Pontrhydyrun War Memorial

Cwmbran War Dead – Pontrhydyrun War Memorial

This article details the known backgrounds of the war dead listed on the First World War Memorial at Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Gwent. This page accompanies the main article of Cwmbran First World War Memorials: Their History and Origins. Information about this, and other WW1 memorials at Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church can be found within that post.

The images of the deceased were sourced from Shaun McGuire and are used with his permission. They have been enhanced to remove large blemishes, stains, and newspaper halftone.

Names Listed on the Right Face of the Pontrhydyrun First World War Memorial, Cwmbran

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Clifford Bowles: Bowles, Clifford, 19, killed in action at the Battle of Festubert on 16th May 1915, 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 5094, Private, Son of Emanuel and Beatrice Bowles, of 3, Avon Terrace, Pontnewydd, Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Panel 13 and 14.

Raymond Dart: Dart, Raymond, 26, died of wounds on 28th August 1915, 5th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 14058, Private, Son of J. and Annie Powell, of 3, Somerset St., Pontnewydd, Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on the GKN Cwmbran Colliery Plaque (left plaque) in Cwmbran Park. Buried at Merville Communal Cemetery, III. U. 6.

Ralph Fisher: Fisher, Ralf Leslie, 26, 26th April 1917, 124th Bty. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery, 168227, Gunner, Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Fisher, of Primrose Hill, Lydney, Glos.; husband of Lilian Gertrude Fisher, of 8, Ty-Coch Row, Cwmbran, nr. Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on the British Legion War Memorial and St. Gabriel’s Church War Memorial in Cwmbran. Buried at Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, I. A. 67.

Lionel John George: George, Lionel John, died of a wound in Malta on 30th July 1915, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 13679, Private. Buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial, K. 85.

Frank Holcombe: Holcombe, Francis, 30, 10th July 1916, 14th Bn. Welsh Regiment, 35413, Private, Son of John and Ann Holcombe, of Old Farm, Pontrhydyrun, Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 7 A and 10 A.

William Jones: Jones, William, 25, 8th August 1915, 8th Bn. Welsh Regiment, 27254, Private, Son of Evan Jones, of 2, River Terrace, Pontrhydyrun, Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on Helles Memorial, Panel 140 to 144.

Daniel Jones: Jones, Daniel, 25, 8th May 1915, 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry, 44531, Private, Son of Evan and Sarah Jane Jones, of 2, River Row, Pontrhydyrun, Newport, Monmouthshire. Buried at Couin New British Cemetery, D. 45.

Bert King: King, Bertie (Albert), 19th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, 11896, Private, born 1895 and killed in action on 10th May 1918. Lived in Woodland Road (formerly, the Black Road), Cwmbran. Buried at Harponville Communal Cemetery at grave reference D. 6. Also commemorated on the Great War Memorial Plaque at All Saints Church, Llanfrechfa, as Private A. King.

Names Listed on the Rear Face of the Pontrhydyrun First World War Memorial, Cwmbran

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Archie Lee: Lee, Archibald Alfred, Corporal, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 29th Coy., died 10th April 1918. Also commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 11. Obituary – On April 10, in France, Archie (Corpl., M.G.C) beloved son of Mr and Mrs A. G. Lee, Croesyceiliog aged 19 – Deeply mourned.

Lewis Leigh: Leigh, Lewis, 13th March 1918, 254th Tunneling Coy. Royal Engineers, 156549, Sapper, Husband of Beatrice L. Leigh, of “Trevellas,” Railway Terrace, Porthcawl, Glamorgan. Also commemorated on the GKN Cwmbran Colliery Plaque (left plaque). Buried in Oxford Road Cemetery, V. J. 29.

T. J. Lewis: No information.

Charles Morgan, Morgan, Charles, 32, 30th October 1916, 9th Labour Bn. Royal Engineers, 117810, Pioneer, Son of James Morgan, of “Pentwyn Cottage”, Llanthewy, Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire, and the late Alice Morgan, Born at Llanthewy. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, XII. B. 10.

Joseph Morgan: Morgan, Joseph, 29, killed in the Dardenelles campaign, 9th August 1915, 4th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 13001, Lance Corporal, Husband of Ada Morgan, of 47, Grange Rd., Pontnewydd, Newport, Monmouthshire. Commemorated at Helles Memorial, Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.

George Osborne: Osborne, George James. Reported as missing in the Suvla Bay Landings, 8th August 1915, 8th Bn. Welsh Regiment, 27261, Private. Commemorated on GKN Cwmbran Colliery Plaque (left plaque) and Helles Memorial, Panel 140 to 144.

Raymond Pauling: Pauling, Raymond, 21, reported as missing at the Dardenelles on 8th August 1915, “A” Coy. 8th Bn. Welsh Regiment, 1887, Lance Corporal, Son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Pauling, of 1, Pontrhydyrun Road, Pontrhydyrun, Newport, Monmouthshire. Also commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Panel 140 to 144.

Robert Pask: Pask, Robert Thomas, 21, 4th April 1916, “B” Coy. 8th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 15893, Private, Son of Charles and Mary Ann Pask. Also commerated on the GKN Cwmbran Works Plaque (right plaque). Buried at Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire, England, N. 354.

Names Listed on the Left Face of the Pontrhydyrun First World War Memorial, Cwmbran

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Alfred Price: No detailed information. Also commemorated on the GKN Cwmbran Colliery Plaque (left plaque) in Cwmbran Park.

Clifford Thomas: Thomas, Clifford Brynmor, 21, 24th February 1919, Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Erin.”, SS/116491, Stoker 1st Class, Son of James Thomas and the late Margaret Thomas. Buried in Pontnewydd Holy Trinity Churchyard, B. 177.

Richard Vizard: Vizard, Richard Colinbourne, died 25th April 1915 during the Dardenelles campaign, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 10628, Private. Also commemorated on the GKN Cwmbran Colliery Plaque (left plaque) and Helles Memorial, Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.

Arthur Wassel: Wassal, Arthur John, killed at Ypres on 5th May 1915, 2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 231, Private. From Garw, Croesyceiliog. Buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), I. E. 189.

Tom Waters: No information.

John Watkins: Watkins, John, 18th September 1915, 8th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 16050, Sergeant. Also commemorated on the GKN Cwmbran Works Plaque (right plaque). Buried at Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, II. G. 18.

William Williams: No information.

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One thought on “Pontrhydyrun War Memorial

  1. Bertie (Albert) King was my great great uncle he was born in 1895 and lived in Woodland road formerly the Black road. He was a Private in the 19th Battalion Welsh Regiment. Regimental number 11896. He was killed in action on the 10th May 1918 France and Flanders.
    My mother who is 91 would be very pleased if you could add this information in memory of him. He is also commemorated in Llanfrechfa Church.
    Thank you for this memorial.

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