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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Anglesey
Town
Holyhead
County
Gwynedd
Country
Wales
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), Falklands Conflict (1982)
Maker
Louis Frederick Roslyn RBS (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 September 1923
    Attended by: The Lord-Lieutenant of Anglesey, Commodore Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley, Bart., K.C.B.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 15 September 1923
    Attended by: All religious denominations have been invited to take part in the service.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2031
Current location

OPPOSITE VICTORIA TERRACE
Victoria Square
Holyhead
Anglesey
Gwynedd
LL65 1UT
Wales

OS Grid Ref: SH 24677 82313
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cenotaph on two stepped base. Added tablets on narrow sides of base record names of fallen of WW2 and Falklands. Broad sides have Welsh and English inscriptions in bronze lettering. Relief of soldier and sailor on left and right faces Sword of sacrifice and name panels on front face
Inscription
GWRONIAID Y / RYHFEL MAWR / 1914 - 1918 CYFODWYD Y GOLOFN HON GAN / DRIGOLION CAERGYBI ER COF AM / Y RHAI A FU FARW DROS RYDDID / CYFIAWNDER A GWAREIDDIAD EU HENWAU A BERY O GENHEDLAETH / I GENHEDLAETH HEROES OF THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / BY THE INHABITANTS OF HOLYHEAD / IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED / FOR LIBERTY RIGHTEOUSNESS / AND CIVILIZATION / THEIR NAMES SHALL ENDURE THROUGHOUT / ALL GENERATIONS (names on two faces, two panels each) 1939 - 1945 (names on two panels) FALKLANDS CONFLICT/ 1982/ (Name) IN MEMORYOF WELSH GUARDSMAN / KILLED IN ACTION FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982 / (name and regiment) On paving below, two VC paving stones. Y CAPTEN / JOHN FOX RUSSELL / CORFFLU MEDDYGOL / BRENHINOL Y FYDDIN / 6ED TACHWEDD 1917 CAPTAIN / JOHN FOX RUSSELL / ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS / 6TH NOVEMBER 1917 Small plaque CAPT. JOHN FOX RUSSELL V.C: M.C: R.A.M.C. / CAPT. HENRY T. FOX RUSSELL M.C: R.A.F. / BRIG. GEN. GERALD E. HOLAND C.B: C.M.G: C.I.E: D.S.O. / ORDRE DE LEOPOLD: ORDER OF ST. MAURICE & SST. LAZARUS: CROIX DE GUERRE / CAPTAIN ADJ. ALEXANDER W. MACKAY M.C: R.FUS. / MAJ. ROBERT C. MANNING D.S.: M.C: LEGN. OF HONR: R.E.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbitt, G.
Abell, E. E.
Ackerley, H. O.
Acton, Joseph
Acton, J. W.
Anthony, R.
Anthony, R.
Ashton, A. F.
Ball, G. M.
Ball, R. M.
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 219
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 219
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service / ship / district
    Order of information: service / ship / district, surname, initial
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, ship
    Order of information: ship, surname, initial
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 139
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 139
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname, initials
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, initials of forenames surname, battalion, regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: height 4800MM
    Materials: Granite - Cornish
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
History
2006: Telephone call from member of the public reported that the names were difficult to read; 2019: All easy to read
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Western Mail - Wednesday 12 September 1923 -HOLYHEAD MEMORIAL. -UNVEILING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY, -It has been decided to unveil the Holyhead Memorial next Saturday at two p.m. The ceremony is to be performed by Commodore Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley, Bart., K.C.B. (lord lieutenant of the county). All religious denominations ,have been invited to take part in the service. Mr. F. B. Griffith (chairman of the war memorial committee) will preside, and there will be a guard of honour consisting of a naval contingent commanded by Commander Stapleton, R.N. (officer of the port), and Lieut. Lyden; an Army contingent commanded by Col. Vivian and Lieut. Goodchild, 6th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers (T.A.); ex-service men, under Capt. O. B. Edwards, M.A., and Capt. Vulcan Williams. M.C.; Mercantile Marine, under Mr. Chidlow, R.N.R.; and the Red Cross nurses. under Mrs. Clay, R.R.C. Mr. G. R. O. Shaw is the secretary.
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Other website www.anglesey.info/Holyhead War Memorial Front 2 230105.jpg
  • Illustrated London News - Saturday 22 September 1923 -(picture of ceremony)-WHERE 2128 OUTOF A POPULATION OF 11,000 JOINED UP: HOLYHEAD'S WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED.
  • Holyhead War Memorial Unveiling Pamphlet 15 September 1923
  • Western Mail - Friday 14 September 1923-HOLYHEAD WAR MEMORIAL The Lord-lieutenant of Anglesey, Commodore Sir R. Williams Bulkeley, Bart., K.C.B., will unveil Holyhead's War Memorial to-morrow. The Memorial House was the residence of Dr. John Fox Russell, R.A.M.C., who was killed in Palestine, and was awarded the Victoria Cross (posthumous). [Topical Press.]

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