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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Rev Gareth Leyshon 2012

St Dyfrig's Catholic Church is located in Treforest and serves Pontypridd and the surrounding area. Worshippers come from Cilfynydd and Ynysybwl in the north, Llantwit Fardre, Church Village and Gwaelod-y-Garth to the south. When Gareth Leyshon took over responsibility for St Dyfrig’s Parish in 2007, HE inherited an ongoing effort to erect a memorial to the men of the parish killed during the First and Second World Wars. The driving force had been parish councillor, Mr Gary Packer, who had recently moved out of the parish. With assistance from Parish Council Chair, Mrs Lesley Hughes, contact with Mr Packer was re-established and the plaque completed, in the form of a simple piece of parchment-style paper in a modest frame. The plaque was formally blessed on Remembrance Sunday 2007 (which that year fell on 11 November). On that weekend, Gareth Leyshon was required to cover Caerphilly Parish due to the absence of the Dean, so the blessing was performed by retired priest-in-residence Rev Michael Cronin. There are 10 names for World War 1 and 13 names for World War 2.

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1914 - 1919

Private 37807, 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment formerly 478, Glamorgan Field Company, Royal Engineerrs. Killed in action 14 July 1917. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Pontypridd, Glam. Son of George and Hannah Boyles, of 56, Berw Rd., Pontypridd, Glam. Buried in CROISILLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 14.
Private 12402, 11th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 15 November 1915. Aged 38. Born and resident Garston, Liverpool, enlisted Seaforth, Lancashire. Son of Robert and Jane Dougherty, of the Isle of Man; husband of Mary Hannah O'Neill (formerly Dougherty), of 19, New Park Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd. Buried in WATOU CHURCHYARD, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 9.
COLLINS Thomas Joseph
Private 2141, 1st/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died on service at Gallipoli 6 October 1915. Aged 26. Born Pembroke Dock, residet Treforest, Galmorgan, enlisted Pontypridd. Son of Mrs. Mary Austen, of 27, Graigyhelva Rd., Treforest, Pontypridd. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot F. Grave 62.
FOLEY, DCM, MiD Charles James
Lance Corporal 10634, "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Killed in action at Gallipoli 26 April 1915. Aged 23. Born Treorchy, Pontypridd, Glam., enlisted Brecon. Son of James Foley, of 18, Trehafod Rd., Trehafod, Pontypridd, Glam. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct medal (D.C.M.). and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.
O’CONNOR Michael
Corporal 345798, Labour Corps formerly 18454, Welch Regiment. Died on service in United Kingdom 10 October 1918. Born Bresna, resident Treforest, Pontypridd, enlisted Porth. Buried in GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland. RC. Grave 597.
SCANNELL Michael Joseph
Private 15771, "D" Company, 7th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds 23 July 1916. Aged 26. Born Llantrisant, Glam., resident Treforest, Glam., enlisted Pontypridd. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Scannell, of 5, Collins Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd; husband of B. Fletcher (formerly Scannell), of 1, Glyncoch Terrace, Berw Rd., Pontypridd. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 24. Grave 1.
Private 9309, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds 10 November 1914. Aged 25. Born Treforest, Glam., enlisted Cardiff. Son of James and Catherine O. Sullivan, of Pontypridd, Glam. Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 11.
Private 24416, 8th Battalion, South Wales Borderers formerly 25796, Welch Regiment. Killed in action 6 May 1917. Born Llantrisant, Glam, resident Abercynnon, Glam, enlisted Mountain Ash, Glam. Son of John and Catherine Sullivan, of Pontypridd, Glam. Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot E. Grave 1100.
SULLIVAN, MC Walter Ernest
