West Wales War Memorial Project
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Carmarthen County War Memorial

In May 1921, the Mayor of Carmarthen held a meeting to consider the question of a Borough War Memorial. The Lord-Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire had already suggested the idea of a County War Memorial. After much discussion, and many arguments, about the form and location of a War Memorial to commemorate the fallen of the County of Carmarthenshire during the Great War, it was decided that it should be built and installed in the County Town of Carmarthen, outside the front of the Priory Street Hospital. The eminent Welsh Sculptor Sir William Goscombe John was commissioned to create the Memorial in Bronze, and it was to sit on a Plinth of granite, with the simple inscription:

 

TO THE

IMMORTAL MEMORY

OF THE MEN OF

CARMARTHENSHIRE

WHO FELL

IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

On Thursday, 4 September 1924 the Memorial was unveiled, following a Memorial Service at the nearby St. Peter’s Church, and a Procession led by the Guard of Honour of the 4th Welch. Colonel John Vaughan Campbell, VC, CMG, DSO, ADC had the honour of unveiling the War Memorial, in front of a huge crowd of thousands of bereaved families from the County, and the Ceremony was finished off by prayers, speeches and the Last Post Ceremony.

 

A Memorial booklet was published to commemorate the memory of the fallen of the Great War, and this held the names of the 1,913 fallen, which comprised of 3 Nurses, 123 Officers, 254 Non-Commissioned Officers, and 1,533 Other Ranks.

 

Since then, men of the County have fallen in World War Two and in later conflicts such as the Korean War. There are similar simple epitaphs now engraved on the sides of the plinth to commemorate the men of the County who fell in these wars.

 

To download a PDF sheet with the names of the men named in the memorial booklet, please follow this link: Carmarthen County War Memorial.

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Website News

4 May 2017. Welcome news this morning that a new CWGC headstone has been erected in Laugharne for Domingo Mobile, a sailor who I found to be buried there a couple of years ago. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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