Abergorlech is a small village which lies alongside the River Cothi, on the B4310 road, between Brechfa to the southwest and Llansawel to the northeast. The names of the two men from Abergorlech who fell during the Great War are contained on the County War Memorial roll. Another man from Abergorlech has also been identified, and is below. The memorials are possibly within St. David’s Church at Abergorlech, but I have been unable to get there yet to check.

The Great War, 1914-1918

Stephen David Morris, Private, 52753, Cheshire Regiment. Stephen was the son of Richard and Ann Morris, of the Black Ox, Abergwili. He enlisted at Porth on 9 December 1915 into the Welsh Regiment, serving in France with the 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment from 28 June 1916. On 1 September Stephen was transferred into the 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, which was in France attached to 7 Brigade, 25th Division. On 31 October 1916 the Division moved to the Ploegsteert Sector, and took part in the opening of the Passchendaele Offensive, the Battle of Messines. Stephen was wounded at Messines, and sadly died of Wounds at the Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleul on 8 June 1917, aged 26. He is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Lloyd Owen Lloyd Price, Rifleman, R/5798, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Lloyd was born around 1885 in Abergele, North Wales, the son of Meredydd and Frances Margaret Lloyd Price. His family moved to Bryncothi prior to the war. When war broke out, Lloyd was in Rhodesia, working as a Mining Engineer. He returned to Britain to enlist on 13 October 1914, and joined the 2nd Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps in London. The Battalion formed part of 2 Brigade, 1st Division, and fought in France from the outset of war. They fought the tremendous rearguard actions of Mons, Le Cateau and ended up on the Marne, where the Germans were held firm. The Division then moved North to the Loos- Armentieres Sector, where they took part in the First Battle of Loos in early 1915. It was during this horrific series of Battles that Lloyd lost his life, when he was killed in action at Cuinchy on 10 January 1915. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, Richebourg L’Avoue, France.

Thomas Williams, Private, Welsh Regiment. Thomas cannot presently be identified.

Walter Williams, Private, 4552, Pembroke Yeomanry. Walter was born in 1890, the son of Elizabeth Williams, of Wheaten Sheaf, Abergorlech. He was a carpenter prior to the war, and enlisted at Carmarthen into the Pembroke Yeomanry on 14 November 1914. Walter served on home service for almost a year, probably with the 2/1st Pembroke Yeomanry. He became ill, and was admitted to the 2nd Cyclist Brigade Field Ambulance at Oxford, where he was diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis. Walter was discharged from the Yeomanry as unfit on 13 October 1916. He died at the Wheaten Sheaf, Abergorlech on 8 July 1918, aged 28. Walter’s case was passed to the CWGC in August 2013 and he was rejected on Wednesday 9 December 2015, due to insufficient evidence to tie in his death as being due to his service.