The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Benjamin Alexander

Benjamin Alexander was killed in action at Dunkirk during World War Two, and remembered on a family grave at Yorath Chapel, Cwmgiedd, Ystradgynlais.

The information on Benjamin Alexander 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).

NameBenjamin Alexander
Date of Death22nd May 1940
Place of DeathDunkirk
Age at Death21
Unit and Regiment2nd Batallion, Welsh Guards
RankLance Sergeant
Service Number2734183
Remembrance Grave  Yorath Chapel, Cwmgiedd, Ystradgynlais  
MemorialDunkirk Memorial, France (column 35)
Local Memorials Ystradgynlais War Memorial
NotesSon of William and Mary Alexander
of Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire

Photograph of Benjamin Alexander as a lad, supplied by one of our readers - Thank You!

Benjamin Alexander
To the left is the Remembrance Grave in Yorath Chapel, Cwmgiedd.
Roll of Honour:
Book - "ROLL OF HONOUR Ystradgynlais and District", St. Cynogs Church, Ystradgynlais.
Memorial Window & Brass Plaque
St. Cynog's Church, Ystradgynlais.
Given by Ystradgynlais Branch of The Royal British Legion.

Below is an article from the South Wales Voice newspaper, dated X, recording the death of Benjamin Alexander's father, William.

Obituary: William Alexander

We regret to record the death on Thursday of Mr William Alexander, aged 71, Tanyrallt, Cwmgiedd, a member of a well known and highly respected family in the locality, and brother of Mr David Alexander of Abercrave. Mr Alexander was a widower, his wife having pre-deceased him many years ago, leaving him with a large family of children to bring up. One of his sons, who was a sergeant in the Welsh Guards, was killed in the retreat to Dunkirk, and two other sons were killed in coliery accidents.

He was a faithful member of Yorath Chapel, and a Sunday school teacher, until ill-health kept him to the house. Possessor of a good voice, he was a member of the Ystalyfera Choir under the late W.D. Clee, and also assisted local male voice parties. Until his retirement on compensation he was employed at Yniscedwyn Colliery as a miner. He leaves a family of grown-up children to mourn him.


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