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AMMANFORD. You will want to send your Photograph to your friends at Christmas. The best work is always obtainable at A. Bryant's Studio, 8, College Street, Ammanford. Have them taken early and avoid the rush. Leading Stoker W. H. Williams, of H.M.S. Lion, is on a visit to the town. He his served for over seven years in the Royal Navy, and has had many exciting times. Motor Cyclist A. Hughes, who is attached to the R.A.F., is on a visit to his home. He has served for several months in theArmy, and expects to leave these shores in the near future. ? ^Pnv. A. Cook, a son of Mr. and Mrs. joe Cook, is home on leave. He is attached to the Welsh Regiment, and has heen ser- vice in France, where he was- wounded on two occasions. A.M. 1Clerk) Geo. T. Davies, of 122, College Street, was home recently for a few davs. and his appearance speaks well of Army life. He is attached to the R.A.F., and is stationed on ths East Coast. Serg° t. J. Jones and Air Mechanic T. Jones, sons of Mr. and Mrs. D. Jones, The Garage, Tirydail, are home on leave. They are both attached to the Royal Air Force, and are statioaed in a part of London. Jasper Evans, a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Evans, of Wind Street, another of the boys in blue who responded to our country s call and who defended our shores against our formidable energies, is home on short leave. The half-yearly preaching services in con- nection with the Christian Temple were held. on Sunday and Monday evening last, when the Rev. E. Keri Evans, Carmarthen, delivered impressive and eloquent discourses to crowded congregations. After having served since the outbreak of w I, we are glad to see Sergt. Fred Jones, ot Llandebie Road, en another visit to his r?me. Seigt. !ones c- a Reserv i st an d was ??,me. Sergt. 10nes was a Reservist and was called up with the first lot. He has also seen seivice in India, and is a fine example of the stalwart heroes who responded to the call of July. Priv. Danny Thomas, a son of Mr. and Mrs Danl. Thomas, 97, College Street, is home. having been discharged under the mining scheme. Priv. Thomas comes from a family which has supplied three sons for the cause of liberty. He has been in France for several months, and was attached to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. We &re pleased to extend a welcome to Lieut. Harold Davies, of the South Wales Borderers, who is on a. visit to the town. Lieut. Davies was taken prisoner by the Ger- mans, and was detained in a camp at Metz for about nine months. He was seriously wounded some time ago. Lieut. Davies is a brother of Miss Davies, of the County School staff, Ammanford. On Sunday eovening, at Elim Chapel, Tiry- dail, a very impressive memorial service was held in memory of the late Priv. David T. Davies, of Llandebie Road (a report of whose death appeared in a previous issue, of the Chronicle). The chapel was filled to over- flowing, and the Rev. W. Nantlais Williams delivered a very touching and impressive ser- mon. The deceased was highly respected, and was of a kind and sympathetic disposition. The United Free Church Fellowship was held at Bethany Chapel last Thursday even- ing. In the absence of the appointed chair- man, the Rev. J. Meirlon Williams presided. Councillor William Evans gave a strong and clear address on Free Church Principles- Our Heritage and Our Responsibilities." The following took part in the discussion which followed:—Messrs. W. Jones (Gwilym Myrddin), W. Cathan Davies, Revs. John Griffiths, B.A., B.D., W. Richard, and B. Ellis Jones, B.A. We are glad to see several of our local boys home again, amongst whom we noticed Gunner Willie Jenkins, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, of 6, Station Road, Tiry- dail Gunner Jenkins is attached to the R.F.A., and has been in the Army since the early days of the war. He has served in France for about three years, and was wound in the battle of Pilkem Ridge. Gunner Jenkms is now discharged from the Army under the mining scheme. He has two brothers who have done their bit." Priv. Myrddin Williams, M.M., son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Williams, Tirydail Lane, who has seen several years service in the Army, has returned home on leave. Priv. Williams took part in the operations an France, and he aho saw service in Salonica. He is attached to a Welsh Battalion, and he joined up in September, 1915. His brother, Corpl. Percy Williams, has also served in France, where he was wounded. We are glad to see Priv. Williams looking so well after his varied ex- periences. In pre-war days he was in great demand as a footballer. On Tuesday last, a very quiet wedding took place at the Registry Office, Llandilo, the contracting parties being Miss S. A. Davies, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Davies, of 24, Tirydail Lane, and Mr. Morgan Jones, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Gorslwyn, Cwmgorse. The bride, who wore a smart tailor-made costume, was given away by her father, and was attended by Miss L. M Davies (sister) as bridesmaid. The duties of best man were performed by Mr. Evan Jones (brother of the bridegroom). The wed- ding breakfast was partaken of at the bride's home, and later in the day the happy couple left for Swansea. The bride was attired in a mauve coat and a velour hat as travelling dress. The happy pair were the recipients of numerous presents. The funeral of the late Mr. Edward Myrddin Thomas, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of Brynglas, Maesquarre Road, whose death occurred on the 5th inst., at the age of 15 years, took place on Monday last, the place of interment being the Christian Temple burial-ground The fiyiera l which wa£ for men 0 I e tylera, w. K ¡ was for men only, was very representative, and bore eloquent testimony to the high V esteem in which the deceased was held. Several of the officials of the Tirydail Col- liery (where Mr. Lewis Thomas, father of the deceased, is employed) were present. The Rev. D. Tegfan Davies officiated at the funeral, assisted by the Rev. B. Davies, curate, Bettws. Mr. Gwilym R. Jones, who presided at the organ, rendered the Dead March very effectively. Beautiful wreaths adorned the coffin. The Late Sniper L. WATKINS. It is with deep regret that we report the death in action, on the 4th ult., of the late Sniper Leslie Watkins, a brother of Miss Watkins, Pontyfallen, Bettws, and of Mr. Watkins, 10, New Road. The deceased, who was attached to the 38th Divisional Sniping Company, was a fine soldier, and his per- formances as a runner and footballer brought him into fame. Although only 21 years of age, he had distinguished himself in many directions. During the time he served in France, he succeeded in winning the first prize in a quarter-mile race, and his ab'lity as an all-round athlete was very conspicuous. He was also presented with a rifle for excel- lent work performed by him in the field, whore he displayed unusual gifts as a marks- man. The deceased was at one time em- ployed at the Onllwyn Collieries, Seven Sisters, where his death is keenly regretted. He was also a prominent member of the Colbren Football Team, and it had been arranged by the directors of the Swansea Town Association Football Club to give him a trial with a view to his inclusion in the team. The deceased was of a bright and kind disposition, and was very popular. His death is deeply mourned by his numerous friends. The following letter has been re- ceived by his sister from the chaplain of his division:—" Dear Miss Watkins,—1 deeply rtv,ret that your dear brother was killed in action on the 4th inst. Sniper Watkins was a runner with the Commanding Officer, and on the morning of the attack on Mormal Forest he was hit by a shell whilst going out with the officers. Two officers were killed and the Commanding Officer was wounded. He was killed at a place called Pox-de- Nord, and buried near that place. After being hit severely in several places, he suc- cumbed to his wounds after a few hours. He was practically unconscious after being hit, and did not, therefore have to suffer any pain. He was a splendid man—one of the old boys —dearly beloved by all, trustworthy and fear- less. We all miss him in the Company. He died on the path of duty, and it was God Who took him away. God will therefore surely help you in your trouble, for he is our refuge and strength. Accept our prayers on your behalf. I always admired Watkins, and regarded him as a jolly good fellow.— Yours very sincerely, D. Morris Jones, Chaplain."





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