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The War Memorial, 2006. Photo courtesy and copyright of Phillip Halling. Licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

Those commemorated on the War Memorial are:


Capt. W. F. Rudd, Plastangraig.

William Ferris Rudd was born in 1887 in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland to George Patrick Ferris Rudd (a farmer and locomotive/marine engineer) and Isabella Rudd neé Benson. William’s mother died in 1894 aged 39 and his father remarried the following year and the family moved to Beddgelert by 1898. William served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, possibly with the 12th (Reserve) Battalion, joining the 10th Battalion in France on 31 August 1916. He was killed in the Battalion’s attack at Serre on 13 November 1916 and is buried at Serre Road.

Sgt. Major F. Marshall. Sygun Terr.

Sgt. David Pierce, Fronheulog.

David Griffith Pierce. born 25 May 1896. Died 7 November 1916 in France. Service Number 31701. Lance Sergeant. 7th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment.

Pte. David J. Williams, Plasgwyn.

Pte. Harry Owen, Pontalun.

Service Number 241432. Died 26/03/1917. Aged 23. “A” Coy. 1st/5th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Mr. G. H. and Mrs. A. Owen, of “Briesea,” Upper Berfield St., Dolgelley, Merioneth. Born at Beddgelert.

Pte. John R. Evans, Sygun Terr.

Private John Robert Evans, of Llewellyn Cottage, Beddgelert, 159691 Machine Gun Corps, formerly postman between Beddgelert and Nantmor, was killed in action on 22 October 1918. He was thirty-one years of age and enlisted voluntarily early in the war.

Pte. John James Jones, Gwynant St.

Sapper John James Jones. Service Number 216769. Died 20/10/1918. Aged 38. 205th Field Coy. Royal Engineers. Son of John and Susannah Jones, of Talybont, Cardiganshire; husband of Annie Jones, of 15, Gwynant St., Beddgelert.

Pte. Richard H. Roberts, Gwynant St.

Richard Humphrey Roberts son of Richard and Ellen Roberts, 6 Gwynant Street, Beddgelert, was killed in France on 27 July 1916. Aged 20. Service Number 25938. 17th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Pte. Rowland Williams, Gwynant St.

Rowland Williams was born on 19 January 1880 and was the husband of Ellen Williams of 2, Gwynant Street, Beddgelert. Rowland served as a Private with the 14th Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (service number 317032). Rowland was shot in the leg and died of his wounds on 18 March 1918 and is buried at Merville in the Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref I C 58).

Nant Gwynant:

Lce. Cpl. Owen Roberts, Penybryn.

Owen Roberts. Owen was the son of Edward and Jane Roberts. He enlisted on 19 February 1916 and served as a Lance-Corporal with the 39th Battalion, Australian Infantry (service no 580). On 25 August 1918 he suffered gunshot wounds to his back and chest on 25 August 1918 and was taken to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station. Four days later Owen was transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen but died on 21 September 1918 aged 33. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen (grave ref RIII G11). Owen was the older brother of William Edward Roberts who died 19 February 1917 (see below).

Gnr. Evan Watson, Plasgwynant Farm.

Service Number 112362. Died 21/08/1918. Aged 30. 119th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Walter and Margaret Watson, of Plasgwynant Farm, Beddgelert, Carnarvon.

Pte. Griffith Griffiths, Maesboriau.

Griffith Griffiths. Griffith was the son of Thomas and Mary Griffiths. He served only a very short while for the 4th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (service no 203628), dying of pneumonia at Park Hall Camp, Oswestry on 26 February 1917, exactly one week after fellow Beddgelert soldier William Edward Roberts also died in the same outbreak. Griffith is buried in Beddgelert New Cemetery (grave ref C10).

Pte. Henry J. Owen, Snowdon View.

Henry Jones Owen. Service Number 266510. Died 26/03/1917. Aged 24. 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Pte. Rhys Roberts, Bwlch.

Private Rhys Roberts, son of Mr William Roberts, chairman of the Beddgelert Parish Council, also with the Welsh Division in France, has been killed in action. Service Number 15563. Died 14/01/1916. Aged 24. 17th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Son of William and Elizabeth Roberts, of Bwlch, Nantgwynant, Caernarvon; husband of Edith Mary Roberts, of Bryn Celyn, Benllech, Anglesey.

Pte. William Ed. Roberts, Penybryn.

William Edward Roberts. William was the son of Edward and Jane Roberts. He served only a very short while for the 4th Royal Welsh Fusiliers (service no 203754), dying of pneumonia at Park Hall Camp, Oswestry on 19 February 1917, exactly one week before fellow Beddgelert soldier Griffith Griffiths also died in the same outbreak. William was the younger brother of Owen Roberts who died 21 September 1918 (see above). William is buried in Beddgelert New Cemetery (grave ref A20).

Pte. William Williams, Hafodowen.


Pte. John Williams,  Glanydon.

Pte. Owen Davies, Peniel Terr.

Service Number 59941. Died 06/11/1918. Aged 33. 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Bn. Welsh Regiment. Son of William and Ellen Davies, of Peniel Terrace, Nantmor, Beddgelert, Carnarvon.

Pte. William Roberts, Penygaer.

Private William Roberts

William Roberts was from Glangors Farm, Prenteg (between Beddgelert and Porthmadog). He enlisted in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, but was killed in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 5 April 1916, aged 26. His name is commemorated on the memorial in Basra. A brother, John, was also wounded in the First World War but survived.

Pte. William P. Thomas, Bryntirion.

Private Willie P Thomas, Bedlinog, South Wales, formerly of Bryntirion, Nantmor, died in hospital in France from the effects of poison gas. October 1918. He was 19 years of age.


A. B. Griffith G. Hughes, Tanybryn.

Able Seaman Griffith Hughes. Service Number R/4638. Died 30/12/1917. Aged 24. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Son of Griffith and Ann Hughes, of Tanybryn, Rhyd-ddu, Carnarvonshire.

Pte. Robert D. Williams, Minafon.

Pte. Richard H. Roberts, Garn View.

Richard Henry Roberts. Richard was the son of Richard Henry Roberts and Gaynor Roberts. Richard enlisted 2 March 1916 and was called up 10 Apr 1917. He served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment (service no 67649). He was posted on 6 April 1918 but reported missing on 6 June 1918 and taken Prisoner of War. Richard was repatriated on 27 December 1918 bur died on 1 January 1919 aged 19 at Fulham Military Hospital from pulmonary tuberculosis and starvation as a POW in Germany. He is buried in Beddgelert New Cemetery (grave ref K2).

Richard Henry Robert’s war grave at Beddgelert. Photo copyright of David Wilson-Pinkney.

Also buried in Beddgelert New Cemetery war graves, but not commemorated on the war memorial, are:

Pte. T. Griffiths

Thomas Griffiths. Thomas was the son of Morris Griffiths and Ann Griffiths of Gwynant Street, Beddgelert. Thomas served as a Private, initially with the 14th Battalion South Wales Borderers (service no 36103) and latterly with the Labour Corps (274768). He died on 16 November 1918 aged 30. He is buried in Beddgelert New Cemetery (grave ref E26).

If you have any information about, or photographs of, any of the men listed, then please email us at beddgelert@oneplacestudy.org.