Location: Llanelli Town Hall.
Sponsor: Llanelli Town's Veterans.
Sergeant Ivor Rees
11th Battalion South Wales Borderers
Born Felinfoel, Llanelly.18th October1893
Died Tyisha, Llanelly. 11th March 1967
Awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery in the attack by the 38th Welsh Division on Pilckem Ridge during the 3rd Battle of Ypres in Flanders on 31st July 1917
Ivor Rees VC
Safle: Neuadd y Dref Llanelli
Noddwr: Hen Filwyr Llanelli.Ivor Rees
Am ei Ddewrder
Rhingyll Ivor Rees
11eg Bataliwn Cyffinwyr De Cymru
Ganwyd Felin-foel, Llanelli 18fed o Hydref 1893
Bu Farw Tyisha Llanelli 11eg o Fawrth 1967
Gwobrwywyd a’r Groes Fictoria am wroldeb amlwg yn yr ymosodiad gan 38ain Adran Gymreig ar Gefnen Pilckem yn ystod 3ydd brwydr Ypres yn Fflandrys Gorffennaf 31ain 1917.
Ivor Rees (Reg. No. 1032). Sergeant, 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Gazetted 14 September 1917.
Ivor was born on 18 October 1893 at Felinfoel, near Llanelli. He enlisted into the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, part of 115 Brigade, 38th Welsh Division. He survived the terrible fighting at Mametz Wood, and moved with the Division to Ypres, where they took up positions on the Canal Bank, near Boesinghe. At Ypres, the 38th (Welsh) Division was tasked with the capture of the Pilckem Ridge-a heavily fortified German defensive line. The award of the Victoria Cross to Ivor Rees was Gazetted on 14 September 1917, and read; 'At Pilckem, Belgium, on 31st July 1917, an enemy machine gun inflicted many casualties when it opened fire at close range. Sergeant Rees, leading his platoon, gradually worked his way round the right flank, by making short rushes, to the rear of the gun position. At 20 yards from the machine gun, Sergeant Rees rushed forward towards it, shooting one of the crew, and bayoneting the other. He bombed a large concrete emplacement, killing five of the enemy and taking 30 prisoners, including two officers and capturing a machine gun, undamaged.' In the Second World War, Ivor served as a Sergeant-Major in the Home Guard. He died on 12 March 1967 at Llanelli, where he was buried, and is remembered on Memorials in Havard Chapel, Brecon Cathedral and at Llanelli Town Hall, Carmarthenshire.
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