Cenotaph surmounted by a marble statue of an airman, and on the faces marble statues of a soldier and a sailor, both standing at the 'resting on his arms reversed' position at a military funeral.
1914 — 1918
to the everlasting memory of the
who gave their lives for their Town and Country
"Greater love hath no man than this.
that a man lay down his life for his Country."
Signed: (cenotaph) E. Jones / Llanysbyther
The contract for the building of the main War Memorial was awarded to Evan Jones, Mason, of Llanybyther in 1923, but by Armistic Day that year only the base had been completed. The Milford Haven Docks Company then supplied the granite blocks for the base, and the white marble figures were carved in Italy. The obelisk with the names engraved were completed by Evan Jones, and the complete memorial was assembled, ready for its unveiling ceremony on 26 April 1924, by General Sir Ivor Philipps, Bart, K.C.B., D.S.O., in attendance with Private Hubert 'Stokey' Lewis, V.C.
The airman atop the memorial is allegedly modelled on the son of Canon Howells of Milford Haven, Lieutenant Edmund Howells, who lost his life during the Great War. That is also the reason the airman has the most prominent place.
During the Second World War, four bronze plaques bearing the names of those killed were added to the memorial, and were unveiled in 1949. In 1987 a further plaque was installed, to commemorate the life of one local man killed during the Korean War, and in 2008 the name of Sergeant Edward Collins was added, who was killed with 22 S.A.S., whilst on service in Iraq.
War memorial - list of names
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Sources & Information
Location N 51°42'43" W 5°2'3"
Item Code: gbwa070; Photograph: 26 July 2012
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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