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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Swansea
Town
Swansea
County
West Glamorgan
Country
Wales
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953)
Maker
Ernest E Morgan Ariba Friba (Designer)
Messrs Griffiths, Davies, and Co of Swansea (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 1 July 1922
    Attended by: Field MarshalI the Earl Haig KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE
  • Dedicated
    Date: 21 July 1923
    Attended by: Vicar of Swansea - Prebendary Wilson
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21 July 1923
    Attended by: Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee BT GCB KCMG CVO LLD
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Current location

Roadside overlooking Swansea Bay
opposite recreation ground.
Mumbles Road Promenade
Swansea
Swansea
West Glamorgan
SA2 0AP
Wales

OS Grid Ref: SS 63749 92048
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Portland stone cenotaph with stylised tomb-chest. Bronze low relief wreaths to narrow sides with dates. Broad sides have relief of anchor in wreath and Swansea Arms, below which is inscription. Cenotaph precinct surrounded by octagonal wall with four entrances. Inner faces of wall bear bronze plaques with names of fallen. Stones record details of ceremonies. Wreath on front face, with the army, navy and air force crests on other sides.
Inscription
1914-1918 1939-1945/ PRO DEO REGE ET PATRIA Foundation Stone: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY/ F.M. EARL HAIG OF BEMERSYDE/ K.T. G.C.B. O.M G.C.V.O K.C.I.E./ ON THE FIRST DAY OF JULY 1922/ UNDER THIS STONE LIES THE KINGS SHILLING/ PLACED BY MRS FEWINGS REPRESENTING THE WAR WIDOWS.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2274
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2274
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, regiment
    Order of information: regiment THEN service
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 500
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 400
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, regiment
    Order of information: service THEN surname
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, forename
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: depth c2000 mm, height 9000 mm, width c4000 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Wall
    Measurements: height 1830 mm
    Materials: Stone, Stone - Portland
  • Gates
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Foundation stone
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Condition
History
2013: report of missing name plate that was a later addition for a Second World War casualty; c1940-1941: Damaged by shrapnel during WW2 air raids. Gates removed due to damage.
Costs

Memorial: c £3,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
Yes
Purpose: £3,000 to the Memorial Assistance Scheme (assisting of children of 'fallen' in obtaining work on leaving school).
Sponsorship
Public
Details: £9,000 plus was subscribed to the fund.
Responsibility
City of Swansea
Reference
  • There is a good collection of newspaper cuttings held at the Swansea Reference Library

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