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Cemaes Bay War Memorial

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial and Garden

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial and Garden

Cemaes Bay War Memorial on the island of Anglesey is quite difficult to see as it is directly behind a bus stop. That said, it is a lovely, well kept memorial to the wonderful men that paid the ultimate price for our freedom during WWI and WWII.

It struck me that there are an unusual amount of very english names on the memorial, and apart from theories I don't know why. When I researched the names on the memorial they appeared to have no link to Cemaes Bay or indeed to Anglesey, and the next of kin all lived in different parts of England. The only apparent thing they had in common is that they were all RAF aircrew, which led me to believe they had been killed whilst serving at RAF Valley (opened in 1939), but all of the aircrew had been killed in different countries throughout the world, so that was not the case. The final theory that I have is that they all did their aircrew training at RAF Valley and then immediately went on active service, and therefore their last known UK addresses were on Anglesey - maybe they were even billeted at Cemaes Bay. If you have any information I would be pleased to hear about it - please email me here.

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial Names

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial Names

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial Names, Wreaths and Flowers

Anglesey, Cemaes Bay War Memorial Names, Wreaths and Flowers

I have added more information in the two tables below, both of which contain the same casualties, but with different information. With names like 'John Jones', where the only thing you know is that he died in WWI is - in my opinion - impossible without first checking the census records for 1911, which I have no access to.

If you have any high res images of any of the casualties I would be delighted to add them on this website. If you have any information to add to what I have presented here I would be interested to hear about it - email me here



Surname
Christian Names
Age
Date of death
Rank
Number
Regiment
Home Address
Cole
Albert Edward
42
01/11/1914
Able Seaman
145887
H.M.S. Monmouth - Royal Navy
3, Bridge Street, Cemaes bay
Graham
Robert Victor
21
16/05/1915
Rifleman
2343
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
The Moorings, Cemaes Bay
Evans
Daniel Roland
24
01/07/1916
Rifleman
301554
London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
Cemaes Bay
Venmore
James Frederick
28
11/07/1916
Lieutenant
Unknown
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Cemaes Bay
Humphreys
Roger
17
13/11/1916
Private
54723
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Penrallt, Tregele
Jones
Edward Lewis
28
09/11/1917
Private
268541
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Pioneer Stores, Cemaes Bay
Williams
John
20
23/12/1917
Able Seaman
Wales Z/2826
H.M.S. Torrent - Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
36, Dinorwic House, Cemaes Bay
Hughes
John
32
15/04/1918
Private
T4/142380
Army Service Corps
Cemaes Bay
Pritchard
Robert Owen
20
26/08/1918
Private
53872
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Ty Refail, Cemaes Bay
Williams
Thomas
34
08/11/1918
Private
267316
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Ty Uchaf, Cemaes Bay
Hughes
Hugh Glanfor
28
24/06/1940
Sergeant
580302
Royal Air Force
Unknown
Heys-Lewis (birth name Lewis)
John Cecil
35
17/01/1941
Chief Officer
None
S.S. Almeda Star - Merchant Navy
Cemaes Bay
Hughes
Hugh Jones
33
10/03/1941
Able Seaman
None
S.S. Corinia - Merchant Navy
Rhosgoch
Gansler
Cyril Edward
25
17/04/1941
Sergeant Observer
938067
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemaes Bay
Woodhouse
John Bernard
20
26/04/1941
2nd Lieutenant
133778
Royal Corps Signals
Cemaes Bay
Pritchard
Edward
28
22/05/1941
Able Seaman
D/SSX 14816
H.M.S. Gloucester - Royal Navy
Cemaes Bay
Owen
Rowland John
22
27/05/1941
Private
3967419
Welch Regiment
Penycraigwen
Parry
Vivian Weston
21
05/09/1942
Pilot Officer Air Gunner
111963
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemlyn
Foy
William
32
22/03/1943
Sergeant
3443272
Cheshire Regiment
Cemaes Bay
Coulthard
Alan Maxwell
22
09/04/1943
Sergeant Air Bomber
1147868
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemaes Bay
Goodchild
Henry Archibald
23/09/1943
Leading Seaman
D/JX 145991
H.M.S. Itchen - Royal Navy
Cemaes Bay
Owen
Thomas William
22
18/01/1944
Flight Sergeant Air Gunner
1529931
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemaes Bay
Yates
Edward Peter
21
15/04/1945
Flight Sergeant
1456112
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Cemaes Bay
Edwards
William John
29
26/08/1946
Private
4210014
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Cemaes Bay
Roberts
Henry Owen
Unknown
WWII
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Cemaes Bay
Jones
John
Unknown
WWI
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Cemaes Bay
Pritchard
Thomas
Unknown
WWI
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Cemaes Bay
Hughes
Edward
Unknown
WWII
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Cemaes Bay

