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Private William Henry Ernest Pettifor

Cheshire Regiment 15th Battalion, service no. 67638

Died of wounds in France on June 28th 1918, aged 19

Buried at Bagneux Cemetery, France

Bill was born in Durham in 1899, the son of Richard Edward and Catherine Pettifor, but by 1901 the family had moved to Treberfydd, Bwlch where Richard was a gardener to the Raikes family. He attended Brecon County School between 1910 and 1916 and on leaving became an Inland Revenue officer.

In 1917 Bill was conscripted, and the family were by then living in 3, Castle Street, Brecon and his father was now a seedsman, fruiterer and florist, and during the war was a representative of the Food Production Department.

Bill was severely wounded by a gunshot wound to the thigh on June 12th, 1918 and could not be moved from the casualty clearing station.

Private Cyril John (Jack) Powell

London Regiment 15th Battalion. PWO Civil Service Rifles,

service no. 535008

Died of wounds, November 30th 1917, aged 19

Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France

Jack was born in 1899 the third son of Evan and Mary Anne Powell who farmed at Pant y Bailey, Bwlch for many years.  He attended Llangynidr National School before winning an entrance scholarship to Brecon County School between 1910 and 1916, where he was an excellent sportsman, and then joined the Inland Revenue branch of the Civil Service.

Jack enlisted in Brecon in July 1916, when he was just 18 years old and was initially posted to the Army Reserve, but was mobilised in February 1917 and posted to the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles and soon found himself in France.

He died of wounds on 30th November 1917 aged 19.