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PONTARDAWE GRAMMAR SCHOOL WAR MEMORIALS

World War 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Sue James 2014

The Pontardawe Grammar School World War 2 wooden plaque is now housed in the Library, as the school has closed. Also in the library is a leather bound booklet which gives the Order of Ceremony for the Unveiling of the Plaque. This has been copied to preserve the original, any mistakes are on the original, some of which are quite obvious. There are 22 names listed on the memorial which have been sorted here into alphabetical order for ease of reasearch and reading. Following the memorial transcription are the details from the book.

Photographs Copyright © Sue James 2014

Bid Ben Bid Bont
(Translation: “Who would be a Leader, must be a Bridge”)

Yn angof ni chant fod
We will remember them

1939-1945

ALEXANDER Maelgwyn
[Listed as Rhys Maeldwyn Alexander in book] Resident 88 Lone Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1930 – 1937. Flight Sergeant, Canadian Ferry Command. Years of Service: 1939 – 1942.. Reported missing August 1942 when ferrying plane from Montreal to Glasgow. Aged 28.
BARTHOLOMEW Ernest
Resident 25, Barry Road, Brynamman. Years in School: 1925 – 1929. RAF Flying Officer. Good Service Ribbon. Years of Service: 1942 – 1943. Killed during air operations on the Filey Coast, Yorkshire, Dec. 12th 1943. Aged 29.
BEYNON Elvie aka Clive
Actual name Clive Beynon. Resident 8, Bryn Tirion Road, Pontlliw. Years in School: 1931 – 1935. RAF leading Aircraftsman, wireless Operator. Mentioned in Dispatches, Good Conduct Badge 1939. Years of Service: 1935 – 1940. Killed on Active Service, 5th April 1940. Age 22.
CARR James [Cyril]
Resident 36, Grove Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1927 – 1931. Staff Sergeant, Glider Pilot Regiment. Years of Service : 1940 – 1943. killed in Syracuse, Sicily, July 1945, Age 28.
COOKE Trefor aka Trevor Nicholas
Resident Lynwood, Glais. Years in School: 1928 – 1933. RAF leading Aircraftsman, (Aircrew). Pilot War Medal. Years of Service: 1942 – 1943. Killed on 18th August 1943 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Aged 27.
DALTON Thomas [Lancey]
Resident 48 Kelvin Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1927 – 1932. RAF Sergeant Pilot 8 years. Mentioned in dispatches. Died at Khatib El Sanara, 2nd May 1942. Aged 26 .
DAVIES [Thomas] Victor
Resident Penybank, Cilmaengwyn, Pontardawe. Years in School: 1932 -1936. Craftsman, R.E.M.E. 2 years 9 months. 2 Stars, 1 Medal. Died 176 miles S.E. Rangoon, 15th August, 1943. Aged 24.
JONES Benjamin [Cynddylan]
Resident 6 Derwydd Avenue, Gwayn Cae Gurwen. Years in School: 1934 – 1937. RAF Flying Officer, 166 Squadron, No. 1 Group Bomber Command, 3 years. Died at Luckenwalde, Nr Berlin, 24/ 25 March 1944. Aged 23 years, 11 months.
JONES Vernon [Llewelyn Bowen]
Resident Graig Stores, Trebanos. Years in School: 1936- 1941. RAF Flying Officer, Fighter and Bomber Command, 1941 – 1944. Place and Date of Died at Marly-furfeil near Metz, Plane shot down on the night of 23rd February 1944. Aged 22.
