Blackwood War Memorial
The Blackwood War Memorial stands at the junction of Lewis Lewis Avenue and Pentwyn Avenue in Blackwood, Caerphilly, south Wales.
Inspired by the Lutyens‘ Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, the Blackwood War Memorial was unveiled by Lord Tredegar Evan Morgans on 20th November 1926. The steps and railings surrounding the monument create a private space in which to honour the fallen.
The Blackwood War Memorial bears this inscription in black lettering on it’s front face:-
OF THE MEN
OF THIS TOWN
At the top, and on each face of the Blackwood War Memorial, two wreaths are carved in high relief on either side of a cross .
A cast iron panel is mounted on the memorial’s left face that records, without rank or regiment, the names of those who made the supreme sacrifice in both World Wars. For the First World War, there are 43 names:-
W. Baker, J. Butler, W. J. Carey, O. Coles, J. East, O. Ebdon, A. Evans, C. Firr, J. H. Goodyear, S. Guest, W. R. Gwatkin, P. J. Gwilt, W. C. Halse, S. J. Hambleton, A. J. Harris, W. G. Hughes, R. T. Hutton, W. D. James, W. Jeanes, W. J. Jenkins, G. P. Jones, J. W. Jones, H. S. Lewis, S. Lewis, A. Meek, W. Milton, T. J. Morgan, W. J. Nethercott, H. N. Overton, H. G. Phillips, T. Price, A. E. Roberts, W. W. Smith, G. H. Snelgrove, J. H. Spencer, A. R. Stephens, R. Stephens, W. J. Stokes, S. Walton, L. W. Watkins, A. Williams, A. Williams, T. Williams.
The same plaque honours the 39 local men who fell in the Second World War.
The Blackwood War Memorial has been a grade 2 listed building since 31st May 2002.
Blackwood War Memorial – Details Of Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives In The First World War
During the First World War, Blackwood was the headquarters of ‘H’ Company, 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force).
Company Serjeant Major Christopher Firr (Service No: 177), 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, was wounded in France and died on 13th October 1915 at the age of 34 years. He was the son of Frederick and Alice Firr of 77, Gordon Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire. His name is also commemorated on Panels 129 and 130 of the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Corporal Sydney Guest (Service No: 86164), Sapper in the 170th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers and son of the late Daniel Guest and Sarah Guest (Nee Phelps). Died on 3rd June 1915 at the age of 35 years. He is also commemorated on Panel 1 of Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Lance Corporal John William Jones (Service No: 23532), 12th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was a Welsh miner who volunteered for service during the First World War and was posted as a Lewis Gunner with the South Wales Borderers. He was shot in the thigh during his Regiment’s retreat. His body lay undiscovered for almost 6 months. His death is recorded as 22nd November 1917. He was 32 years of age. He is commemorated on Panel 5 of the Cambrai War Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. John Jones was the son of John and Emma Jones of Castelwood Farm, Llandefechie, Brecon. He was the husband of Sophia Jones, of 27, Lewis Street, Blackwood, Monmouthshire. The video story of John Jones, Blackwood.
Serjeant W. J. Milton (Service No: 8652), 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was a well known Blackwood man and husband of Annie May Milton, of 9, Talbot Street, Aberavon. He was awarded the Military Medal (MM) and Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). He died of wounds in the Great War on 19th October 1918 at the age of 34 years. He is buried in Vaux-Andigny British Cemetery at grave reference C. 9.
Private William Nethercott (Service No: 17506), 6th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, was awarded the Military Medal for his heroic conduct in the First World War. He died shortly after the armistice on 14th November 1918 at the age of 24 years. He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France at grave reference VI. F. 2A. He was the son of John and Emma Nethercott, of 7, Park View, Cefn Road, Blackwood.
Gunner Thomas Price (Service No: 215182), 207th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in France on 31st October 1918 at the age of 29 years. He is buried at Awoingt British Cemetery, Nord, France, grave reference II. E. 16. He lived at Brookfield, Coronation Road, Blackwood. He was the son of George and H. A. Price, of 28, Coronation Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire.
Serjeant James Herbert Spencer (service No: 1115), 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment was 27 years of age when he was killed on 2nd June 1915. He was the son of Mr. F. and Mrs. M. Spencer, of Brynteg, Cefn Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire. His name appears on Panel 50 of the Menin Gate War Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
Private Albert Henry Williams (service No: 21739), 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, died from wounds received in battle on 15th April 1918 at the age of 27 years. Son of Charles and Mary Williams, of 71, Gordon Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire. Husband of Jessie Williams, of Broadwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire. He is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference VII. D. 7.
Private Arthur C. Williams, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers was killed in action during the First World War. He lived at 71, Gordon Road, Blackwood, Monmouthshire.
Private Thomas Williams (Service No: 75543), 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers was killed in France on 18th April 1918 at the age of 20 years. He was the son of Mrs. Williams of 5, David Street, Blackwood, Monmouthshire. His name is also honoured on Panels 63 and 65 of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
And with the morn that angle face will smile,
Which we have loved long since, and lost awhile.
– Sadly missed by his sorrowing mother, brother, sisters.
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- Reference: First World War Graves and Memorials in Gwent – Volume 1, Ray Westlake.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Monmouthshire Warriors by Shaun McGuire.