Cowbridge War Memorial

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List of Barry’s War Dead – February 1917

Cpl David Towers MM, 17th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers was killed in action on 2nd February 1917 by shell fire and is buried in Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, Belgium. In December 1916, Corporal David Towers was awarded the Military Medal for ’gallant conduct during a raid on the enemy trenches on the night of 17/18th November, when attached to the 115th Trench Mortar Battery during the Battle of the Somme’.

Pte. Dennis Dwyer of the 2nd Bn. Royal Marine Light Infantry was killed in action on the 2/02/17. He had lived at 27 Faxten Street, Cadoxton and had joined the RMLI in 1912. He had been wounded on two previous occasions before receiving his fatal injury. He was buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France.

Pte.David E. Lewis Base M.T.Depot Army Service Corps died in hospital in France on 3/02/17 of bronchitis and heart disease. He was an engine driver at Tari Coed Colliery and left a widow and five children at 46, Vale Street, Barry. He was buried in Boulogne Cemetery, France.

2/Lt Hugh Neil O’Donnell 17th Bn. Welsh Regiment died of his wounds at 2 Red Cross Hospital, Rouen on 4th February 1917, and is buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Aged 22, he was the son of Dr. Peter Joseph and Mary O’Donnell of the Towers, Holton Road, Barry.

Ord. Seaman T Tobin of the SS. Azul, Merchant Navy died 06/02/17. Age 17 born in Barry the son of Thomas & Elizabeth Jane Tobin of 11 Corelli St., Newport. The British Steamship Azul was torpedoed and sunk by U64 180 miles NW of Fastnet on passage from Buenos Aires for Cherbourg with a cargo wheat. Eleven of her crew were lost.

Air Mechanic 2nd Class William Elwyn Evans, Training Recruits Centre, Royal Flying Corps died of meningitis in Aylesbury Hospital on 9th February 1917. He is buried in Manor Court Cemetery. Essex, and had formerly lived at 32 High Street, Barry.

Rifleman Evan Henry Rees ‘C’ Coy., 11th Bn. Rifle Brigade died of wounds on the 10/02/17. He was one of the original members of the battalion and according to his Commanding Officer was made of the ‘best stuff’. He was buried in Guards Cemetery.

Pte. Edward James Atkins 2nd Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers died of wounds on 12th February 1917 and is buried in Bray Military Cemetery, France. He was 20 years old and had lived at 3 Roberts Street, Barry Dock. He had been in the army for 12 months.


L/Cpl. Thomas Stone 4th Bn. South Wales Borderers killed in action 15th February 1917, he has no known grave and is remembered on the Basra Memorial. He had formerly lived at 203 Court Road, Cadoxton, was 20 years of age and had been an assistant foreman in the Traffic Depot of the Barry Railway Company.

Ernest Spurrell Phillips 2nd Engineer SS. Okement, Merchant Navy died 17/02/17. He was aged 24, the son of Henry & Mary Ann Phillips of 125 Porthkerry Road, Barry. He drowned as a result of attack by enemy submarine. On February 17th 1917, Okement with a cargo of coal and general cargo was sunk by U64 140 miles SSE of Malta, eleven persons were lost.

Gnr. John Thomas, Z9th Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery formerly of 17 Milward Road, Cadoxton was killed in action on the 18th February 1917 He had been employed by the Barry Railway Company and had served in France more than a year aged 21. He is buried in Faubourg D’Amiens
Cemetery,Arras,France.

Pte. Sidney M. Booker of the 19th Pioneer Bn. Welsh Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs Booker of 11 Evelyn Street, Barry Dock was reported killed in action 20th February
1917, and is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. Previous to his enlistment on 14th August 1915, Sydney was employed by Messrs. C, H, Bailey as an apprentice joiner.

Pte H. F. Close 2/5th Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment killed in action 26/02/17, buried Rue-Petillon, Fleurbaix Military Cemetery, France.


Lt Bramwell G. Adams 9th Bn. Australian Infantry was killed in action on 25th February 1917, shot by a sniper. He was the son of A. G. Adams, the Barry undertaker, and was married with one son, the family lived at 51, Maesycwm Street, Barry Dock. Before the war, he had taken up teaching positions in Australia where he met his wife, also from Barry. He has no known grave and is remembered on the
Viller-Bretonneux Memorial.

War Memorial located at Barry Post Office

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


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