Old postcard of the “Hills From Pensarn”

Old postcard of the "Hills From Pensarn"

Old postcard of the “Hills From Pensarn”

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100 years ago today at Mons

On 23 August 1914 at Mons, Belgium, Captain Walton Mellor, of Tanybryn, Abergele’s was killed.

Walton was the son of Colonel John Edwin Mellor of Tan-y-Bryn Abergele.

He was the first WWI death of a soldier from Abergele.

 

Captain Walton Mellor. Photo via Andrew Hesketh.

Captain Walton Mellor. Photo via Andrew Hesketh.

 

Here is a full account of Walton Mellor’s story now by Andrew Hesketh:

The elder son of Colonel John Edward Mellor of Tan-y-Bryn, Abergele, Walton Mellor was born on the 27th of June 1878 and educated at Rossall School. He joined the Lancashire Fusiliers from the Militia in December 1899, becoming Lieutenant in May 1900 and Captain in June 1905. He served in South Africa (the Boer War) in the Transvaal, Natal, the action at Laing’s Nek and in the Orange River Colony. From January 1901 to May 1902, in the Transvaal, he acted as Railway Staff Officer. He was awarded the Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps and the King’s Medal with two clasps. In 1908 he transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment. Between 1910 and 1914 he was in charge of a company of cadets at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, returning to the Royal Irish full time in January 1914. He married Kathleen Geraldine Helen Wellesley 31 March 1910. Her Great Grandfather’s brother was Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington of Peninsular War and Waterloo fame, a fact that undoubtedly Walton would have mentioned from time to time in the Officer’s mess. They had a daughter, named Kathleen Florence, who was born in 1911. Walton was killed in action, Battle of Mons, 23 August 1914.

“The Royal Irish had just before sent up two companies to support us in the centre … and to cover the retirement of B Company. It was with this lot that I saw Captain Mellor of the Royal Irish killed. I was by his side talking to him about the position when a shell exploded close above our heads and a splinter went right through his head. This alarmed his men very much for when I went back to the CO to tell him what had happened I heard the men at the other end of his Coy talking about the Captain being killed.” Lt. Woolcombe, Adjutant of the 4th Middlesex.

Walton’s widow, Kathleen, wasted little time in planning a lasting memorial. A Vestry meeting was held at the parish church of St. Michael’s on 14 January 1915 at which the members considered the design and wording of tablet that Kathleen had proposed. The Vestry meeting approved both aspects and submitted an application to the Chancellor of the Diocese of St. Asaph on 12 February 1915 for a Faculty to erect the memorial. The Faculty was duly granted and in due course the memorial was erected and unveiled by the Dean of St. Asaph to a packed church on Sunday 27 June 1915. Hung on the north aisle wall, directly opposite the entrance from the porch, the memorial remains one of the most noticeable in the church. Walton Mellor left a 3 year old daughter and a grieving wife. Kathleen was to live a long life, spending 68 years as a widow. She died on 9 December 1982, having reached the age of 100.

Walton lies in Plot II. A. 3., St. Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium.

He is not forgotten

(Extracts from ‘Dros Ryddiad Collasant eu Gwaed’)

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Yoga on the beach

Make the most of what remains of the summer by joining the Wake and Shake Soft Flow Yoga crew on Pensarn Beach on dry weekend mornings. Cost is £5 …

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Abergele Camera Club exhibition

Slaters Market St plays host to Abergele Camera Club’s exhibition on Saturday 16 August 2014. You’ll be able to see work by members, who are listed on the Abergele Camera Club’s website: Frances Del Prete, Alan Foulkes, Dewi W Jones, Donald Postles, Ernest Prendegast, Ern Ringwood, Gary Hughes, George Frost, Jill Bunting, Mal Hughes, Molly Blake, Ray Bicknell and Tudor Williams
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Coed-y-Gopa woodland fete

Sunday 17 August is the date of this fete at Tan-y-Gopa, Abergele.

Visitors on the day can experience willow artwork, bushcraft, storytelling, face painting, and more.

Organisers Woodland Trust say this will be a chance to see some of the improvements such as waymarked trails, benches, etc., with a £32,000 grant from Biffa Award.

