Ystalyfera Fallen

War Graves & Remembrance Graves

William Clee

This is the memorial page for William Clee, native of Ystalyfera, killed during the First World War. He would appear to have been generally known by his middle name, Elwyn, as evidence by newspaper reports about him.

The information on William Clee comes principally from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameWilliam Elwyn Clee
Date of Death1st December 1917
Place of Death
Age at Death21
Unit and RegimentWelsh Guards; 1st Btn
Service Number1842
Additional InformationBorn 1898 Attended Pantteg Sunday School. Lived at 50 Mount Hill Ystalyfera. Son of David James (Born Llanguick 1875-1948)* Tinplate Roller and Mary CLEE nee THOMAS (Born Llanguick 1879-1958)* Married 1897.
Remembrance Grave  Pantteg Chapelyard - Pantteg Ystalyfera Row 2 No 15. Grave inscription: Fell in France Died 1-12-1917 Age 21 years 
Remembered on Grave of Parents* and Brother*
Local MemorialsYstalyfera War Memorial
Marble Plaque - Pantteg Chapel
Family Details Son of David James Clee (Born Llanguick 1875, died May 7th 1948, aged 73)* Tinplate Roller and Mary CLEE nee THOMAS (Born Llanguick 1879, died July 10th 1958 aged 79)* Married 1897.
Known BrothersJohn Gwynfryn Clee (born Llanguick 1900)
Thomas Oswald Clee (born 1902 died 1907)*
James Esiah (Born Llanguick 1905)
Iorwerth (born Llanguick 1909)
Griffith Rufus Clee (born 1914, died 22nd Dec 1989 aged 75)
Known SistersMargaret Elaine Clee (died aged 9 months)
Gwenllian Myfanwy (Born Llanguick 1908)

William Clee
To the left is the Clee family grave in Pantteg Chapel's cemetery

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 12th February 1916:-

Private Elwyn Clee son of Mr David Clee Mount Hill Pantteg is home on his last leave. He is in the Welsh Guards of which regiment a further contingent of 120 will be leaving for France on Friday.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 5th August 1916:-

Private Elwyn Clee of the Welsh Guards, son of David Clee Pantteg, has been rather severely wounded in France. He was struck by shrapnel while taking part in the Big Push. He is at present suffering from some wounds in the head and back. His many friends will be glad to hear that he is progressing very favourably at the London General Hospital.

From the Western Mail newspaper, 14th December 1917 :-

Private Elwyn Clee, Welsh Guards, son of Mr. Clee, Mount Hill Ystalyfera. He had been previously wounded.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 15th December 1917 :-

A gloom was cast over Pantteg on Tuesday afternoon when the news arrived that Pte. Elwyn Clee had been killed in action. Private Clee who was only 21 years of age enlisted at the outbreak of war. Prior to his enlistment he worked as a furnace man at the Yniscedwyn Tinworks. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Clee of Pantteg.

Photograph of William Emlyn Clee from The Cambrian Daily Leader newspaper, 17th December 1917

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