World War One: Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber, I-L

Sources: The Aberdare Leader 1914-1919; UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office.

Index and notes

Other pages: A-C, D-E, F-HM-O, P-S, T-Y

Nurse Esther Isaac

24 June 1916 – “Mount Nurses Honoured by His Majesty.”

. . . [See Nurse Lily Ellis.]

Nurse Esther Isaac

Nurse Esther Isaac

Nurse Esther Isaac, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Isaac, 21 Richmond Road, Mountain Ash, whose name appeared in His Majesty’s birthday honours list, also received her training at Swansea General Hospital, and is to be decorated by the King with the Royal Red Cross Medal for services rendered.

At the commencement of the war she volunteered on the reserve list of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, and in March of last year was called to the Military Hospital Cambridge. On the 11th inst. she sailed from Southampton to take up a position under the military authority at Bombay. A large circle of friends wish her prosperity, including a number at Swansea and Aldershot, who are proud of the distinction conferred upon her.

Driver Gwilym James

13 April 1918 – “Driver Gwilym James”
Driver Gwilym James

Driver Gwilym James

Driver Gwilym James, Ammunition Column, R.F.A., volunteered at the outbreak of war and saw service in France through many of the big engagements. After the great Somme push he was invalided home. In August, 1917, was drafted to France again, and was through all the great actions up to the last Great German offensive, when he was gassed. He is now in Hospital at the base. He is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. James. 19 Greenfield Terrace, Cefnpennar, Mountain Ash.

Pte Joseph James

26 April 1916 – “Penrhiwceiber Soldier’s Death.”

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie James, of 19 Morris Avenue, Penrhiwceiber, received on Tuesday week official information of the death of their son, Pte. Joe James, of the 2nd Welsh Rgt., who was killed in action some where in France. Pte. James, who was 21 years of age, joined H.M. Forces on the outbreak of war. He was reported missing about two years ago. The family are well known and esteemed in the place, having resided here for over 20 years. Appended is a copy of the letter received by the sorrowing family from the War Office:- “Sir, It is my painful duty to inform you that no further news having been received relative to your son, Pte. Joseph James, 2nd Welsh Regt., No. 1259. the Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead. I am to express to you the sympathy of the Army Council with you in your loss. – Your obedient servant, J. H. Hicks. Major for Colonel, Office in Charge of Records.”

6 May 1916 – Pte Joseph James, Penrhiwceiber
Pte Joseph James

Pte Joseph James

Pte Joseph James, Penrhiwceiber, whose death in action we reported in our last issue.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Joseph James
Birth Place: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Residence: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Death Date: 29 Oct 1914
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Pontypridd
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Regimental Number: 10972
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
[Note: the regiment number is different.]

L-Cpl Lewin Jeffries

9 November 1918 – “L-Cpl Lewin Jeffries, Mountain Ash.”
L-Cpl Lewin Jeffries

L-Cpl Lewin Jeffries

Mrs Jeffries, of 12 Mary Street, Mountain Ash, has received news that her son, L-Cpl Lewin Jeffries, has been wounded the second time, and is now at a hospital in Cambridge. He is attached to the Headquarters Sig. Sec. R.W.F., and voluntarily enlisted at the outbreak of war. Before joining the army he was a teacher at Treharris Council Schools.

Pte. Sydney Johnson

24 February 1917 – Penrhiwceiber. Military.

Private Sidney Johnson, R.A.M.C., of 33 Glanlay Street, returned on Thursday last after being home on furlough for a week. He has been in France for two years, this being his first leave. He is quite alright.

26 May 1917 – “HOW A PENRHIWCEIBER SOLDIER DIED.”

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson, 33 Glanlay Street, Penrhiwceiber, have received official news that their son, Private Sydney Johnson, has been killed in France. He was severely wounded on April 22nd, and succumbed the same day at the Casualty Canadian Clearing Station. Private Johnson enlisted in September, 1914, in the R.A.M.C., training in Ireland. In August, 1915, he was drafted to France. He was home on leave last February. He was only 20 years of age. Letters of condolence from their Majesties, the King and Queen, were received by the mother. The parents have received a letter of sympathy from the mother of their son’s pal, Jasper Hyland. Jasper has written to his mother thus:- “Syd and I were like brothers. We were together when I was buried and he was wounded. He was terribly injured in both legs and one hand. When I saw my nearest friend dying I broke down. I shall never forget it. The other two stretcher-bearers with him were wounded, one of whom died at a base hospital. The stretcher and patient were blown to pieces. The Germans spotted us from an observation balloon and followed us with shell fire for over a mile, and finally caught us.”

