Glynne Lougher Yorath


Lieutenant; 12th (Service) Battalion [3rd Gwent], South Wales Borderers

Killed in action: 23rd November 1917, near Cambrai

Glynne Lougher Yorath was born in Cardiff in 1895 to William Lougher and Elizabeth Yorath. His father was a solicitor and the family lived initially in Richmond Road in the Roath area, before moving to Strathlyn on Lake Road East, which came under Llanishen parish at the time. Prior to the outbreak of war Glynne worked as an articled clerk for his father’s firm, as well as studying part-time.

Upon entering the Army and gaining his commission, Glynne was posted as a Lieutenant in the 12th South Wales Borderers, part of the 40th Division. He served alongside fellow Llanishen man John Collen Ensor, and on the 23rd November they both went into battle at Bourlon Wood, near Cambrai.

During the intense and chaotic fighting in the mist-tinged wood, Glynne went missing, likely among the hundreds killed during the engagement. He was just 22. His remains were never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. His name is also recorded on the memorial on the West Wall of St Isan’s Church.