The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Frank Phibben

Frank Phibben lived with his in-laws in Abercrave and worked in the colliery before the war. He was killed in action in April 1918 whilst serving with thee King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

The information on Frank Phibben 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).

NameFrank Phibben
Date of Death22nd April 1918
Place of DeathPLACE
Age at Death28
Unit and RegimentKing's Shropshire Light Infantry; 7th Bn.
 (Formerly 19403 Wiltshire Regiment)
Service Number27786
Additional InformationBorn in Westbury Wiltshire. Enlisted Swansea. Lived Ystradgynlais Frank and his wife lived with his father in law Richard Williams (born Merthyr Tydfil) and his mother in law, Elizabeth Jane Williams (also born Merthyr Tydfil) at 6 Watkins Terrace Caerbont Abercrave. Prior to the war he worked as a stoker in a colliery
MemorialLOOS MEMORIAL - FRANCE; Panel 98 and 99.
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsSon of Eli (born Somerset 1861) and Elizabeth E. Phibben (born Wiltshire 1863) of 15 Leigh Street Westbury Wiltshire
Frank married Mary Margaret (nee Williams) at Merthyr Tydfil in 1910 July/Aug/Sept.
Known BrothersWilliam J (born Wiltshire 1884)
Henry G (born Wiltshire 1885)
Alfred (born 1891)
Arthur (born 1895)
Ernest J (born 1896)
Herbert D. R. (born 1897)
Known SistersEthel M (born 1893)
Elizabeth E (born 1889)
Susan A (born 1901)

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 18th May 1918:-

Official intimation has been received that Private Frank Phibben was killed in France on 22nd April. He had been in the army for three years and saw service at the Dardanelles. He leaves a widow, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Williams, Penrhos, and three young children, to mourn their loss. Private Phibben was a faithful member and Sunday school worker at the English Congregational Church where he will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held next Sunday evening, when the Rev. Edward Vaughan will officiate.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 25th May 1918:-

At the English Congregational Church, on Sunday evening, tribute was also paid to the memory of Private Frank Phibben, Wilts. Regiment, whose death we reported in our last issue. The Rev. Edward Vaughan bore eloquent testimony of the energy of the deceased with all branches of work in connection with the Church, and especially with the young people. "The Dead March" was played by Miss Williams.


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