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Llandegla War Memorials

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

We will remember them.

Do you have any information on those who are named on the War Memorials in Llandegla? If you have any information, pictures, letters or memorabilia which could be added to this website and kept as historic data please get in touch and we will be delighted to work with you to preserve the memory of those who gave so much.

Below is a small amount of information which has been gathered from various sources and publicly accessible records on the Internet.

Transcribed data used by kind permission of and The National Archives UK

The inscription which  heads the War Memorial Plaque found in the Memorial Hall is taken from the Welsh song, I Blas Gogerddan and has been translated as meaning "It is better to die young and brave than live as a coward."

At the 1917 National Eisteddfod of Wales at Birkenhead Park a well known contralto, Laura Evans-Williams of Henllan,  had been invited to sing the Chairing Song , and when it was announced that the winner of the chair ( Ellis H. Evans , ‘ Hedd Wyn ’) , had been killed in battle, she sang ‘ I Blas Gogerddan ’, which was a particularly appropriate song.

The Plaque lists the men who left for the Great War from Llandegla and carries inscriptions for those who lost their lives in both wars.

First World War

Recruitment meeting

In an article published in the Chester Chronicle dated 12 Sept 1914 it was reported that His Honour Judge Moss addressed a recruiting meeting held in the schoolroom at Llandegla. A crowded and enthusiastic meeting was chaired by Mr GP Dewhurst of Bodidris and other speakers included Col. Cornwallis West Lord Lieutenant, Mr Brundritt a Ruthin solicitor, the Rector, Rev JH Hope, and Mr Roberts a well-known Denbighshire farmer.

Mr Dewhurst explained why the meeting was called and described the conditions under which men would be enlisted. Appealing to the men present to enlist Mr Dewhurst stated that he hoped for a commission himself thus demonstrating that he was not asking men to do anything he was not willing to do himself.

The meeting was told that thanks to co-operation between the farmers, crops were nearly all in so nothing stood in the way of the young men to be called up. Colonel Cornwallis West expressed his surprise at the numbers who had assembled for the meeting and gave an outline of the situation between the country and Germany. Mr Roberts then addressed the meeting with an inspired speech in welsh.

Much applause and cheers followed Judge Moss’s words and condemnation of recent events. The Rector, Rev JH Hope, also addressed the meeting which concluded with the pledging of support of the Government’s war policy and to back the call for men. The resolution was carried with great enthusiasm.

John Bloor, Private 31500. Died 03/07/1916, aged 33. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Bn. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 4 A.

Enlisted 19/08/1914 at Wrexham in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Corp of Dragoons. On 30/07/1915 John's army record shows him as having deserted. Having rejoined (surrendered himself) 0n 06/10/1915 he was given 14 days detention and fined 69 days pay. Not long after, in January 1916 he was given 168 hours detention for misconduct with a further offence in May 1916 resulting in 3 days FP no 1 for irregular conduct. The war obviously took its toll on John and sadly he was killed in action (place not stated) on 03/07/1916.

1891 Census records John as being 8 years of age and living with his parents Samuel and Mary Bloor, Church Road, Llandegla. In 1901 John was a Cattle and yardman on farm.

Awarded British War medal and Victory medal.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Everyman remembered

Commemorative Certificate

A Deserter under the bed
Charge against Llandegla Farmer

So read the headlines of an article published in the Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury dated Wed January 26 1916.
Richard Thomas, a farmer of Llandegla, was charged, under the Army Act of 1831, with knowingly concealing a deserter from His Majesty’s Army. The court heard that it was not unusual for Thomas to sleep in a small building on his family’s Tanycregiau holding, returning home at weekends.

John Bloor, a Llandegla man and a private of the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, had been absent without leave since the end of July 1915 and his army records show him as being a deserter.

Ever since being informed of Bloor’s desertion, the local constable, PC David Roberts, had been on the lookout for Bloor. On the night of October 5th PC Roberts went to the building at Tanycregiau, and on hearing voices, knocked the door. Getting no reply he repeatedly knocked the door until eventually Thomas answered. On enquiring as to the whereabouts of John Bloor the constable was told that he was not there but when PC Roberts entered the building he found Bloor partially hidden under a bed.

The report does not say how Bloor was returned to his Battalion though his army records show that he returned giving himself up. He was returned to the front and died in action on 3 July 1916.

For Thomas’s part he was found not guilty. In discharging him, the judge remarked that it was to his benefit that Thomas entered the witness box and gave a truthful account of events without hesitation.

Alexander Cammock, Private 31555. Died 22/03/1918, aged 28. South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Bn. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial.

Enlisted 15/10/1914 as private Cheshire Yeomanry. On 01/01/1916 promoted to Lance Corporal (unpaid) and then went back to being a Private 20/09/1916. Killed in action 22/03/1918 France.