2 June 1917 – Pte. Sydney Johnson
Pte. Sydney Johnson

Pte. Sydney Johnson

Pte. Sydney Johnson, Penrhiwceiber, whose death in action was reported last week.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Sidney George Johnson
Birth Place: Llanwonno, Glam.
Death Date: 22 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Mountain Ash
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Regimental Number: 38184
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

27 April 1918 – Family Notices

IN MEMORIAM.

JOHNSON.- In sacred memory of Private Sydney Johnson, who died of wounds on April 22nd, 1917.- From his loving Sister, Maggie. “For ever with the Lord.” R.I.P.

JOHNSON.- In affectionate remembrance of Private Sydney Johnson, who died of wounds received in France April 22nd, 1917. “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.”- From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brother. “Peace, Perfect Peace.”

Sergt. Evan Jones

9 June 1917 – Mountain Ash. “ALWAYS COMMANDED RESPECT.”

News of the death of their third son, Sergeant Evan Jones, has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Jones, 42 Ceridwen Street. The deceased soldier was in the Machine Gun Section of l0th Batt. Welsh. Major Partridge, his commanding officer, writes that he was killed on May 30th, at 1.30 in the morning. “Your son has always commanded the respect of all ranks for the excellent work he has done with this unit. He was shot by a sniper when performing a very important duty in ‘No Man’s Land,’ and died shortly after being hit. It may interest you to know that it was my intention to recommend him for a commission, the first steps to which had been taken the day before he met his death. He was buried in a soldier’s grave.” The officer concludes his letter with expression of his very deepest sympathy.

7 July 1917 – Sergt. Evan Jones
Sergt. Evan Jones

Sergt. Evan Jones

Sergt. Evan Jones, Machine Gun Section, 10th Batt. Welsh, 3rd son of Mrs. Jones, 42 Ceridwen Street, Mountain Ash. Met his death by a sniper’s bullet whilst on important duty in the early hours of May 30th last. Only a few hours previously steps had been taken by the C.O. to recommend him for a commission.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Evan Jones
Birth Place: Aberdare
Death Date: 30 May 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Mountain Ash
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 10th Battalion
Regimental Number: 34478
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Jack Jones – See WG DAVIES

2 December 1916 – Pte. John Dd. Jones, A.S.C.

Pte. John Dd. Jones, A.S.C.

Pte. John Dd. Jones, A.S.C.

This is a photo of Pte. John Dd. Jones, A.S.C., whose wife and family reside at 48 Woodfield Terrace, Penrhiwceiber. He joined the Army on Sept 14th, 1915, and was drafted out on the 13th of January, 1916. He had an attack of pneumonia soon afterwards, and was admitted to the General Hospital at Calais. He is 49 years of age. He was recently on a brief visit home, and has now returned to the firing line. Previous to joining up he was employed at the Cwm Cynon Colliery.

Pte. Robert Jones

22 July 1916 – “PENRHIWCEIBER SOLDIERS KILLED.”

News has been received of the death in action in France of Pte. Robert Jones, of the South Lancashire Regt., husband of Mrs. M. A. Jones, of 12 Harcourt Terrace, and elder son of Mr. Gabriel Jones, Penybryn Terrace. He was killed on the 16th July. Pte. Jones was 31 years of age. Prior to the war he was employed at Penrikyber Colliery. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved widow and four little children.

