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BOER WAR MEMORIALS OF WALES 1 week 3 days ago #85804

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BOER WAR MEMORIAL TREE,
GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE,
ST. MARY STREET,
RISCA,
ISLWYN,
GWENT,
NP11 6GU,
WALES.

ORDNANCE SURVEY GRID REFERENCE:ST234914.

The Garden of Remembrance is located South East of the village of Risca along the B4591 at the junction of St. Mary Street and Darran Road.
An unusual form of memorial that I have not encountered previously. It is to be hoped that the species of tree is one that enjoys a lengthy longevity!


View of the Garden of Remembrance from opposite side of B4591.


View of tree from entrance gates. The tree being the coniferous one to the right of the image.


A close up of the trunk, which would take two, maybe three tree huggers to measure it's circumference.


The inscription on the plaque reads;
"This tree was planted in remembrance of those from the Risca area who lost their lives in the Boer War."

The Garden of Remembrance is kept in excellent order. Today's visit (22/09/2022) found the grass freshly mown and wreaths laid at the base of the memorial to the fallen of World Wars One and Two in November 2021 as they were.
Parking in the immediate vicinity is limited, but reasonable in the part of Darran Road which runs directly behind the Garden of Remembrance.

The identities of the fallen from the Risca area requires further research. Could anyone on the forum please add to this if they know of any Risca men?
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BOER WAR MEMORIAL PLAQUE,
ST.MARYS CHURCH,
ABERGAVENNY (Y FENNI),
MONMOUTH,
GWENT,
NP7 5ND,
WALES.

ORDNANCE SURVEY GRID REFERENCE:SO300141.

I must confess to a slight dilemma when considering as to whether to place this memorial within this thread, owing to the county of Monmouthshire where Abergavenny historically lies, being under English authority up until the 'reshuffle' of counties and boundaries in 1972.
I have opted to post here because Abergavenny and Monmouthshire are now very much part of Wales, and will remain so. I hope this reasoning sits well with my fellow forummers.



View of the front elevation of St.Mary's Priory from Monk Street.


Through the entrance doors and into the vestibule. Another pair of doors then leads the visitor into the main .


The plaque commemorating the Anglo Boer War is to be found on your right directly you pass through the second pair of doors. This is the west end of the south wall of the nave.


The lower edge of the plaque is fixed at approximately six foot (approx. 1.8 metres if you prefer) from the ground, hence image quality not great.
The memorial is formed of a triangular headed brass plaque with the civic arms of Abergavenny and motto 'HOSTES NUMC AMICI' (foes now friends) atop.
The plaque is mounted on black and white marble slabs.




The above two images show the complex geometric meander which follows the boundary of the plaque surrounding the dedicatory inscriptions for 25 named men of which 21 served and returned. 4 men made the ultimate sacrifice in losing their lives in the theatre of war.
Within the meander are to be found 6 medallions depicting the floral badges of the UK.
Also to be seen are paired badges of the regiments in which the men named on the memorial served; Imperial Yeomanry; 2nd East Surrey Regiment; 4th Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers.
All lettering is in black with red capitals.

The inscription within the highly decorative border as follows:

"THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY
THE INHABITANTS OF ABERGAVENNY AND
NEIGHBOURHOOD TO COMMEMORATE
THE SERVICES OF THE VOLUNTEERS OF
ABERGAVENNY AND DISTRICT WHO TOOK
PART IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR OF
1899-1902, ALSO IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE CAMPAIGN"

Left hand column of named:
"IMPERIAL YEOMANRY.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM JOHN REGINALD MARSH.
LIEUT. ERNEST J.STRAKER.
SERGEANT E.G.MORGAN.
TROOPER HENRY CHARLES.
TROOPER WILLIAM JONES.
TROOPER ARTHUR S.WILLIAMS.
TROOPER WILLIAM WILLIAMS.
(DIED OF ENTERIC FEVER).

2ND. EAST SURREY REGIMENT.
LCE.CORP. DANIEL HOLLAND.
(DIED AT LADYSMITH 4TH MAY 1900.)

4TH V.B.SOUTH WALES BORDERERS.
CAPT. HERBERT ROSSET.
PRIVATE JOSEPH SHAW."

Right hand column of names:
"PRIVATE JOHN WILLIAMS.
PRIVATE T.JONES.
PRIVATE A.STOREY.
PRIVATE JOSEPH H.WHITE.
PRIVATE CHARLES WILLIAMS.
PRIVATE G.H.T.POWELL.
PRIVATE H.EVANS.
PRIVATE A.G.NORMAN.
PRIVATE F.C.WALBY.
PRIVATE J.PROSSER.
PRIVATE T.S.LEE.
PRIVATE F.GIBBONS.
(DIED AT SPRINGFONTEIN 1ST JAN 1901).
PRIVATE LUTHER DAVIES.
PRIVATE J.MEREDITH.
PRIVATE GEORGE HARRIS.
(DIED AT ABERGAVENNY DECEMBER 1901).


