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.
Three sides of the Newport War Memorial are inscribed with the following words:
EU HENWAUN PERAROGLI 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.
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.
The second page of the book is illuminated with the Royal Arms and beneath this is written:-
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
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:-
- First World War Graves and Memorials – Volume 1, Ray Westlake.
- Memorial photographs taken on the evening of 14th, October 2014, in the drizzle and rain; that fine rain that wets you through.