Dedicated to the brave men and women who have given their lives at times of conflict.
we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“When you go home, Tell them of us and say,
“For your tomorrow, We gave our today.”
The window in the south wall of the nave is dedicated to the memory of three sons of The Reverend John Jenkins, Vicar of the Parish of Llantwit Fardre during the First World War who were killed in action during that conflict.
Losing three sons was particularly unfortunate as, on average, about one household in 14 had a son killed.
The window was dedicated in December 1919 by The Reverend Dr Dan Bryant, Vicar of Balham and son of Mr Daniel Bryant of Llantwit Fardre.
The Churchyard Cross and War memorial found outside were dedicated at the same time.
The window records the sacrifice of:
At the age of 11 he went to board at Llandovery College.
In 1911 he joined Downing College Cambridge and later played for London Welsh before emigrating with his brother Morgan to Canada to farm.
Shortly after arriving war broke out and David enlisted on the 12th August 1914 at the Valcartier Camp. He initially joined as trooper 16th bat Light horse Later transferred to 5th Infantry Batt Saskatchewan Regiment as a private sailing to Britain Oct 3rd 1914.
Sailing to France early Feb 1915, he was quickly promoted to Serjeant on June 10th 1915. His role was that of a despatch Runner at the Front.
In April 1916 the Canadian Corp took over the Area between St Eloiand Hooge in Belgium. It was here David was killed sometime between the 8th and 19th April.
His Officer described him as the most fearless, painstaking and cool man I have ever had under my command.
He is Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Grand near Zonnebeke, Belgium.
He was an employee of the Bank of England in Manchester when war was declared.
Richard was a 2nd lieutenant in the 7th battalion Manchester Regiment later attached to the 8th battalion Glos Reg.
Richard received his Commission on 22nd December 1915.
He sailed to Egypt in September 1914 then to Gallipoli where he was wounded in the 3rd battle of krithia and invalided home.
He later returned to France and the Somme where he came under Artillery Bombardment and was killed on the 11th November 1916 – his body was never recovered hence his name on the Thiepval memorial to the missing.
Morgan was Educated at Christ’s Hospital London, a Church of England Boarding School. The School was established in 1552 by King Edward VI as a Charitable Institution.
Little is known about him after he left school although it is probable that he continued his education before emigrating to Canada to farm with his brother, David. It is notable that they had settled near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan which was renowned as a good agricultural area.
Morgan enlisted on the 8th July 1915 at Saskatoon. He became a Lance Corporal in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
We know he went to Canada to farm (with David), on his enlistment papers he says he was a Student at the 3rd University Saskatoon.
He also stated that he had studied for a Commission in England, however no papers could be found to confirm this. It is also recorded that Morgan was a short young man 5’ 4” tall with a chest size of 37”.
Morgan was the last of the three Brothers to die, he fell on the 29th August 1918 (just days before the end of the war) dying of Wounds he sustained in fighting near the village of Monchy Le Preux.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge
and the Saskatchewan Memorial.
To the Glory of God and in memory of the fallen of this Parish who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918 also 1939-1945
Revd Daniel Bryant M.A. (d1936) Vicar of Balham visited his native Parish and dedicated the Parish Memorial in 1919
See Memorial Book (Church Records) for complete list
Service men killed in action 1918 and 1939-1945 not on memorial cross but mentioned on family graves.
Jacob Brown - 1916
Tom John - 1918
Creighton Greatrex - 1918
Geoffrey Thomas - 1942
Guy Thomas Harvey - 1944
E R V Roberts - 1944
S T Evans - 1945