ON THE PRESELI HILLS -
Two members of Seion Sunday school died on Sunday July 30.1944.
story as reported in subsequent years.
On the Sunday of the tragedy, 16-year-old Milton Jones and 14
years old Donald Pritchard were meant to go to Sunday school at
Seion chapel Crymych.
The register of the Sunday school was in the care of Milton, but
he had asked another Sunday school pupil, Vince Davies, to take
care of the register, so he could go with Donald to walk on the
Apparently his brother Roy would have gone with them, but he had
arranged to go somewhere else later in the day.
Milton was interested in all things mechanical. They must have
handled or moved military ordnance, it exploded and they were
This was a short time after the troops who had been training on
the Preseli hills had left to fight in Europe.
Milton was the son Oliver James Jones and Margaret Ann Jones,
Cefn Mawr, Crymych.
He was a pupil at Cardigan Grammar school and had done well in
the exams, the family received the results in August. 1944, a
short time after the accident.
Donald and his brother and sisters with their mother had come
to the area from Swansea as evacuees some three years previously,
to get away from the danger caused by the German bombers. The
children attended Cardigan Grammar school. Their father on account
of his work had stayed with family members near Llanelli.
Donald had recently left the Cardigan County School to take up
employment with W.H.James, Ironmonger in Crymych.
July 30th was also
the birthday of Donald’s mother they were preparing a special
tea to celebrate when they heard news of the accident.
Funeral Service of the two boys was held at Seion, Crymych on
Thursday, August 3rd and they were laid to rest in Seion Cemetery.
Around the same
time as the Heritage Society started on the War Memorial project
we started another project to remember the two boys killed in
an accident on the Preseli hills.
We researched the history of the accident and found members of
Seion to be very supportive and helpful. Rheinallt negotiated
with Seion Sunday school teachers to see how best involve the
young people of the area in the project and hopefully get them
interested in local history. A trip was organized to take the
Sunday school children and young people to visit the ‘Tin
Shed’ museum in Laugharne, a museum specializing in WW2
period, and then to fill in the day at another local attraction.
We approached members of Seion Chapel with the idea of having
a Memorial plaque installed on the chapel’s interior wall,
again they were helpful and supportive.
As we had been very pleased with Malcolm Gray’s work on
the War Memorial, we asked him to produce the plaque, similar
to a plaque already mounted on one side of the pulpit at Seion.
On June 20th 2014 Malcolm installed the plaque.
The unveiling service was arranged for August 31st, with the Sunday
school children taking a prominent part.
Many relations of the boys attended the service; some had travelled
a long distance to be there. There was tea in the vestry after,
where people could chat and exchange what they were able to recall
of the tragic event of seventy years ago.