World War One: Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber, T-Y

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-H, I-L, M-O, P-S

Pte. C. Thickens

3 June 1916 – A MISKIN HERO’S DEATH.

Private C. Thickins, of the 15th Welsh C. Company, 10th Batt., B.E.F., France, has been killed in action. He was only 22 years of age. He served his King and country in France for six months. Private Thickins was most popular in the district. Much sympathy is felt for his sorrowing parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thickins, who reside at 4 Glancynon Street, Miskin. Appended are extracts from a letter sent by the Captain to his mother:-

“My dear Mrs. Thickins,- Your son has died in hospital from wounds. It came as a shock to me when I heard of it. I saw him placed on a stretcher the night before. He had been hit in the back by a bullet, but he was quite cheerful. He seemed to suffer but little pain. He remarked to his friends who had carried him down to the hospital, ‘I think I’ve got a blight’ (a fatal wound). The end must have been peaceful. He was most popular in the company with officers and men. Ever since he joined us at Rhyl I had come in contact with him a great deal and admired him very much. He never gave me the slightest trouble in any way, and I learnt to trust him. I had picked him as company guide because he seemed keen, thorough, reliable and efficient in every way. A good guide is by no means easy to replace, especially such a one as your boy was. I feel for you and your family in losing such a noble boy. You will no doubt find it hard to bear, but as a so[l]dier’s mother you must try to bear up bravely. You will be consoled by the knowledge that your son was one of those who heard his country’s call and responded. Further, that he met death like a soldier. If there is anything I can do for you at any time write me and I shall be only too pleased to assist you. I will let you know where your son was buried.- Yours sincerely,- P. Anthony (Captain).

10 June 1916 – Pte. C. Thickens, Miskin.
Pte. C Thickens

Pte. C Thickens

Pte. C. Thickens, Miskin, of 15th Welsh, who was killed in action.

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

Name: Charles Thickins
Birth Place: Llanwonno, Glam.
Residence: Mountain Ash
Death Date: 6 May 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 15th Battalion
Regimental Number: 21906
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Private Rees L. Thomas

2 September 1916 – “Soldier Wounded.”

Private Rees L. Thomas, of the R.A.M.C., son of Mr Evan Thomas, of 9 Belle Vue Street, was wounded by a shell on Friday last. In a letter to his father from a hospital in France, he states that he is getting on well, and wishes to be remembered to the Penrhiwceiber boys. Prior to enlisting on October 20th 1915, he was on the clerical staff at the Penrikyber Colliery offices. He was drafted out on August 8th last, and was wounded on August 18th, his first day in action.

9 September 1916 – Private Rees L. Thomas
Private Rees L. Thomas

Private Rees L. Thomas

Private Rees L. Thomas, 9 Belle Vue Street, Penrhiwceiber, wounded as reported in our last issue.

15 September 1917 – Penrhiwceiber

WOUNDED. Private Rees Lewis Thomas, R.A.M.C., son of Mr. Evan Thomas, 9 Belle Vue Street, was slightly wounded by shrapnel on August 7th last. He has now fully recovered.

27 October 1917 – Penrhiwceiber

HOME ON LEAVE. – Private Rees Lewis Thomas, 48984, 111th Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C., has been home on leave from France. Enlisting in October, 1915, he was trained at Winchester and Codford for nine months, and in August, 1916, was sent to France. He has been twice wounded – at the battle of the Somme in 1916, where he received shell burns on face and hand, and at Ypres in August, 1917, where he was hit in the back by shrapnel, after which he was in hospital at Boulogne for three weeks. Private Thomas is attached to an Irish Division. He is the son of Mr. Evan Thomas, of 9 Belle Vue Street, Penrhiwceiber. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Penrikyber Colliery Offices. On Friday he was the recipient of a beautiful cigarette case at the hands of the staff of the Penrikyber Colliery Offices. Mr. H Howells handed him the gift.

Sergt. Sydney J. Thomas

21 April 1917 – PENRHIWCEIBER ROLL OF HONOUR. Three Killed and Two Wounded.

. . .
At Gaza a Penrhiwceiber soldier has been wounded, namely, Sergeant Sydney J. Thomas, Church Street. He enlisted at the outbreak of war in the 5th Welsh, and underwent training at Pembroke, Bedford, Tunbridge Wells and Scotland. He was at the landing at Suvla Bay. Afterwards he was sent to Egypt. and thence to Palestine.
. . .