JONES William [Thomas Rees]
Residetn 38, High Street Clydach. Years in School: 1935 – 1939. Lance-Corporal, K.O.S.B. regiment, 2 years. Burma Star, Service Medal, 1939 – 1945 Star. Died in Burma, 8th June 1944. Aged 21.
LEWIS Gwyn
Resident Glynbeudy House, Glyn Road, Brynamman. Years in School: 1932 – 1938. RAF Sergaent Navigator. Reported missing 1940. Buried in grave A/1 in the Cemetery of St. Aubin-Sur-Scie, Nr. Dieppe, Aged 21.
LEWIS Owen [Morval]
Resident Post Office, Alltycham, Pontardawe. Years in School: 1933 – 1938. Civil Servant, Admiralty, London. Died in Whitehall, London 8th October, 1940. Aged 19.
MEYLER Robert [George]
Resident 4, Grove Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1932 – 1936. Sergeant Welsh Guards, 6 years. Died Niemagen, Western Europe. 5th April 1945. Aged 24.
PITKIN Minnie [Victoria]
Resident 9 Carlton Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1921 1925. Occupation Civil Servant. Died in London 10th May 1941. Aged 31 years.
POWELL [John] Leonard
Resident 112 Neath Road, Rhos, Pontardawe. Years in School: 1927 – 1932. RAF Squadron Leader, 4 years DFC. Twice mentioned in dispatches. Died while on a RAF raid on Swinemunde, German Baltic port 16th April 1945. Aged 29.
PRICE [David John] Atherley [Watkyn]
Residetn Brynhaul, 23, High Street, Cwmgorse. Years in School: 1932 – 1939. RAF Flight Sergeant, 4 years. PDied at St. de-Desir, Lisieux, France, 17 August 1944. Aged 23.
PRICE Ethel
Resident 109, Lone Road, Clydach. Years in School: 1926 – 1930. Place and Died in Willesden 18th September 1940. Aged 27 years.
REES [John] Adrian [Prytherch]
Resident Coedgwilym Farm, Clydach. Years in School: 1934 – 1939. RAF Warrant Officer Pilot, 3 years . British and American Wings. Died in Drymma Mountain, 11th August 1944. Aged 22.
REES Alwyn [Edward]
[Spelt Alwyne in Book] Resident Cartref, New Road, Trebanos. Years in School: 1922 – 1926. RAF Sergeant Observer, 142 Squadron, 1940 – 1942. 1939 – 45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Air Op. Europe Star. Place and Died in Air operations over Germany, night of 27/28th August, 1942. Aged 32.
STEPHENS [John] Brynmor
Resident Gilfach-Glyd, Clydach. Years in School: 1934 – 1939. RAF vr Sergeant Observer, C flight, 57 Squadron, Lancaster W4130, 2 years. 1939 – 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War Medal. Died at Cologne, 15/16 August 1942, Aged 20.
TANNER [Samuel Arthur] Raymond
Resident 46, Down Street, Clydach. Years in School: 1925 – 1929. RAF flying Officer, 2 years. 1939 – 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War medal oak Leaf Emblem. Died Pas-de-Calais, 21st September, 1943. Aged 30.
WILLIAMS Howard
[Listed in Book as Morgan Samuel Howard Taylor] Resident 33, Old Road, Ynysmeudwy. Years in School: 1936 – 1940. Guardsman, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, 4 years. Died at Caen, Normandy, 8th June 1944. Aged 20.