Second Lieutenant, "B" Company, 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment attached 114th brigade, H.Q. 38 Division. Died of wounds 19 April 1918. Aged 27. Son of John and Kate Sullivan, of Pontypridd, Glam. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION NO.1, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row A. grave 37.
TOWELL William Ewert
Private 26468, 18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 24 March 1918. Aged 26. Born and resident Pontypridd, enlisted Rhos-On-Sea, Denbighshire. Son of William and Margaret Towell, of 6, Grail St., Craig, Pontypridd, Glam. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
Trimmer, S.S. "Beaverford" (London), Merchant Navy. Missing presumed killed when his ship was sunk by enemy action 5 November 1940. Aged 18. Son of William and Edna Brennan, of 10, Queen Street, Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 15.
BOYLE William Edwin
Private D/16546, Welch Regiment. Died 1 July 1944. Aged 54. Son of Harry Kenwood Boyle and Minnie Boyle, of Pontypridd; husband of Jessie Boyle, of Cilfynydd, Pontypridd. Buried at PONTYPRIDD (GLYNTAFF) CEMETERY, Pontypridd, Glamorganshire. Plot L.M. Grave 51.
BURNS William
Private 14387169, 3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 December 1944. Aged 20. Born and resident Glamorgan. Buried in SWARTBROEK CHURCHYARD, Limburg (Netherlands), Netherlands. Row 3. Grave 10.
CONNELLY Richard James Andrew
[Spelt CONNOLLY on CWGC] Air Mechanic FAA/FX 76849, H.M.S. "Courageous,", Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm). Died 17 September 1939. Aged 20. Son of Patrick and Margaret Connolly, of Pontypridd. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 1, Panel 2.
EGAN Dennis John
Private 14772838, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 22 January 1945. Aged 18. Born and resident Glamorgan. Son of John and Ada Egan, of Treforest, Glamorgan. Buried in JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 15. Row E. Grave 3.
MAHONEY John Michael
Sergeant 3961673, 1/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment. Killed in action 21 uly 1944. Aged 23. Born Glamorgan. Son of James and Annie Mahoney; husband of Mary Jane Mahoney, of Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 3.
MEATS William John
Gunner 1766274, 69 (The Denbighshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died in a car accident 29 April 1946. Aged 27. Born and resident Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 59. Row C. Grave 17.
O’LEARY Arthur
Corporal 4201525, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 28 June 1944. Aged 29. Born and resident Glamorgan. Son of Lawrence and Eliza O'Leary; husband of Brenda M. O'Leary, of Treharris, Glamorgan. Buried in HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot 4. Row A. Grave 1.
O’LEARY Daniel
Private 3913843, 3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 July 1944. Aged 31. Born and resident Glamorgan. Son of Daniel O'Leary, and of Elizabeth O'Leary, of Maesycoed, Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 11.
O’LEARY Lawrence Wilfred
Gunner 3970752, 1 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died as a result of an accident in United Kingdom 30 March 1943. Aged 29. Born and resident Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Son of Lawrence and Eliza O'Leary, of The Graig, Pontypridd. Buried in PONTYPRIDD (GLYNTAFF) CEMETERY, Pontypridd, Glamorganshire. Plot Z. Grave 357.
QUINN Timothy
Lance Corporal 2717303, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Killed in action in Italy 4 February 1944. Aged 34. Born Berkshire, resident Glamorgan. Son of Timothy and Ellen Quinn; husband of Rose A. Quinn, of East Croydon, Surrey. Buried in ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 5.
RILEY William Gordon
Stoker 2nd Class D/KX 152839, H.M.S. "Bramble," Royal Navy. Died at sea 31 December 1942. Aged 21. Born 8 April 1892 in Treforest, Glamorganshire. Son of Frank and Arm Riley, of Treforest, Glamorgan. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 71, Column 1.
Gunner 1766274, 551 Battery, 236 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 24 April 1947. Aged 40. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Sullivan, of Pontypridd; husband of Mable Annie Sullivan, of Maesycoed, Pontypridd. Buried in PONTYPRIDD (GLYNTAFF) CEMETERY, Pontypridd, Glamorganshire. Plot P. Grave 704.

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