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Surname M
Roll of Honour MacDonald, Douglas, 24, 1st May 1944, 130 Field Regt. Royal Artillery, 947819, Gunner, Son of John Macdonald, and of Constance Macdonald, of Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire, RANGOON MEMORIAL, Face 3.

Local memorial - Pontnewydd War Memorial and Rood Screen, St Gabriel's church

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  Maile, W,     WW1

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park


  Mapps, Albert Edward, 33, 19th March 1916,
Henllys Community Hall Marsh, Gilbert, 21, 14th November 1916,
  Martin, T,     WW1

Local Memorial - British Legion Memorial, St Gabriel's church


Willis Martin Martin, Willis George, 22nd March 1918, 8th Bn Leicestershire Regiment, 37850, Private, POZIERES MEMORIAL, Panel 29 and 30.


Roll of Honour Mathias, Glyn Davies, 25, 25th August 1944, Royal Air Force, 218 Sqdn., 54378, Flying Officer (Flt Engr.), Son of Benjamin Stephen and Mary Mathias, of Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire, FELIXSTOWE NEW CEMETERY, Block B. Sec. K. Grave 36.

Bob Collis to Rural East Suffolk In Old Photographs

On 25 Aug 1944 came yet another example of the unselfish courage and sacrifice of young Allied aircrew when a Suffolk town was saved from disaster by the actions of an RAF crew in a crippled bomber.

Lancaster I LM258 HA-Q of 218 Sqn at Methwold took off at 1855 hours on a daylight evening raid against a V-1 Flying Bomb site at Vincly in France.

It appears that Lancaster LM258 was hit by flak near St Omer as other crews in the formation reported losing sight of the aircraft on the return leg. At 2115 hours the Lancaster was seen approaching Felixstowe low from the SW. Evidently the crew had been attempting to reach the Emergency Landing Ground (ELG) at RAF Woodbridge, but realising they could not maintain height on two engines - both port engines had stopped - they turned back towards the coast. After circling Felixstowe with the undercarriage lowered, the bomber made a turn to port into the dead engines, side-slipped, and dived into the sea a 1/4 mile SSE of the New Pier. Two dull explosions were heard before fire broke out and the burning wreckage sank from view in 12 ft of water.

An RAF Walrus amphibian from 277 ASR Sqn was on the scene almost immediately, and two High Speed Launches from Felixstowe Dock were at the spot 20 minutes later. Three of the crew were picked up from the sea. Sgt Craig the rear gunner was still alive when found, but died from his injuries in the RAF Sick Bay at Felixstowe 3 hours later. The other two, Sgt Covell the mid-upper gunner and F/O Oxenham RNZAF the Bomb Aimer were both dead.

Two more bodies were recovered on 1 Sept 1944. Sgt Dyer the navigator was found in Harwich Harbour and pilot Flt Lt Doug Haggis was washed up at Fagbury Beach, Trimley St Martin. Flt Sgt Murray the wireless operator was found near the Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe the next day. It would be another month until the final body, that of F/O Mathias the flight engineer, finally washed ashore at Landguard Point, Felixstowe on 6 Oct 1944. F/O Mathias was buried in Felixstowe (New) Cemetery while four others were interred at Cambridge City Cemetery and the other two taken back to their home towns.

In 2001 the seven crewmen were honoured when a granite memorial containing details of the event was unveiled at Felixstowe Town Hall in the presence of some of the relatives of the crew. At the bottom of the memorial is a line from the letter of condolence sent to the next-of-kin by the Felixstowe Town Clerk in Sept 1944: "For that noble action we shall be forever indebted"

Local memorial - Pontnewydd War Memorial



Meredith, J, 27, 9th June 1917, Welsh Regiment, 1586, Private, CWMBRAN CEMETERY, A. 15. 23.

Local Memorial - British Legion Memorial, St Gabriel's church



Meyrick, James, 16th April 1916, 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 6842, CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Plot D, Row 2, Grave 9.

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park



  Millership, H J     WW2

Local Memorial - Rood Screen, St Gabriel's church


Plymouth Naval Memoral

Miller, Edward, 1st November 1914, Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Monmouth", SS/110489, Stoker 1st Class, Brother of Mrs. Violet Laura Pike, of Canal side, Cwmbran, Newport, Mon.,  Native of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Panel 3.



