Taken from the Roll of Honour book which was in Crunwere Church - all spellings are as they appear. Some people are from outside the parish.)
NEW - John Lloyd Private - died 10th November 1918 and was only officially recognised in 2012 - he is remembered in Llanteg Hall but is not written into the Book of Remembrance - this will shortly be rectified.
LLANTEG VILLAGERS WHO SERVED IN THE TWO WORLD WARS
Men of the parish and district who died in the Great War 1914-18:-
Davies William, Private, Bevelin
Glanville H.S., Private, Lanteg
Lloyd John, Eglwys Cummin
Men killed in action in the Second World War 1939-45:
Owen L.G.J., S.O. R.A.F, Syke Farm
Mason J., A.B. R.N., Ruel Wall
Men who served their country in the First World War:
Allen W.T. Private Rose Cottage
Beynon William Driver Gorse
Callen A. Private Longlane
Callen W. Driver Longlane
Connol William Private Greenacre
Collingwood William Private Three Wells
Davies J. Private Blackheath
Glanville L. Private Lanteg
Glanville R. Engineers Lanteg
George R.G. Private Downs
Hodge A. Private Barriets
Howells William Private Woodreef
James B. Private Cabin
James C. Gunner Summer Brook
James F. Private Cabin
James H. Gunner Blackheath
James J. Corporal Ruel Wall
James T. Corporal Ruel Wall
James William Gunner Broomy Lake
James William H. Corporal Cabin
Jones G.S. Private Heatherland
Jones H. Private Heatherland
Jones N.G. 2nd Lieut. Heatherland
Lewis J. Private Barn
Lewis T. Private Folly
Mortimer J.S. Sergeant Ledgerland
Phillips A.G. Private Corner
Phillips D. Gunner Corner
Phillips T.D. Captain Crafty
Phillips T.W. Sapper Corner
Phillips William Driver Corner
Phillips W.C. Private Crafty
Reynolds S. Driver Belle Vue
Scourfield J. L. Corp. Pantglas
Men and women who served their country in the Second World War:
Allen N. L.A.C. Oxford
Brinsden A.H. Corporal Stanwell
Bevan K. L.A.C. Brownslade
Davies W.H. Driver Brynely
Davies N.H. Corp. R.A.C. Brynely
Davies E.G. Corp. R.A.C. Brynely
Eyden J. Private Syke Farm
George A. L.A.C. Downs
Glanville H.R. Driver Lanteg West
Hawes Miss M. A.T.S. Subaltern Heatherland
Howells A. Driver The Valley
Jones N.J.G. Colonel Heatherland
Jones G.S.G. Major Heatherland
James W.H. Gunner Blackheath
James H.R. L.A.C. Blackheath
James W.G. Gunner Bevlin
James H.G. Gunner Bevlin
Mortimer Miss D. W.A.A.F Summer Brook
Oriel A. Driver Garness
Owens V.M. R.A.F. Syke Farm
Phelps G. A.C. Milton Back
Williams G. Capt. Lanteglos
Williams Mrs R. Red Cross Lanteglos
Wolff T. S. African Navy School House
Wolff Miss S. W.A.A.F.
Section Officer School House
Wolff D. W.O. R.A.F. School House
Wolff Miss K. W.A.A.F. School House
Some short biographies of some of the above - taken from
LLANTEG: THE DAYS BEFORE YESTERDAY
SOME LLANTEG SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN REMEMBERED
Norman Allen, Oxford - Served with the R.A.F. in a Bomb Disposal Unit in the Second World War.
W.T.Allen, Rose Cottage - Served as a Medical Orderly in a military hospital in London during the First World War.
A. H. Brinsden, Corporal, W.W.2.,
Albert Henry Brinsden, Stanwell - Bert Brinsden was called up in September 1939, and throughout the Second World War served in the Royal Air Force. He was demobilised in 1946. During his service he was stationed at various R.A.F Stations in this country, mainly in and around London, but also at Invergorden in northern Scotland. Bert was a driver of all types of R.A.F vehicles, including the 60 foot long Queen Mary aircraft transporter vehicles. During his service he was promoted to Corporal.
