Captain Williams, the subject of the sand art, was killed in the build-up to the Battle of Pilkem Ridge which commenced on 31 July. 17 RWF was part of the 38th (Welsh) Division;
In the XIV Corps area, the Guards Division on the left flank had crossed the Yser Canal on the afternoon of 27 July . The German front position was empty and the Guards lurked forward for 500–700 yd (460–640 m) beyond with French 1st Division on the left. The 38th (Welsh) Division line on the right was on the east side and encountered German small-arms and artillery-fire when it pressed forward. On 31 July, the British and French advanced 3,000–3,500 yd (2,700–3,200 m) to the Steenbeek River.Type your paragraph here.
List of Barry’s War Dead-November 1918
The War officially ended on the 11th November 1918
Private Arthur James Griffiths of the 2nd (Garrison) Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers died of pneumonia in the 21st General Hospital on the 4th November 1918. Aged 32, he was buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery. He was born in Barry, and lived at 18 Lower Pyke Street, Barry Docks until his marriage to Elizabeth M. Winstone. On enlistment his occupation was given as groom.
Lance Corporal Christopher Palin Kilby of the 1st/16th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) was killed in action on the 4th November 1918. He is buried in Sebourg Communal Cemetery, France. Aged 25, he was born in Barry and was the husband of Ethel Kilby of 29 Canon Street, Barry. He worked as a Railway Clerk.
Sapper John William Saunders of the 409th Field Company, Royal Engineers was killed in action on the 4th November 1918, and is buried in Le Rejet-de-Beaulieu Communal Cemetery, France. He was born and lived in Cadoxton prior to the war. He is said to be the last Barry man killed in action.
Private Douglas James Cawthorne of ‘A’Company, 19th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment died of pneumonia at No,1 South African General Hospital on 5th November 1918, aged 27. He was buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France and was the son of James Lee and Sarah Jane Cawthorne of Cadoxton, Barry.
Sapper Henry George Day of the Inland Water Transport, the Royal Engineers died at sea on the 5th November 1918, and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. Sadly, there appears to be no record of his age or next of kin.
Private Thomas Thorne of the 1st Battalion, the Welsh Guards was killed in action on Wednesday, the 6th November 1918. He is buried in Mauberge – Centre Cemetery,France. Aged 21, he was born in Barry, the son of Annie & James Thorne of 32 Hewell Street, Cogan, Penarth. Prior to the war he had worked as an errand boy. He is commemorated on the Penarth War Memorial.
Private George Thurston Harris of the 1/8th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment (formerly serving in the Royal Army Service Corps) was killed in action on the 6th November 1918.He is buried in Hargnies Cemetery, France. Born and lived in Barry, son of Mrs Blanche Harris.
Private Cyril David Williams of the 9th Battalion, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers was killed in action on the 7th November,1918. He has no known grave and thus is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial to the missing, the son of Mrs Ann Williams.
Lance Corporal Albert Chapman MM of the 9th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment died of his wounds on 8th November 1918 and is buried in Eth Communal Cemetery, France. Aged 27, he was born in Barry, the husband of Sarah M. James (formerly Chapman), 84 Coburn St., Cathay, Cardiff. He had served in France since 29th July 1915, and had been awarded the Military Medal.
Private Charles Leat of the 635 HSE Coy Labour Corps (previously Devonshire Regiment) died in the Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, on the 11th November 1918, and is buried in Tiverton Cemetery. Aged 32, he was the son of Sidney Baker Leat and Annie Leat of Chapel St., Tiverton.
Sergeant John Edward Wall of the 2nd Advance Workshop, Tank Corps died on 15th November 1918.He is buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. Aged 29, he was the son of John & Mary Wall of Cardiff, Husband of Elizabeth Wall of 33 Coedcae St.,Cardiff
Private Fred Davies of the 2nd Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers died of sickness on 18th November 1918, he is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport. Prior to the war he lived in Barry.
Private George Whittaker of the 16th Battalion, the South Lancashire Regiment, died of pneumonia at Liverpool on the 9th November 1918 and is buried in Plot 1297 in Barry (Merthyr Dyfan) Cemetery. Aged 20, the son of John and Ellen Nora Whittaker, 25 Charlotte Place, Cadoxton, Barry.
Private David Lewis Jones, Army Service Corps died of pneumonia on the 5th November1918 at home. Aged 26, he is buried in Plot H352, Barry (Merthyr Dyfan) Cemetery, the son of David Lewis Jones and Elizabeth Ann Jones ,19 Churchill Terrace, Cadoxton, Barry.
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Barry War Museum
Lest We Forget
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.
Lest We Forget - Is a partial list of the soldiers from the Barry area who were lost during the Great War. The list is broken down into casualties per month.It can either be accessed via the table below or on the menu above, by hovering over the Lest We Forget button and selecting the appropriate month. A copy of the list is also available from the button at the top right of the page.
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