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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Caerphilly
Town
Caerphilly
County
Mid Glamorgan
Country
Wales
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998), Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959), Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Maker
Mr Lewis Williams (Designer)
Mr C D Jones (Sculptor)
Mr C D Jones (Mason)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 1922
    Attended by: Canon Michael Short
  • Rededicated
    Date: 30 April 1995
    Attended by: unknown
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15th August 1926
    Attended by: Earl of Plymouth
  • Rededicated
    Date: May 1995
    Attended by: Unknown
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6746
Current location

Junction of Market Street and Castle Street opposite the castle.
Market Street
Caerphilly
Caerphilly
Mid Glamorgan
CF83 1JL
Wales

OS Grid Ref: ST 15711 86999
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Three stepped base surmounted with a plinth and cenotaph. Enclosed by a fence. Bronze plaques on the 12 o’clock face have the names of the fallen from WW1, WW2 and later conflicts in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. At the top of the 12 and 6 o’clock faces, a bronze roundel depicting the leaning south-east tower of Caerphilly Castle is encircled within a wreath and garlanded. On the 3 and 9 o’clock faces, a pair of long lances support a banner bearing the words ‘BETTER DEATH THAN DISHONOUR’, all executed in bronze.
Inscription
12 o'clock face: 1914 - 1919/ (WW1 Plaque) TO THE GLORY OF GOD, AND IN/ MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ CAERPHILLY, WHO LAID DOWN /THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR./ (Names)/ 1939 - 1945/ (WW2 Plaque) IN MEMORY OF OUR TOWNSPEOPLE/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN/ WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945./ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM./ (Names)/ (Later Conflicts Plaque) (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, R A
Arthur, T E
Bailey, W K
Balsom, E H
Bargery, H
Bell-langford, W B
Birch, G F
Bird, A
Bishop, W R
Bishton, D
See details for all 282 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 186
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 186
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials, decoration and rank
    Order of information: Surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 91
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 91
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials, decorations and rank
    Order of information: Surname
  • Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, initials. rank and year of death
    Order of information: Year of death
  • Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials, service and year of death
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Afghanistan (2001-2014)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials, rank and year of death
    Order of information: Year of death
Components
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: height 7620 mm, width 1219 mm
    Materials: Granite - Polished
  • Plaques
    Measurements: width c. 610mm
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
History
Memorial was restored as part of the redevelopment of the Castle Street area.
Costs

Memorial: £750

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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