The Festiniog Railway Company needs your help to complete 1914-18 war service records

June 9th 2017

In common with many other organisations, the Ffestiniog Railway is anxious to learn more about the contribution that its employees made to the 1914-1918 War.

Many of its employees volunteered to join the colours but could not be released by the railway as they were essential to enable it to run its service. However, 19 men are known to have joined the Army during the War. They were:

Charles Geoffrey Anderson - Clerk  - Boston Lodge
David Richard Davies - Platelayer - Bottom Gang
Robert Edwards - Shunter - Duffws
David Evans - Gate keeper - Penrhyn
Richard Evans - Stoker - Boston Lodge
Ivor Wyn Hughes - Fitter - Boston Lodge
Robert Owen Hughes - Clerk - Duffws
Charles Christmas James - Porter - Porthmadog
Ellis Jones - Brakesman - Porthmadog
Jonah Jones - Platelayer - Top Gang
John Ivor Jones - Fuel supplier - Boston Lodge
Owen Jones - Platelayer - Top Gang
William Lloyd - Signalman - Glanypwll
William Parkins - Stationmaster - Minffordd
W F Roberts - Signalman - Duffws
Samuel Williams - Fuel Supplier - Boston Lodge
David Sylvanus Williams - Stationmaster - Minffordd
John Wilson - Striker - Boston Lodge
William Roderick Williams - Junior Smith - Boston Lodge

Charles James and David Davies are known to have been killed in action in France but all the others are believed to have survived the War.

Relations of many of the men are probably still living in the area. The Railway would welcome any information on them and the time they worked on the railway with a view to paying tribute to their contribution to the War during 2018, the centenary year of its end. Photos of them would be particularly appreciated.

Please contact John Alexander 01245 222920, or email him at johnlalexander@btopenworld.com if you have any information that you feel might be of some use.

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