Llangarron Roll of Honour - For Those who Died in the Two World Wars
Roll of Honour: 1914-1918 and 1939-45
In 2008 local historian Bill Webb decided to do this piece of research as a result of printing the parish magazine Border News. The printing was done next to the 'Roll of Honour' in the North Aisle of Llangarron Church (now The Garron Centre) and, as he stood watching the printed copies coming off the machine, he wondered who all these people were, where they lived, what work they did prior to the war and what their connection to Llangarron was. So, he sat down and started to find out. The resulting documents make fascinating reading.
The research has shown that Llangarron was represented in nearly all the stages of the two wars.
During WW1 Llangarron men died at the Ypres Salient in the early part of the war, one died on the first day of the Somme, one fought at Gallipoli, two died in horrific medical pandemics probably brought on by war service, two served in the Camel Corps and one died whilst in the Tank Corps.
In the Second World War we have one who died at Dunkirk, one in Bomber crew who died in Germany, one who died in the Italian campaign, one who died in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp on the Burma Siam Railway and one who died in the Normandy landings campaign.
Private John Lewis served in the Catering Corps and was a prisoner at the Kanchanaburi camp which is at the confluence of the two river's Kwai where they meet the Mekong river (Bridge on the River Kwai fame).
Lieutenant Colonel Myles Wood was Montgomery's GSO1 in North Africa (El Alemein). He was Head of Planning, issuing instructions and developing the battle as it progressed
Bill set out his findings in two parts: WW1 and WW2 and included details of the Mosquito Air Crash in 1944 at Langstone Court in which two men died. The airmen are also commemorated in the church on the plaque shown above.
Stan Fryer, who lived in the village for many years with his wife, Mary, witnessed the Mosquito crash and met her on that very day!
You can download Bill's booklets by clicking on the link below. The files are in pdf format.
Please note that Bill has tried to keep the spelling the same as in the original documents which is why Llangarron is frequently spelt as Llangarren. There may be items included in these documents that are subject to copyright.
If you would like a DVD of either document or have any information that may shed more light on these remarkable people, please contact Bill Webb via firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Fryer, who witnsessed the Mosquito crash in 1944 (see above), produced another account of life in the village in the 1900's. The booklet includes photographs of many Llangarron houses and anecdotes and stories. A copy can be downloaded via the link below.
Please note that this was produced in 2012. Stan has since sadly died and some of the information is out of date.