The Fforestfach War Memorial is a commemorative building for those who lost their lives fighting for Britain, who came from the district during the two World Wars. On the Sunday nearest to 11th November at 11am each year, a Remembrance Service is held here with prayers and a two minute silence is also observed. The concave architecture is a grade II listed building and public memorial near Fforestfach cross, its noted for social-historical interest.
In 1922 there was the first official Remembrance Service held here.
Thank you to the gentlemen who look after the flowers. Many people have commented on the colourful display over the last few years.
Mr. Graham Davies and neigbour, Alan Treharne helped the Fforestfach Senior Citizens Pavilion win the 2012 gold award in the best community entry category of the annual Swansea in Bloom awards. The award was received at the Brangwyn Hall.
“The display at the cenotaph opposite the Marquis Arms is made up of flowers including gladiolus, begonias and dahlias, many of which Graham grows himself.
Quote from News Wales - www.newswales.co.uk/
Congratulations on winning this wonderful award for the second year, in 2013.
Top Centre of Cenotaph
The left lion has, what looks like a single tooth. This is the left over of the brass ring through the mouth which was probably cut off for the WWII war effort. There are other changes near by, with gates and railings taken and having to be replaced after the war.
To commemorate the WW1 Centenary, I have created a linked and detailed web page for nearly all WW1 & WWII soldiers, below.
To show a brief glimpse of these men lives, if you have some basic details I will gladly link the information to their highlighted names.
1939 – 1945
TO THE MEMORY OF
1939 – 1945
|CAPT: LACEY. E. RAYMOND*||CAPT: ANDREWS, GLYNDWR L *| PTE: HUDSON, JOHN*||
SGT: IRWIN, JOHN
|LT: HENLEY, W. LEONARD*||A/S: ISAAC, D. GRAHAM*|
|LT: MORGAN, W.M.*||SGT: JAMES, CYRIL T.*|
|F/O: THOMAS, D. SELWYN*||L/S: JONES, GLYN.*|
|2ND.LT: DAVIES, THOMAS*||L/S: JONES, JOHN D.*|
|PTE: ACKERMAN, HENRY J.*||SGT: JONES, L. WYNDHAM*|
|A/S: BLAKE, ALFRED H*||SGT: JOHN, HYWEL*|
|GNR: BLAKE, THOMAS J.*||PTE: KEAST, WALTER SHEM*|
|A.S: BOWDITCH, REG*||3/ENG: LEWIS, GLYN F.*|
|SGT: BOWEN W. EDWIN*||SGT: LONGDON, WILFRED.*|
|PTE: BEYNON, DENNIS T.*||A/S: MAINWARING, GLYNDWR*|
|GNR: CADLE, ED. TERENCE*||STKR: MARSH, ALBERT T.*|
|BDR: CHUGG, PHILIP*||GDSM: McQUEEN, THOMAS H.*|
|L/CPL: CLEMENT, HYWEL J.*||TPR: MIGGINS, THOMAS B.*|
|L/TL: CLOWES, EDWIN J.L.*||SGT: MUGFORD, ALAN I.*|
|CPL: COWLEY, D. LOUIS*||SGT: PHILLIPS, T. J.*|
|SGT: DAVIES, ROY||LSA: PIPER WM.*|
|PTE: DAVIES, RON.||PTE: RICHARDS, FRANK.*|
|GNR: DAVIES, LLEWELLYN*||FW: RICHARDS,THOMAS.*|
|A/S: EVANS, COL.||
GNR: ROGERS, JAMES
|GNR: EVANS, HUBERT*||SGT: ROWCLIFFE, WM. S.*|
|L/CPL: EVANS, WM. S.*||SGT: SHEHAN, THOMAS*|
|PTE: FIFIELD, WM. R.*||SGT: THOMAS, IVOR*|
|SPR: GILTINAN, TREVOR G.*||CPL: WILLIAMS, D. EMLYN*|
|SPR: HASSETT. WM. J.*||PTE: WILLIAMS, DANIEL R.B.*|
|TPR: HOCKNELL, JOHN D.*||SGT: WILLIAMS T. CLIFFORD*|
|PTE: HOWELL. R. LESLIE*||PTE: YANDLE, RONALD A.*|
The lower centre brass plate, has this Welsh phrase: "GWELL ANGEU NA CHYWILYDD".
translated "BETTER DEATH THAN DISHONOUR".(1)
|This memorial tablet is on the right hand side, on the right gate wall.|
The words on the tablet:
The Memorial Tablet was unveiled
20th July, 1922, by
Brigadier-General Douglas Campbell, C.P
Sketty Hall, Swansea.
The other War Memorials in Swansea are:
(1) This translation was found on a visit to Swansea Museum, printed on a certificate "AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR SERVICES RENDERED" during WWI. Presented to Royal Navy Gunner Edwin Vaughan Owens by the "INHABITANTS OF LOUGHOR".
I decided to make it as quick as possible to access as much valuable information by linking to the Swansea Listed building pdf's from below.
For further information on Swansea Listed Buildings and Ancient Monuments, this is a fantastic resource below:
If you wish to find details of Forces War Records,Commonwealth War Graves Commission website Link, http://www.http://www.cwgc.org/.
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