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CAPT: ANDREWS, GLYNDWR L.

Glyndwr Levi Andrews, born 1888, Eccles: St. Peters Cockett and registered in Swansea. Parents: Thomas age 29 was a coal miner & Elizabeth Andrews age 32, sisters, Annie age 6, & Lucy age 3/12, David C. age 5. Lived at No.1 Charles Row, Gendros, Cockett, Swansea, Welsh was the family language spoken.1 & 2

Father, became a School Attendance Officer. Brothers, David C. was an Engine Driver at a Colliery, John N. age 7, and Robert H. age 5. The family spoke both English and Welsh.3

Glyndwr L. Andrews, status, single, occupation stated a normal student. Thomas and Elizabeth Andrews, John B. age 17, was a Blacksmith striker and Robert H. age 15 at school, David C, was an Ironmongers assistant. They were still living in Charles row, but living nearby in ‘Rhos’ was a William Charles, a retired congregational minister and his family.4

He served with Royal Welsh Fusiliers 19th & attd. 16th Battalions. Died 21st August 1918, killed in action and is buried at grave reference VII. B. 15, Caterpillar Valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.5, 6 & 7

“A FFORESTFACH OFFICER
Capt. Glyndwr L. Andrews, of Rhos, Fforestfach, is home from France on sick leave. Capt. Andrews joined the colours as a private soon after the outbreak of war and seen considerable services. He contracted trench fever and has been laid up in military hospital in France. Hopes to be well enough to return to the trenches in the course of a week or two.”8

“RECEPTION TO FFORESTFACH SOLDIERS
A public reception was held at Calfaria, Ravenhill, to two local heroes in the persons of Capt. Glyndwr L. Andrews, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Andrews, Rhos, Fforestfach, and Sapper David Harris, R.E., both of whom are from the front for a short leave.  There was a crowded attendance, and in the unavoidable absence of Mr. Trevor Evans, Melbourne building, Swansea, the chair was taken by SGT. Major J. Davies, Recruiting Office, Swansea.  Thanks to the efforts of the Reception Committee and excellent programme was gone through.  Mr. J. Davies, Bleak House, addressed the meeting, and the Rev. J. W. Jones (Vicar of Cockett), moved a vote of condolence with the relatives of Sergt. Reggie Jones, R.W.F., and fell in action on the Somme.  On behalf of the Reception Committee and local inhabitants, Mr. Tom Jones, Commerce House, presented the heroes with Bibles, suitably inscribed, and handed wallets to representatives of 14 local lads with the colours.”9

“FFORESTFACH
Fforestfach Reception Committee have decided to provide local hereos with comforts and eatables at christmas through the medium of a concert to take place three weeks hence at Bethlehem, Cadle. Captain Glyndwr L. Andrews, who was invalided home a short time ago in consequence of trench fever, has been granted an extension of leave. He is steadily regaining his former state of health.”10

“FFORESTFACH
On Thursday afternoon Mrs. Hopkins, wife of Mr. Trevor Hopkins, Marquis Arms, met with a painful accident at Swansea. She slipped while dismounting from a car, and fell on her arm, with the result that the elbow joint was dislocated and other bodily bruises were sustained. She was removed home and medically attended. Private D. J. Price, Mile End, has returned home for a short leave from the front. Members of the Reception Committee met him at High street Station and escorted him home. Fforestfach Reception Committee have decided to povide local heroes with comforts and eatables at Christmas through the medium of a concert to take place three weeks hence at Bethlehem Cadle. Captain Glyndwr L. Andrews, who was invalided home a short time ago in consequence of trench fever, has been granted an extension of leave. He is steadily regaining his former state of health. District Concillor Jas. Jones, Wassail House, and Rev. H. J. Stewart, vicar of Sketty, having decided to retire from Council activities, it is understood that Cockett ratepayers have been invited to nominate candites. Mr. J. T. Martin has been nominated by Sketty ratepayers, and there are also a few Cockett residents in the field. Both retiring concillors were resident in Cockett when elected, and there are many who argu that the locality should have two local men to replace them. Satuday’s meeting of ratepayers will determine the names to subjected to the choice of the District Coucil.”11

“SCROLL OF FAME
Local Men in the Casualty Lists
KILLED.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Andrews, Rhos, Fforestfach, have received many letters of condolence in relation to the loss they have sustained through the death in action of their second son, Captain Glyndwr L. Andrews Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The Keeper of the Privy Purse has also sent the following message:- The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of his country. Their Majestices trul sympathise with you in your sorrows.”12

“GENDROS
The death has taken place of Mr. Herbert Evans, Gendros Farm. Deceased had been ailing for some months. He leaves a widow and four children. Mr. and Mrs. John Williams, Williams terrace, Gendros, have received a letter from their son, Pte David J. Williams stating that he is lying in Cardiff Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. He mentioned having seen the late Glyndwr L. Andrews previous to the attack in which he fell. The captain treated him most kindly, he says. And gave him his own breakfast. All the officers, he concluded, sadly missed him, for he was such a popular officer. Two of Pte. Williams brothers have made the supreme sacrifice.”13

MEDALS: Victory and British.14

1918.
Andrews Glyndwr Levi of Rhos Fforestfach near Swansea
Captain Royal Welsh Fusiliers died 26 August 1918 in
France on active service Probate London 17 December to
Thomas Andrews school attendance officer.
Effects £248 18s. 5d.15

R.H Andrews paper cut out16

SOURCE

1 England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
2 1891 Wales Census
3 1901 Wales Census
4 1911 Census Wales
5 U.K, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
6 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
7 Forces War Records 07.03.2014     
8 Cambrian Daily Leader 30.09.1916
9 Cambrian Daily Leader 13.10.1916
10  Cambrian Daily Leader 03.11.1916
11 Herald of Wales 11.11.1916
12 Cambrian Daily Leader 23.09.1918
13 Herald of Wales 28.09.1918
14 British Army WW1 Medals Rolls Index 1914-1920
15 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
16 Herald of Wales 11.04.1942