28 April 1917 – Sergt. Sydney J. THOMAS
Sergt. Sydney J. Thomas

Sergt. Sydney J. Thomas

Sergt. Sydney J. Thomas, Church St., Penrhiwceiber, Wounded in Gaza.

Lance-Corporal T Tucker

23 September 1916 – Penrhiwceiber. A HERO HONOURED.

On Wednesday evening a grand concert and presentation under the auspices of the Belle Vue Hotel Welcome Home Committee was held at the Belle Vue to pay homage to one of our soldiers who has just returned home from Natsbury Hospital, St. Alban’s, in the person of Lance-Corporal Tom Tucker, who has been badly wounded in France. A large number of co-members of the Belle Vue Skittle Club was present. Mr. Thomas Williams presided. A purse of money and a wrist watch were handed to the hero of the evening on behalf of the Committee and Skittle Club by Mr. Thomas Davies, former captain of the Club, who made an appropriate speech. The gallant soldier suitably responded. He was glad at having been spared to be amongst his numerous friends once again. The programme consisted of an address by the chairman. Overtures bv the accompanists, Messrs. Fred and William Smith. Solos by Messrs. Evan David Price, W. Benbow, Todd Smith, Idris Duglan, and John Purslow; Mr. Joe Burford, of Cardiff; Mr. Albert Kenvyn (comedian). Trio, Mr. E. D. Price, Corporal Tucker, and Private W. Edwards. Instrumental solo, Mr. George Mills. Matthewstown. Solo by Mr. David Bunny. Duett by Lance-Corporal Tucker and Mr. Smith. Mr. Rees, a former chairman of the Skittle Club, spoke highly of Lance-Corporal Tucker’s services as member of the club and as a soldier.

30 September 1916 – Lance-Corporal T Tucker
Lance-Corporal T. Tucker

Lance-Corporal T. Tucker

Lance-Corporal T. Tucker, of the 2nd Wilts, Regiment, was wounded at Somme on July 1st. His home is 36 Woodfield Terrace, Penrhiwceiber.

28 October 1916 – Penrhiwceiber. SOLDIER’S RETURN.

On Monday last Corporal Tom Tucker, of the Warwick Regiment, who has been home wounded, returned to his unit at Weymouth.

Various: Pte. Dick Jones; Pte. W Mealing; Sergt. Fred Rees

21 October 1916 – Three Mount Boys
L to r, Sergt. Fred Rees, Pte. W Mealing, Pte. Dick Jones

L to r, Sergt. Fred Rees, Pte. W Mealing, Pte. Dick Jones

The above photo is of three Mount boys who have rendered yeoman service in many parts of the fighting area. On the left is Sergt. Fred Rees, 1/5 Welsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan P. Rees, Fox Street, Mountain Ash. Rees was wounded at an assault in the Dardanelles. The middle figure is Pte. Wilfred Mealing, A.S.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Mealing, hairdresser, Ffrwd Crescent, Mountain Ash. Mealing has just recovered from fever contracted in Egypt. On the right is Pte. Dick Jones, 8th R.W.F., son of Mrs. Jones, Hamilton House, Hamilton Street, Mountain Ash. All three are convalescing at Mustapha Camp, Alexandria.

9 March 1918 – Mount Tradesman’s Son’s Letter.

Pte. Wilfred Mealing writes to his parents, Mr and Mrs. Geo. Mealing, Ffrvvd Crescent, from Mesopotamia. In it, he mentions welcome letters from David Williams, Aberdare, and others. Although having gone through privations and hardships, he never regrets the day he joined up 3 years ago. He feels that it has made a man of him and he will greatly benefit in future years. It is a moonlight night and everything seems peaceful and calm, and looking from his sleeping quarters, the river presents a beautiful sight. The ships are lying peacefully at anchor, and thousands of lights dotted here and there, and stately palms swaying to and fro, present a glorious scene only to be seen in the East. Continuing, he refers to Billy Watkins (Butchers), Billy Eynon and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Allen. Christmas and New Year brought him jolly times and plenty of good tidings. They held a sports meeting and all enjoyed themselves. The pudding he received (from his mother) was great, and he shared with his pals, who called her nice names and send their best wishes for a Happy New War.