A. George, L.A.C., W.W.2.,
Arthur George, The Downs - Was an R.A.F. reservist and was called up early in 1940. He first served as a Ground Gunner and in 1942 when the R.A.F. Regiment was formed he was a member of its first squadron. However following an accident at Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire Mr George was regraded to Storeman and spent the rest of the War at R.A.F. Pembrey and Pembroke Dock before being demobbed in 1945 at the age of 42 (old compared to the age of the average serviceman). His daughter Mary recalls visiting him by train when he underwent an operation in a Gloucester hospital.
R. G. George, Private, W.W.I.,
R.G.George, The Downs - Gwilym was a Private in the First World War. He served in France and was very badly gassed on the Somme, suffering the ill effects for the rest of his life. He died aged 52 after a short illness whilst working as Chief Cashier for Wimpy Ltd at Port Talbot. He was a very good writer and could write the Lord’s Prayer in a circle the size of a silver threepenny bit.
Hugh Slader Glanville, Lanteg - Served as a Private with the 24th Welsh Regiment. He died at Gaza of wounds received in battle, 11th November 1917, aged 25 years, and is buried at Beersheba.
Miss Margaret Hawes, Heatherland (later Mrs Carter) - An A.T.S. subaltern, she served in the F.A.N.Y.s. Towards the end of the Second World War was in the B.E.F., where she was in command of ambulances, working day and night carrying casualties from ambulance trains etc. to airfields and ports, and latterly overseeing the transport of German casualties to trains returning them to Germany.
Frank James, The Cabin - Frank served at Ypres with the South Wales Borderers in the First World War.
F. James, Private, W.W.I.
W. G. James, Gunner, W.W.2.,
Geoffrey James, Bevlin - Audrey James writes: “My late husband Geoffrey enlisted in the Royal Artillery in March 1940 at the age of 19 years. After carrying out basic training, his first posting was the coastal town of Towyn, on the north Welsh coast. Later on he had a number of postings along the south coast of England, where he was a gunner operating anti-aircraft guns (‘Bofors’) which were used to defend the wartimeaerodromes and industrial targets. Whilst carrying out these duties he was injured by shrapnel from an explosion within the gun magazine. Whilst recovering from his injuries he worked as a plotter, which involved the co-ordination of activities between the Royal Air Force, Royal Artillery and the Luftwaffe. In 1943 Geoff’s unit was posted to the Manchester area to defend the factories that were engaged in the manufacture of munitions and tanks. It was here that he contracted diphtheria and spent some weeks at
Davyhume Isolation Hospital. Whilst he was here in hospital his Battalion was mobilised to south-east Asia and Singapore. Some weeks later he was to discover that the majority of his unit had been captured by the Japanese. Most of these men he did not see again.
However, in the early seventies whilst we were shopping in Haverfordwest, a man called out Geoff’s Royal Artillery identification number from across the street. Despite the passing years they both recognised each other, and Geoff responded by calling out his friend’s identification number. Their meeting had a deeper significance, since they had both enlisted together at Llanelli and became instant friends. This friend’s name
was Gwyn Rex. He had been a prisoner of war with the Japanese for a number of years, and when liberated by the Americans he weighed only 4½ stone. A lot of their wartime pals had not survived.”
H. G. James, Gunner, W.W.2.,
Glyn James, Bevlin - Glyn was a driver in World War Two, and did his training at Harwick and Chesterfield. He recalls: “we did eight weeks nonstop training. We had to do a two-mile assault course before breakfast, one mile out and one back. We were five to a tent and slept ‘feet to pole’. We trained for river crossings and did route marches, starting off at five miles and building up to thirty miles with a 95lb pack on our back”. Later at Ringway Aerodrome, Manchester, Glyn earned 2/6 extra a week by volunteering to be a ‘Judas’ - which meant being the first to make a jump with a parachute to encourage the other trainees to follow. Glyn reckons he did this over a hundred times in all.