12 August 1916 – Pte. Robert Jones
Pte. Robert Jones

Pte. Robert Jones

Pte. Robert Jones, of the South Lancs. Regt., who was killed in action at Mametz Woods on July 16. His wife and four children live at Harcourt Terrace, Penrhiwceiber.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Robert Ellis Jones
Birth Place: Mountain Ash, Glam.
Death Date: 16 Jul 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Regimental Number: 15152
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

21 July 1917 – Family Notices. IN MEMORIAM.

JONES.- In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Robert E. Jones, South Lancaster Regt., of 12 Harcourt Terrace, Penrhiwceiber, who fell in action in Mametz Wood July 16th, 1916.

The shock was great, the blow severe,
We little thought the end so near,
Only those who have lost are able to tell
The pain that’s felt at not saying farewell.

-Ever remembered by his loving wife, children and relatives.

Sergt. W. Jones

1 September 1917 – Sergt. W. Jones
Sergt. W. Jones

Sergt. W. Jones

This is a photo of Sergt. W. Jones, of the 3rd Batt. Welsh Regt., whose military service of nearly 9 Years we touched upon in our issue of August 18th. He is the eldest son of Mrs. Rees Thomas, Cresselley Inn, Mountain Ash. Called to the front early in the war from India he passed through some of the severest engagements. He was wounded at Hooge and laid up in Hospital 7 months. Since then he has been training Cadets at Oxford, and at the present time is back in France as instructor of a Chinese labour battalion.

Lieut. Watkin (Wattie) Jones

26 August 1916 – Mountain Ash. SOLDIERS.

Lieut. Wattie Jones, Welsh Regiment, has been home for final leave.
. . .

13 April 1918 – “Missing.”

News arrived from the War Office on Monday that Lieut. Watkin (Wattie) Jones, Tunnelling Section, R.E., is missing, believed killed. He is the second son of the late Mr. Gwilym Jones, head mechanic at Cwmpennar P.D. Colliery, Mountain Ash, and a brother to Mrs. Lewis Clarke, Aberdare Hotel, Mountain Ash. Lt. Lewis [sic] has a younger brother also serving in the Army.

27 April 1918 – “Lt. Wattie Jones, R.E.”
Lt. Wattie Jones, R.E.

Lt. Wattie Jones, R.E.

Lt. Wattie Jones, R.E., Mountain Ash, of whom we made the announcement in our last issue that he was missing. Mrs. Lewis Clark, Aberdare Hotel, Mountain Ash, is his sister, and asks for news of him.

15 June 1918 – Mountain Ash. CONFIRMED.

Unfortunately news has arrived that Lieut. W. M. (Wattie) Jones, formerly announced as missing, is killed. A brother Lieut. picked up his pocket book.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Watkin Morgan Jones
Death Date: 29 Mar 1918
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Comments: 258Th Tun C

29 March 1919 – Family Notices

JONES.- In loving memory of Lieut. Watkin M. Jones (Wattie), Royal Engineers, who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of his country’s honour, on March 29, 1918. “To memory ever dear.” -Barbara.

Willie Joyce

Willie Joyce

Willie Joyce

21 October 1916 Private Willie Joyce

This is a photo of Private Willie Joyce (19), of the 10th Welsh, 2nd Batt., who was killed in action at Mametz Wood in July last. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Joyce, reside at 5 Haswell Street, Matthewstown.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: William Joyce
Birth Place: Whitchurch, Glam.
Residence: Abercynon, Glam.
Death Date: 12 Jul 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Pontypridd
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 10th Battalion
Regimental Number: 16646
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Sergt. W. Kanhan

28 July 1917 – Sergt. W. Kanhan, K.S.L.I.
Sergt. W. Kanhan, K.S.L.I.

Sergt. W. Kanhan, K.S.L.I.

Sergt. W. Kanhan, K.S.L.I., son of Mrs. Kanhan, of 18 Lower Forest Level, Newtown, Mountain Ash, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. In one big advance the gallant Sergt. was the only N.C.O. left of his company and was promoted Co.-Sergt.-Major on the field. He is now going through a course of lessons to qualify for his Commission. He is only just turned 20 years of age, and has through some of the big engagements, including the Somme struggle. He is one of the Kitchener boys, enlisted in September, 1914. He was once wounded in the hand by shrapnel.

