We Will Remember Them

Today of course is Remembrance Sunday. Over the last few days, myself and my brother Robert together with Mr Chris Dzioba have been busy cutting the grass which between the three of us took about six hours in total with our three garden lawnmowers. The grounds now look very nice indeed as a result. New wooden poppy crosses are regularly placed on the memorials within St David’s and the photographs I hope provide you with some comfort in knowing that we look after all the memorials with equal diligence, even during the pandemic crisis. Whilst we have several World War One Commonwealth War Graves in the cemetery, this photograph is of the memorial to Brighty Thomas Lewis…………….

The Grave of Private Brighty Thomas Lewis, all alone in the sunlit cemetery

Private Brighty Thomas Lewis – Welsh Regiment

His many friends learned with regret of the death of Pte. Brighty Thomas Lewis, 1/4 Welsh Regiment, son of Mr. D. Lewis, 47, Mill-street, which occurred on Saturday at the age of 29 years. Deceased joined the Army in November, 1914, and landed in Egypt in August, 1915. He had served in the East for about three and a half years. He was wounded in March. 1916, and again on July 13th, 1918, when he had the misfortune to lose his right leg. Pte. Lewis arrived home from hospital on December 14th, and had been under several operations for his leg. Before joining the Army, he was a collier at Ponthenry. Sympathy is felt with the bereaved father, widow and two little children in their sorrow. The funeral took place on Tuesday at St. David’s Churchyard, Revs. E. Basil Herbert and J. Gwynfe Jones officiating. Deceased was accorded military honours, and the funeral was a very impressive one. Heading the cortege were the Deputy Mayor (Ald. John Lewis, J.P.), and Councillor Thos. Davies, who were followed by a large muster of soldiers on leave, among whom were several repatriated prisoners of war. Members of the Discharged Soldiers’ Federation were also present in good numbers, in charge of by Mr. Meredith Williams, chairman of the local branch. At the graveside the Last Post” was sounded by Mr. Dan Bowen. The chief mourners were Mr. D Lewis (father), Mr. D. Ray (father-in-law), Messrs. D. Thomas, W. Evans, D. Evans  and F Bye (brothers-in-law) and Mr. David Lewis (cousin). Floral tributes were received from the following: All his friends; Mrs. Richards 7 Mill- street; Mrs. Richards,1 Cotterill’s Lane;  Mrs Mortimer, 2 Mill-street; Mrs. Richards, Cambrian Place; Mrs. Evans 34 King-street; Mrs. Williams, 32, Mill-street- and Mrs. Evans, Fountain Hall, Terrace.

Carmarthen Journal 28th February 1919 page 4

The CWGC Headstone of Brighty Thomas Lewis