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Cambrian Railways War Memorial

Cambrian Railways

Rheilffyrdd y Cambrian

The Cambrian Railways operated over a large area of mid and north-east Wales and north-west Shropshire in England, with the company headquarters in the town of Oswestry, Shropshire. The company emerged in the late 1850s, from an amalgamation of a number of smaller railways, and continued operating until 1 January 1922 when it was absorbed by the Great Western Railway.

The memorial, by sculptor Allen G Wyon, features a statue of a draped female figure with outstretched arms. Behind the figure is a marble tablet with a rising sun motif. It includes the names of 53 employees of the company who died. It was erected at Oswestry Station and was unveiled on 1st January 1924 and was moved to its present site in Cae Glas Park, Church Street, Oswestry in 1975.

 

1914-1918 War

 

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sapper William Wallace Boak 95641
Service:251st Tunnelling Coy., Royal Engineers
Died:29 May 1916
Age:28
Details:Son of Wallace & Mary Boak, of Wrexham; husband of Eva McCoy (formerly Boak) of 31, Crescent Avenue, Stoke, Coventry. Fireman. Also named on the Acton (no monument) and Wrexham War Memorials.
Cemetery or Memorial:Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private William Henry Boylin 65152
Service:18th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:13 Apr 1918
Age:19
Details:Youngest son of Mary Emma Thomas (formerly Boylin) of 3, St. Johns Hill, Ellesmere & the late William Boylin. Booking Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Evan John Caine 2202
Service:6th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:18 Feb 1916
Age:20
Details:Son of Patrick and Eliza Caine, 35 Phillip Street, Swansea (1911 Wales Census). Goods Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:St Patrick's Cemetery, Loos, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private William Alfred Collings 7078
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:13 Jun 1918
Age:32
Details:Son of Mary Collings, 5 Bay Cottages, Middleton Road, Oswestry (1911 England Census). Labourer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Corporal Ernest Coole 69737
Service:2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Died:21 Mar 1918
Age:29
Details:Son of Emma Jane Coole, of 41, Ferrers Road, Oswestry & the late John Parry Coole. Goods Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private.Thomas Cudworth 61305
Service:17th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:1 Sep 1918
Age:20
Details:Son of John Thomas and Gwen Lloyd Cudworth, 22 Snowdon View, Machynlleth (1911 Wales Census). Cleaner.
Cemetery or Memorial:    Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Second Lieutenant Charles Albert Davies
Service:7th Bn. South Wales Borderers
Died:22 Sep 1918
Age:33
Details:Son of Joseph and Ruth Davies, 1 Vine Cottages, Trinity Street, Oswestry. Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Doiran Memorial, Greece.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Corporal Samuel James Downs 19521
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:22 Mar 1918
Age:21
Details:Son of Miriam Downs, of 4, Park Green, Oswestry, & the late Stephen Downs. Platelayer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Poziers Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:SapperJohn Hugh Dyas 257074
Service:96th Light Railway Operating Coy., Royal Engineers
Died:30 Dec 1917
Age:21
Details:Son of William and Elizabeth Dyas, Rock House, Bausley Hill, Ford, Shrewsbury (1911 England Census). Cleaner.
Cemetery or Memorial:Chatby Memorial, Egypt.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Edward Sidney Ellis 230341
Service:10th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:30 Nov 1917
Age:22
Details:Son of Richard & Elizabeth Ellis, of 2, Church Lane, Selattyn, Oswestry. Labourer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private.Arthur Bertram Evans 58408
Service:25th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:18 Sep 1918
Age:19
Details:Goods Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Ronssoy Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Edward Evans 8589
Service:1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:23 Aug 1915
Age:
Details:
Son of John Evans.
Cemetery or Memorial:Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Evan Richard Evans 39757
Service:2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers
Died:31 Dec 1917
Age:24
Details:Son of Isaac Evans, of Tonfanau Crossing; husband of Catherine Ann Evans, of Tonfanau Crossing, Tywyn, Merionethshire. Relayer.
Cemetery or Memorial:St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private.Hugh Philip Evans 235410
Service:14th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:4 Aug 1917
Age:39