There’ll be a minibus shuttle every 20 minutes or so from Tesco, Water Street bowling green, and opposite the Pensarn beach car park between 11.45 and 4.15.

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All aboard the Club Train!

My father’s generation knows the Llandudno to Manchester train as the Club Train. It’s the service that stops at Abergele. Here’s a snap of the train leaving Pensarn for Colwyn Bay, taken from the station bridge.

Manchester  to Llandudno 'Club Train' heading west from Abergele and Pensarn

Manchester to Llandudno ‘Club Train’ heading west from Abergele and Pensarn

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Emrys ap Iwan students remember WWI and Abergele in 1914

Cofia Abergele Remembers.

Recording lists of the names of some of the people from Abergele and those with links to the town who took part in WWI was a challenge that Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan students relished as one of the school’s community projects to remember 100 years since the Great War.

Head Lee Cummins, head of sixth form John Seymour, music department and technicians and of course the students rose to the occasion, as you can hear in Sophie Peake’s recording:

Apart from Sophie’s, there are another 17 recordings. The first live performance, thanks to Abergele Town Council’s Delyth MacRae, is after the St Michael’s Vigil on 4 August 2014.

The participants’ names were researched by historian Andrew Hesketh with audio post production by AbergelePost.com’s Gareth Morlais.

Here’s a list of students who made the recordings:
Jordan Harwood
Chloe Merrison
Anna Humphreys
Teigan Thompson
Scott Carney
Alice Naylor
Chantalle Cox
Eleanor Lloyd
Iwan Coghlan
Cian Hanna
Mike White
Ben Stone
Sophie Peake
Laurie Wilson
Lara Wagstaff
Abbey Jacklin
Jamie Edwards

You can see some of the students below making their recordings using Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan’s Music Department studio.What’s poignant is that many of those who went to war a hundred years ago were a similar age to the young people whose voices you can hear listing the names. AbergelePost.com is grateful to these students for paying their respects.

 

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St. Michael’s vigil service to commemorate WWI

Abergele Town Council in conjunction with the Abergele British Legion and St. Michael’s Church are holding a service of mark the commencement of the WWI commemorations on Monday 4th August 2014 at 7pm in St. Michael’s Church to reflect and remember.

It was at 11pm on 4 August 1914 that Germany declared war on Belgium. Great Britain gave Austria-Hungary an ultimatum to stand down from hostilities. When Austria-Hungary didn’t comply, a state of war was declared.

After the service, Abergele Town Council’s Delyth McRae has arranged for recordings of Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan students listing the names of of some of the participants in WWI with a connection to Abergele. This is the list researched by Abergele war historian Andrew Hesketh. The recordings, produced by AbergelePost.com, are called Cofia Abergele Remembers. There’ll be more information about them here soon, including names of the Emrys students who took part in the recordings.

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Last of the Mohicans

It’s easy to miss this fellow with a stone head and grass hair as you stroll down Chapel St. Tip your hat to him next time you glance up at him on the porch of the Bull.

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WWI participants from Abergele

World War 1 began on 28 July 1914.

This is the final installment of the series of pages of names of those people who played their part in the Great War from Abergele and surrounding areas and people from beyond Wales with Abergele connections. This whole list has been researched by Andrew Hesketh.

The Regiment, where shown, is usually the last known regiment of the 1914-1919 period. When the main spell of experience of service personnel has been with a former regiment, this is shown instead.

 

Name

Regiment*

Location

BROOKES, FREDERICK W.

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, ALF

Abergele

DAVIES, DAVID THOMAS

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, E

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, EDWARD (TED)

Australian
Army

Abergele

DAVIES, EVAN

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, HUGH

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, HUGH OWEN

Mercantile
Marine

Abergele

DAVIES, JOHN

Abergele

DAVIES, OWEN

Royal
Navy

Abergele

DAVIES, SIDNEY GEORGE

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

DAVIES, W. SINNETT, MC. REVEREND

Abergele

DAVIES, WILL

Abergele

DEXTER, ROBERT JAMES (BOB)

Canadian Army

Abergele

DUNWELL, ROBERT

South Wales Borderers

Abergele

EDWARDS, HAROLD

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

EDWARDS, JOHN (JACK)

