The 4th August 2014 marked the centenary of the start of the First World War and while doing research into the parish council we came across a list of four names which were recorded on a sheet of paper hidden away in the back of one of these minute books.
Further investigation revealed that no memorial is present in Llangunnor which lists the names of those men who fought and died for this country, so we decided as part of the commemoration of the anniversary that we would look to identify those men and record their names not hidden away at the back of a dusty book but to and make this information available to all online
Obtaining a Roll of Honour which listed the names and addresses of the members of Babell Chapel who fought in the First World War, helped to identify others who died during the conflict.
We have given some considerable thought about who should be recorded within this section as from early research we have discovered people who were not living in the area when they signed up for the war and others who will no doubt have links to the area but are remembered elsewhere.
However we will list those who had links with Llangunnor, either they or their family lived in Llangunnor, they were born in Llangunnor or worked in Llangunnor.
What should be remembered is that the First World War would have effected everyone in Llangunnor, be that family members who lost someone or the farms and other businesses that may have seen a shortage of labour as the men went off to war.
How You Can Help
Information is needed on the people who are both listed and could potentially be listed, so if you have names of people that should be here please pass them on. If you are related to any of the people listed and want to share any information or photographs please get in contact.
Llangunnor War Dead - First World War
|David Jones||Private||SE/14561||Royal Army Veterinary Corps||07/03/1916||Llangunnor Church|
|Arthur Fallon||Private||13103||Welsh Regiment 8th Batt.||29/06/1916||Amara War Cemetery|
|Robert Hugh Harris||Temp Second Lieutenant||Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)||28/09/1916||Thiepval Memorial|
|Morgan Morris||Private||54268||Welsh Regiment 9th Batt||01/02/1917||Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery|
|Thomas Owens||Private||54149||Welsh Regiment 13th Batt||28/02/1917||Mendinghem Military Cemetery|
|William James Tansill||Sapper||445488||Royal Engineers 437th (Welch) Field Coy.||29/07/1917 (22)||Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery|
|William Llewellyn Morgan||Private||29469||South Wales Borderers||02/10/1917 (19)||Etaples Military Cemetery|
|Sydney Ernest Branfield||Private||320111||Welsh Regiment 24th Batt.||31/10/1917||Jerusalem Memorial|
|David Lewis Thomas||Private||320496||Welsh Regiment 24th Batt||06/11/1917 (25)||Beersheba War Cemetery|
|Evan Thomas Davies||Private||54551||Welsh Regiment 15th Batt||10/05/1918 (31)||Martinsart British Cemetery|
|Freddie George Tansill||Private||42156||East Yorkshire Regiment 4th Batt||08/09/1918 (19)||St. Erme Communal Cemetery Extension|
The above list is a work in progress and can change as new details are discovered.
" We can truly say that the whole circuit of the earth is girdled with the graves of our dead... I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witness to the desolation of war" King George V, 1922
A great deal of information on war dead can be found at Commonwealth War Graves Commission and for war memorials in West Wales please take a look at West Wales War Memorial Project