John Leslie Emanuel, R Welsh Fusiliers

He was the grandfather to the fashion designer David Emanuel.

1894 Apr 1. Born Carmarthenshire, Wales

1894 Sep 23. Baptised

1901 census at Brigstocke Terrace, St Ishmael, Ferryside

1918 Sep 10. Commissioned.

1920 Nov 22. Joined ADRIC with service no 1090 . Posted to K Coy

1920 Dec 11. In K Company when the burning of Cork and the grenade attack on K Coy tender took place at Dillons Cross He was wounded and sought compensation and received £1000 for his wounds. Admitted Military Hospital Cork

1921 Mar 26 Posted to Depot.

1921 May 12. Discharged medically unfit due to his injuries at Dillons Cross

1921 May 13, Pension paid for 24 months

1921 Nov 29 R Welsh Fusiliers Temp. Relinquishes his commission. 2nd Lte., and retain the rank of 2nd Lt. : — J. L. Emanuel.

1928 Married at Swansea to Mary A Williams

1939 Register. He is a Working Estate Agent, living with wife Mary at North Lodge Myrtle Hill , Llandeilo R.D., Carmarthenshire,

1939 Dec 3. died at Carmarthen age 45

He left the pub in the late afternoon on a journey he’d never complete because, as he crossed the bridge over the River Tywi, he must have lost his footing and fallen in. “The water was high and he got swept almost a mile downstream – the people in the pub said they could hear his screams for help, but when they went out to look for him they found nothing.“There was no streetlighting in those days, you see, so it must have been pitch-black. He was eventually discovered the next day, his body slumped over a fallen tree in the middle of the river. “He was still clinging on to one of the branches – I suppose the hypothermia must have got him.