11 January 1919 – ARMY NEWS.

. . .
– Pte. Wilfred Mealing, son of Mr and Mrs Geo. Mealing, Ffrwd Crescent, writes from Mesopotamia. All’s well and hopes to be home shortly. He had been recommended for a commission, but owing to the trend of events has abandoned the idea. He sends New Year wishes to all his friends.

5 April 1919 – RETURNED.

Lance Corpl. F. P. Rees, son of Mr and Mrs. M. P. Rees, Westbury Villa, Fox Street, returned on Monday after serving over 4 years with the colours. Mr. Rees was a member of the old Territorial force, and was with the 1/5 Welsh at Suvla Bay. He was slightly wounded in the operations on the Gallipoli peninsula but has been fortunate since in coming through unscathed the whole of the Egyptian and Palestine campaign. In private life Mr. Rees was employed in the carpenter’s shop at Messrs Nixon’s Colliery.

Various: see list.

6 February 1915 – MISKIN BLACK HAND GANG.

On Page 8 appears a photo of a number of Miskin men who are with the 5th Welsh at Tunbridge Wells. They are known there as “The Black Hand Gang.” Private S. Evans, one of the “Gang,” writes to say that they hope to have a few days leave ere long. In the Gang is Private Samuel Thomas, who belongs to the family that holds the “record.” He and six brothers are serving the colours.

6 February 1915 – “SOME OF THE MISKIN BOYS IN TUNBRIDCE WELLS.”
See text for names.

See text for names.

The names are (reading from left to right) :- Front row L. Corporal W. Williams, L Corporal J.Holman (the Banana King), Private J. Harris, and Private T. Lewis.- Back Row: Privates S. Thomas, S. Squibbs, R. Green, O. Roberts, E. Snooks, A. Williams, S. Evans, J. Davies, and M. Morrisee. [The problem is that the names for the front row are a man short.]

Various: see list.

26 June 1915 – “Some Aberdare and Cefnpennar Soldiers.”
Various Aberdare and Cefnpennar soldiers

Various Aberdare and Cefnpennar soldiers

Right to Left (Top Row); Driver Evans, Cefnpennar; Driver Thomas, Aberaman; Driver Davies, Aberaman, and Driver Rule, Cefnpennar.
Sitting: Bombardier Lambert, Cefnpennar; Gunner Chorley, and Driver Evans, Aberdare. All stationed at Pwllheli.

Pte. W. J. Voyle

7 October 1916 – Miskin.

HOME FROM THE FRONT.- On Thursday the residents of Albert Street gave a cordial welcome home to Private W. J. Voile, of the 19th Welsh, now transferred to the Tunnelling Corps. Private Voile joined early in the war, and was drafted out in December. At Givenchy on the 4th of April, 1915, he was blown up in a sap. His home is at 5 Albert Street, and has a wife and family.

25 May 1918 – Mountain Ash

A MONS HERO- News has arrived that Pte W. J. Voyle, Welsh, died in the 3rd Canadian Hospital as the result of wounds received in action. In private life, he was employed at Nixon’s Navigation Colliery, and lived at Springfield House, Albert Street, Miskin. He joined up voluntarily in October, 1914. Seaman Joe Voyle, of H.M. Transport Service, is his brother.

1 June 1918 – “Miskin Man’s Sacrifice.”
Pte. W. J. Voyle

Pte. W. J. Voyle

Pte. W. J. Voyle, who died from wounds received in action. On several occasions he was gassed, on one being blown up yards in the air. He leaves a wife and three children living at Albert Street, Miskin.

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

Name: William John Voyle
Birth Place: Hammersmith, Middx.
Death Date: 13 May 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Mountain Ash
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 15th Battalion
Regimental Number: 19065
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Seaman Ivor Thomas Weaver

24 June 1916 – Mountain Ash. CLARENCE STREET SAILORS.

Seaman H. T. Martin, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin, and Seaman Ivor Weaver, son of Mr and Mrs S. Weaver, both of Clarence Street, Miskin, received a hearty welcome home. They are warm friends in private life and not less so as pals in H.M. Navy. They have seen service for many months abroad. Their friends gathered round them and gave them a real send-off when they returned to their respective ships.

