Pant World War 1 Roll of Honour – Llanymynech Parish

Pant Memorial Institute was originally built in 1922 as a memorial to the dead of what was then known as the Great War. A wooden plaque in the hall bore the Pant roll of honour for many years.

For reasons unknown, this plaque was lost some time in the late 1970s. We were hoping that we would find it in the 2018 floor refurbishment, but it was not to be.

At the armistice centenary in November 2018, , we were honoured to be gifted the roll of honour document for Moreton Parish, in which the hall lies. Read more about this document and the men commemorated on it on this page.

The village of Pant also lies partly in Llanymynech parish. This page gives more information about those men from Pant  honoured on the memorial at Llanymynech, or buried in Commonwealth War Graves in the cemetery at St Agatha’s, Llanymynech.

Information on the WW2 casualties commemorated on the tablet now situated in the entrance of Pant Memorial Hall can be found here.

Click on the underlined names to see the commemorative certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves commission.

Pte John Jones 

2nd Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, 6828.  Born in 1881, son of John Jones of no 2 Railway Terrace Cottages, Pant. Before the war he was employed on the London and North-West railway at Trench crossing.

He had served for eight years and spent four months at the front. He was killed in action in Belgium on 9 May 1915, aged 34, having been hit by a shell that exploded in his trench.

With no known grave, he is remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Panel 47 and 49. Uniquely among these men, he is also commemoriated on the Morton Roll of Honour.

Gunner John Herbert Humphreys

188358, 465th Battallion, 65th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born in 1898 in Pant, son of William and Mary Humphreys of Walnut Tree Cottage.He had six siblings  – Thomas, Jane, Maud, William, Charles and Nellie.

He had only been on active service for a few weeks when he received shrapnel wounds in action. He died of those wounds on 28th October 1917 aged 19. Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave IX. B. 18.

Pte Thomas Lloyd 

1st Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, 9893.Born in Wolverhampton, he was the son of Thomas Lloyd and the late Emma Lloyd who lived at 44 St Owen’s St Hereford. He had been living with Mrs Saddler of Railway Cottage, Pant, at the time of his enlistment in Wolverhampton on 6th March 1912.

Killed in action in Belgium, 22 Oct 1914 aged 20. With no known grave, he is  remembered on the Plogsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium.

Gunner Joseph Roberts 

116963, 251st Brigade “C” Bty. Royal Field Artillery.  (and Royal Horse Artillery). He was born in 1886 at The Gin House Pant. His Parents were William and  Elizabeth Roberts and he had five siblings: Thomas, Walter, Alfred, Annie and Albert. On the 1911 Census it stated his occupation was a limestone quarryman.

Died in France 4 October 1918, aged 32. Buried at Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave I. E. 5.

Gunner Joseph Powell 

Service Number 114603, 145th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was born in Oswestry, the son of Joseph Powell. The 1911 census shows that he was married to Margaret and that they were living at 1 Greenwich Cottage, Pant. His occupation at this time was a bricklayer.

He enlisted on 10th December 1915 at Oswestry, and his attestation document has survived. He was living at Mount View, Pant and was aged 35 years and 1 month at the time, giving a birth date of November 1880. He had married Margaret Ellen Francis Griffiths at Llanymynech Parish Church on 4th June 1908. Their children were Arthur (Born 9 Aug 1910) and Phyllis Amelia (born 30 June 1915). The records also show that in 1919 he had a brother John, aged 44, living at Penylan Lane Oswestry, and a sister Mary Ellis, also living in Oswestry.

He was mobilised in August 1916 and saw three separate periods at the front, the last beginning on 25th August 1917. He was killed in action aged 36 on 2 September 1917, and is buried at Bleuet Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Grave I. H. 11.

Margaret was awarded a pension of 18s 9d a week from March 1918. A small number of his effects were returned to her in November 1918.

Corporal Robert Owen

Service numbers 755 and 290108, 1st/7th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He was born in 1893 at The High, Penyfoel and later lived at Yates Cottage Pant. His parents were Albert and Caroline Owen and he had 6 siblings: Margaret, Ellen, Fred, Charlie, Mary and Herbert. (It appears that his mother may have later remarried and moved to Huddersfield, the circumstances are unknown).

