The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Brinley Davies

Brinley Davies attended the Sunday service at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London on 18th June 1944, and was killed along with dozens of others when the chapel sustained a direct hit from a V1 flying bomb.

The information on Brinley Davies 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).

NameBrinley Davies
Date of Death18th June 1944
Place of DeathDied at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London.
Age at Death35
Unit and RegimentCivilian War Dead
Grave  St Cynog's churchyard, Ystradgynlais  
MemorialNot on Ystradgynlais War Memorial
NotesSon of Eleanor Davies of Oaklands, Gorof Road, Ystradgynlais.

Brinley Davies
To the left is the grave in St. Cynog's cemetery.
Lost his life through enemy action in London.

The family grave also records the deaths of Brinley's parents, A. James died January 15th 1944, aged 74 years, and Ellen, died June 28th 1951, aged 79 years.

The location of the grave behind Saint Cynog's Church, Ystradgynlais.

You can read all about the Guards Chapel Bombing. Thanks especially to Jan Gore who did the original research. If you have any information about the victims of the Guards Chapel bombing, or further information about Brinley Evans, you can email her at

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, July February 1944 :-


The sad news was received this week that Mr Brinley Davies, younger son of Mrs Davies, Oaklands, Gorof Road, Ystradgynlais, and the late Mr James Davies, was killed in a raid on London. Mr Davies was attending service in a church which was hit by a bomb.
Mr Davies, who was 34, had lived in London for six years and was employed in a responsible post by Lyons Cadby Hall. For some years before going to London, he was employed by a well known Swansea grocery firm. He was an accomplished accompanist [?] and while living aat Ystradgynlais was a faithful member of the parish church.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs Davies and family in their great sorrow. Mr James Davies was buried only last January.


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