James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants


Gurth was buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave Ref.: XVI. J. 12. In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from this cemetery when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate. Instead a screen wall was erected with the names of those buried in the cemetery engraved upon it.

For many years the South Wales Borderers had a depot in Brecon and a chapel in Brecon Cathedral is dedicated to the regiment. Here are held memorabilia from the regiment’s history. The chapel also houses Rolls of Honour for both world wars and around the walls numerous plaques commemorate battalions and some of the soldiers of the regiment who gave their lives in the Great War. Beneath the Regimental Crest, six officers, including Gethin and Gurth, are remembered. There is also a memorial tablet to Gurth in Snead Parish Church.

For each war death I have chosen a commemorative poem and Alan Seeger's Rendezvous seems appropriate for Gurth who died in the Spring of 1916, just three months before Seeger was killed in action.