21 April 1917: Pte David John Rees

Born Ffynnonbedr, Mydrim, St. Clears 4 December 1891in to a Welsh speaking family. 

Meidrim, Carmarthen, Wales CC BY-SA 2.0 OpenStreetMap

David was the youngest son of Samuel Rees (a farmer in 1901 who died later that year) and Margaret (née Haries) 

Educated Mydrim Council School

Age 19 in 1911 he’s working as a miner and living with his cousins (an entirely bilingual family) in Fronheulog, Tycroes, Pantyffynnon

He joined the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry in August 1914 and served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Palestine from Feb 1916, in the Camel Corps, and later transferred to the Welsh Regiment. 

Guerrilla Operations 1918: The 'Imperial' nature of the Camel Corps in 1918; mounted troops from left to right, the Australian, British, New Zealand and Indian sections. © IWM Q 105525

David Rees was killed in action in the field by a bomb dropped from a hostile aircraft.

Deir El Belah War Cemetery (c) CWGC 2023

He was buried at El Kutshan, Near Victoria, Gaza. 

Deir El Belah War Cemetery (c) CWGC 2023

Pte David John Rees 

4th (Territorial Bn) The Welsh Regiment.

Died 21 April 1917

As we can see from the Pension Card in their mother's name, David's brother 201535 Pte Benjamin Simon Rees (born 17 February 1890) was killed in action 4 November 1917. He was a farm labourer before the war. 


Du Ruvigny’s vo.iii

Census Returns

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Deir El Belah War Cemetery 

WFA Pension Records on Fold3