The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Leonard Colwell

The information on Leonard William Colwell 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).

NameLeonard William Colwell
Date of Death26th April 1918
Place of DeathThe Somme - No 47 Casualty Clearing Station
Age at Death23
Unit and RegimentMachine Gun Corps; 8th Bn.
Service Number15313
Additional InformationBorn at Hatfield, Herts. Lived at Abercrave
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Family DetailsGrandson of Richard (b. Gloucestershire 1841) and Eliza Colwell (b. Herefordshire 1845)
Known Brothers
Known Sisters

In late 2011, because of this website, Essex enthusiast Alan Reeves was able to find the memorial page for Leonard Colwell, a man whose war medals he had bought in an antique shop twenty years previously. He kindly offered them to any descendants of the Colwell family, and due to the efforts of local researcher Val Trevallion, members of the family were located in Coelbren, and put in touch with Alan.

The article below from the South Wales Evening Post of March 14th 2012 records these events:-

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Copyright: South Wales Evening Post

Leonard Colwell was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.


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