Recorded as living at The Biggins Kirby Lonsdale Cumbria working as a butler in 1911 census. Worked as butler at Bodidris at time of signing up. Father John Cammock, mother Elizabeth 62 Fergus Sq Arbroath then of 295 Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

The Arbroath Herald of April 12 1918 reported that Mrs J Cammock had received the sad news of her son’s death through the regimental depot (South Lancs Regiment) in Shrewsbury. Mrs Cammock was a widow who had recently lost a daughter making this news even more tragic.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Everyman remembered

Commemorative Certificate

William Hughes Davies, Private 15316. Died 02/03/1916 aged 25. Royal Welsh Fusiliers "B" Coy. 10th Bn. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

1891 census records William living at the Blue Bell aged 9 months, in 1901 he was a schoolboy living at the Old Vicarage and by 1911 he was a stonemason labourer living at Bryn Dwr. Son of William Davies and Mrs W Davies, of Mill Cottage (recorded on Memorial as Bryn Dŵr), Llandegla.

Awarded 1914-15 Star, British War medal and Victory medal.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Everyman remembered

Commemorative Certificate

Evan Edwards, Gunner 91160. Died 28/09/1918. Royal Field Artillery "A" Bty. 312th Bde. Buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich.

In 1901 at the age of 8 Evans was at school and his parents ran the Travellers’ Rest Inn (recorded on Memorial as Hand Inn).

Awarded 1914-15 Star, British War medal and Victory medal.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Everyman remembered

Commemorative Certificate

John Parry, Private 35337. Died 21/08/1918 aged 21. King's Shropshire Light Infantry 7th Bn.
Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Son of Robert and Sarah Parry, of Old Gate, Llandegla.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Everyman remembered
Commemorative Certificate

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Their names will live forever

Second World War

Frank Campbell Jones, Sergeant, 553219. Air bomber.Died 21/10/1944. RAF 34 (SAF) Squadron. Son of Charles Frederick and Hilda Faith Jones, of Llandegla, Denbighshire. Buried at Budapest War Cemetery.

The family moved from Oxfordshire in 1932 to live in and run the Crown Hotel. Frank and his family later lived at Tegla Cottage and then Tŷ Newydd. After training airmen for two years, he transferred to the South African Air Force squadron. His Liberator bomber was shot down over Hungary during a raid from an air base in Italy.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

St Tecla’s Church Memorial window

Glyn Price Jones, Steward, Died 29/10/1942 Age 30 Merchant Navy M.V. Abosso (Liverpool) Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial Panel 2.

Glyn Jones of Glasfryn Llandegla is recorded as having died 29 October 1942 on war service. On that day, records show that a steward named Glyn Jones on board MV Abosso (Liverpool) was killed when the ship was hit by torpedo about 589 nautical miles north of the Azores.

Wikipedia article on MV Abosso

St Tecla’s Church Memorial window


Are these details correct?. If anyone has information regarding any of those named above, or if you are aware of any errors please contact us by using the Contact Us page.

Other names on the Memorial plaque to be found in the Memorial Hall.

John Ash,  Rhosdigre

Benj Davies,  Bryndwr

David Davies,  Bryndwr

Robert Thomas Davies,  Penstryt

Lewis Davies,  Penstryt

Owen H Davies,  Tegla Cottage  

Alfred Dawson,  Bodidris

G Powys Dewhurst,  Bodidris

John Evans,  Penlan

Meredith Evans,  Llety

Ivor-Alan Evans,  Green Lodge  

John Parry Evans,  Green Lodge  

Goronwy C Evans,  Green Lodge  

Ed Vaughan Ellis,  Glanrafon

Thos J Ellis,  Tyucha

H.G. Griffiths,  Castell

David Hughes,  Brynhyfryd

E.S.Harrison, Plough

Herbert Harrison,  Bwlchbychan

George Hindley,  Rhydtalog

Gordon Hope,  Bodelwyddan

Heny Noel Hope,  Bodelwyddan

Daniel Jones,  Tanygraig

Ellis Jones,  Tanyfoel

Hugh Jones,  Tanyfoel

Llewelyn Jones,  Rose Cottage  

John Hugh Jones,  Brynman

Joseph E Jones,  Graig

Trevor Jones,  Erw Fawr  

Evans Jones,  Tanyfron

John R Jones,  Casgenditto

Lamont Thomas,  Bodidris

Humphrey Morris,  Bryniau

Samuel Moss,  Accre

John O Owens,  Rhos Cottage  

Peter Robson,  Maesmaelor

Mathew Robson,  Maesmaelor

John Ed Roberts,  Penstryt

Rt Gareth Roberts,  Graig

Fred Rhone,  Bodidris

Sydney Smith,  Bodidris

Edward Thomas,  Tanyfron

Richard Thomas,  Tanycreigiau

Thomas Parry,  Fronhaul

In Flanders Fields Memorial Hall Plaque Llandegla War Memorial