The second table:

Surname
Christian Names
Age
Spouse
Father
Mother
Cemetery
Location
Cole
Albert Edward
42
Anne Ellen Cole (nee Hughes)
William Cole
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Plymouth
Graham
Robert Victor
21
Jacob (Jake) Graham
Anne Graham (nee Leasor)
Le Touret Cemetery
France
Evans
Daniel Roland
24
Daniel Evans
Mary Evans
Thiepval Memorial
France
Venmore
James Frederick
28
James Venmore J.P.
Mrs Venmore (nee Hughes or Jones)
Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz
France
Humphreys
Roger
17
Isaac Humphreys
Ellen Humphreys
Thiepval Memorial
France
Jones
Edward Lewis
28
Unknown
Catherine Jones
Beersheba War Cemetery
Israel
Williams
John
20
Richard Williams (late)
Catherine Williams
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Plymouth
Hughes
John
32
Unknown
Elizabeth Hughes
Auxi-Le-Chateau Churchyard
France
Pritchard
Robert Owen
20
Robert Pritchard
Mary Pritchard
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
France
Williams
Thomas
34
Annie Williams
Thomas Williams
Ellen Williams
Ghissignies British Cemetery
France
Hughes
Hugh Glanfor
28
Muriel Hughes
Hugh Jones Glanvor Hughes
Perry Hughes (nee Williams)
Runnymede Memorial
Englefield Green
Heys-Lewis (birth name Lewis)
John Cecil
35
Alice Mary Lewis (called herself Heys-Lewis) (nee Heys)
Ernest Latham Lewis
Bessie Lewis (nee Hardy)
Tower Hill Memorial
Tower Hill
Hughes
Hugh Jones
33
Mary Ellen Hughes
John Hughes
Jane Ann Hughes
Tower Hill Memorial
Tower Hill
Gansler
Cyril Edward
25
Frederick Gansler
Hilda Beatrice Gansler (nee Johnson)
Hamburg Cemetery
Germany
Woodhouse
John Bernard
20
Lt Colonel Ernest Woodhouse
Elizabeth Broadhead Woodhouse
Athens Memorial
Greece
Pritchard
Edward
28
Jane Pritchard
Tom Pritchard
Martha Pritchard
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Plymouth
Owen
Rowland John
22
R. Owen
Grace Owen
Athens Memorial
Greece
Parry
Vivian Weston
21
John David Parry
Eleanor Myfanwy Parry
Llanrhwydrys Churchyard
Llanrhwydrys
Foy
William
32
Dorothy Grace Foy (nee Barton)
William Foy
Christina Foy
Enfidaville War Cemetery
Tunisia
Coulthard
Alan Maxwell
22
William Weall Coulthard
Jane Coulthard
Uden War Cemetery
Holland
Goodchild
Henry Archibald
Archibald Goodchild
Barbara Goodchild
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Plymouth
Owen
Thomas William
22
Josephine Owen
Richard Owen
Emily Owen (nee Reddy)
Bari War Memorial
Italy
Yates
Edward Peter
21
Herbert Yates
Annie Yates (nee Tudor)
Runnymede Memorial
Englefield Green
Edwards
William John
29
Catherine Mary Edwards
Richard Hugh Edwards
Catherine Ann Edwards
Naples War Cemetery
Italy
Roberts
Henry Owen
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Jones
John
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Pritchard
Thomas
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Hughes
Edward
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown

When Edward Lewis Jones left for war he lived at Pioneer Stores in Cemaes Bay. The shop is now closed, but is still there on the High Street (April 2013).

Cemaes Bay, Pioneer Stores and Shops

Cemaes Bay, Pioneer Stores and Shops

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