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LLANGYNLLO WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Emily Hollins, researched Martin Edwards 2006
additional information George Lancett

Llangynllo war memorial is in the form of a pillared cross inset with a sword of sacrifice. The cross stands on a plinth with a three steps leading to it. Two plaques are afficed to the front face of the plinth naming men from both World War 1 and World War 2. The names are listed by rank, forename, surname and residence.
Photograph Copyright © Emily Hollins 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918
REST IN PEACE

DEAKINS, MM
William
Lance Bombardier 13238, "A" Battery, 76th Briagde, Royal field Artillery. Died 20th June 1918. Aged 27. Resident Rock Villa. Son of William and Mary Ann Deakins, of Rock Villa, Llangunllo, Radnorshire. Enlisted September 1914. Awarded the Militaryt Medal (M.M.). Buried in BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, RIVIERE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row O. Grave 13.
DEAKINS
Robert
Lance Corporal. Resident Rock Villa. No further information currently available.
LLOYD
John Pryce
Corporal 13868, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died 25th September 1915. Aged 27. Resident The Village. Son of John Lloyd, of Old House, Llangunllo, Radnor, and the late Sarah Lloyd. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, france. Panel 77 and 78.
LLOYD
David Isiah
[Listed as David Isaiah LLOYD on CWGC] Private 17552, 5th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 25th September 1915. Aged 24. Resident The Village. Son of John and Sarah Lloyd, of The Village, Llangunllo, Radnorshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 47 and 49.
POOLE
Edward
Driver 2067 10th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery. Resident Pyeconer.

Edward Poole was born at Middle Crochran Farm, Llanbadarn Fynydd, Radnorshire in 1888. He was the fourth child born to Edward and Martha [nee Hughes] Poole. By the time the 1911 Census was taken the family had moved to Pye Corner, Llangunllo near Knighton, Radnorshire. Edward, aged 23 is described as ‘farmer’s son, shepherd on farm’. His older brother John, aged 24 is a ‘waggoner on farm’. his sister Mary Ann, aged 25 is a ‘farmer’s daughter’ doing ‘dairy work’ and another brother Thomas Richard, aged 18 is a ‘cowman on farm’.

In 1912 aged 24 Edward emigrated to Western Australia. At this time many young men and women from the UK were seeking new opportunities in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the U.S.A. when war with Germany broke out in 1914 many of them either made their way home to enlist or volunteered to join the forces in their new countries. When Edward enlisted on 11th October 1915 at Blackboy Hill Military Camp near Perth, Western Australia he was described as being a single man, his next of kin was his father Edward Poole of Llangunello, Radnorshire, England. Edward had a fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. He was 5ft 5ins tall and weighed 140lbs. He was employed at Gnowungerup near Katanning, Western Australia, as a Teamster [in charge of a team of horses and a wagon]. His religion was C of E. After a medical examination he was passed fit to serve.

After training as a Gunner with the 10th Field Artillery, Private No. 2067 Edward Poole embarked on 16th February 1916 at Freemantle for the journey to Egypt aboard H.M.A.T. Warilda. The Australians underwent further training and Edward’s brigade spent time at Helioplis, Serapeum, Ismailia and Alexandria where Edward caught influenza. In June 1916 the brigade travelled from Alexandria to Marseille aboard H.M.S. Oriana. From Marseille Edward and his brigade moved to England and the Salisbury Plains where the Australians had set up training camps at perham Downs, Larkhill and Parkhouse. During the remainder of 1916 poor Edward suffered with Rheumatism, Rheumatic Fever and Haemorrhoids. He was admitted to the County of Middlesex Hospital on 8th November 1916 where he was treated successfully. Edward managed to visit his parents in Llangunllo during a period of leave before he returned to Salisbury Plains to complete his gunnery training. Sadly, his ill health continued, this time it was Mumps that incapacitated him in April 1917! However, on 19th June 1917 he returned to France. In early September 1917 he was admitted to a Field Hospital as a result of a ‘laceration of the left hand’. Edward rejoined his brigade in Belgium as a ‘Driver’ on 15th September 1917.

The Brecon & Radnor Express of 22nd November 1917 under the heading ‘LLANGUNLLO LAD FALLS IN ACTION’ has a photo’ of ‘The Late Driver E. Poole’ in his Australian uniform. The report reads: ‘We regret to record the death of Driver Edward Poole of the Australians. Son of Mr and Mrs Poole, Pye Corner, Llangunllo, Rads. Deceased who was 29 years of age was killed in action in France on October 8th. Four years ago he went to Australia and he joined the army in 1915. He served in Egypt for 12 months and was then transferred to France. He was home for a short leave in 1916 and returned to France last Christmas‘.

Driver Edward Poole No.2067, 10th Brigade, Australian Field Artillery who died on 8th October 1917 is buried at Grave 24, Row F, Plot 3, Ypres Town Cemetery Extension. His kit consisting of a holdall with three notebooks, three balaclavas, a scarf and a handkerchief was returned to Llangunllo and in 1922 his father received Edward’s British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-18 Star, together with a Memorial plaque and scroll. Edward’s death is recorded on Llangunllo War Memorial.

[Researched by George Lancett, 21 Caenbrook Meadow, Presteigne, LD8 2NE. 5th Feb 2017. Sources: Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Australian Archives, British Censuses and Births, Marriages and Deaths Records and Brecon & Radnor Express.]

PRICE
Arthur
Corporal. Resident Brook Cottage. possibly Arthur PRICE, Corporal 25727, "X" 2nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal field Artillery. Died 11th June 1916. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, france. bay 1.
WATSON
Joseph
Private 85068, 1st/6th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 4th June 1918. Aged 20. Resident Crungoed Cottage. Son of Thomas Watson, of Crungoed Cottage, Llanbister Rd., Radnorshire. Buried in PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 48.

1939-1945

REYNOLDS
George
Gunner. Resident Old Vicarage. probably George REYNOLDS, Gunner 821436, 92 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 9th Septmeber 1942. Aged 31. Son of John and Emma Reynolds; husband of Eileen Mary Reynolds, of Wellington, Shropshire. Buried in RANCHI WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 8.

On a flower vase at the base of the memorial.

In Commemoration of the
50th Anniversary of
V.E. day 1945

Last updated 7 February, 2017

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