd Jones. M,R,


April 2nd 1918     Home on leave prior to going to France

April 26th 1918      Left for overseas



Captain Tom Jones

October 26th 1917      Returned home last week after an ordeal of 5 days in an open boat after his ship was torpedoed



Lt Alfred Jones R.N.


July 26th 1918       Home on leave


Doctor D Morris Jones

April 2nd’1918.     Left for Salisbury Plain on Monday  to undertake army duties



Commander Tom Jones R.N.  D.S.O.




Lt David Morgan Jones

Febuary 8th 1918     Home last week



Lt D.A.Jones. R.N.R.

February 2nd              Lt and was soon afterward promoted and is now in command of a ship

December 13th 1918,           Home once more on leave


Gunner Lewis Lloyd Jones. R.G.A.

July 6th 1917         Has been severely wounded in France, he has a fractured arm and leg


Mr John Harries Jones




Private D Alban Lewis


March 16th 1916     Has joined the ranks.


Gunner D Albert Lewis.

Jasper House.

April 28th 1916       Sent to India,

April 5th 1918       Has returned home on furlough from India after having seen long service in France and the East


Private T Lewis

Jasper House.

November 30th 1917      A welcome home concert was given on Wednesday to Pte. T Lewis who joined the Canadian  forces in British Columbia where he had settled for ten years

November 28th 1918       Pte T Lewis, Canadian expeditionary force was wounded by shrapnel in the thigh and knee at Valenciennes last month is progressing favourably in St Georges hospital.


British Field Gun in Action
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British wiring party in the rain
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British tank at Cambrai bringing in a captured German artillery piece
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Private Arthur Lewis R.F.A.


June 23rd 1917.     Joined the R.F.A. early last year, being at the front since last November, Has been through many a battle safe and sound



24th December 1915       News was received that a son of Patrick Manion was killed in action.

This family are recorded as travellers in the 1901 census living in a bender.  Having emigrated to Australia three sons volunteered to serve in the war.

Trooper Frederick Manion

6th Australian Light Horse.

Enlisted  Liverpool New South Wales occupation Station hand.23-12-1914. Service Number 877.  Died 24/11/1915. Buried Cairo war memorial Cemetery.

At the outbreak of the 1st world war, Cairo was the H.Q. to the U/K garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915, and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine. Frederick was wounded at Gallipoli and transferred to Alexandria and from there to Cairo and died of his wounds a few days later. Source: www.mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au 

Cairo War Cementry



Private Tom Morgan

Peris terrace


March 31st 1916.     Called up.

February 8th 1918     Discharged as unfit



Private Jim Morgan

Peris  Terrace



Private Stephen Lewis Morgan R.W.F.

Peris Terrace

Stephen was the son of William and Mary Morgan, Peris Terrace, Llanon. He resided in London prior to the war, and enlisted there into the 2nd battalion London regiment, Stephen was posted to France early in 1916 and transferred to the 20th battalion Royal Fusiliers which was attached to 19 brigade, 33rd Division . He saw his first major action at the battle of the Somme that year and was killed during the battle of the Ancre on November 7th 1916. Stephen was 20 years old and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial France. Source    West Wales War Memorial Project



Private T Morgan R.A,M.C.




Private Ivor H Morgan




Private  Stanley Morris


January 28th 1916       Enlisted into the infantry

March 16th 1916          Home on leave.

May 10th 1918          Wounded and in hospital

June 9th1918           Left hospital and returned to base

The Building on the right of the picture is the Emporium Drapers.



Private John Hughes Morris. R.A.M.C.


January 28th 1916     Enlisted

January 12 1917        Prior to enlistment was studying for holy orders. Now in Salonika



Private Evan Morris


In the Salop Regiment,


 David Morris. R.N.R.


May 31st 1918     Called up.



Private Evan E.J.Morris


Evan Edward Jones Morris. Sapper. 216899.Royal Engineers.