Details:Son of Hugh & Ann Evans, of Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire; husband of Violet Roselle Evans, of The Sycamores, Dolau, Radnorshire. Station Master.
Cemetery or Memorial:Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,  Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Ralph Evans 36024
Service:1st/10th Bn. King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Died:9 Apr 1918
Age:19
Details:Son of Mr & Mrs Ralph Evans, of The Old White Lion Inn, Oswestry. Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Robert Evans 15694
Service:7th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:13 May 1917
Age:
Details:
Nephew of N. Harris, of Yew Tree Cottage, Morton Common, Oswestry.
Cemetery or Memorial:Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Robert Thomas Evans 11150
Service:2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders
Died:1 Oct 1915
Age:
Details:
Son of John & Martha Evans, late of Oswestry; husband of Alice Evans, of 19, Rothwell Street, South Shore, Blackpool.
Cemetery or Memorial:Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Walter Evanson 40531
Service:1st/6th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Died:28 Mar 1918
Age:24
Details:Son Henry & Mary Ann Evanson, of White House, Wallington Lane, Worthenbury, Wrexham. Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Rank,Name & Service Number:PrivateThomas George Foulkes 27226, 4/21720
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry (7th Bn.) formerly 4/21720 Training Reserve (T.R.) Bn.
Died:24 or 26 Mar 1918
Age:19
Details:Son of Robert William and Catherine Foulkes, 5 Marine Drive, Barmouth (1911 Wales Census). Signal Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Wailly Orchard Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Charley Galliers 33246
Service:10th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:22 Aug 1918
Age:22
Details:Adopted son of A Jones, of Farchoel Cottage, Pool Quay, Welshpool, Mongomeryshire.
Cemetery or Memorial:Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Captain Eric Guy Harries
Service:'D' Coy. 1st/7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Died:17 Aug 1915
Age:22
Details:Son of Thomas Davies & Annette Martha Harries, of Grosvenor House, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire. Engineer Pupil.
Cemetery or Memorial:East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Second Lieutenant Charles Henry Hughes
Service:14th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:30 Aug 1918
Age:22
Details:Son of John Hughes, of Llwyn y Mapsis, Morda, Oswestry. Apprentice Fitter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Morval British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private David Frederick Jones 60748
Service:14th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:23 Apr 1918   
Age:
Details:
Cemetery or Memorial:
Warloy-Ballion Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Gunner David Richard Jones 150584
Service:126th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
Died:16 Nov 1917
Age:19
Details:Son of Mrs Martha Jones, of Plas Spa Terrace, Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire.
Cemetery or Memorial:Llanfyllin Cemetery.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Frank Jones 33082
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:12 Aug 1917
Age:34
Details:Son of John & Ann Jones, of Oswestry; husband of Mary Elizabeth Davies (formerly Jones), of Holm Leigh Cottage, Hengoed, Oswestry. Warehouseman. Also named on the Gobowen War Memorial.
Cemetery or Memorial:Canada Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Corporal Stanley Owen Jones 200208
Service:1st/4th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:19 Apr 1918
Age:22
Details:Son of John & Eliza Jones, of 54, Llwyn Road, Oswestry. Apprentice Fitter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Tyne Cot Memorial, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private William Jones 12260
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:30 Aug 1916
Age:26
Details:Son of Mr & Mrs William Jones, of Chapel House, Race Course, Oswestry. Porter
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Charles Clifford Judge 17061
Service:5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:24 Aug 1916
Age:20
Details:Son of the late Frederick & Louisa Judge. Boilersmith.
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private William Ernest Lewis 12268
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:31 Dec 1915
Age:21
Details:Son of William & Elizabeth Lewis, of 21, Prince Street, Oswestry. Apprentice Joiner.
Cemetery or Memorial:Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private William Henry Lewis 15749
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:10 Mar 1916
Age:38
Details:Son of Francis Charles & Jane Lewis, of Oswestry. Engine Driver.
Cemetery or Memorial:Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium,

