Newport War Memorial

Newport War Memorial

Newport War Memorial stands in Clarence Place at the very busy junction of Chepstow Road, Church Road and East Usk Road in Gwent, south Wales. It is the town’s main war memorial and takes the form of a 12 metre-high cenotaph, built of portland stone and surmounted on two steps made of Cornish granite. It is the main focus of the town’s ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday each year.

Newport War Memorial

Newport War Memorial, Gwent | To Our Heroic Dead

Three sides of the Newport War Memorial are inscribed with the following words:

1914-1918
1939-1945
TO OUR
HEROIC DEAD

~~

IN DEWRION
EU HENWAUN PERAROGLI SYDD

~~

1914-1918
1939-1945
THEIR
MEMORY
ENDURETH
FOR EVER

~~

Newport Cenotaph

Newport War Memorial, Gwent | In Dewrion Eu Henwaun Perarogoli Sydd

The Newport War Memorial was unveiled by Major-General the Right Honourable Lord Treowen, Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire on Saturday, 2nd June, 1923.

This ceremony was originally destined to mark the eighth anniversary of the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge on the 8th May. Newport was the headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment who took part and suffered heavy losses during this battle.

The foundation stone of the Newport War Memorial was laid on Wednesday, 11th April, 1923, by the Mayor, Councillor Edward Davies, JP.

The memorial’s architects were C. F. Bates, ARIBA and C. L. Jones, MSA.

Newport War Memorial, Gwent

Newport War Memorial, Gwent | Their Memory Endureth For Ever

As a cenotaph, the Newport War Memorial contains no names of the fallen. Those names are listed separately on an illuminated Roll of Honour, stored at Newport Library in John Frost Square.

Newport Roll of Honour

The Newport Roll of Honour is a book, designed by Fred Richard, bound in red leather and dated 1923.  The illumination  was created by J. H. Rowe and the handwritten entries were were made by Eva Caroline Bates.

Newport Illuminated Roll of Honour Dedication Page

Newport Roll of Honour | Dedication Page

The second page of the book is illuminated with the Royal Arms and beneath this is written:-

NEWPORT
ROLL OF HONOUR
IN this Book are written the names of
four Women and one thousand, five
hundred and eleven men who, in the Great
War, laid down their lives for their King and
Country.
1914-1918.

Details of the four women are recorded on the first page:-

  • Worker, Gertrude Winifred Allam Dyer – Women’s Auxillary Corps.
  • Nursing Sister, Alice Annie Guy – Scottish Women’s Hospital.
  • Driver, Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones – Women’s Royal Air Force.
  • Telegraphist, Beatrice Olivette White – Signals.

The sections that follow quote the following numbers of names:-

  • Royal Navy And Mercantile Marine – 209 names with rank and name of ship.
  • Army – 1,286 names together with rank and regiment.
  • Royal Air Force – 12 names with rank.

References & Notes:-

  1. First World War Graves and Memorials – Volume 1, Ray Westlake.
  2. Memorial photographs taken on the evening of 14th, October 2014, in the drizzle and rain; that fine rain that wets you through.
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  1. The Newport Roll of Honour book held at the Reference Library is not a full list of names of those that died in WW1, likewise the WW2 book is again not a full list of those that died from Newport. In fact I have the names of seven Newport women that died in service during WW1. At the cenotaph there is a QR Code that links to the History Points web site which in itself links to my Newport’s War Dead web site.

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