When the Reverend John Powell was Priest in Charge of the Maenordeifi Group of Churches, it was brought to his notice that two memorial plaques were left in the grounds of Capel Tygwydd Church at a time when the church was being sold. They were in a distressed state and he arranged with Mr Richard Kreuger of “Grave Concerns,” to have them cleaned and moved to be in the care of St Tygwydd Church, Llandygwydd.
One was worded: “Er cof serchus am y Parch Evan Teifi Evans Curad Capel Tygwydd 1916-18 a hunodd Hydfref 27 1918 yn 37 mlwydd oed ac y gladdwyd yn Mynwent Llangynllo.”
The other was worded: “Er gogoniant Dduw ac er cof am David John Leonard Lodwick, Penralltyffynnon, yr unig aelod o’r eglwys hon a wnaeth yr aberth fwyaf yn y Rhyfel 1939-45.”
We do not know whether The Reverend Evan Evans died as a result of the 1st World War. If anyone has any information the editor would be pleased to receive it.
The story concerning David Lodwick is that he was born the son of Ben and Mary Lodwick of Cwncou, a merchant seaman on board SS Port Hunter, in the Convoy O S 33 sailing from Liverpool, bound for Durban July 1st 1942.
6 U-Boats lay in wait off the Azores (Wolf Pack Hai Shark). 1 U Boat was destroyed, 6 convoy ships torpedoed and 9 other allied ships sunk.
He was 24 and is listed on panel 83 on Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The two plaques were mounted on the wall of St Tygwydd Old School Community Hall (with other War memorials) on the 4th August this year,(the day of the Commemoration of the declaration of the First World War in 1914) by Mr Richard Kreuger of “Grave Concerns,” (Headstone Re lettering & Grave Maintenance. GraveConcerns-westwales.co.uk 01239 682133)