History – WWI

In1914,the country went to war with Germany – and the lives of Treoes residents was about to take a drastic twist.

Some of the residents of Treoes who became soldiers and served in the Great War were:

  • Pte’s Kemp
  • William Llewellyn
  • brothers William and David Llewellyn
  • brothers Jeremiah,  Richard and William Donovan
  • Thomas Powell and John Morgan.

All returned safely, although some had suffered injury.

Sergeant T. S. Lewis of Murrrey House Treoes, son of Thomas Lewis and husband of Iris, died in service on 5th December 1916 and is buried at Ancre British Cemetery at Beaumont-Hamel.

Pte. John Morgan (8th Welsh Pioneers) who had served in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and India died of injuries in 1919, aged 28 years.

Pte William Donovan was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct in action in Belgium. 

David Llewellyn is the father of Miss Natalie Llewellyn who still has the Teapot presented to him and all local veterans of the First World War by Llangan Parish Council.

In 1919 the scene in the village in February would have been grave and respectful as the villagers, on hearing the sound of marching boots approaching, would have gathered at the graveyard, heads bared and bent to await the arrival of the military funeral procession of Pte. D. Walter Humphreys, husband of Margaret Jane Kemp.

The soldiers forming the firing squad were Sergeant Ivor Williams DCM, Sergeant W. Richards MM, Private Alfred Little MM, Private H Davies, Private Gwilym John, Gunner W P Young and Private Kemp ( Treoes)  led by Sergeant Major Grey (Bridgend). They approached the villagefrom Coychurch for the service interment at Saron Chapel.  The bearer party under the command of Sergeant Edmund Jones fired three volleys and the last post sounded by Lance-Corporal Robert Lewis, S.W.B. Trumpeter George Hales A.S.C. and Arthur and David Davies. The proceedings were impressive and a large crowd attended.

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