Usk County Hall First World War Memorials

Usk County Hall
First World War Memorials

Usk County Hall, Monmouthshire is now home to the two First World Memorials that were once displayed in the balcony area outside the Council Chambers in Gwent County Hall, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran.

Usk County Council First World War Memorial

County Council First World War Memorial, Usk County Council Monmouthshire | Previously Displayed at Gwent County Hall, Croesyceiliog and Pentonville County Hall, Newport

Originally located in the main entrance of the old County Hall, Pentonville, Newport, an elaborate brass plaque mounted on black wood bears the inscription:

TO
THE MEMBERS
AND STAFF
OF THE
COUNTY COUNCIL
WHO FELL
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919

Beneath these words are listed 6 names:-

Major The Lord Llangattock served with the 1st Monmouthshire Battery, Royal Field Artillery and died from wounds received on the Somme on 31st October 1916. He died at the age of 46 years and is buried under his real name, John Maclean Rolls, in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, grave reference: VII. B. 10.

Captain The Hon Elidyr John Barnard Herbert, who served as an officer in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars was killed in Balin, Palestine on 12th November 1917 at 36 years of age. He is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery, grave reference: XVIII. B. 5.

Stanley Langmaid of Newport and Rifleman of the 1st Monmouthshire Regiment became a prisoner of war and died 16th July 1915. He is buried at the Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Grave reference: III. A. 10.

Ivor Henry Vivian Williams of 22, York Place, Newport, served in the Machine Gun Corps., Infantry Division, 182nd Coy. He was killed on 27th August 1917 at the age of 21 years. He is also commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium; Panels 154 to 159 and 163A.

Private Eric S. Saunders of Usk, Pioneer of the Royal Engineers, XI Corps. Signal Coy., was killed on 19th June 1917 at the age of 32 years. He is buried at the Poperinge New Military Cemetery, Belgium, in plot II. D. 20. He was born in Raglan, Monmouthshire, and worked as clerk  in the County Council Offices.

Arthur Reginald Griffiths of Newport, Rifleman with the  Middlesex Regiment, 1/7th Battalion, was mortally wounded in France on 20th May 1917 at the age of 24 years.

This memorial was originally unveiled on Wednesday, 3rd May 1922 by the father of Captain Elidyr John Barnard Herbert, Major-General the Right Hon. Lord Treowen, CB, CMG.

Usk County Hall Balcony

Monmouthshire County Council War Memorials on Display in the Balcony Area of Usk County Hall

To the right of this plaque is an oak tablet in memory of 7 teachers in the county of Monmouthshire who were killed in the Great War.

Usk County Council First World War Memorial

In Memory of the Teachers from the County of Monmouthshire Who Died in the Great War

The inscription reads:-

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE TEACHERS IN THE
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS
OF MONMOUTHSHIRE
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

Engraved beneath this are the men’s names, ordered alphabetically by the schools at which they taught. Rank is not recorded.

Abergavenny Intermediate School

Captain Brinley L. Jones, Monmouthshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion, died from pneumonia on 26th December 1918. He was 33 years old and is buried at Abergavenny New Cemetery; grave reference A. 429. He was a Master at King Henry VIII Grammar School, Abergavenny.

Lieutenant William C. Raymont,  South Wales Borderers, 5th Battalion, was killed on 6th May 1917. He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium,  grave reference VII. A. 30.

Abertillery County School, Oak Street

René P. M. Gardeur, Senior French Master at Abertillery County School and Junior Assistant Lecturer in French at Manchester University.

Lieutenant Charles S. Reed, Monmouthshire Regiment, “A” Coy., 3rd Battalion. Son of the late Charles and Sarah Jane Reed of Aberdare, Glamorgan. B.Sc., University of Wales. Died on 8th May 1915 and commemorated on Panel 50 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

Lance Corporal Owen Jenkins, Machine Gun Corps., 15th Coy., died in the Battle of Guillemont on the Somme on 5th September 1916 aged 30 years. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France; grave reference XXIV. K. 2. He gained his B. A. at Aberystwyth and was a Master at Abertillery prior to the war.

Pontywaun

Lieutenant John W. Taylor, Monmouthshire Regiment, 1st/2nd Battalion, died on 12th March 1915 at the age of 37 years. Husband of Ethel Hester Stephen (formerly Taylor) of Risca House, Cross Keys, Monmouthshire. He is buried in the Calvaire (Essex) Military Cemetery in Belgium. Grave reference I. J. 2. {Also commemorated on the Cwmcarn War Memorial}

Tredegar County School

Second-Lieutenant Owen G. Jones, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 7th Battalion, was killed on 26th March 1917 at the age of 30 years. He was the son of the late Captain and Mrs Edward Jones of Mount Pleasant, Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth. B. A. (University of Wales) and Master at Tredegar County School. His memory is also commemorated on Panels 20 to 22 of the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.

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