We have been fortunate to receive, from David Jones, the following cutting from The Weekly News from c. 1941, telling of seven sons of Llanfairfechan, who were serving simultaneously in the British Army, during World War II. Thank you very much, David, for providing us with this fascinating piece of history.
The text of the article is reproduced below, verbatim:
“Top row — Gunner Victor Jones (L.A.A., R.A.) ; Sapper Elwy Jones (R.E.) ; Pte.
John R. Jones (R.A.O.C.)
Second row — Pte. Fredk. Roberts (Durham Light Infantry) ; Fus. Robert S. Jones (R.W.F) ; Rfn. Edward Jones (The Rifle Brigade).
At foot — Fus. Henry Jones (R.W.F.)
At the top of Llanfairfechan rising to the mountains, and surrounded by trees, lies a beautiful little cottage known as Nant Ucha. It is a spot where peace-time visitors often patronised lovely tea gardens. Here a Weekly News representative found Mr. Evan Jones on Saturday evening enjoying his pipe while Mrs. Jones had gone to see “Down in San Diego” at the local picturehouse.
The peaceful scene at Nant Ucha did not suggest that a great war for freedom was being waged in which nearly all countries are concerned, yet from this little white-washed cottage seven brothers are now serving in the Forces.
Gunner Victor Jones was home on leave when I called. He joined up at the outbreak of war, and saw service in France, but was reticent about his experiences. He was a gardener before he joined the Army. His wife is employed with the Ministry of Food at Colwyn Bay. He is now stationed in England.
Spr. Elwyn Jones worked at the local quarries up to the outbreak of war and is serving at an English station.
Pte. John R. Jones prior to joining the Forces 18 months ago was a garage hand at Shrewsbury. He is serving in South Wales. He is married and has two children.
Fus. R. S. Jones, a gardener up to joining the Army last November, is a married man, peace-time resident of Penmaenmawr, and is the father of seven children. He is also in South Wales.
Pte. Fred Roberts (step-brother) is in the Durham Light Infantry. He was an employee of the Birmingham Corporation before joining the Army two years ago.
Rfn. Edward Jones, 9th Rifle Brigade, has been with the colours for one and a half years and was formerly a builders’ labourer at Wolverhampton.
Fus. Henry Jones has seen two years’ service.
Mr. Evan Jones, the father, is a stonemason and works at Bryn y Neuadd, Llanfairfechan. He and Mrs. Jones are naturally proud of the family’s record.”
“Nant Ucha was also known as Happy Valley and served teas etc. before the war. My father was John Jones in the article, he went on to take part in the Bridge Too Far battle at Arnhem and was one of the few to escape across the Rhine. Victor was killed near Caen shortly after the invasion of Normandy, his name is on the War Memorial in Llanfairfechan. Robert was also killed in action, don’t know where, his name is on the War Memorial in Penmaenmawr. I would be very interested if anyone who reads the article is related to any of the brothers and therefore to me!”