Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
Copies of the guidebook
are available at the
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Bertie was the son of Samuel and Margaret Jane Thomas, of Maesllyn. He served with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Badsworth, an escort destroyer of the Hunt type II class.
Badsworth began her career on convoy duty in the North Western Approaches, but in June 1942, became an escort in Convoy Harpoon, which was bringing supplies to Malta. The convoy was heavily attacked in the Mediterranean, and whilst Badsworth and the remnants of the convoy were entering the Grand Harbour, she struck a mine, sustaining heavy damage to her bow, and causing 16 casualties.
Bertie was killed in the explosion on 16 June 1942, aged 24. He is buried at Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta.
(Information extracted, with kind permission of Steve John, from the West Wales Memorial Project website)
HMS Badsworth in dazzle camouflage
HMS Badsworth after being hit by the mine that killed Bertie Thomas
HMS Badsworth on 14 April 1943 escorting a Liberty-ship en route to North Africa.
HMS Badsworth features on a commemorative stamp