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War Memorials on Anglesey in North Wales.

Aberffraw War Memorial

Anglesey, Aberffraw, St Beuno's Church - War Memorial - including one from the SS Scotia

Anglesey, Aberffraw, St Beuno's Church - War Memorial - including one casualty from the
R.M.S. Scotia which was sunk at Dunkirk rescuing our troops 1st June 1940.

Aberffraw War Memorial is located outside St Beuno's Church, and appears to be a very new monument, so I will - when time permits - find out where the original war memorial is or was, and find out if there are further memorials in the chapels and within the Church graveyard.

Anglesey, Aberffraw, St Beuno's Anglican Church

Anglesey, Aberffraw, St Beuno's Anglican Church

John Parry Jones of Amlwch was aged 60, and worked on the H.M. Transport Scotia ferry ship, which had been commandeered by the Admiralty. When she answered the call to go to Dunkirk to rescue our troops from the Germans she went with due haste to France. On her third journey picking up British, French and other allied soldiers she was attacked by dive bombers and sunk. I tell the story here



There are not too many details on the war memorial, so I have researched and added some details in the two tables below. Thanks to the contribution of Helen Butterworth, a keen memorial researcher, I am able to record that three of the names on the memorial are brothers, despite two being in WWI and one being in WWII.....................

William, Henry (known as Harri), and John Parry Jones were three brothers from Aberffraw, there had been four, but the eldest - Hugh - had been killed whilst working on a farm before the war broke out.

William and Harri were both soldiers in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and both lost their lives in France. Younger brother John Parry Jones was only aged 18 when WWI finished, and I cannot say whether he served his country during WWI. During WWII however, John Parry served on board the ill fated H.M. Transport Scotia (one of Holyhead's Ferry Boats), losing his life during the sinking, whilst picking up soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk on 1st of June 1940.

Thus, the last of the four sons of Robert and Margaret Jones, of 121, Garden Terrace, Aberffraw, had paid the ultimate price during war.

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Private John Owen of 51, Church Street Aberffraw, is the only soldier actually buried in Aberffraw Churchyard. He had been hit by a piece of shrapnel while serving in the trenches at St Eloi with the 10th Btn RWF in January 1916.

John spent 6 months in hospital in Northampton, before being discharged from the army with "Complete and Total Disablement." A small wound in his lower back had left him paralyzed from the waist down. He came home to Aberffraw with an army pension of 25 shillings per week, and died less than 3 months later.

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Hugh Parry of the School House in Aberffraw was - in civilian life - a sculptor.

Surname
Forenames
Age
Date
Rank
Number
Regt or Ship
Address
Griffiths
William
22
20/04/1918
Private
43909
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Penyrorsedd, Aberffraw
Hughes
John
27
27/03/1917
Private
266406
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
71, Bangor Street, Aberffraw
Jones
Henry
20
27/06/1918
Private
203726
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
121, Garden Terrace, Aberffraw
Jones
John
23
15/09/1917
Private
908173
Canadian Infantry
Penrhyn Uchaf, Aberffraw
Jones
Rowland
23
27/05/1917
Private
266622
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
10, Chapel Street, Aberffraw
Jones
William
30
12/12/1917
Private
266249
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
121, Garden Terrace, Aberffraw
Owen
John
24
09/11/1916
Private
15614
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
51, Church Street, Aberffraw
Parry
Hugh
27
05/02/1916
Private
15537
Kings (Liverpool Regiment)
School House, Aberffraw
Williams
John
19
20/09/1917
Private
38562
Gloucestershire Regiment
27, Bodorgan Square, Ty Croes
Jones
David Richard
30
19/06/1944
Private
4204880
Durham Light Infantry
Aberffraw
Jones
John Parry
60
01/06/1940
Fireman
None
H.M. Transport Scotia - Merchant Navy
Aberffraw
Owen
William Richard
24
06/06/1944
Lance Corporal
2734393
Wesh Guards and 3 Commando
Aberffraw

The second table;

Surname
Forenames
Age
Memorial
Place
Spouse
Father
Mother
Griffiths
William
22
Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension
Italy
Hugh Griffiths
Margaret Griffiths
Hughes
John
27
Jerusalem Memorial
Israel
Jane Ellen Hughes
William Hughes
Elizabeth Hughes
Jones
Henry
20
Acheux British Cemetery
France
Robert Jones
Margaret Jones
Jones
John
23
Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension
France
Owen Jones
Jones
Rowland
23
Arras Memorial
France
Mrs. E. Williams
Jones
William
30
Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
Egypt
Robert Jones
Margaret Jones
Owen
John
24
Aberffraw Churchyard
Aberffraw
John Owen
Elizabeth Owen
Parry
Hugh
27
Corbie Communal Cemetery
France
Evan Parry
Margaret Parry
Williams
John
19
Tyne Cot Memorial
Belgium
William Williams
Grace Williams
Jones
David Richard
30
Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery
France
Unknown
Unknown
Jones
John Parry
60
Tower Hill Memorial
Tower Hill
Possibly Maggie Jones (nee Williams)
Unknown
Unknown
Owen
William Richard
24
Hermanville War Cemetery
France
Joan Owen
Thomas Owen
Margaret Owen

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