Evan was the son of Catherine Morris of Felinmor Llanon. He served with the 158th army troops company Royal Engineers. Evan served in Italy probably after moving there in 1917. He survived the war, but died of flu in hospital at Cremona on 26th November 1918.Evan was 21 years old and is buried at Cremona Town Cemetery Italy.  Source    West Wales War Memorial Project



Private John Alfred Evan Norton. 5th Irish lancers

John was born at Hemel Hempstead in 1883, John lived at Brethnel Green prior to the war and enlisted at Croydon into the 5th Royal Irish Lancers. John landed in France with his regiment on the 15th August 1914. The 5th Lancers formed part of the 3rd cavalry Brigade and took part in the rearguard action of Solesmes near Mons and the subsequent retreat to the Marne , the Lancers then took part in the battle of the Aisne, before the B.E.F. was moved to Ypres taking part in the battle of Messines and the first battle of Ypres. After wintering in Flanders. John fought with the Lancers at the battle Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, then in the resulting 2nd battle of Ypres. John was killed in action during the battle of Bellewaerde Ridge on 24th May 1915. He was 31 years old and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate ) memorial Belgium and also a small gravestone in  the family plot Llansantffraed churchyard. Source    West Wales War Memorial Project


Memorial Stone in Family plot Llansantffraed Churchyard



Private Evan Pugh


April 26th 1918       Has been wounded and is a prisoner of war


Private Isaac Pugh


4th January 1918        A welcome concert was given at the Council School on boxing day to Isaac Pugh on his return for a short leave after seeing much hard fighting on the Western front.

April 26th 1918      reported missing


Private John Evan Pugh


Oct 27th 1916     Served in Bothas army. South Africa. Arrived back in England and joined the ranks


Private Daniel Pugh

Pencwm Uchaf

May 10th 1918     Was reported missing, but found in a French hospital



Private David Parry R.F.A.


June 30th 1916      Now in hospital suffering a breakdown in health



Evan D Rowlands R.N.


22nd June 1918        Signalman E.D.Rowlands. Royal Navy joined the British Navy after having been wrecked on the coast of China, went through the siege Kimitao. He then joined the Royal Navy and his ship took part at the Gallipoli Peninsular landings. The ship on which he served was sunk and he was rescued after swimming about for three hours. After a short furlough he was called up and now acts as signal man on one of his Majesties ships off Egypt. He has served over three years in the navy.


British Battle Ship firing a broadside
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Lt. E M Richards


December 15th 1916       .Left last week to take command of the Lancashire Regiment

May 23rd 1919       Once more home on leave having arrived on Friday.


Private Teddy Richards. W.G.


September 7th 1916.      Home during the week
At one point Teddy was welter weight boxing champion of the British Expeditionary Force.


Salvation Army mending soldiers uniforms
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British Mule Team Crossing Muddy Battlefield
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British soldier with a captured flame thrower
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Private Fred Thomas S.W.B.

Driver Percy Thomas. R.E.

Private Fred Thomas and Driver Percy Thomas are the sons of Mrs Thomas and of the late P.C. Thomas, Bridge End, Llanon. Private F Thomas, 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers, was at Suvla Bay where he was after hard fighting, wounded in the leg and afterward was struck down by Typhoid. Having recovered, he has once more rejoined his old regiment. Driver Percy Thomas is attached to the Royal Engineers and has been in France since last November.


Q.M.S.John D Thomas

Belmont House

May 5th 1916.      Q.M.S.J D Thomas, eldest son of Mr. Mrs Thomas Belmont enlisted as a private in the Liverpool Regiment, and has been in France since November 1915. Before joining the army he was an officer in the Custom and Excise in Liverpool.

Home on leave 27th April 1917

During the big push it fell to the lot of Q.M.S.John Daniel Thomas to take the lead of his platoon when the superior officers were hors de combat. Jumping over the parapet he led his men on in spite of intense shell, rifle and machine gun fire and drove back the Germans on the Hindenburg Line for three thousand yards. He has been highly complemented for his brave act.

