FOLLOWING ON FROM YESTERDAY’S VE DAY COMMEMORATION.
In addition to the names of 56 men from Troedyrhiw who lost their lives during the Great War of 1914 – 1918 Troedyrhiw War Memorial carries the names of an additional 17 men from the village under the following inscription:-
“In remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War 1939 – 1945.”
BOWEN W.G. DAVIES R.T. DINGRAM W. EVANS E.J. EVANS I. EVANS W. GRIFFITHS J. HINGLTON J. HUMPHRIES I.M. JONES J.P. OWENS T. PHILLIPS T. RYAN J.M. SCRIVENS C.E. SKENFELD A.B. SULLIVAN C. WATKINS W.K.
If you have information on any of those named above we would be most grateful if you would contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The War Memorial in Troedyrhiw Park was unveiled in 1921, possibly earlier than any of the others in the Merthyr Borough. It was paid for by public subscription which says much about the generosity of the people of the village. A committee was set up to organise the raising of funds and the design and erection of the memorial. A prominent member of the committee was Cornelius Pryce who was a monumental mason based in Troedyrhiw and the sculptor and architect of the memorial.
A recent newspaper article stated that the younger generation have little interest in or knowledge about World War 1. (the ‘Great War’). What do you think about this?
Over 6 million UK soldiers, including around 300,000 from Wales, served in WW1 and around 700,000 were killed, some 40,000 of whom were Welsh. This had a massive impact in most of our cities towns and villages and Troedyrhiw was no exception. On the War Memorial in Troedyrhiw Park are the names of 55 young men from our village who did not return when the war ended in 1918 (visit: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Glamorgan/Troedyrhiw.html). If you have information about any of these we would be very pleased to receive it (email: email@example.com).
We have recently been able to copy the names from the ‘Roll of Honour’ that once hung in Mount Zion Chapel in Troedyrhiw. This lists the 48 members of the chapel (see below) that served in WW1. If you have information about any of these we would be very pleased to receive it (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Troedyrhiw Fallen Heroes War Memorial was unveiled on 28th September 1921 by Major-General C.J. Deverell C.B.,D.S.O. (photo above). It had been paid for by public subscriptions raised through the efforts of a fundraising committee of local residents (photo above). The architect was Cornelius Pryce of Troedyrhiw (3rd from right in committee photo) who is listed in Kelly’s Directory of Monmouthshire and South Wales 1926 as a Stone and Marble Mason. Interestingly, more of his work can be seen in the headstones and monuments of Saron Graveyard and it is likely that other examples can be found both locally and further afield.
Troedyrhiw War Memorial carries this inscription in Welsh ‘Arwr y byd heria’r bedd.’ which translates into English as ‘The heroes of the world challenge the grave.’ Beneath this is the following dedication:-
THIS MEMORIAL,RAISED BY THE INHABITANTS, IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF TROEDYRHIW WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918.
A total of 56 casualties of the First World War are listed on the memorial.
Additionally, 17 names of Troedyrhiw men are listed under the following inscription:-
In remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War 1939 – 1945.
We would be interested to hear from anyone with information about any of these men.
Only three buildings in Troedyrhiw enjoy the protection provided by having ‘listed’ status. These are:- Troedyrhiw War Memorial which is listed for being ‘A sculptural war memorial of special historical interest.’ St John’s Church which is listed as ‘An accomplished early work of Welsh architect John Prichard already with a High Victorian severity of line.’ A corbelled pigsty at Penddeugae Fach Farm which is listed as ‘A rare survivor of a highly unusual and distinctive Welsh vernacular building.’
As an important and sensitive part of the historic fabric of our village isn’t Saron Graveyard equally worthy of protection?