The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

William Alan Cornelius

William Alan Cornelius served with the South Wales Borderers in the Second World War, and was killed in action in France in August 1944.

The information on William Alan Cornelius 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).

NameWilliam Alan Cornelius
Date of Death11th August 1944
Place of DeathFrance
Age at Death26
Unit and RegimentSouth Wales Borderers, 2nd Bn
RankLance Corporal
Service Number4078921
Remembrance Grave  WHERE  
MemorialBAYEUX MEMORIAL - FRANCE (Panel 14, Column 2.)
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
NotesSon of Thomas J. and Beatrice A. Cornelius
of Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire.

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 6th October 1945 came confirmation of W.A. Cornelius' death for this parents:-

Mr T.J. Cornelius, 9 Croesffyrdd, Glanrhyd, have received the sad news from the War Office that in view of the lapse of time without news, they have reluctantly reached the conclusion that their son, Lance Corporal William Allen Cornelius, has succumbed to his wounds and must be presumed dead.

Lance Corporal Cornelius served with the South Wales Borderers and after landing in France on D-Day he was engaged in the bitter fighting which took place in and around Caen in August last year.

Since the battle for Caen, his father had heard nothing from his son, and it was reported that he was missing. He had served in the Forces for five years and before the war he was a member of the Territorial Association and worked at Tarenni Colliery. He was 26 years of age and was a keen sportsman, being a member of the Cynlais Villa A.F.C.

We join with many friends in extending to Mr Cornelius and relatives our deepest sympathy in their sad and great loss.


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