Capel Curig


Capel Curig is a village and community nestled in the middle of the Snowdonia mountains, and on the north-western edge of Conwy county. Like Betws-y-coed, Capel Curig developed as a Mail-coach/Stage-coach hub and a popular centre for hikers and climbers following Thomas Telford’s decision to run this ‘London-Ireland’ road through the village in the 1820s. Even before this, the areas stunning rugged scenery attracted some of Britian’s foremost landscape artists, such as the famous JMW Turner.

Mathew Hughes, Bryn Llys Uchaf

Son of William and Margaret Hughes, Bryn Llys Uchaf. Follwing his primary education in Capel Curig, he enlisted to the RWF with David Owen Roberts; both served in Palestine.

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David Owen Roberts, 4 Bryn Llys

Son of Jane Ellen Roberts, 4 Bryn Llys; the family had previously lived at Ysgubor Wen (Capel Curig) for a time. David Owen enlisted with Matthew Hughes in Llanrwst on April 4th 1915 — both were only 17, having lied about their ages in order to sign up.

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Robert Charles Williams, Tal y Waen

Robert Charles Williams was born and raised on Tal y Waen farm, Capel Curig, but was living with his wife (Annie) and their baby daughter on Warden Street, Llanberis by the time he enlisted.

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Hugh Owen Griffiths, 6 Llugwy Terrace

A native of Llanberis, Hugh moved to Capel Curig with his wife (Barbara). They lived in 6 Llugwy Terrace before he enlisted to the RWF

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William John Hughes, 2 Tan y Fron

Son of William Hughes, a rockman (quarry), and Ellen Hughes. Willie (‘Jr’) was also a slate quarryman before the war.

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Thomas Alfred Oliver, The Studio

Son of Alfred Oliver, a well-known artist, and his wife Anne, who moved to Capel Curig and lived at The Studio.
Tom enlisted with the RWF at Caernarfon in the very early days of the war, on 28th August 1914, and was posted to the 6th battalion, before being transferred to the Royal Flying Corps where he graduated as a pilot in December 1915.

> Thomas Alfred Oliver’s profile