The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Clifford Vernon Walters

Clifford Vernon Walters was a Flying Officer with the Royal Air Force and was killed whilst on active service in March 1941.

Clifford Vernon Walters was the brother of Glyndwr Lewis Walters, who also died in the Second World War.

The information on Clifford Vernon Waltershas been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameClifford Vernon Walters
Date of Death23rd March 1941
Place of DeathPLACE
Age at Death25
Unit and RegimentRoyal Air Force
RankFlying Officer
Service Number45188
Local MemorialsMaesydderwen Roll of Honour
Ystradgynlais War Memorial
Brass Plaque in St. David's Church, Abercrave
NotesEldest Son of David Rees & Gwen Walters Plasydarren Penycae.
Husband of Edwina Walters.
His brother, Glyndwr Lewis Walters, also fell in action.

Clifford Vernon Walters
To the left is the base of the cross above the grave in St David's cemetery. It reads in full:-

In Memory of
Sgt. Glyndwr Lewis RAF
Who Made The Supreme
Sacrifice June 29th 1940
Aged 26 Years
And Of
F⁄O Clifford Vernon
Who Died March 25th 1941
Aged 28 Years
"Thy Will Be Done"

The Beloved Sons of
David Rees and Gwen Walters
Plasydarren Penycae

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 24th March 1941 :-

WALTERS - Cherished memories of F/O Clifford Walters, RAF accidently killed March 1941; also his brother, Sergeant Glyn Walters, RAF missing, presumed killed, while on flying operations with Coastal Command, June, 1940.
   Aunty Maggie, Uncle David, Marie, Howard.

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 29th March 1941 :-

The district has been greatly shocked by the news of the death of FLYING OFFICER Clifford Vernon Walters, husband of Mrs. Edwina Walters and elder son of Mr. and Mrs. David Rees Walters, Plasydarren, Penycae. Although only in his 25th year, Flying Officer Walters had been in the force a few years prior to the outbreak of hostilities, and had gained rapid promotion as an instructor. He was educated at Maes y Dderwen County School, and left to join the Air Force soon after completing his studies there. He was a footballer of no mean repute and had assisted the RAF in several important matches. The sympathy of the district is extended to his widow and parents in their sad bereavement. The funeral takes place on Friday, the interment being at St. David's Church.

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 5th April 1941 :-

Burial of Flying Officer Clifford Vernon Walters
One of the largest funerals ever witnessed in this district took place on Friday last, when the mortal remains of flying officer Clifford Vernon Walters, Penycae, who died on the previous Sunday, whilst on active service, were interred at St. David's Church, where he was a faithful member. His body was brought home from the district where he was stationed, and where before the departure full military honours were accorded, which included a large contingent of officers and airmen. He had served in the RAF for 12 years, five of which he spent on the northwest frontier of India. He returned to this country three years ago, and since his return his progress was rapid. He received his commission, gaining the rank of pilot officer and very soon after he was promoted to the rank of flying officer, and had been recommended again for further promotion at the early age of 27. At the town where he was stationed he had taken an active part in Church work, and he was also president of the Cwmrodorion Society.
The coffin, which was draped with the Union Jack was escorted by a party of the RAF...
His cousin, Flight Sergeant Sam Walters, RAF, was unavoidably absent.


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