The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

William Edwards

William Edwards was formerly a miner, before serving as a stretcher bearer with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps on the Western Front. He died in France of pneumonia.

The information on William Edwards 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).

NameWilliam Lewis Edwards
Date of Death31st October 1918
Place of DeathFrance
Age at Death43
Unit and RegimentRoyal Army Ordnance Corps; 12th Bn. Army Ordnance Depot
Service Number040694
Personal DetailsBorn 1876 in Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais. Son of Lewis (born Swansea 1851) and Hannah Edwards (born Swansea 1851).
Married 1902 Rachel Anne Edwards (nee Morgan - born Ystradgynlais 1882) of Old Post Office, Upper Cwmtwrch, Swansea, living at Plaseyfedwen, Upper Cwmtwrch
A miner (shot man) at Gilwen Colliery prior to enlisting at Neath. He became a Stretcher Bearer but suffered from pneumonia and died in France.
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Cwmtwrch War Memorial, Ebenezer Chapel
Known BrothersThomas (born Cwmtwrch 1878)
David Lewis (born Cwmtwrch 1888), AVCM Cwmllynfell
Known SistersCatherine (born Cwmtwrch 1881)

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 10th March 1917:-

Intimation has reached Upper Cwmtwrch that stretcher bearer William L Edwards, who is attached to the South Wales Borderers, has been wounded in the head and leg by shrapnel. This is the second time for him to be wounded. Prior to enlistment he was popular in musical circles at Upper Cwmtwrch.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 8th November 1919:-

In Loving Remembrance of Stretcher Bearer William L. Edwards, A.C., Cwmtwrch, who died from pneumonia, in France, Oct. 31st, 1918, whilst serving his king and country.

From the Cambrian Daily Leader newspaper, 8th November 1918 :-

Official news has been received at Upper Cwmtwrch that Private William L Edwards A O C has died of pneumonia. He was about 44 years of age and prior to enlistment at the outbreak of the war was employed at Gilwen Colliery; He was well known in local musical circles and was a brother of Mr D L Edwards A V C M Cwmllynfell. He leaves a widow and three young children.

From the Llais Llafur, 9th November 1918 :-

Mrs Edwards Upper Cwmtwrch has been informed that her husband, stretcher bearer William Edwards, of the R A M C has died at a French Hospital as the result of an attack of influenza. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Edwards in her sad bereavement.

From the Llais Llafur, 8th November 1919:-

In Loving Remembrance of Stretcher Bearer William L Edwards, A.C., Cwmtwrch, who died from pneumonia, in France, 31st October 1918, whilst serving his king and country.


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