Signaller D. Lawrence

06 November 1915 – “Two Miskin Pals.”
Signaller D Lawrence, Miskin

Signaller D Lawrence, Miskin

Signaller D. Lawrence, C. Co., 8th Batt. East Yorks. is now in France. In a letter written to his mother, Mrs. Catherine Matthews, 50 Thomas St., Miskin, on Oct. 24th, he acknowledges some gifts sent to him and states that he is in the best of health and spirits. He had a very narrow shave one day. A shell burst quite near to him when he was indulging in a quiet smoke. It fell among some trees, which acted as a natural barricade for Signaller Lawrence and his comrades, and no one was hurt.
. . . [See Dan Morgan]

30 June 1917 – “Pte. D. LAWRENCE, MiSKIN. A Trying Ordeal.”
Pte D Lawrence

Pte D Lawrence

This photo is of Private D. Lawrance, East Yorkshire Regt., Signaller, son of Mrs. Matthews, 50 Thomas Street, Miskin. He was wounded very badly in the shoulder at the battle of Arras on the 2nd of May. He crawled back to a dugout, and there he lay for 20 hours. Then he attempted to get back to the British lines, and was again hit by a bullet, this time on the foot. Someone picked him up and carried him back to the rear. A fortnight later he was conveyed to Sheffield Hospital. He joined the Army when he was only sixteen years of age, and has seen service in France for 21 months. All wish him a speedy recovery.

Private Richard Lewis

4 November 1916 – Penrhiwceiber Soldier’s Death.

Private Richard Lewis, No. 11436, son of Mrs. Lewis, of 36 Pentwyn Avenue, Penrhiwceiber, of the 8th Welsh Regiment, is now reported killed. Private Lewis had been missing since the 8th of August, 1915. Last week the War Office notified his widowed mother that they were constrained to conclude that his death had taken place on that date. Private Lewis was very popular throughout the valley, and was a member of the Mountain Ash Male Voice Party. He was 24 years of age. “Dicky,” as he was familiarly known, joined soon after the outbreak of war, and was drafted out to France in June 13th, 1915. His brother, Private Evan Lewis, of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, has been badly wounded in action, and is now lying at No. 3 General Hospital, France. His wife and three children are living at Porth.

18 November 1916 – Private Richard Lewis
Private Richard Lewis

Private Richard Lewis

This is a photo of Private Richard Lewis, of the 8th Welsh Regiment, who was killed in action at the Dardenelles on the 8 August, 1915. His parents reside at 36 Pentwyn Avenue, Penrhiwceiber.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: Richard Lewis
Birth Place: Blaenau-festiniog, Merioneths
Residence: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Death Date: 8 Aug 1915
Death Place: Gallipoli
Enlistment Place: Cardiff
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 8th Battalion
Regimental Number: 11436
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre

Gunner G. W. Lloyd

22 June 1918 – Mountain Ash. MOUNT CONSTABLE KILLED.

News has arrived that Pte. George Lloyd, R.G.A., has been killed on the field of action. Prior to joining the Army Lloyd was a well-conducted member of the Mountain Ash Constabulary, and served under Inspector T. Davies for 2 years. He married a daughter of Mr and Mrs Clarke, Llanwonno Road. Lloyd was entrusted in the Army with the telephonic section, and it was whilst in the execution of that duty, in a dugout, that a stray shell killed him and four others.

26 October 1918 – “FORMER POLICE OFFICER KILLED.”
Gunner G. W. Lloyd

Gunner G. W. Lloyd

This is the photo of Gunner G. W. Lloyd, R.F.A., who was killed in action on June 11th, 1918, somewhere near Bethune, by a shell bursting on his dug-out. He was a telephonist at attached to D. Co., 158th Brigade, R.F.A. Formerly he was a police constable at Mountain Ash. His wife Mrs E. A. Lloyd, with whom general sympathy is felt, resides at 5 Llanwonno Road, Mountain Ash.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Name: George Wilfred Lloyd
Birth Place: Builth Wells, Radnor
Residence: Pontfaen, Near Brecon
Death Date: 11 Jun 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Cardiff
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Regimental Number: 180347
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Other pages: A-C, D-E, F-HM-O, P-S, T-Y
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