H. R. James, L.A.C., W.W.2.,
Herbert James, Blackheath - Joined the R.A.F. in July 1942. After his training he went on a Fitter 2A course for some weeks. On completion he had embarkation leave and then was posted to north Africa, serving at Casablanca, Algiers, and various other bases. At the end of the war he was posted to Italy, and finally came back to St. Athan’s for a few months before being demobbed.
H. James, Gunner, W.W.I.,
Howard James, Blackheath - In 1915 and 1916 Howard worked in Blaengwynfi as a shorer strengthening the tunnel walls in the mines. In early 1917 he joined the Royal Artillery and was sent to Athlone in Ireland for a few months before being ordered to France. There he moved around the battle fronts in France and Belgium. He was released from duty in March 1919.
W. H. James, Gunner, W.W.2,
Hugh James, Blackheath - Joined the Royal Artillery in January 1940 and over the next months received training as a Gunner/Driver at several army bases in England. He was in Woolwich in August 1942 when the Regiment was posted overseas. Troops were moved by train to Greenwich and embarked on the Rangitata, leaving the Clyde on August 28th 1942 in a large convoy for an unknown destination. Their first port of call was Freetown, Sierra Leone. Their next was Durban where they had a short break before re-embarking and sailing on to India. On arrival in Bombay they were sent by train across country to north-east India, reaching Assam on the Burma border by November 1942. There the troops became part of the 23rd Indian Division and prepared for the expected Japanese offensive along the Chindwin. There was intense fighting over the mountain ranges around Imphal and Kohima, with some of the hill tops changing hands several times. For three and a half months they were cut off from contact with the outside world except by air, in the siege of Imphal. The Japanese were defeated at Kohima at the end of May 1944; the road to Imphal was reopened and the enemy driven back over the Chindwin and out of Burma. Hugh arrived back in Southampton on the last day of 1945, returning to Llanteg on January 1st 1946.
W. James, Gunner, W.W.I.,
William James, Broomylake - Joined the Royal Artillery on 31st May 1916. In the October after training he was sent to France and by December was in the Heavy Artillery Group based in St. Quentin. He remained there until the end of the war and came home on January 25th 1919.
G.S.G.Jones, Heatherland - Major Jones was with the Canadian Tanks during the Second World War and took part in the raid on Dieppe.
N.J.G.Jones, Heatherland - Colonel Jones served in the Indian Army during the Second World War and was with the 4th Indian Division in the Middle East.
John Lloyd, Private Canadian Army, WW1
Private John Lloyd was working in Canada when he enlisted in the 66th Overseas Battalion, Edmonton Guards. Injured in France, John Lloyd was sent back to hospital in UK but then shipped back to Canada on the Llandovery Castle. John died on 10th November 1918 but was not officially recognised as a war casualty until 2012. John is now remembered in the Canadian Book of Remembrance and will be getting a CWGC gravestone in 2014. John is buried in an unmarked grave in the ghost town of Lovett, Alberta, Canada.
J. E. J. Mason, A.B.R.N., W.W.2,
James Edgar John Mason, Ruelwall - Mr Mason was a Stoker 1st Class in the Royal Navy. Whilst ferrying the troops in for the Normandy landings on 12th June 1944, he was killed in action at the age of 23, dying just two weeks before his son Alan’s first birthday. He has no grave, but his name is recorded on a memorial at Chatham in Kent.
D. Mortimer, W.A.A.F., W.W.2,
Donna Mortimer, Summerbrook - Served in the W.A.A.F. in the Second World War as a wireless operator, both in Lincolnshire and at Blackpool.
