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Posted 8.4.17

Dedication of Memorial Plaques

Dedication of Memorial Plaques

On Friday 17th March the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis Esq., unveiled two new memorial plaques on the Rood Screen carved with the names of a further fifteen men from Mumbles who lost their lives during the First World War. The Lord and Lady Mayor of Swansea and the Mumbles Community Council Chairman were also present.

It was a very moving ceremony of dedication and was followed by a memorable concert by the Gwalia Singers and Ros Evans [soprano].

The rood screen at All Saints' is considered to be the finest of its kind in Wales. It was designed by the celebrated ecclesiastical architect, W.D. Caroe, and dedicated in August 1920 as a memorial to the 98 men from the Parish of Oystermouth who lost their lives during the First World War.

Unfortunately, in their haste to erect a memorial, our forebears omitted the names of other local men who had also died during the Great War.

Thanks to painstaking research by John and Carol Powell of the Oystermouth Historical Association the names of a further fifteen servicemen from Mumbles who fell a century ago have been discovered.

Members of the Mumbles Community Council have generously supported local efforts to have the additional names added to the memorial. In 2016 they commissioned a noted British woodcarver, Mark Bridges of Suffolk, to make two memorial oak plaques to be fitted on the eastern base of the rood screen. It brings the number of the fallen from our community during the 1914-18 conflict to 115.

We thank City and County Councillor Tony Colburn, Mumbles Community Council, Mumbles and   South Gower Branch of the Royal British Legion, Carol  and John Powell, George Isaac & Sons and many others for ensuring that all those who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country in the First World War are not forgotten in our community.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them.

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