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Bedlinog 1914-18 Memorial

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Names on Memorial Additional Information
W. Bevan  
A. Burston Arthur Thomas 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.
D.B. Davies David Benjamin 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).
S. Davies Stanley 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 Davies, of 3, Oakland St., Bedlinog.
W. East William 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. 
W.H. Edwards William Henry 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.
W.O. Francis William Owen 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). 
 W. George William George
Private 31508 Welsh Regiment, 19th Battalion.
Died July 29 1916
Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave I. P. 2.
 D. Harries David 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)
 F. Howard Frank Herbert 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.  
 H. Howells Hugh 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).
 C. E. Jones Charles Ellis Jones
Riflemen S/3405 Rifle Brigade, 13th Battalion.
Killed in action June 1 1917
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 9.
 W.J. Lewis  
 D.G. Lewis  
 J. Minton William John 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).
A. Orchard Arthur Orchard.
Private 240624 Welsh regiment 1st/5th Battalion.
Died December 6 1917.
Commemorated D.101. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. 
(19 Hylton Terrace, Bedlinog)
H.M. Price Horace Montague Price
Private 241733 Welsh Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion.
Killed in action March 26 1917
Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 30 to 32.
W. Quartley William 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.)
E. Rollings Emrys Rollings (Rawlings)
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).
A. Squires Alfred John Squire
Gunner 21246 Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died April 5 1916.
Grave II. D. 225, Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.
W. Sims William 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).
W.P. Thomas Willie Parry 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.
R.S.J Thomas Richard Stanley John 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.
D. Williams David Thomas 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]
E. Williams Emrys Williams
Private 7938 Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died October 29 1914.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 37.
M. Williams Mordecai 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]
T. Williams Thomas David 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).
  At the bottom of the memorial on the plinth, there are two other names   
H. Jones  
R. Jones Robert 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. Bevan

The name of W Bevan (Beavan) is recorded both on the War Memorial in Bedlinog and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.

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Arthur Thomas Burston

The name of A. T. Burston is recorded both on the War Memorial in Bedlinog and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.

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David Benjamin Davies

Bedlinog DaviesDB SWE19171116The name of D. B. Davies is among those listed on the Bedlinog Pits memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.
And on the family grave in Bedlinog (Graig Fargoed) Cemetery.Bedlinog DaviesDB MI

Stanley Davies

Stanley Davies is commemorated on both Bedlinog War Memorial and the memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.

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William East

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Merthyr Express October 16, 1915

William Henry Edwards

Although William Henry Edwards, a Calvinistic Methodist theological student aged 30 years and 9 months, joined up at Rhyl January 6, 1916, he gave his residence as 10 Graig Terrace, Bedlinog. He joined the RAMC. He gave his next of kin as his sister Annie Humphreys of Penrhiwceiber.

He departed Southampton September 10, 1916; arriving in Salonika September 21. In July 1917 he had malaria. He died at 36 General Hospital, Salonika from dysentry and malaria. He was buried with full military honours.

William Owen Francis

William Owen Francis was born and bred in Bedlinog, in 1911 he was an 18 year old miner living with his family in Bedlinog. In 1913 he married Alice Maud Meredith and they had two children Bessie born late 1913 and Violet M born 1916, after his death.
 His family remembered him in the In Memoriam column of Westurn Mail on the 2nd anniversry of his death.Bedlinog FrancisWO 19170810  He is commemorated on both War Memorial in Bedlinog and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their Bedlinog workers.

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William George

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Because of the sandy soil the gravestones are laid flat.
Photo courtesy of Carwyn Hughes.

David Harries

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Merthyr Express December 18, 1915

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Merthyr Express December 25, 1915

Frank Herbert Howard

In 1911 Frank H Howard, age 26, lived at 9 Oakland St., Bedlinog, with his wife Margaret J and three children Ivor H (3), Gladys M (2) and Arnold H (2 months). He was born in Eastern-in-Gordano in Somerset. In the List of soldiers killed in the Great War, his residence is given as Penmaen. near Blackwood (It also, wrongly, has his death date as April 9 1915).