Millership, Ronald Vincent, 21, 30th July 1944,  3rd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment, 14295174, Corporal, Son of Henry and Elsie Millership, of Pontnewydd, Newport, Monmouthshire, BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, III. M. 26.

Local Memorial - Pontnewydd War Memorial



  Moore, J C     WW2

Local Memorial - Rood Screen, St Gabriel's church


Charles Morgan Morgan, Charles, 23, 23rd May 1915,  2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 10675, Private, Son of Mrs. Maria Morgan, of 3, Railway St., Risca, Mon., ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, M. 157.

with his brother Joseph

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park, Pontnewydd War Memorial and Pontrhydrun War Memorial


Charles Morgan Morgan, Charles, 12th April 1918, 5th. Bn. South Wales Borderers, Private, TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Panel 65 to 66.

Photo Gareth Evans
Charles headstone Morgan, Charles, 32, 30th October 1916, 9th Labour Bn. Royal Engineers, 117810,Pioneer, Son of James Morgan, of "Pentwyn Cottage", Llanthiwy, Pontnewydd, Mon., and the late Alice Morgan, Born at Llanthiwy, ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, XII. B. 10.

Ernest Morgan

Morgan, Ernest, 23, 21st October 1916, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, 26499, Lance Corporal, Son of Penry and Elizabeth Morgan, of 4, Woodlans, Upper Cwmbran, Newport, Mon., THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 4 A.

Local Memorial - Pontnewydd War Memorial

Penry sitting and Ernest standing                                        Pontypool Free Press


Joseph Morgan Morgan, Joseph, 29, 9th August 1915, 4th Bn. South Wales Borderers, 13001, Lance Corporal, Husband of Ada Morgan, of 47, Grange Rd., Pontnewydd, Newport, Mon., HELLES MEMORIAL, Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.

Joseph Morgan                                        with his brother Charles

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park, British Legion Memorial, St Gabriel's church and Pontrhydrun War Memorial


Penry Morgan Morgan, Penry, 26, 31st March 1915, 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards, 12980, Private, Husband of Nelly Jones, of 89, Two Locks Rd., Monmouth, LLANTARNAM (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, South-East of Church.

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park and British Legion Memorial, St Gabriel's church

Penry Morgan                                        Penry sitting and Ernest standing                    Mrs Doreen Meredith at the the graveside of her father on the occasion of the 91st anniversary of his death in 2006. In attendance were the Gloucester branch of the Grenadier Guards Association, CADESA and the Royal Engineers Association Morgan.html


  Morgan, T,     WW1

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park


  Morgan, W, 21, 6th May 1917, Mercantile Marine, S.S. "Alfalfa" (London), Able Seaman, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, of 132, Llantarnam Rd., Cwmbran, Newport, Mon., Born at Newport, Mon., TOWER HILL MEMORIAL.


  Morgan, William Francis, 38, 13th November 1916, 10th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 54416,  Private, Son of George and Elizabeth Morgan, QUEENS CEMETERY, PUISIEUX, D. 57.

Local Memorial - British Legion Memorial, St Gabriel's church


George Morris Morris, George Henry, 32, 3rd September 1916, 10th Bn. Rifle Brigade, S/957, Rifleman, Son of Mrs. Mary Lloyd, of 8, Station Terrace, Pontnewydd, Mon., THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.


  Morris, R     WW1

Local Memorial - GKN, Cwmbran Park and Pontnewydd War Memorial



Moxham, Clement Benjamin,36, 15th December 1946, Royal Air Force, 51190, Flight Lieutenant, Son of Edmund Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Moxham; husband of Henrietta Moxham, of Cwmbran, Monmouthshire, KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, 8. C. 10.

Local Memorial - Rood Screen, St Gabriel's church.


Murgatroyd, Mansel Herbert, 20, 22nd January 1945, 2nd. Bn. South Wales Borderers, 14327980, Private, M. M., Son of Harry and Winifred May Murgatroyd, of Pontypool, Monmouthshire. JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, 11



Shaun McGuire 2008