September 21st 1917.      Q.M.S. John D Thomas. M.M. Belmont House. Received a cordial reception on his arrival home last week.

1918      Wounded in the big push near St Quentin at the end of March and is now a prisoner of war

May 24th 1918.       News was received from Staff Sgt. Major J.D. Thomas, Belmont, stating that he had been operated on in Germany, where he is a prisoner, and that the bullet was taken out.



Private John Thornton S.W.B.


.John was born in Rangoon in 1897, he was educated at Stockport and had worked at Penlan Llanon  prior to enlisting at Aberystwyth into the Welsh Regiment in November 1914. John was posted to France on 17th February 1915, joining the 2nd Battalion Welsh Regiment, which was in trenches at Neuve Chapelle attached to 3rd Brigade 1st Division. Over the coming weeks the Division prepared for a planned offensive, the battle of Aubers Ridge which was launched on may 9th The 2nd Welsh suffered heavy casualties during the attack and John saw his first major action. He survived but was killed there on 27th May 1915. During the later battle of Festubert . John was 18 years old and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial Richebourg L Avoue France.   Source    West Wales War Memorial Project


Private E W Watkins


September 22nd 1916        Has paid a short visit home



Private W.T. Williams S.W.B.

Mile End

May 11th 1917.      Has joined those on service in France

22nd February 1918        Prior to joining he was a successful butcher, but had to close the business. Since leaving our shores for France he has seen strenuous fighting on the Western front, and has escaped unhurt. He later returned to France after a short furlough.



Private Albert Young R.A.M.C.

Police Station

Wounded  in the Dardanelles



D.W.Vaughan. R.F.A.


January 28th 1916      Enlisted,  A Presentation was given to DW Vaughn by Siloh chapel members on his joining the ranks.


British Howitzer
Courtesy, Great War Primary Documents Archive, www.gwpda.org

Salvation Army baking pies for the troops
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English Gun taken at Ypres
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Canaries on a Hospital Train being used to sooth the wounded
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It is over, the night, the long , long night

Over  the reign of hell and it’s might

Over the sorrow, the soul eating pain

Over never to happen again

It is over you say, yes over but stay

Think of the hearts that are bleeding today

Wife whose heart is singing for joy

Mother whose breast pulsates for her boy

Think of the sorrow of the widow next door

Think of the mother, that is mother no more

Cease not to rejoice --- God gives your right.


You that cheer that memorable day

When the boys march home in gallant array

Think of the others still somewhere in France

Heroes in many a mighty advance

Victors all if they fell in the way

Theirs is the highest glory today.





Llanon Sailors

The Merchant Navy

Daniel Davies

BrynGwyn Farm.

March 8th 1918        Among the few saved from the torpedoed hospital ship, Glen Arth Castle. A crew member.


Captain David James Evans,


September 22nd  1917      Captain Evans was drowned when his ship was torpedoed. Named on the Tower Hill Memorial.

October 19th 1917      On Tuesday evening last week at Siloh Congregational chapel a memorial service was held to Captain David James Evans who lost his life a fortnight ago when at sea by being drawn under by the suction of a torpedoed ship.


Engineer Isaac Evans Davies.


September 28th 1917.      Killed when his ship was torpedoed


Tommy Davies.


March 3rd 1918        Soon after leaving port his ship was torpedoed, but he survived.

Lloyd Evans.


November 2nd 1917      Saved when his ship was torpedoed.


Daniel Jones Evans


8th April 1916      Succeeded in passing last week as a Master Mariner in the Mercantile Marine. Two of his older brothers have been successful Sea Captains for some years.


Captain W.S Morgan

Peris Terrace



The toll of just a small amount of the German U-boats

5 most successful U-boats

The following are the most successful U-boats during WWI, in terms of ships sunk.


