WWI participants from further afield with an Abergele connection

“One Abergele man is commemorated in a small town in Australia and another in Utica, New York, USA,” says Abergele WWI researcher Andrew Hesketh.

Finishing up on the 100th anniversary of the start of War on 28 July, AbergelePost is serialising Andrew’s list in this year which marks the Centenary of the beginning of the Great War.

Here are the people with Abergele connections from outside Wales and even further afield.

Name

Regiment*

Location

OWEN,
JOSEPH

King’s Own (Shropshire Light Infantry)

Acton Pigott,
Salop

AMOS,
HARRY OSWALD

 

Australia

EVANS, DAVID SAXON WALTON

Australian Army

Australia

EVANS,
HERBERT WYNN WALTON

Australian Army

Australia

GILCHRIST,
ALBERT ALEXANDER

Australian Army

Australia

DAVIES,
HUGH

Labour Corps

Battersea

EDWARDS,
JOHN RAYMOND

Canadian Army

Canada

EDWARDS,
WILLIAM GORDON

Canadian Army

Canada

JONES,
FRANK MARSINGALE

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Duffield

LOCKETT,
ERNEST

Worcestershire

King’s Norton, Worcestershire

KERSHAW,
ROBERT

Lancashire Fusiliers

Liverpool

WILLIAMS,
ISAAC

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Liverpool

OWEN,
ROBERT

Australian Army

Moora, Western Australia

JONES,
EDWARD THOMAS

Royal Engineers

New
Broughton

PARRY,
EDWARD EVANS (TED)

Australian Army

Perth, Australia

WYNNE,
CAREY

Royal Army
Medical Corps

Pleck, Walsall

HILL,
GORDON GRAY

Singapore Volunteer Rifles

Singapore

RIDGE,
EVERARD VAUGHAN

Machine Gun Corps

Surrey

PROCTOR,
FREDERICK WILLIAM

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Torquay

DAVIES,
WILLIAM

US Army

USA

DAVIES,
WILLIAM HENRY

Machine Gun Corps

West Kirby

BAKER,
ALFRED (ALF)

King’s (Liverpool)

 

BORTHWICK,
ALEXANDER MUSGRAVE

Royal Scots

 

BRADLEY,
W. E.

Royal Warwickshire

 

CLOUGH,
FREDERICK NORMAN

Manchester

 

COOKE,
WILLIAM GEORGE

The Prince
of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire)

 

DAVIES,
JOHN

Cheshire

 

DAVIES, R.
IDWAL

London

 

DAVIES,
ROBERT

King’s (Liverpool)

 

EVANS,
JOHN J.

Manchester

 

EVANS,
SHÔN

Australian Army

 

FALLON

Irish Hussars

 

GRIFFITH,
M.K

Gordon Highlanders

 

GRIFFITHS,
JOHN

Lancashire Fusiliers

 

GUNTER,
FREDERICK WILLIAM

Lancashire Fusiliers

 

HUGHES,
JAMES

King’s (Liverpool)

 

HUGHES,
WILLIAM

Border

 

JONES, A

Manchester

 

JONES,
DAVID

Lancashire Fusiliers

 

JONES,
FRED

King’s (Liverpool)

 

JONES,
GEORGE FREDERICK

King’s (Liverpool)

 

JONES, J.
E

Canadian Army

 

JONES,
THOMAS ABEL

US Army

 

JONES,
WILLIAM THOMAS

King’s (Liverpool)

 

LINEKAR,  FRANCIS RUBENSTEIN

Liverpool

 

LLOYD,
HENRY

Cheshire Yeomanry

 

LYNE,
REGINALD MELVILLE

South African Army

 

M?, HARRY

Manchester

 

MILLS,
THOMAS REGINALD

King’s (Liverpool)

 

NEEDHAM,
THOMAS VAUGHAN

Manchester

 

OWEN, R. E

Cheshire

 

OWEN,
THOMAS

Australian Army

 

RINDER,
LLEWELYN TRELEAVEN

York &
Lancaster

 

ROBERTS,
CHARLES CECIL GWYNEDD

London

 

ROBERTS,
W. E.

Manchester

 

ROBERTS,
W. H.

Cheshire

 

SMALE,
ARTHUR

Lancashire Hussars

 

SMITH,
ALEXANDER

Black Watch

 

STACEY,
ERNEST GEORGE HEWLETT

Australian Army

 

STURGESS,
EDWARD

Gordon Highlanders

 

N.B. Andrew Hesketh says that the Regiment column usually shows the last known regiment of the 1914-1919 period. When the principal experience of a man has been with a former regiment, this is shown instead.

The next installment will list participants from Abergele’s outskirts, from Pensarn to Llanddulas and from Dolwen to Moelfre.

3 thoughts on “WWI participants from further afield with an Abergele connection

  1. Delyth MacRae:

    Excellent Andrew following many years of tedious work sifting through various papers etc. Thank you on behalf of the community and the relatives at Abergele & District. Diolch.

  2. Andrew Hesketh:

    Thank you Delyth. The first list contains the men with ‘connections’ to Abergele. For the most part they were born in the town and moved away before the war. Some have rather tenuous links, for example their parents had grown up in the town but their sons were born elsewhere. Whilst the links are remote in a number of cases, the vast majority received a mention at some point in one of the several local and regional newspapers that served the district.

    I will cite two examples to fit in with the quote provided by Gareth.

    William Davies, Private, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division, US Army. 06/06/1918, Killed in Action, Battle of Belleau Wood. Youngest son of the late Mr. Lewis Davies, Mount Pleasant, Abergele. Lived in Utica, New York, USA, with his brother Robert John Davies who worked for a large banking institution. Enlisted into the US Army August 1917. Reported missing 6 June 1918 and still not found by 6 December 1918. Recipient of a Cheque from Abergele, Christmas 1918. In reality William had been killed on 6 June 1918. His body was recovered some time after the war had ended. He is buried in Plot A.7.66, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France. Commemorated on the Utica War Memorial, New York State., USA. He is not commemorated in Abergele.

    Herbert Wynn Walton Evans, Private, No. 1817, Australian Army Service Corps, 3rd Salvage Company. 16/07/1918, Killed in Action. Buried Plot II. G. 36., La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, Somme, France. He is commemorated in a little town in Australia called Gnowangerup. Herbert has a fascinating story – and far too long to relate here. There is a huge plaque to him on the south aisle wall in St. Michaels. He is the H. Walton Evans on the Abergele War Memorial. I visited his grave a few years ago. He is not alone: also in the same cemetery is Edward Henry John Wynne, the heir to Coed Coch, who is commemorated in Betws yn Rhos.

    1. Andrew Hesketh:

      Forgot to mention Herbert’s Abergele connection. Herbert was born in Bala, the son of David Evans who became Vicar of Abergele in 1876 when Herbert was 1 year old. In 1897 David Evans became Archdeacon of St. Asaph and died in 1910. Obviously therefore Herbert grew up in Abergele, though he had flown the nest (with his brother David Saxon Walton Evans, see above) some time before the war and the pair had emigrated to Australia.
      http://www.warmemorials.net/memorials/wheatbelt/gnowup/gnowup.htm

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