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Llanelli (Ebenezer Chapel) War Memorial

Ebenezer Chapel is situated in Inkerman Street, Llanelli. It was built in 1881 by the Independent Minister Thomas Thomas of Landore and its schoolroom held only twenty pupils. Inside the chapel is a marble memorial plaque which commemorates the members of Ebenezer who served and died during both world wars, but which sadly does not name them. The chapel has recently been sold with the intention of being converted into a dwelling. The photograph of the memorial was kindly supplied by Huw Edwards, of the BBC. The plaque states that three members of the chapel fell during World War One and four during World War Two. 

The Enscription on the memorial reads:

 

I TI, ARGLWYDD, Y MAE MAWREDD, GOGONIANT,

A GORUCHAFIAETH

CODWYD Y MAEN HWN FEL ARWYDD O EDMYGEDD YR EGLWYS

HON O DDEWRDER 58 O’I MEIBION YN RHYFEL MAWR 1914-1918

A’I LLAWENYDD AR ACHLYSUR ED DYCHWELIAD BUDDOGOLIAETHUS

O LYNGES A BYDDIN EU GWLAD

“Y GORUCHAF DDUW OEDD EU GWAREDYDD”

HEFYD, I GOFFA Y TRI GWR IEUANC A SYRTHIODD YM MRWYDR.

“EU HABERTH NID A HEIBIO”

1939. ER COF AM Y PEDWAR A GOLLWYD. 1945.

“A GWEDI ELWCH TAWELWCH FU”

DADORCHUDDIWYD

MAI 18, 1920

 

Which roughly translates as:

 

FOR THOU, LORD, YOUR GOODNESS, GLORY,

AND SUPREMACY

RAISED AS A SIGN OF THIS CHURCH’S ADMIRATION

FOR THE BRAVERY OF ITS 58 SONS IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

AND JOY ON THE OCCASION OF VICTORY

OF THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THEIR COUNTRY

"THE SUPREME GOD WAS THEIR REDEEMER"

ALSO, IN MEMORY OF THE THREE YOUNG MEN WHO FELL IN BATTLE.

"THEIR SACRIFICE NOT PAST"

1939. IN MEMORY OF THE FOUR LOSSES. 1945.

"AND AFTER THE DIN OF BATTLE THERE WAS SILENCE"

UNVEILED

MAY 18, 1920

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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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