The small brass plaque below the main commemoration reveals that the memorial was unveiled by no less than 'Bobs' himself!

"UNVEILED BY FIELD MARSHALL EARL ROBERTS. V.C.
AUGUST 30TH 1901.
WAR FUND COMMITTEE.
COUNCILLOR Z. WHEATLEY. CHAIRMAN.
ALDERMAN MAJOR W.WILLIAMS.J.P.MAYOR.
COUNCILLOR J.C.GWATKIN."

In summary, well worth a visit if in the area. The Priory was fortunate to survive Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries and so many ancient artefacts are still to be seen in the Priory. Their survival had, no doubt, much to do with the powerful Herbert family who were allies of the king, I digress!

St. Mary's Priory is now open (post-Covid) Monday to Friday 10:00- 14:00, and 10:00-15:00 on Saturdays.
Amanda, the Steward was most welcoming and helpful.

Please call back, biographical information on the men to follow.
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MEMORIAL PLAQUES AND STAINED GLASS WINDOWS,
BRECON CATHEDRAL,
CATHEDRAL CLOSE,
BRECON,
POWYS,
LD3 9DP,
WALES.

ORDNANCE SURVEY GRID REFERENCE:SO045290.




Path leading to the entrance to the cathedral.




The stained glass windows pictured above are to be found in the Harvard Chapel, which is the Regimental Chapel for the South Wales Borderers (previously 24th(2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot).




The two images above show location of the plaques beneath the stained glass window. There is sometimes a table in front of them.


The very attractive brass plaque on the right with very ornate borders features the battle honour wreath of the 24th centrally placed, flanked by the regimental badges of the Warwickshire Regiment and the South Wales Borderers.
This plaque, of course, memorialised the fallen of the Anglo Zulu War and is inscripted thus:

"To the Glory of God
and in memory of 22 Officers and
non-commisssioned Officers and men of the
24th Regiment who fell in the South African Campaigns
of 1877-78-79 the east window
In this church is erected by their comrades
past and present.

1ST BATTALION.
LIEUT.COL.H.B.P.PULLEINE.
CAPTAINS W.DEGACHER. W.E.MOSTYN.
G.V.WARDELL.R.YOUNGHUSBAND.-LIEUTENANTS
F.P.PORTEOUS. C.W.CAVAYE.N.J.A.COGHILL.
E.O.ANSTEY.J.P.DALY.G.F.J.HODSON.C.J.ATKINSON.
2ND LIEUTENANT E.H.DYSON.-LIEUT & ADJUTANT
T.MELVILL.PAYMASTER F.F.WHITE.-QUARTERMASTER.
J.PULLEN AND 429 NON-COMMISSSIONED
OFFICERS AND MEN.
2ND BATTALION
LIEUT C.D'A.POPE.H.J.DYER.J.GOODWIN-AUSTEN.
SUB-LIEUT.T.L.G.GRIFFITH.
2ND LIEUT R.W.FRANKLIN.QUARTERMASTER E.BLOOMFIELD
AND 226 NON-COMMISSSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN.

??? Officers and??? Non-commisssioned Officers
and men were killed in action on the field of
Isandhlwana or in the defence of Rorke's Drift.

THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY

JESU MERCY".




The centre plaque now moved us on to the Anglo Boer War.
Not as ornately embellished as it's neighbour, we find ornate borders and vertical columns on a brass plaque featuring the crown above the badge of the 1st Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers. Below the badge the regimental motto "GWELL ANGAU NI CHYWILYDD"
The inscription on the plaque as follows:

"To the
Glory of God
AND
IN MEMORY OF
PRIVATE S.JONES
PRIVATE E.POWELL
PRIVATE W.E.JONES
PRIVATE A.J.MORGAN
OF THE
BRECKNOCKSHIRE V.B.
SOUTH WALES BORDERERS
WHO DIED IN SOUTH AFRICA
1900-1901
TOGETHER WITH 34 OTHER
MEMBERS OF THE BATTALION
THE ABOVE MENTIONED
PROCEEDED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
AND SHARED IN THE HARDSHIPS
AND PERILS OF THE LATE CAMPAIGN.

ERECTED BY PAST AND PRESENT
MEMBERS OF THE BATTALION."


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