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Llangollen war victims remembered by peace campaigner

Published date: 16 May 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 95-YEAR-OLD who had almost a whole male generation of her family wiped out in the First World War has commemorated lost uncles on an international peace day.

Lib Rowlands-Jones, 95, of Llangollen, lost four of her uncles during the 1914-1918 conflict.

Yesterday was International Conscientious Objectors Day, and Lib wanted to remember family members who died in the Great War and the efforts of relatives who became pacifists and conscientious objectors.

Her maternal uncles Cecil and Eric Evans – both sons of the GP Dr Edward Evans and his wife Lizzie – were killed in during the war.

Lib’s father, Ieuan Lloyd Jones, also lost two brothers. The first was Edward Wynne Jones, who was killed shortly after arriving at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, in 1915. Younger brother Ifor Tomos Jones survived Gallipoli, only to be killed outside Gaza in 1917.

Their uncle Stanley Lloyd Davies had been with them at Gallipoli, and after returning home from the war, he became a committed pacifist.

Stanley’s younger brother George Maitland Lloyd Davies, who had registered as a conscientious objector at the outbreak of war, went on to help found The Fellowship of Reconciliation – a Christian anti-war organisation.

Lib is a longstanding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Peace Pledge Union.

Her friend Genny Bove said the Llangollen resident still spends every day promoting peace.

She added: "It’s hard for me to imagine the impact of growing up missing nearly a whole male generation, but that was Lib’s experience.

“She has been staunchly anti-war all her life.

She keeps up with the news, and is expert at linking what’s happening today with past events, pointing out parallels and lessons still not learnt.”

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