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Category Archives: WW1

Corporal James Llewellyn Davies

Corporal James Llewellyn Davies

16 March 1886 – 31 July 1917:- James was born in Ebbw Vale, Glamorgan and was employed as a miner at Wyndham Colliery, Ogmore Vale. He was married with four children. In the early years of the First World War he served in Egypt but was evacuated back to Britain after contracting typhoid.  In 1917 he… Continue Reading

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Corporal John (Jack) Collins

Corporal John (Jack) Collins

10 September 1880 – 3 September 1951:- John Collins, known as Jack, was born in Bickenhall, Somerset. At the age of 13, he moved with his family to Penydarren, Glamorgan. He fought in the Boer War along with his three brothers, earning the family the nickname “the fighting family of Penydarren”. Jack then worked as… Continue Reading

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Private George William (Willie) Chafer

Private George William (Willie) Chafer

16 April 1894 – 1 March 1966:- George, known as Willie, was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. His father was unknown, and he spent most of his early life living with his grandparents. He later moved to Rotherham where he worked as a weigh clerk at Silverwood Colliery.  He enlisted into the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire… Continue Reading

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Sergeant Laurence Calvert

Sergeant Laurence Calvert

16 February 1892 – 6 July 1964:- Laurence was born in Leeds. His father, a tinsmith, died when he was three years old. On leaving school he worked as a van driver, but this did not suit him, and he ran away from home to work in Cadeby Main Colliery before moving to Maltby Colliery… Continue Reading

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Sergeant Robert James Bye

Sergeant Robert James Bye

12 December 1889 – 23 August 1962:- Robert was born in Pontypridd and worked as a miner at, among others, Deep Dyffryn Colliery, Mountain Ash. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards on 3 April 1915. On 31st July 1917, on the Yser Canal, Belgium, Sergeant Bye displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty… Continue Reading

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Private William Boynton Butler

Private William Boynton Butler

20 November 1894 – 25 March 1972:- William was born in Armley, Leeds. He was employed as a coal miner at No 2 Middleton Pit, near Leeds. He enlisted as a bantam in 17th West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) in January 1915, having previously been rejected due to his height. He was described… Continue Reading

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Lance Corporal Thomas Bryan

Lance Corporal Thomas Bryan

21 January 1882 – 13 October 1945:- Thomas was born in Lye, Stourbridge but his family moved to Castleford, Yorkshire when he was a child. He followed his father into the mines and, before the war, worked at Whitwood Colliery in Castleford. He was a keen rugby player and was a member of the Castleford… Continue Reading

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Lance Sergeant Oliver Brooks

Lance Sergeant Oliver Brooks

31 May 1889 – 25 October 1940:- Oliver was born in Paulton, near Midsomer Norton, Somerset and worked at Norton Hill Colliery as a carting boy until he enlisted in 1906, just before his seventeenth birthday. He had a number of health issues and so was transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve on 17 April… Continue Reading

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Private William Beesley

Private William Beesley

5 October 1895 – 23 September 1966:- William was born in Church Gresley, near Burton upon Trent, moving to Nuneaton at the age of five. After leaving school he worked as a miner at Haunchwood and Tunnel Collieries. Towards the end of 1914 he enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC), accompanying the 9th… Continue Reading

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Company Sergeant Major Frederick (Fred) Barter

Company Sergeant Major Frederick (Fred) Barter

17 January 1891 – 15 May 1952:- Frederick Barter was born in Cathays, Cardiff on 17 January 1891. He joined the Army in 1908 despite initially being rejected as his chest size was below minimum standard. He rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Special Reserve. After finishing his National Service… Continue Reading

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