Hugh Howells

Bedlinog-Hugh-HowellsMIBedlinog HowellsH ME19151106Hugh Howells was buried at Soar-y-Graig Cemetery in Llechryd. In 2005 the Chapel and Cemetery was bought for development. The names of War dead in the Cemetery were then recorded on Cardiff Western Cemetery Screen Wall. His name is recorded on War Memorials at Barry, Bedlinog and Pontlottyn.  The Cemetery was never developed and now lies abandoned to japanese knotweed and bluebells. Hugh Howells grave still survives (2014) as shown to the right.
The inscription on the Grave reads: In loving memory of LIEUT. HUGH HOWELLS, R.F.C. the dearly beloved husband of MARGARET HOWELLS, Hill Crest Barry Island and son of ROWLAND & MARY J. HOWELLS Railway Hotel, Bedlinog, who whilst serving his King and Country, was killed in a flying accident at Spittlegate (Lincs.) April 10th 1917 Aged 28 years. “Till the day dawn and shadows flee”

Hugh Howells attested at Pontlottyn 4 June 1915. He was 25, 5ft 5½in, an electrician, married to Margaret Morgan with a son Albert Rowland. He joined the Royal Flying corps and served in France from 1 Oct. 1915 to 7 Aug 1916, after which he was appointed as a temporary 2nd Lt. He died in an air accident.Bedlinog HowellsH Flight19170419




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Charles Ellis Jones

Charles Ellis Jones was born about 1888 to Ellis Henry and Ellin Jones in Llanddeiniolen, Carnarvonshire where his father worked as a slate quarryman. It is not known when he left his family but in 1911 he lived at 32 Hyllton Terrace with three other miners from North Wales.
He first entered the theatre of war 12 July 1915, and was wounded in Battle of Loos. Bedlinog JonesCE ME201115   He was killed in action 1 June 1917. Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.

William John Minton

In 1911 John Minton lived at Garth House, Graigfargoed, Bedlinog, with his mother and siblings. He was aged 16 and worked as a coal miner.
He had been born in Bedlinog (probably Graigfargoed as the family also lived there in 1901) in the June quarter of 1894 and been given the name William John.

Horace Montague Price

In 1911 Horace Montague Price lived at 6 Station Terrace, Bedlinog, with his wife Emma and 1 year old daughter Millicent Anne. His wife, whose surname had also been Price, had been born in Bedlinog. He was born about 1887 in Maisemore, Gloucestershire, the son of Arthur, a cordwainer, and Julia Price. He was killed in action in Egypt, aged 30.Bedlinog PriceHM ME19170519a

He worked as a coal-miner; the name H. M. Price is recorded both on the War Memorial in Bedlinog and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.

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Emrys Rollings

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Emrys Rawlings appears on the Bedlinog Memorial as E Rollings, and on the Gelligaer Memorial as E Rawlings. He appears on CWGC and in these newspaper cuttings as Rollings but a family member says the correct name is Rawlings.

Alfred Squires

In 1911 Alfred Squires lived as a boarder with the Gibbons family at 15 Graig Terrace. He was a coal miner, age 27, who had been born in Bridgewater, Somerset. Also living there was Alfred Mead, age 30, also born in Bridgewater. 

Although the name is not quite the same it seems likely that this is Alfred John Squire who enlisted at Merthyr Tydfil but gave his address as Somerset Bridge, Nr Bridgewater. The family had lived next door to that of Alfred Mead.

William Sims

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Merthyr Express June 17, 1916

Willie Parry Thomas

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November 1, 1918 

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Although buried at St Sever, France, Willie Parry Thomas is also remembered at the family grave in Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog

Richard Stanley John Thomas

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Memorial - Graigfargoed Cemetery

David Thomas Williams

 David Thomas Williams was the elder brother of Mordecai Williams who had died in October 1915 and is also remembered on Bedlinog Memorial.

 In 1911 he was living in Trehafod with his wife Sophia (aged 21) and two children Edmund Phillip (aged 2) and James (aged 9 months). The family were an old Gelligaer farming family who had previously lived at Nantwen farm.

       Williams D. T. on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France.Bedlinog WilliamsDT

Emrys Williams

In 1911 Emrys Williams lived at 22 Colly Row, Bedlinog with his father Neckodia, Mother Mary Ann and 9 siblings. He was aged 13 and like his father had been born in Bedlinog. 

Mordecai Williams

Merthyr Express October 16, 1915
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 For more see Gelligaer Journal Volume 21 pages 39-41

  The name of M. Williams is recorded both on the War Memorial in Bedlinog and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers.
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Below: Graigfargoed Cemetery, Bedlinog 

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Thomas David Williams

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His name is recorded on both the Bedlinog War Memorial (as T. Williams) and on the Memorial plaque that Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettleford produced to commemorate war casualties among their workers (as Williams, T.D.).

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Robert Jones

 Bedlinog-JonesRobt- North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality-040216 

North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality 
February 2, 1916

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