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Corporal John Vaughan Edwards

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, service no. 235066

Killed in Action in Palestine, November 12th, 1917, aged 28

Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial

John (Jack) was born in Cwmdu in 1889 and grew up on the family farm, Middle Gaer. He was educated at the County School, Brecon and worked on the farm with his father until his death in 1903, and then with his brothers.

He enlisted in Crickhowell early in the war and went through the Gallipoli campaign and later went with the regiment to Egypt in 1915. A local paper reported him as well in September 1915 from a postcard received, and in 1916 recorded him as being home on leave. The Regiment moved on to Palestine in 1917. Jack was killed in action when he was shot in the neck during a charge and died instantly.

Jack's eldest brother William served with the Australian forces, was seriously wounded in action, and was hospitalised in London after a lifesaving operation.

Private Edmund Fitton

Canadian Scottish Regiment 16th Battalion

Died of Wounds in the UK on July 29th, 1916, aged 25

Buried at Bwlch (Penuel) Presbyterian Chapel

Edmund was born in Bwlch in 1891 to William and Elizabeth.  The family lived at Pleasant View, Bwlch and William was a labourer on a local estate. Edmund attended the Brecon County School for five years. He became a clerk with Lloyd's Bank, but had to leave due to effects of prolonged standing.  He went to Canada and worked in a bank there until enlisting in the Canadian Army and going to the Western Front in 1915. He came home on leave to Bwlch in December 1915 but was subsequently wounded in Ypres in June 1916 when he was hit in both legs and arms by a German bomb. Edmund was moved to the Sheffield General Hospital but unfortunately died there.

He is commemorated on the Cathedine war Memorial.