2 March 1918 – “IN DEATH NOT DIVIDED.”
Seaman Harry Martin

Seaman Harry Martin

Saint David’s Day recalls sad memories to the home of Seaman Harry Martin, son of the late Henry Martin and Mrs. Martin, of 15 Clarence Street, Miskin, who lost his life on March 1st, 1917, whilst serving on H.M.S. Destroyer “Pheasant” in the North Sea.Before joining the navy in August, 1915, he worked at Nixon’s Navigation Colliery, and also had great delight in attending the St. John Ambulance and the British Red Cross Society. He passed and received certificates from both. He was well known at Miskin and had many friends.

Seaman Ivor T Weaver

Seaman Ivor T Weaver

Seaman Ivor Thomas Weaver, a pal of Seaman Harry Martin, both joined the Navy at the same time and lost their lives in the same battle. Weaver was a collier in private life, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.E.S. Weaver, 1 Clarence Street, Miskin.

7 April 1917 – Family Notices.

Acknowledgment.
WEAVER.- Mr. and Mrs. Weaver and family, 1 Clarence Street, Miskin, desire to thank all kind friends and relatives for all tokens of sympathy in their recent sad bereavement.

IN MEMORIAM.

WEAVER.- In loving memory of our dear son, Ivor Tom Weaver, third son of Mary and Shirley Weaver, of 1 Clarence Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, who went down with his ship on Naval Service on March 1st, 1917.

He gave his life for his country.

Far in a watery grave,
In silence there he lies:
Far in the deep, beneath the wave,
But not too far to rise.

Jesus said: “Peace be still.”

2 March 1918 – Family Notices.

IN MEMORIAM.

WEAVER.- In proud and loving memory of Seaman Ivor Tom Weaver, aged 18 years, and all gallant Heroes who made the supreme sacrifice March 1st, 1917, whilst serving on H.M. Destroyer, “Pheasant” in the North Sea.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

-From Mother, Father, Sisters, Brother George and Brothers David and Will in France.

Bombardier R. White

9 September 1916 – “Penrhiwceiber Soldier Killed in Action.”
R White, Penrhiwceiber

R White, Penrhiwceiber

Bombardier R. White, 7,504, of the R.F.A., was killed in action by a shell on August 18th. A telegram to that effect was sent to deceased’s wife, who resides at 4a Penybryn Terrace, Penrhiwceiber by the Col. of Records. A letter sent to the bereaved wife from deceased’s officer is as follows:-

“I very much regret to inform you that No. 7504 Bombardier R. White, of this Battery, was recently wounded, and that his death was reported to me last evening. I wish to express the very deepest sympathy of the men of the Battery and myself with you in your bereavement, and to tell you that we shall always remember Bombardier White as a keen, brave and happy soldier, with whom it was a pleasure to- serve.- Yours truly, W. A. Delakay, R.F.A.”

Bombardier White, who was 39 years of age, joined at the outbreak of war. He had taken part in many stiff engagements. He leaves a sorrowing wife and three children. We beg to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

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

Name: Robert White
Birth Place: Newberry, Berks
Residence: Penrhiwceiber, Glam.
Death Date: 17 Aug 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Cardiff
Rank: A BDR.
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Regimental Number: 7504
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Captain Frank Williams

28 August 1915 – “Young Local Officer Wounded.”
Captain F Williams, Mountain Ash

Captain F Williams, Mountain Ash

Captain Frank Williams, son of Mr. Tom Williams, M.E., Troedyrhiw House, Mountain Ash. This gallant young officer is only 21 years of age, and received his Company promotion just before leaving these shores. He was a Lieut. in the Territorials. He is now lying in Malta Hospital, having received a wound in the neck fighting in the Dardanelles.

RSM Harry Williams

03 June 1916 – “BACK TO THE FIRING LINE.”
RSM Harry Williams

RSM Harry Williams

On Wednesday night Regimental Sergt. Major Harry Williams, of the 10th Service Welsh Regt., 1st Rhondda Batt., returned to Boulogne, France, to rejoin his unit after spending a few days home leave. He has been on active service since he was 17 years of age. Before this war broke out he had been with the S.W.B. for 21 years, and was afterwards 9 years drill instructor. A fine record is it not? His wife and family reside at 9 Rheola Street, Penrhiwceiber.