J. S. Mortimer, Sergeant, W.W.I.,
J.S.Mortimer, Ledgerland - Served with the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry as a Sergeant in the First World War. They took their own horses, riding them from Penally to Carmarthen Station. On passing through Llanteg someone came out from the Folly and gave Mr Mortimer a couple of pennies “everyone was very patriotic then”, comments his son Graham. Mr Mortimer went to Norfolk before travelling to Palestine. Among others from this area were Private H.Jones, Heatherland, and Private H.S.Glanville, Llanteg. The
Pembrokeshire Yeomanry helped to liberate Jerusalem and later, in December 1917, Jericho. It was hailed as “one of the most brilliant feats of arms of the British Army in the Great War”. The weather conditions were appalling and at times the animals and wheeled transport could not move for the mud. Even the camel ration trains could not get through, with many of the camels dying of the wet and cold. The regiment was recalled to the Western Front in France in May 1918. After returning on the Arcadian Mr Mortimer was
so seriously injured on 21st September 1918 that his father was called to his bedside. He spent many months in hospital both in London and at Rockwood Hospital, Cardiff.
John Garfield Phelps, Milton Back - Served with the R.A.F. during the Second World War and was medically discharged.
David Phillips - ‘Dai The Corner’ - Served in the First World War as a Gunner, Pembroke Royal Garrison Artillery. While serving in France in April 1917 he received severe gunshot wounds, and despite a number of operations his left leg had to be amputated. He returned home to Llanteg on 15th February 1918.
D. Wolff, W.O., R.A.F., W.W.2,
Desmond Wolff, School House - “In late 1940 I applied for aircrew training in the R.A.F. and was told to report to Cardington in Bedfordshire to appear before a selection board. Things went well enough except that, in completing the form of application, I had included details of my mother’s illness when answering the question on health of parents. There followed some prodding by the medics, and I was later informed that I had not been accepted due to a medical query. (Some months later, when firmly in the R.A.F., I received
a letter saying that the situation had been re-assesed and would I apply again.)
In March 1941 I approached the problem from another angle, going to London and R.A.F. Uxbridge. Wiser now, I omitted a few details concerning family health and was accepted for training as a pilot. Induction was at Aircrew Receiving Centre, St. John’s Wood, London. We marched to meals at Regents Park Zoo, where visitors seemed to be more interested in us than in the animals at feeding time. This was not
too surprising, since for several days we had part civilian clothing and part uniform, Stores dept. being hard pressed at the time. And so to inoculations, P.T., ‘square bashing’, lectures and general familiarisation with the Service. From ACRC we were posted to Initial Training Wing at Paignton in Devon. More P.T. and square bashing, alternating with ground subjects. No sign of an aircraft, but at the end of the course we were issued with flying kit. Classes were held in Oldway Mansion, which had been the home of the Singer family of sewing-machine fame. From ITW we went to Wilmslow, near Manchester, where we learnt
that our next destination would be Canada. We boarded ship at Greenock in Scotland and arrived several days later at Halifax, Nova Scotia. There followed many days on the train to a base near Calgary, Alberta: this was to Elementary Flying Training School, where we came to grips with Tiger Moth training aircraft. Flying alternated with classes and we were kept too busy to get out much, but I remember thinking on my first visit to Calgary that several new colours had been invented. After the blackout at home, it was a remarkable experience to see all the city lights and flashing neon signs. The people of Canada were always wonderfully friendly and welcoming.
When we had been suitably beaten into shape the course split up, some going to Service Flying Training School on single-engined Harvard aircraft, and some going - as I did - to SFTS on twin-engined Oxford aircraft. These two locations had the admirable names of Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat respectively. At the completion of SFTS successful pupils were awarded their ‘wings’.
From SFTS we went to Prince Edward Island to practice navigation over the sea. Our next stop was Operational Training Unit at Greenwood, Nova Scotia, where we converted onto Lockheed Hudson aircraft and teamed up with others to form crews. Our navigator was from London and two Canadian lads were in the category of wireless operator/air gunner: they would alternate duties during flights. As always, there were more classes and exams.
On completion of OTU we were on the move again, by ship to England and a posting to Lyneham in Wiltshire. There we were allocated a Hudson, which we ferried to Rabat in Morocco. The aircraft went to a
maintenance unit and we went to a holding unit near Algiers. From there we joined a Coastal Command operational squadron near Oran, flying on anti-submarine patrols and convoy escort.
