The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Arthur Mainwaring

Arthur Mainwaring from Ystradgynlais served with the South Wales Borderers in the First World War and was killed in action in France in 1918. Arthur was wounded whilst working near La Clytte on 1 May 1918 and died of his wounds four days later, on 5 May 1918, aged 19.

The information on Arthur Mainwaring has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameArthur Mainwaring
Date of Death5th May 1918
Place of DeathFrance
Age at Death19
Unit and RegimentSouth Wales Borderers; 6th Bn.
Service Number22178
Additional InformationDied of Wounds.
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsArthur was born in Cwmamman, the son of David and Ellen Mainwaring. The family later moved to 2, Temperance Buildings, Oddfellows Street, Ystradgynlais. Arthur enlisted with his brother Morgan at Ystradgynlais into the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers and initially trained in North Wales.
Known Brothers
Known Sisters

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 8th June 1918 :-

The news has been received this week that Private Arthur Mainwaring, of the South Wales Borderers, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Mainwaring, Oddfellows Street Ystradgynlais, has died of wounds received in action. His death took place on 5th May in a hospital behind the lines. The deceased soldier was only 19 years of age and joined up three years ago. He was previously wounded in action, after wish he was granted sick leave afterwards returning to the front. It is doubtful whether a family in Wales can show a better record, for Mr. and Mrs. Mainwaring have two sons in Salonika, one in Egypt and another two in France, the only other son being the one who has made the supreme sacrifice. The people of Ystradgynlais deeply sympathise with Mr. and Mrs. Mainwaring and family in their sorrow.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 2nd November 1918 :-

Mr. and Mrs. David Mainwaring, Oddfellows Street, have received news that their son Private M. Mainwaring, of the S.W.B., has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field. He has been in France for 3 years and is one of six brothers serving, one of whom has died of wounds received in action.
His wife and children reside at Oddfellows Street and before joining he was employed at the Diamond Colliery.


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