Ships sunk

Tons sunk

Ships hit during

U 35

226 ships

538,498 tons

1915 - 1918

U 39

154 ships

406,325 tons

1915 - 1918

U 38

139 ships

293,125 tons

1915 - 1918

U 34

119 ships

257,652 tons

1915 - 1918

U 53

88 ships

225,364 tons

1916 - 1918







German Submarine surrendered  to the allies 
Courtesy, Great War Primary Documents Archive, www.gwpda.org





 Captain William Evans.


August 21st 1914      The outbreak of war with Germany surprised the S.S.Ruben at Hamburg, several of the crew were detained, they had only just left the ship. Were held prisoner at Ruhlenen.


Captain Jenkins.


July 20th 1917.     Torpedoed at sea.


T Handel Jones


July 20th 1917     Torpedoed at sea.


Lewis Ivor Jenkins.

Millet Park

Formed part of the crew of a torpedoed ship


Fred Jones.

Birmingham House.

February 16th 1917.       The ship whereon Mr Fred Jones served as a first class marine engineer was torpedoed last week . All the crew were picked up and landed at Queenstown with the exception of the captain who was made a prisoner.


Captain Thomas Jones,


Drowned when his ship was sunk on April 21st 1918. Only four survivors from the crew . Captain Jones had survived a previous sinking of his ship by torpedo in 1917 and five days in an open boat.


David M Evans

December 21st 1917   Serving on the Flinstone when vessel was sunk by enemy submarine


David J Evans.

June 3rd  1917.   Certificate lost in the S.S. Merioneth sunk by submarine.

September 22nd 1917    Serving on the Ballater when torpedoed


Jenkin L Griffiths

October 3rd 1917.     Certificate lost in the S.S.Grelein, sunk by submarine.


David L Jenkins.

July 1st 1917.      Certificate lost in the S.S.King David, sunk by shellfire from enemy submarine.


Thomas Jones.

April 21st 1918      Drowned whilst serving on the Londonia. Sunk by enemy in St. Georges Channel .


John E Davies

1916    Served on the Ardgrange.


L Jenkins

1917      Served on the Brampton.


John E Evans.

1917-19             Served on the Legontian


David T Jenkins

1915.             Master of the Pontop.


John Jenkins

1917           Served on the Jehangir.


John D Jenkins

1916           Served on the Fleudelys.


Richard E Jenkins

1916       Served on the Bressington Court

1917        Served on the Edmonton


John T Jones

1914             Served on the Untar.


Evan Morris

1917       Served on the Jehangir.


Captain Evans   Yslwyn

Torpedoed at sea.


Jenkin  Evans, Boatswain and lamps mercantile Marine

Jenkin was the son of David and Anne Evans of Priory House Llanon, he served as a bosun aboard the S.S. Constantia, a London registered cargo steamer. On May 8th 1918 Constantia was en route from Newcastle to Rouen with a cargo of coal when she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U.B.21 and sank off South Cheek, Robin hoods Bay with the loss of three lives, John was 48 years old when he died that day and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial London. I have been kindly informed by Sue Rees about Jenkin and that his body may have been washed ashore and buried at Llansantffraid churchyard, but this is pending further investigation.

Source    West Wales War Memorial Project.

Jenkin Evans Priory

Memorial stone Llansantffraed Churchyard died of his wounds when his ship was struck by a mine off Whitby May 8th 1918


July 16th 1915        J.M. Hughes Gwyfryn Llanon is chief engineer on writing home relates some of his experiences and the scenes he witnessed, the greatest being the landing of allied troops on the Gallipoli peninsular on April 25th. A scene that will never be forgotten. They also saw the sinking of HMS Majestic on May 25th by a torpedo from a German Submarine.


7th December 1917.      Four of our sailors – Mr John Harries Jones, Llwynonn, Mr T Handel Jones, Gwalia. John Lewis Morgans Llansantffraid, Mr Lewis Ivor Jenkins, Millet Park who formed part of the crew of a torpedoed ship, returned home.

