Private Wynford Llewellyn, the 3rd/1st Pembroke Yeomanry

April 29, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Private Wynford Llewellyn, the 3rd/1st Pembroke Yeomanry, was shot while on guard duty at the Grangegorman Hospital during the Easter Rising in Dublin.

Private Llewellyn enlisted at Haverfordwest in the Pembroke Yeomanry - originally a volunteer cavalry force formed in 1794 and three years later becoming the only army unit to hold a battle honour for action in the British Isles. While the front line had joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt in 1915, the second line remained at home and the third line was sent to Ireland, having been affilicated to a reserve cavalry regiment.

Private Llewellyn was serving in Dublin during the Ester Rising. On the day of his death he had been assisting some students to bring wounded civilians to the Grangegorman Hospital. On his return he was given a cup of tea by one of the nurses before he took up his post on guard duty outside the hospital. Half-an-hour afterwards, the nurse was told that there had been a shooting outside – then the students that Private Llewellyn had been helping earlier carried him inside and he died as the nurse held him.

He lies buried in the Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin, and is named on the Easter Rising memorial wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in County Dublin.

Wynford, from Llanstadwell in Pembrokeshire, was 17 years old.

 

 

 

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