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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Arfon
Town
Caernarfon (Caernarvon)
County
Gwynedd
Country
Wales
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 12 November 1922
    Attended by: Mayor A. H. Richards (Was to have been unveiled by Mr Lloyd George but he was unwell)
  • Dedicated
    Date: 12 November 1922
    Attended by: Reverend John Morgan M.A.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6831
Current location

Castle Square
Caernarfon (Caernarvon)
Arfon
Gwynedd
LL55 2NB
Wales

OS Grid Ref: SH 47968 62659
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Tall cenotaph surmounted by rampant welsh dragon. Set in paved area. Coats of arms depicted in relief surmount inscriptions on all faces. Inset relief of cross on each face towards top. Names in relief on four plaques, mounted on each face. WW1 dedicatory inscription on plaque surmounting names plaque on 6 o'clock face, with WW2 dedication on reverse face.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: 1914 1918/ (...)/ (Names) 12 o'clock face: 1939 1945/ (...)/ (Names) Other faces: (Names) Y RHYFEL MAWR CYNTAF / ARWYDDLUN SERCH AC EDMYGEDD CAERNARFON / I GOFIO'R DEWRION A ABERTHODD EU BYWYDAU / DROS EU GWLAD A'R BRENIN / AR DIR AR FÔR AC YN YR AWYR YR AIL RYFEL MAWR / ARWYDDLUN SERCH AC EDMYGEDD CAERNARFON / I GOFIO'R DEWRION A ABERTHODD EU BYWYDAU / DROS EU GWLAD A'R BRENIN / AR DIR AR FÔR AC YN YR AWYR
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: forename, surname (home address) (relationship)
    Order of information: surname, forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: forename, surname (home address) (relationship)
    Order of information: surname, forename
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Western Mail - Saturday 11 November 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000104/19221111/147/0010 CARNARVON'S MEMORIAL (photograph) Workmen putting the finishing touches to the war memorial in the centre of Carnarvon, which has been built on elaborate lines. and which will be unveiled by Mr. Lloyd George to-morrow (Sunday).
  • Caernarfon cenotaph - list of names historypoints.org/index.php?page=caernarfon-cenotaph
  • Y Ddraig Goch Vol. 1, No. 3, January 1923 Published: Royal Welch Fusiliers about the unveiling
  • Western Mail - Monday 13 November 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000104/19221113/151/0009 CARNARVON DISAPPOINTED. EX-PREMIER COMPELLED TO CANCEL AN ENGAGEMENT. Mr. Lloyd George was on Sunday to have unveiled at Carnarvon a memorial to over 200 men who died in war service, but was forbidden by his medical adviser to attend, and spent the day quietly resting at Criccieth. His absence caused the keenest disappointment to many thousands of people who had congregated in the Castle Square, under the shadow of the historic castle, to witness the unveiling ceremony, which. under the circumstances, was performed by the Mayor. Amongst the hundreds of beautiful wreaths deposited at the foot of the monument was one by Dame Margaret Lloyd George, on behalf of the ex-Premier.

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