A Gallant Captain

(D.T.Jenkins D.S.C. Lloyds medallist, Brooklands, eldest son of Captain and Mrs Jenkins, Fron Villa, Aberarth is home for the weekend after many bitter experiences during the past twenty months in the submarine zone. Though several attacks were made on his vessel, and on one occasion was under heavy shell fire, he had each time managed to escape until July 6th when his boat was torpedoed and sunk, Even then all hands escaped unhurt. Great credit is due to him and his officers for the able way they controlled their men. On June 27th 1917 when crossing the Atlantic he encountered an enemy submarine at dawn, and after evading it sighted a huge transport which appeared to be steering in the direction of the submarine, which had been seen to submerge. On seeing that, Capt, Jenkins suddenly altered his course to warn her of the danger, but while approaching the transport, found she had already been torpedoed and was in a sinking condition with all the boats floating around half full of water. Steps were taken immediately to save the men, and after two hours strenuous work Captain Jenkins succeeded in saving 250 men and officers. He then cruised around at top speed in search of eleven men reported missing, though he was convinced there was at least three submarines were still in the vicinity. He then proceeded at utmost speed across the Atlantic with all the rescued troops aboard, after having called at St. Johns, Newfoundland to replenish stores and provide comfort for the troops. All were in good time safely landed at Quebec. At both places, Captain Jenkins and his officers were received with the greatest enthusiasm. For his many acts of bravery he was awarded with the D.S.C. on his arrival at Cardiff, July 25th.his owners (Messrs. Turnbull brothers)had the honour of presenting him with the Lloyds Silver medal as well as the Lloyds certificate as an honour acknowledgment of his extraordinary exertions in contributing to the saving of life on the occasion of the loss of the transport “Armadale”in the Atlantic on 27th June 1917.Captain Jenkins is also the happy recipient of handsome gratuities from the admiralty, Lloyds and the owners of the ill fated transport “Armadale.”





David Davies Isaac Evans Davies
Gwilym Mansel Pritchard Davies John William Davies
Daniel Edwin Edwards Nathaniel Edwards
David James Evans Isaac David Evans
Jenkin Evans Charles Gutteridge
Walter Hicks Daniel Harold Jenkins
David Lewis Jenkins Thomas Jones
Stephen Lewis Morgans Evan Edward Jones Morris
John Alfred Evan Norton John Thornton




"List of Patriots who have joined and are serving in the British Army 1914"

Taken from the log book for Llanon mixed Board School - 58a "Old Boys"