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sergeant James Lloyd 17241
Service:14th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:10 Jul 1916
Age:21
Details:Son of John and Jane Lloyd, 57 Bryninhn? Street, Swansea (1911 Wales Census). Platelayer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Charles Henry Loose 16926
Service:1st Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:9 Oct 1916
Age:35
Details:Husband of Alice Loose, Workington Cottage, Oswestry (1911 England Census). Tarpaulin Sheet Maker.
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Stanley Mason 8118
Service:1st Bn. Herefordshire Regiment
Died:18 Aug 1915
Age:23
Details:Son of George and Maria Mason, Brickyard Cottage, Newbridge-on-Wye. (1911 Wales Census). Platelayer.
Cemetery or Memorial:East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Corporal Thomas Mills 8209
Service:1st B. Herefordshire Regiment
Died:19 Aug 1915
Age:25
Details:Son of Mr C & Mrs S Mills, of 29, Middleton Road, Oswestry. Booking Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, Turkey

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Richard Octavius Newell 291868
Service:6th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:1 Oct 1918
Age:20
Details:Son of Francis Thomas & Jane Newell; husband of Dorothy A Newell, of Barmouth Junction, Arthog, Dolgellau, Merionethshire. Booking Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Berthaucourt Communal Cemetery, Pontru, Aisne, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sapper Robert Frederick Nicholas 275900
Service:Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers
Died:24 May 1918
Age:24
Details:Son of John & Jane E. Nicholas, of New House, Caersws, Montgomeryshire. Cleaner.
Cemetery or Memorial:Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private.Edward Henry Owen 33256
Service:10th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:18 Sep 1918
Age:26
Details:Son of Edward and Louisa Owen, St. Mary's Place, Welshpool (1901 Wales Census). Goods Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private.Hugh Henry Owen 53765
Service:16th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:22 Apr 1918
Age:
Details:
Blacksmith.
Cemetery or Memorial:Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Sergeant.Thomas Edgar Owen 290052
Service:1st/7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:28 Nov 1916
Age:25
Details:Son of John and Ann Owen, Dovey View, Machynlleth (1891 Wales Census). Cleaner.
Cemetery or Memorial:Baghdad North Gate Cemetery, Iraq.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Corporal (Signaller) Frederick Phillips M.M.11801
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:7 Jan 1917
Age:23
Details:Son of Edward & Jemimah Phillips, of Whittington. Goods Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Whittington Cemetery.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private David John Price 60779
Service:15th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died:27 Oct 1918
Age:20
Details:Son of Edward Price, of Level Crossing, Dyffryn, Merionethshire.
Cemetery or Memorial:Forest Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Arthur Roberts 12294
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:17 Jun 1916
Age:25
Details:Son of Mrs Mary Jones, of 13, Orchard Street, Oswestry; husband of Mary Roberts, of Oswestry. Assistant Boilersmith.
Cemetery or Memorial:Oswestry General Cemetery.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Henry Roberts 42201
Service:10th Bn. South Wales Borderers
Died:12 Sep 1918
Age:23
Details:Son of Evan & Sarah Roberts, of 45, Park Avenue, Oswestry. Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private John Thomas Rodgers G/23861
Service:'B' Coy. 4th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment
Died:28 Sep 1918   
Age:18
Details:Son of Martha Rodgers, of Bradenheath, Whitchurch, & the late John Rodgers. Goods Clerk. Also named on the Welshampton War Memorial.
Cemetery or Memorial:Tyne Cot Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sergeant Alfred Robert Smith 12269
Service:6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:23 Mar 1918
Age:23
Details:Son of Alfred & Mary Hannah Smith; husband of Annie Smith, of 31, Lloyd Street, Oswestry. Born Bakewell, Derbyshire. Apprentice Painter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Gunner Henry Edward Stokes 69433
Service:122nd Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
Died:23 Nov 1916
Age:27
Details:Son of Edward and Mary Stokes, Cadney, Bettisfield (1891 Wales Census). Relayer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, France

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private David Thomas 61307
Service:15th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:27 Jul 1917
Age:21
Details:Son of Griffith & Ellen Thomas, of 25, Wesley Terrace, Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire. Cleaner.
Cemetery or Memorial:Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sergeant Henry Tudor 718
Service:4th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:14 Dec 1914
Age:49
Details:Husband of Sarah Jane Tudor, 1 Middleton Road, Oswestry (1911 England Census). Labourer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Corporal.Samuel Vaughan 200077
Service:1st/4th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:28 Dec 1917
Age:26
Details:Son of Laura Vaughan, 4 Swan Crescent, Oswestry (1911 England Census). Labourer.
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private John William Wainwright 43804
Service:8th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Died:23 Apr 1917
Age:20
Details:Son of John William & Sarah Ann Wainwright, of 29, Gloucester Street, Atherton, Manchester.
Cemetery or Memorial:Cuckoo Passage Cemetery, Heninel, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Albert Edward White 266133
Service:5th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died: 26 Mar 1917
Age:30
Details:Son of Thomas Harper White, of Bryn Meirion, New Street, Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire; husband of Emily Elizabeth White, of 63 Willow Street, Oswestry. Booking Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Jeruslaem Memorial, Israel.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private George Llewelyn Williams 26409
Service:7th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Died:22 Mar 1918
Age:19
Details:Son of Mr & Mrs George Williams, of 45, Orchard Street, Oswestry. Porter.
Cemetery or Memorial:Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private Maurice Richard Williams 1158
Service:7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died:10 Aug 1915
Age:23
Details:Son of Florence Annie Reed (formerly Williams) of 3, Ashfield Terrace, Llanymynech, Montgomeryshire, & the late Richard Williams. Goods Clerk.
Cemetery or Memorial:Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

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