Also available to view in the library, is a booklet in which is a copy of the Order of Ceremony and photographs and descriptions of the 2 female and 20 male Past Pupils who lost their lives, transcription below:

 

 

PONTARDAWE SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOL
--
UNVEILING
OF
MEMORIAL TABLET

To the Past Pupils who lost their lives
in the War, 1939-1945
Thursday, December 8th, 1949, at 3 p.m.

The Memorial Tablet will be Unveiled by
DAVID THOMAS, Esq., M.A., late Headmaster.

 

 

 

Order of Ceremony

Chairman: S.G. Rees. M.A., Headmaster

                    1. – Hymn 246
                      ‘Efengyl Tangnefedd ehed dros y byd.’
                    2. – Reading of the Scriptures by the
                      Rev. Jeffrey Rees, M.A.,
                      St. Michael’s College, Llandaff.
                    1. – Unveiling of the Memorial Tablet
                      by David Thomas, Esq., M.A.
                    2. - Dedication by Rev. Jeffrey Rees, M.A.
                    1. – Prayer
                    2. – Hymn 151.
                      ‘Rock of Ages’
                    1. Benediction.

           

 

W. Pugh, General Printer, Pontardawe

 

Past Pupils who lost their lives
in the 1939 – 1945 War
----------------

Rhys Maelgwyn Alexander,
Clydach
Ernest Bartholomew,
Brynamman
Elvie Beynon,
-
Velindre
James Carr,
-
Clydach
Trevor Cooke,
-
Craigcefnparc
Thomas L. Dalton,
-
Clydach
Thomas Victor Davies,
-
Cilmaengwyn
Ben Jones
-
Gwauncaegurwen
William Thomas Rees Jones, Clydach
Vernon Llewelyn Jones
-
Trebanos
Gwyn Lewis
-
Brynamman
Owen Morval Lewis,
-
Pontardawe
Robert George Meyler,
-
Clydach
J. Leonard Powell,
-
Rhos
D. J. Atherley Price,
-
Gwauncaegurwen
Alwyn Edward Rees,   Trebanos
John Adrian Prytherch Rees,   Clydach
John Brynmor Stephens,   Clydach
John Brynmor Stephens,   Clydach
Samuel Howard Williams,   Ynysmeudwy
     