  Lieu. D.L. Jenkins Engrateia W.R. Killed  
  Com. Dr. Owen Evans Felinfach R.N  
  Sergeant Ino. D. Thomas Belmont Wounded and prisoner  
  G.M. Davies C.M The Ton A.S.C.  Killed  
  D.T. Evans Tymawr R.A.M.C  
  Dd. S. A. Daniel Lima R.A.M.C  
  Percy Thomas Bridgend Wounded  
  Frederick Thomas Bridgend S.W.B. Wounded in Dardanelles  
  John Evan Pugh Tygwyn Botha's Army. S. A.  
  Nath. Edwards Green Garden Botha's Army. Died  
  Walter R Hicks Albany House L.R.  Killed  
  Lieu. John W Jenkins Enkrateia Wounded  
  John D. Evans Pencwm Killed  
  John T Morgans Arddbori R.A.M.C  
  Rev. David Sinnett I.L.Davies Rose Hill Chaplain  
  Lieu. Teddy Richards   W.G.  
  Alfred E Evans   R.F.A  
  Evan D. Rowlands Ohio R.N (Was on "Triumph" when sunk but escaped  
  David L Thomas Belmont Rejected  
  James Jones Morriston Rejected  
  John L Evans 2 Panteg Discharged  
  Daniel Edwin Edwards Green Garden Killed  
  John Evans Plough    
  W. Sinnett Davies Rose Hill A.S.C. Chaplin 68th Div  
  Pte. David W Vaughen Morawel    
  Pte. John Evans Morris Emporium R.N.R  
  Gunner Llew Edwin Evans Felinvach R.F.A.  Gassed  
  Gunner William G Davies Sunny Villa Wounded  
  Pte. Evan Morris Emporium.  Salop R.G.A  
  Gunner David Sidney Thomas Bridgend    
  Pte. Llew Jones Taihirion    
  Pte. David John Edwards   Prisoner  
  Driver William Davies Trialbach M.T. Mesopotamia  
  Lieu. Evan Morgan Richards Tegfan Volunteered  
  Lieu. David Alfred Jones Rose Mount    
  Pte. Stephen Morgan Peris Terrace Killed  
  Pt. Thomas Edwin Jones Taihirion Discharged  
  Pte. Stephen L Jenkins Llansantffraed Discharged  
  Pte. Lewis T Lewis Jasper house Wounded  
  Gunner Alban Lewis Jasper House R.F.A.  
  Dr David Morris Jones Talarvor Home Service  
  Gunner David James Davies Tycefn Discharged  
  Pte. Wm. T Williams Boot or Mile end    
  Corp Johnnie Evans Glanperis    
  Pte. Evan E W Morris Felinfor Died of Flu  
  Pte Richard M Davies Waunfawr    
  Pte Ronald Jenkins Millet Park A.S.C.  
  Rev W Gabrial Evans   C.F. Belgravia  
  Pte John E Evans Morriston    
  Com. Tom Jones D.S.O. R.N Levant Promoted Lieu. Com.Chaplain  
  Rev Evan W Jenkins   R.W.F  
  David Parry Morfa Uchaf R. F.A.  
  Emlyn Felix Tygwyn R.N  
  David Davies Morawel A.C.C. Killed  
  Edgar Davies 5 Portland Street F.T.C  
  Harald Jenkins Millet Park Welsh guards.  Killed  
  Jack Griffiths Alltlwyd Wounded  
  Ivor Griffiths Alltlwyd Wounded  
  G.J. Griffiths Alltlwyd    
  R Griffiths Alltlwyd Wounded  
  Evan S Davies Police Station W.G.  
  Daniel Pugh Pencwm Uchaf    
  Albert Young Police Station W.G.  Killed  
  H.V. Young Police Station R.A.M.C.  Wounded in Dardinelles  
  Sub. Lieu David W Sinnett Jones Carlton R.N.  
  Isaac Newton Edwards Green Gardens Discharged  
  Pte. John Hughes Morris Emporium R A M C  
  Pte David Stanley Morris Emporium S W B  
  Pte Henry Richard Jones Gwalia Wounded  
  Pte Ivor H Morgan Grafton    
  Pte David Evans Star of Isle A S C.  Wounded  
  Pte Tom Morgan Peris Terrace Discharged  


A Letter from the Front

A letter from David Lewis Jenkins written a few months before he was killed in action to D. M. Jones, Carlton who was serving on HMS Cumberland, Belfast




                                                                                                7 – 6 – 7

My dear Dai

                        I was delighted to get your letter.  I am glad you are well placed at Belfast. Nothing would please me better than to see you in permanent command of a boat.


I heard from home today.  They said David Jones was home and was to have command of a hospital ship!!  Most likely it is one of the barges that carry wounded down from here along the canal.


We are in a pretty hot shop out here. Talk about ‘old iron’, tons of it flying about your head.  The shelling here is terrible like a continuous roar of thunder and in addition we get Hun aeroplanes bombing us every night for two or three hours. It is quite exciting still you.


Do you remember the Women's Army Corps that came on board our boat at Southampton?  I got very pally indeed with one of them and took her out a great deal when I was at Rouen.  She was a jolly decent girl but I expect she has forgotten all about me by now.


I have no news.  There are no girls here.  I enjoyed my leave at Llanon with you, quite like old times.  I hope we shall have a good time together again.


Write and let me know where you get to from Belfast and I will let you know all about our stunt if I am alive.

Best luck old man

Heaps of luck

Ever your old friend



I got your letter from P’mouth

Hope you enjoyed your ??????




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