In due course we transferred to Gibraltar, where we converted onto a heavier type of aircraft, the Ventura, which was like a big brother of the Hudson. This type had an efficient radar, so it was important for the wireless operator, who also monitored the radar, to be able to change over with the gunner, as peering into a screened radar scope was hard on the eyes. Operations to the west were over the Atlantic, those to the east
were over the Mediterranean. By this stage we had acquired a co-pilot. From Gibraltar we moved eastwards again to bases along the North African coast, until we moved to Italy, where the squadron changed to a different type of aircraft and a different type of operation. As we were at about the end of our tour we were posted to a communications flight in the Naples area. From this base we flew VIPs to various destinations in various countries.
On one such flight we were staying overnight in Corsica. It was May 7th 1945 and unofficial news came through of victory in Europe. Next day we flew back to Naples and learnt that VE-day was official. We continued with the Comm. flight until the slow process of demobilisation began. On return to England I opted to stay on in the Service for a while and was posted to Leuchars in Scotland, flying as staff pilot for pupil navigators. From there my last station was Tern Hill in Shropshire, and finally to a demobilisation centre, by which time the year was 1947.”
Kathleen Wolff, School House - She went first to Wilmslow on joining the W.A.A.F. during World War Two, then was posted to Pembroke Dock, being accommodated for a short while in Defensible Barracks. From there she moved to Angle, then back to Pembroke Dock and finally to Plymouth, living at Mount Batten and working at Mount Wise.
Sheila Wolff, School House - In World War Two Sheila served at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, Russell Square in London and St. Athan, Cardiff, where she was assistant adjutant and gas officer (not as sinister as it sounds). In her final year in the W.A.A.F. she was married and was thenceforth known as Flight Officer Martin.
LLANTEG HOME GUARD
The Local Defence Volunteers were founded in May 1940, but because the initials L.D.V. were jokingly taken to mean ‘Look, Duck and Vanish’ the name was changed to the ‘Home Guard’. They were formed as a precaution against invasion and the group, comprising Amroth, Llanteg and Tavernspite, was known as ‘F Company’. They were based at Llanteglos, in one of the henhouses. (Llanteglos was owned by Grismond Williams. Before the War he had five or six sheds of poultry and employed eight to ten local people including Millie Phillips Middleton, Pattie Davies Sparrows Nest, Arthur George The Downs and Tommy Glanville.) The Captain of the Company was Mr Jack Mortimer, Summerbrook (ex First World War) assisted by Lt. Pryce Evans, Llanteglos (a former London Police Inspector). The Sergeants were Leslie Glanville, William
Henry James and Frankie James (all ex First World War). Dr D.H.Pennant, the local G.P. and ex First World War, was also closely involved. They were a succesful group and Jack Mortimer was an excellent leader.
The Amroth Watch was based at Crayes Billiard Room over the shop (now Toad Hall) and Lt. Lawrence Hughes, Blackhall, was in charge. Some six or eight of the men would be on beach patrol from dusk until
dawn, duties also including two-man patrols from New Inn to Penglyn. The men always carried their Winchester rifles with the ammunition in their holster - never ‘one up the spout’ as it was called (loaded). Only on one occasion were they ordered to do patrol with loaded rifles: evidently ‘something’ was expected to be coming in from Ireland, and although nothing occurred that night at Amroth it was later heard on the grapevine that they had ‘got their man’. The men had to make their own way down to Amroth for the watch but would be brought back home at 6.30 to 7am in Hitchings’s lorry or van. Mr Wyn Lawrence of Trelissy was surprised to be one of only ten men from Pembrokeshire selected to attend the Stand Down Parade in Hyde Park at 3pm on 3rd December 1944. The Parade consisted of 7000 men who marched about seven miles. It was a very cold day but Mr Lawrence says they found it very warm with their great coats buttoned up. After the march the men were entertained to a concert at the Albert Hall. Mr Lawrence saw the King there but remembers that he “was not much to look at.... a bit of a disappointment”.
Mr Lawrence went on to receive a Certificate of Appreciation of Good Service and a special commendation for his loyal and excellent service.