He enlisted at Llantsantfraid on 22 April 1912 as a private – at this time he was working as a rock labourer for a Mr Nicolson. He was promoted to Corporal in January 1915, and received a gunshot wound in the left arm on 10th August 1915 at Suvla Bay. He was awarded the 1914-1915 star.

He was killed in action in Palestine on 26 March 1917, aged 24. He is buried at Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, Grave II. C. 8. His headstone reads ‘Peace, Perfect Peace’

Lance Corporal James Jackson Brown

Service No 26504, 7th Bn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was born in 1889 in Liverpool, son of Edward T Brown and Sophia Brown. He had two brothers, Albert and Ronald. In 1914 they were living at Brook House, Pant, having previously been resident at 23, Lisburn Road, Liverpool. James was an apprentice butcher and his father Edward was a police constable. His father was born in Aberhafesp, Montgomeryshire.

He died of wounds in France on 29 September 1918, aged 23. Buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux St. Marc, France. Grave III. B. 8. His gravestone reads ‘Thy Task is O’er’.

Private Osborne Jones

Service Number 67840 (possibly also 31320)  53rd battallion South Wales Borderers.

Born in 1900 in Llanymynech, son of Elizabeth and Joseph Jones. Brought up at the Cross Guns, Pant, and then at nearby Upper House, Underhill Farm, Pant.

Enlisted 28th April 1918. The 53rd Batallion was the ‘young soldier’ batallion and was based at Kinmel Park, Bodelwyddyn (near Rhyl). He died on 9 October 1918 aged 17 at Kimnel Park Camp, Military Hospital . The cause of death was recorded as ‘war related sickness’, probably the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic that claimed so many lives at this time. He is buried with a CWGC headstone in the churchyard of St Agatha, Llanymynech, in the ‘new ground’ section.

Private Robert Jones

1st Bn Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, service no 15062

Robert Jones was born in Pant, and appears on the 1891 census aged 4, with his three brothers and his widowed mother Elizabeth. They lived on Ratcliff Hill. In 1911 he was living with Elizabeth, her husband of 18 years Joseph Jones (i.e. married 1893) and several siblings at Underhill Cottage, Pant, and working as a labourer in a stone quarry.

He enlisted in Oswestry on 28th October 1914 aged 28 years & 10 months. He gave his trade as a labourer, and next of kin as his father, J Jones of Underhill Cottage, Pant. He was half-brother to Osborne Jones.

Detailed service records have survived for Robert Jones. He was posted to 3/Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Posted to France and joined 2nd Battalion 07-04-15. He first saw active service 8th April 1915, and was wounded on 5th May at Ypres. This sent him to hospital in Boulogne and then back to the UK on 9th May.

He returned to France on 3rd January 1916 and joined 1st Batallion on 15th January.
He received a shotgun wound (causing a fractured skull) on the 9th February 1916 in trenches in La Brique sector. He was again sent to various hospitals, recorded in Boulogne on the 11th of February and reported as dangerously ill on the 14th. He was returned to the UK on 5th March 1916 where he was admitted to King George Hospital, London, remaining there until the 13th. It was reported that he had been wounded in the back of the head by a piece of shell and was unable to use his right arm. He was left with vision and speech problems, and so was discharged from the Armed Forces on 19th June 1916 as ‘no longer physically fit’.

He was awarded the Victory medal, the 1914-15 star and the British War Medal. He was a member of the Pant football team and very popular among his workmates.

Robert Jones died on 10th November 1918, one day before the Armistice and shortly after his half-brother Osborne. The cause of death was influenza (‘Spanish Flu’) His baby son died just before him and was buried with him in the ‘new ground’ section of St Agatha’s, Llanymynech. His wife was also ill at the time, her fate is unknown.

Robert Jones’ war medal was found in nearby Llynclys in 2011 and has been preserved. If anyone related to him reads this, please contact us – we would like to return the medal to the family.

Historical Note

Due to the loss of most of the WW1 service records in the Blitz, the amount of information available varies greatly. In some cases records have survived and the details are recorded above.  Some information also comes from the Llanymynech Community Project and is acknowledged with great appreciation.

This page is a work in progress. Further information or corrections are most welcome; please email secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning – we will remember them