Pte. J. Williams

16 November 1918 – “Pte. J. WILLIAMS, Miskin.”
Pte. J. Williams

Pte. J. Williams

Official news has been received that Pte. J. Williams, aged 27, of Oxford and Bucks L.I., has been killed in action on the 26th of September. He enlisted in September, 1914. He was previously employed at Penrhiwceiber Colliery as a collier, and resided at 18 Thomas Street, Miskin.

Pte. Jack R. Williams

11 December 1915 – “Mountain Ash Man Missing.”
Pte. Jack R. Williams

Pte. Jack R. Williams

Pte. Jack R. Williams, 11949, D. Co., 8 Batt., Welsh Regiment. He is reported missing since August 8 at Suvla Bay, Dardanelles. He is the son of Mr John Williams, 56 Cilhaul Terrace, Mountain Ash.

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

Name: John Richard Williams
Birth Place: Amlwch, Anglesey
Residence: Mountain Ash, Glam.
Death Date: 8 Aug 1915
Death Place: Gallipoli
Enlistment Place: Cardiff
Rank: Private
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Battalion: 8th Battalion
Regimental Number: 11949
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre

Private Joseph Williams

05 June 1915 – “Penrhiwceiber Soldier Lad. Gassed on Hill 60.”
1915 06 05 - Private Joseph Williams

1915 06 05 – Private Joseph Williams

We announce with regret the death of Private Joseph Williams, the son of Mrs. Williams, 13 Church Street, Penrhiwceiber, which took place on Hill 60 on May 4, from gas poisoning. This brave soldier, who was only 18 years of age, and who had given his life for his country, was very well known in Penrhiwceiber. He enlisted in the Dorset Regt. last September, and had only been in the front about four weeks. In his last letter home he remarked that he would have a lot to say about the war when he would come back, but alas his friends and dear ones will never enjoy his merry company again. He was a very kind young man, and was very much loved by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by all his pals and by the family, with whom great sympathy is felt.

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

Name: Joseph Williams
Birth Place: Gelligaer, Glam.
Residence: Graig, Pontypridd, Glam.
Death Date: 4 May 1915
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Mountain Ash, Glam.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Dorsetshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regimental Number: 3/8295
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 12515, Somerset Light Infantry.

6 May 1916 – Family Notices. IN MEMORIAM.

WILLIAMS.- In loving memory of Pte. Joseph Williams, late of 13 Church Street, Penrhiwceiber, killed in action May 5th, 1915.

Your mother and your brothers,
Sisters, friends and all,
They will now be broken-hearted
When they cannot hear you call.

-Sadly missed by his mother, sisters and brothers.

Driver Wyndham Williams

6 October 1917 – “Lost a Leg.”
Driver Wyndham Williams, R.F.A.

Driver Wyndham Williams, R.F.A.

Driver Wyndham Williams, R.F.A., the son of Mr. and Mrs Wyndham Williams, 30 Woodfield Terrace, Penrhiwceiber, is home. He came specially to attend the procession in honour of Sergt. Bye, V.C., but was unable to attend on account of a leg wound. He enlisted Sept., 1914, in the Durham Light Infantry; was discharged as physically unfit. Very soon he re-enlisted in the R.F.A., sent to France, Dec., 1915, and was present in the battles of Ypres, Vimy Ridge, the Somme, and at Ypres again on Dec. 29th, 1916, when his horse was killed under him, he himself losing his right leg below the knee by the bursting of one of the enemy’s shells. From the General Clearance Hospital he was sent to England, where he spent nine months at Reading War Hospital; transferred later to Whitchurch War Hospital, Cardiff, where he is now surgically treated and waiting to be fitted with an artificial limb. He has a brother, Edward Williams, in the Army, and has been for nearly two years with the 3rd Devons, B.E.F., Egypt.

Willis: Ptes George and R C

25 November 1916 – Ptes George and R C Willis
Pte George Willis

Pte George Willis

Pte. Geo. Willis, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has just returned to duty again after short leave from France, where he has been 16 months. He voluntarily joined just after the war started. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Willis, Darren Las, Mountain Ash.

Pte R C Willis

Pte R C Willis

Pte. R. C. Willis, 1/5 Welsh Regiment, has been in Egypt for some considerable time. Like his brother George he didn’t wait to be sent, but enlisted in the Army in September, 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Willis are proud of their soldier sons.