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

EDWARDS, JOHN (JOHNNY)

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

ELWOOD, HAROLD

Royal
Engineers

Abergele

EVANS, ARTHUR EDWARD

Royal
Field Artillery

Abergele

EVANS, D

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

EVANS, GRIFFITH IVOR

Royal
Army Medical Corps
att. King’s (Liverpool)

Abergele

EVANS, GRIFFITH

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

EVANS, JOHN H

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

EVANS, JOHN THOMAS

South Wales Borderers

Abergele

FORDER, GEORGE

Army
Service Corps

Abergele

HAMILTON, RALPH GERALD ALEXANDER, The Honourable,
D.S.O, Master of Belhaven

Royal
Field Artillery

Abergele

HANDS, THOMAS

Abergele

HUGHES, ABEL

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

HUGHES, JAMES PARKER

Army
Service Corps

Abergele

HUGHES, JOHN

Abergele

HUGHES, JOHN ROBERT

Abergele

HUGHES, KENNETH KERFOOT

Royal Field Artillery

Abergele

HUGHES, ROBERT ISAAC

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

HUGHES, THOMAS A.

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JACKSON, J

Denbighshire
Yeomanry

Abergele

JOHNSTONE

Abergele

JONES, A

Abergele

JONES, CHARLES PHILLIPS (CHARLIE)

King’s
(Liverpool)

Abergele

JONES, DAVID

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, DAVID ERNEST

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, IRWINE WYNNE

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergel

JONES, ISAAC

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, J. IVOR

Royal
Navy

Abergele

JONES, MORGAN R.

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

JONES, PETER

Abergele

JONES, PETER

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, ROBERT (TAI)

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, STUART KIRBY

Army
Veterinary Corps

Abergele

JONES, TED

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES, THOMAS STANLEY

Royal
Garrison Artillery

Abergele

JONES, W. E

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

JONES, W. WARWICK

Army
Service Corps

Abergele

JONES, WILLIAM

Army
Service Corps

Abergele

JONES, WILLIAM A. (BILL)

Welsh Guards

Abergele

JONES-BATEMAN, FRANCIS

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

JONES-BATEMAN, REGINALD (REX)

Welsh

Abergele

JONES-BATEMAN, LLEWELYN

Royal
Field Artillery

Abergele

KENNEDY, GEORGE

Royal
Engineers

Abergele

KNEESHAW, WILFRED SHAFTS

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

LEWIS, WILLIAM

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

LLOYD, THOMAS RICHARD

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

LOVELOCK, T. J.

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

MORRIS, EVAN

Abergele

PARKES

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

PARKES

Abergele

PARKES, F. W.

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

PARKES, FRANK

Manchester

Abergele

PARKES, HUGH M.C.

Royal
Engineers

Abergele

PARRY, IDWAL

Royal
Army Medical Corps

Abergele

POOLE, JOSEPH

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

PRIESTLEY, HARRY JEFFREY

Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment

Abergele

ROBERTS, HENRY

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

ROBERTS, ISAAC

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

ROBERTS, ROBERT

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

ROBERTS, ROBERT ELLIS

Royal
Engineers

Abergele

ROBERTS, WILLIAM HOSKINS

Royal
Field Artillery

Abergele

ROWLANDS, HELENA MAY

Territorial
Force Nursing Service

Abergele

ROWLANDS, ROWLAND

Abergele

TEAGO, HENRY

Army
Service Corps

Abergele

VAUGHAN, T

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WATKINS, GEORGE I.

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WHITTLE, FREDERICK

Denbighshire
Yeomanry

Abergele

WILLIAMS, CLINTON PIERCE

Royal
Army Medical Corps

Abergele

WILLIAMS, EDDIE [EDWARD]

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WILLIAMS, EDWARD TUDOR

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WILLIAMS, FRED

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WILLIAMS, GEORGE

Abergele

WILLIAMS, J

Abergele

WILLIAMS, PETER S.

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

WILLIAMS, STEPHEN

Abergele and District Civilian Guard

Abergele

This is

WOODMAN, CHARLES HENRY

Royal
Welsh Fusiliers

Abergele

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