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November 2018 Editor Dr. Clive Williams

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The following has been researched and presented by Mr. Huw Spencer Lloyd for Remembrance Sunday, December 11th 2018

BATH STREET WW 1 MEMORIAL

DAVID HUBERT EVANS Private Welsh Regiment was born in Llanidloes in 1888. The family later resided at Madoc House, Queen's Road. David enlisted in Cardiff and served on the Western Front from early 1917. He was invalided home from France and after recovering was stationed in Redcar, Yorkshire. It was there that he contacted pneumonia and died on 16 January 1918 in hospital, his parents being present on his death. He is buried in Dolhafren Cemetery, Llanidloes and named on the County School memorial but not on the Castle memorial.

RICHARD PARRY EVANS Second Lieutenant Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Richard was the son of Moses and Mary Evans of Nantymoel, Bridgend

On 1 March was commissioned from Aberystwyth University OTC into the RWF and was posted to France. His battalion was in action in the Battle of Arras and he was killed in action in Bullencourt on 14 May1917. He was 23 years old and is buried at Bailleul Road cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy,France and named on the UCW memorial

CYRIL MORTIMER GREEN, Captain, Royal Sussex Regiment. Cyril was the son of Thomas Mortimer Green, Registrar of UCW 1891-1905 and Catherine Green, born 1888. He attended Aberystwyth County School from 1902 until his father's death in 1905 when the family moved to Exeter. In 1909 and 1911 he gained scholarships at UCW , later was awarded First Class honours in Botany and became a research student undertaking a detailed study of the ecology of Borth bog. This led to a lectureship is University College , London. He was gazetted as a second lieutenant in October 1914 serving in France until severely wounded in May1915 returning home for treatment. On recovery his division took part in the advance into Palestine, successfully fought in the third battle of Gaza when Cyril was killed in action on 6 November 1917, he was 29 years old and is buried at Beersheba War Cemetery and commemorated on the County School, UCW and Castle memorials

HUGH MORTIMER GREEN Captain, Welsh Regiment brother to Cyril Mortimer Green. He was born in 1883 and entered the County School with the first batch of pupils in 1896 leaving three years later. As he is named on the UCW memorial he must have been a student there. He is also named on the County School and Castle memorials. The School magazine of 1907 records him as secretary of the old pupils' association and in 1910 he held the post of Secretary of the S Wales Training College, Carmarthen.

Hugh enlisted in 1915 and landed with the Welsh Division at Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 10 August 1915 and was immediately thrown into action. Hugh was killed on 10 August at the attack of Scimitar Hill. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Helles memorial, Gallipoli, the County School and UCW memorials

He was 32 years old.

FRANK HINTON JONES Private Kings Own(Royal Lancashire Regt)

Frank was born in 18897, the son of John Jones 61, North Parade where he had a garage business. Frank enlisted in Aberystwyth on 25 October 1915 and posted to France on 25 November 1915. He was wounded in January 1916 ' and invalided home.. On recovery he again saw action in France and Flanders and in the worst of the fighting he was killed at Estaires on thel3 April 1917 aged 19 and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorials Belgium and also on the Castle memorial.

JAMES FREDERICK SAMUEL, Second Lieutenant Royal Welsh Fusiliers

James was born in 1897, the son of Evan Isaac and Julia Alice Samuel of 58 Cambrian Street. He enlisted during Easter week 1916 , landing in France in January 1917 with the Welsh Division

A former member of the College OTC, he received a commission on 26 June 1917 and fought in the battles of Pilckem Ridge and Langemarek . The Division moved to Armentieres where

it remained for seven months until the German 1918 spring offensive was launched. In April in the Ancre Valley in what was described as a minor affair, the regiment lost six officers and sixty-two other ranks. Among them was James who is buried at Bouzincourt Cemetery. He was 21 years of age.

THE PORTLAND STREET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH WWI MEMORIAL

DENIS JOHN BRYAN BUSHER, Second Lieutenant, Lincolnshire Regt was born in Abergavenny in 1895, the son of Charles and Mary Busher . Denis, a UCW student who worshipped at the church, was commissioned into the 8th Battalion in 1916 which had taken part in heavy fighting on the Somme.

Denis was killed in action at Arras on 24 April 1917, aged 22. He is listed on the Arras memorial, France, on the Abergavenny town and UCW memorials

ANWYL ELLIS Lieutenant RNR son of David and Catherine Ellis born 1878.

He played football for Aberystwyth Town FC prior to becoming professor of navigation at Glasgow University. As a naval reservist, at the outbreak of war he was mobilised joining the motor boat reserve serving aboard Lady Lel, a motor launch.

Anwyl became the first Aber casualty of the war when he was drowned in Loch Ewe, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland on the 18 November 1914, he was 36 years old and is buried at Poolewe Old Burial ground, Scotland. His brother Ceredig died later in the war.

CEREDIG ELLIS Second Lieutenant Royal Welsh Fusiliers brother of Anwyl. Prior to the war he was a partner in a millinery and drapery business in Terrace Road with his uncle Thomas. Like his brother he played football for the Town team.

He enlisted into the RWF and whilst training in Colwyn Bay, met and married Mildred Cavanagh in 1915. His battalion moved to France in December 1915 where it was initiated into trench warfare. During June 1916 they marched south to the Somme and attacked Mametz Wood, a ferocious hand to hand battle which lasted for five days. Ceredig was wounded and evacuated to Abbeville where he died of his wounds on 19 July1916 age 34..he is buried at Abbevile Communal cemetery, France and is named on the Castle and County School memorials.

EDWIN GRIFFITHS JONES Private Royal Welsh Fusiliers was Aberystwyth born and after graduating from the university in 1911 he taught geography at the County School. He joined the RWF in November 1914 when the whole School sent him off at the railway station. Landing in France 2 December 1915 they were initiated into trench warfare . On 6 May a party was detailed to raid the German trenches. Edwin was wounded during the raid and evacuated to hospital at Merville where he died on

8 May 1916 age 32. He is buried at Merville Command Cemetery, France and commemorated on the Castle , UCW and County School memorials.

ERNEST LEWIS Lance Corporal Royal Welsh Fusiliers born in Ilfracombe, Devon, he enlisted in the RWF at Aber and landed in France 2 December 1915. The 9th battalion fought through the Somme battles then moved north to Ypres to fight in Mesines,Menin Road and Passchhendealle. 1918 saw them caught in the German spring offensive where they suffered terrible casualties.

Ernest must have been taken prisoner during this time and died in captivity on 29 July 1918. He is buried in the Mons Communal Cemetery, Belgium and is remembered on the Castle memorial.