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Trooper John Eric Rowland Price

Wellington Mounted Rifles, NZEF, service no. 11/843A

Killed in Action at Gallipoli. August 27th, 1915, aged 28

Commemorated Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial

John was born in 1887, the second son of John Henry and Jane Price, who farmed at Abercrai, Traeanglas. He emigrated to New Zealand around 1909 to farm, taking some pedigree Hereford cattle and sheep-dogs with him. John was followed by his younger brother Ivor, who had a bad accident with a horse and was unfit for military service.

John joined the Wellington Mounted Rifles at the outbreak of war, providing his own horse. The memorial where John is commemorated is named after a low hillock that was attacked on August 21st, 1915 by a combined force of Australians, New Zealanders, British and Gurkhas, the fighting lasting for eight days. The cemetery lay among the old trenches.

John is also commemorated on the family gravestone at Traeanglas Church and on the Roll of Honour of the Brecon Boy’s County Grammar School.

Merchant Seaman John Reginald Redvers Price

HMTS Glendine

Died of illness. August 4th, 1918, aged 17

Buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Glasbury

Reggie was born in early 1901, the youngest son of George and Elizabeth Price of Velindre. George was a tailor and innkeeper, running the Three Horse Shoes Inn at Velindre. Reggie attended Velindre School before entering Brecon County Intermediate School in September 1913, continuing there until December 1915 when he left to become a mechanic on the railway.

Reggie joined the Merchant Navy and was on board the SS Glendine on its return voyage from Cuba. The ship berthed at the port of London, Gravesend and Reggie is reported as having died on board an hour after arrival from typhoid. He had been looking forward to going home for his first leave but had contracted the illness, probably in Cuba. His father and brother attended the inquest where this verdict was returned.