Minnie Pitkin, - Clydach
Ethel Price,   Clydach
Pitkin Minnie
Minnie Victoria Pitkin.
9 Carlton Road, Clydach.
Years in School: 1921 1925.
Civil Servant.
Place and Date of Death: London 10th May 1941
Aged 31 years.
Price Ethel
Ethel Price.
109, Lone Road, Clydach.
Years in School: 1926 1930.
Place and Date of Death: Willesden 18th September 1940 Aged 27 years.
Alexander Maelgwyn
Rhys Maeldwyn Alexander.
88 Lone Road, Clydach
Years in School: 1930 1937
Flight Sergeant, Canadian Ferry Command
Years of Service: 1939 1942.
Reported missing August 1942 when
ferrying plane from Montreal to Glasgow. Age 28 years.
Bartholomew Ernest
Ernest Bartholomew.
25, Barry Road, Brynamman.
Years in School: 1925 1929.
RAF Flying Officer.
Good Service Ribbon. Years of Service: 1942 1943.
Killed during air operations on the Filey Coast,
Yorkshire, Dec. 12th 1943. Aged 29 years.
Beynon Elvie
Clive Beynon.
8, Bryn Tirion Road, Pontlliw.
Years in School: 1931 1935.
RAF leading Aircraftsman, wireless Operator.
Mentioned in Dispatches, Good Conduct Badge 1939.
Years of Service: 1935 1940.
Killed on Active Service, 5th April 1940.
Age 22 years.
Carr James
James Cyril Carr
36, Grove Road, Clydach
Years in School: 1927 1931.
Staff Sergeant, Glider Pilot Regiment
Years of Service : 1940 1943.
killed in Syracuse, Sicily, July 1945, Age 28 years.
Cooke Trefor
Trevor Nicholas Cooke.
Lynwood, Glais
Years in School: 1928 1933.
RAF leading Aircraftsman, (Aircrew).
Pilot War Medal. Years of Service: 1942 1943.
Killed on 18th August 1943 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Age 27 years.
Dalton Thomas
Thomas Lancey Dalton.
48 Kelvin Road, Clydach.
Years in School: 1927 1932.
RAF Sergeant Pilot 8 years.
Mentioned in dispatches.
Place and Date of Death: Khatib El Sanara,
2nd May 1942. Aged 26 years.
Davies Victor
Thomas Victor Davies.
Penybank, Cilmaengwyn, Pontardawe.
Years in School: 1932 -1936.
Craftsman, R.E.M.E. 2 years 9 months.
2 Stars, 1 Medal.
Place and Date of Death: 176 miles S.E. Rangoon,
15th August, 1943. Aged 24 years
Jones Benjamin
Benjamin Cynddylan Jones.
6 Derwydd Avenue, Gwayn Cae Gurwen.
Years in School: 1934 1937.
RAF Flying Officer, 166 Squadron, No. 1 Group Bomber Command, 3 years.
Place and Date of Death: Luckenwalde, Nr Berlin, 24/ 25 March 1944.
Aged 23 years, 11 months.
Jones Vernon
Vernon Llewelyn Bowen Jones,
Graig Stores, Trebanos.
Years in School: 1936- 1941.
RAF Flying Officer, Fighter and Bomber Command, 1941 1944.
Place and Date of Death: Marly-furfeil near Metz,
Plane shot down on the night of
23rd February 1944.
Aged 22 years.
Jones William
William Thomas Rees Jones.
38, High Street Clydach.
Years in School: 1935 1939.
Lance-Corporal, K.O.S.B. regiment, 2 years
Burma Star, Service Medal, 1939 1945 Star,
Place and Date of Death: Burma, 8th June 1944. Aged 21 years.
Lewis Gwyn
Gwyn Lewis.
Glynbeudy House, Glyn Road, Brynamman.
Years in School: 1932 1938.
RAF Sergaent Navigator.
Place and Date of Death: Reported missing 1940.
Buried in grave A/1 in the Cemetery of St. Aubin-Sur-Scie, Nr. Dieppe,
Aged 21 years.
Lewis Owen
Owen Morval Lewis.
Post Office, Alltycham, Pontardawe.
Years in School: 1933 1938.
Civil Servant, Admiralty, London.
Place and Date of Death: Whitehall, London 8th October, 1940. Aged 19 years
Meyler Robert
Robert George Myler.
4, Grove Road, Clydach.
Years in School: 1932 1936.
Sergeant Welsh Guards, 6 years.
Place and Date of Death: Niemagen, Western Europe. 5th April 1945
Aged 24 years.
Powell Leonard
John Leonard Powell.
112 Neath Road, Rhos, Pontardawe,
Years in School: 1927 1932.
RAF Squadron Leader, 4 years DFC. Twice mentioned in dispatches.
Place and Date of Death: RAF raid on Swinemunde
German Baltic port 16th April 1945
Aged 29 years
Price Atherley
David John Atherley Watkyn Price.
Brynhaul, 23, High Street, Cwmgorse.
Years in School: 1932 1939.
RAF Flight Sergeant, 4 years
Place and Date of Death: St. de-Desir, Lisieux France
17 August 1944
Aged 23 years
Rees Adrian
John Adrian Prytherch Rees.
Coedgwilym Farm, Clydach.
Years in School: 1934 1939.
RAF Warrant Officer Pilot, 3 years
British and American Wings.
Place and Date of Death: Drymma Mountain, 11th August 1944
Aged 22 years.
Rees Alwyn
Alwyne Edward Rees.
Cartref, New Road, Trebanos.
Years in School: 1922 1926.
RAF Sergeant Observer, 142 Squadron, 1940 1942
1939 45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Air Op. Europe Star.
Place and Date of Death: Air operations over Germany, night of 27/28th August, 1942
Aged 32 years.
Stephens Brynmor
John Brynmor Stephens.
Gilfach-Glyd, Clydach.
Years in School: 1934 1939.
RAF vr Sergeant Observer, C flight, 57 Squadron
Lancaster W4130, 2 years
1939 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War Medal.
Place and Date of Death: Cologne, 15/16 August 1942
Aged 20 years
Tanner Raymond
Samuel Arthur Raymond Tanner.
46, Down Street, Clydach.
Years in School: 1925 1929.
RAF flying Officer, 2 years
1939 1945 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War medal oak Leaf Emblem
Place and Date of Death: Pas-de-Calais, 21st September, 1943
Aged 30 years.
Williams Howard
Morgan Samuel Howard Taylor.
33, Old Road, Ynysmeudwy.
Years in School: 1936 1940.
Guardsman, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, 4 years
Place and Date of Death: Caen, Normandy, 8th June 1944
Aged 20 years.

 

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