Ystradgynlais Wargraves

Alwen May Evans

Ystradgynlais Fallen of World War Two

Alwen May Evans was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and died of illness in Morriston Hospital in February 1945.

The spelling of the name is confused; on the War Memorial it is spelt as above, Alwen Mai Evans, but in the newspaper article contemporaneously recording her death it is spelt Olwen May Evans. Meanwhile, on the grave in St David's churchyard it is spelt Alwen May Evans.

The information on Alwen May Evans has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

The new Ystradgynlais War Memorial was erected in 2016.

Alwen May Evans

Ystradgynlais Fallen of World War Two

NameAlwen May Evans
Date of Death24th February 1945
Place of DeathMorriston Hospital
Age at Death21
Unit and RegimentWomen's Auxiliary Air Force
Service Number2076144
GraveST. DAVIDS CHURCHYARD - ABERCRAVE, POWYS; S.E. of church. Grave 492.
Grave inscription: Guarded⁄By Gods unsleeping watch.  
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Brass Plaque in St. David's Church, Abercrave
Family NotesDaughter of Edwin Cadwalader Evans (1896-1968) and Gwendoline Maud Evans (née Watkins (1896-1973) of 10 Henneuadd, Abercrave.
Sisters Myrie Evans

Grave of Alwen May Evans, Saint David's cemetery, Abercrave

From the Llais

Local Newspaper

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 10th March 1945:-

Impressive scenes were witnessed at the funeral on Wednesday of Corporal Olwen May Evans, 21 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Evans, Brynffynnon, Abercrave, whose death at Morriston Hospital after months of illness, occasioned widespread regret and sympathy in the district. The large attendance, representative of various organisations with which she was associated and the profusion of floral tributes bore eloquent testimony to her popularity and the heartfelt sympathy for her parents who have sustained a grievous blow. May was beloved by all and her charming personality enriched the atmosphere at home and her large circle of friends...

L.A.C.W., Myrie Evans WAAF, deceased's sister, who is at present on active service in Cairo, was sympathetically referred to by all present at the funeral. She had been unable to return to this country during the very anxious weeks of her sister's illness and sincere sympathy is extended to her in her sorrow and anguish in so distant a land.

The photograph of Olwen May Evans, as it is spelt in the article, taken from the South Wales Voice newspaper, recording her death.