Able Seaman Wm. Woods

3 March 1917 – Mountain Ash. KILLED IN ACTION.

News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. H. Woods, 51 Cilhaul Terrace, Darran Las, that their son, Able Seaman W. Woods, 63rd Royal Naval Division, was killed in action in France on February 5th. He was 21 years of age, and formerly in the 5th Welsh.

10 March 1917 – Able Seaman Wm. Woods
Able Seaman Wm. Woods

Able Seaman Wm. Woods

This is a Photo of Able Seaman Wm. Woods, age 21, transferred to 63rd Royal Naval Division, who was killed in action in France on February 5th. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Woods, 51 Cilhaul Terrace, Mountain Ash.

Private George Wright

7 August 1915 – A GREAT WELCOME

A GREAT WELCOME was accorded to Private George Wright (wounded soldier), Royal Welsh Fusiliers, at Matthewstown, on Thursday last on his return home from the V.A. Hospital, Salcombe, South Devon. All the inhabitants turned out and gave him a most hearty reception with flags flying, and kind words of welcome displayed across the street. Private George Wright joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the 6th of January, 1914, and served five months in the trenches as a machine gunner, and was wounded badly by shrapnel in the left leg at the battle of Neuve Chapelle. He has been in hospital 4 1/2 months, and speaks very highly of the kindness shown him in Exeter Hospital; also in the V.A. Hospital at Salcombe, from which he has been discharged home on furlough.

7 August 1915 – TYNTETOWN SOLDIER’S WARM RECEPTION.

Dear Sir,- Will you allow me through your paper to express my heart-felt gratitude to the inhabitants of Matthewstown for the magnificent reception they gave my son George on Thursday last on his return from the front, after being five months in the trenches and four months in Hospital. The enthusiasm displayed should prove an incentive to others to go and do their “little bit.”- I am, yours etc.,
WILLIAM WRIGHT.
8 Walsh Street, Tyntetown.

14 August 1915 – A Royal Welcome. Tyntetown Wounded Soldier Returns Home.
Private George Wright

Private George Wright

This is a photo of Private George Wright, who received such a warm welcome home a few days ago, as reported last week’s “Leader.” He is the son of Mr Wm. Wright, 8 Walsh Street, Tyntetown, and belongs to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He served for five months in the trenches as a machine gunner, and was badly wounded by shrapnel at the battle of Neuve Chappelle. He was in hospital for 4 1/2 months, and is now home on furlough.

29 July 1916 – Matthewstown. HOME ON LEAVE.

Private George Wright, R.W.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wright, of 8 Wall [sic] Street, is home on leave from Kinmel Park. Private Wright has taken part in many engagements, including Neuve Chapelle, where he was wounded badly in the legs. He has not yet quite recovered from his injuries. He enlisted a little while before the outbreak of war. He has a brother who is attached to the Cycling Corps, and has been eight months in France.

Yeo: Samuel and William

18 November 1916  – William and Samuel Yeo
Gunner William Yeo

Gunner William Yeo

Gunner William Yeo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Yeo, Usk Villa, Cardiff Road, Mountain Ash, who has been killed in action, worked at Penrikyber Colliery before he enlisted in September, 1914. He was drafted out to France on October 5th, 1915. His mother has received a letter, dated October 21st, from the Sister-in-charge at the Hospital, in which she says:-

“It is with extreme regret that I have to give you the bad news that your son, Driver W. Yeo, R.F.A., died in our hospital to-day, 34 Cas. Clearing Station. He was brought in last night, having been very severely wounded in the leg, and as his condition was very serious he was given the best of skill and nursing, but in vain. He gradually got worse and lapsed into unconsciousness until the end, which came very peacefully. He will be buried near here, and his grave marked with a cross.”

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

Name: William Yeo
Birth Place: Bampton, Devon
Death Date: 21 Oct 1916
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Mountain Ash, Glam.
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Regimental Number: 37368
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

 

Leading Stoker Samuel Yeo

Leading Stoker Samuel Yeo

Leading Stoker Samuel Yeo, also of 2 Usk Villa, Mountain Ash, brother to Gunner William Yeo. He joined the Navy six years ago last June, and was on H.M.S. Berwick at the beginning of the war, when the German armed liner, “The Spreewald,” was captured. Now serving on H.M.S. Sutley.

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