Blaina War Memorial
The Blaina war memorial is situated in the park and sports ground at Surgery Road, Abertillery, Gwent. (View location).
Comprised of a low square platform that supports a huge, local stone, the four sides of the memorial display a series of black marble panels, each bearing the names of the men and women from Nantyglo and Blaina who fell in both world wars and Northern Ireland.
The front of the monument bears this inscription:-
REMEMBER THE LOVE OF THEM
WHO CAME NOT HOME FROM THE WARS
To The Glory of God
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF NANTYGLO AND BLAINA
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY.
A Welsh inscription at the rear of the memorial states:-
1914 – 1918 1939 – 1945
ER GOGONIANT I DDUW AC
I’R GWYR A’R GWRAGEDD
O NANTYGLO A BLAENAU
A ROES EU BYWYDAU TROS EIN GWLAD.
Translated, means: “To the Glory of God and to the men and women of Nantyglo and Blaenau who gave their lives for our country.”
Of the nine marble panels that surround the Blaina war memorial, three of them contain the names of those who fell in the Second World War. Another panel records the sole name of Lance Corporal J. H. T. Hillman who was killed serving in Northern Ireland.
The remaining five panels each contain thirty names of those who gave their lives for King and Country during the First World War. The one hundred and fifty names are recorded in order of rank:
Captains: F. H. V. Bevan, J. Lancaster, J. H. Lewis.
Lieutenants: C. H. Adney (awarded the Military Cross), A. Poulaine, W. H. Sutton, S. N. Williams.
Cadet: C. J. E. Jones.
Petty-Officer: W. Broome.
Company Sergeant Majors: G. Gomery, D. G. James.
Sergeants: R. J. Clarke, J. Gregson, W. Turner.
Corporals: G. Garbeth, E. hunt, T. D. James, T. J. Williams.
Lance-Corporals: T. R. Allen, F. Andrews, G. BEck, I. Cole, G. H. Darvill, W. T. Keylock (awarded the Military Medal), J. Pearce, J. H. Wilton.
Trooper: J. F. Williams.
Bombardier: H. Dimmick.
Drivers: G. Burton, W. Cook.
Gunners: W. H. Davies, G. Jones, W. H. Price.
Sappers: E. J. Maidment, R. Wills.
Able-Seaman: W. G. Phillips.
Air-Mechanic: C. Davies.
Ordinary-Seamen: F. Jeremiah, H. Willbert.
Privates: A. Abrahams, M. S. Austin, G. Baker, F. S. Bennet, A. Bond, J. Booth, T. Boughey, I. Britton, F. J. Brooks, S. Burton, T. Calvert, W. Carey, W. E. Carter, J. Chivers, W. Clark, W. H. Clarke, H. Compton, C. Corbett, E. Daniels, L. Davies, W. E. Davies (awarded the Military Medal), A. Dimmick, W. Dimmick, F. W. Eacups, W. E. Earney, W. Edmunds, L. Edwards, P. Eustace, W. A. Evans, F. Fisher, T. Fletcher, F. W. Fowler, W. Fowler, T. Francis, G. Gittings, A. Gore, F. Hathaway, R. Hayes, G. Herrington, W. G. Hodges, W. Holder, E. Hole, A. Hughes, R. Issac, S. C. James, F. Jeffreys, H. J. Jelly, W. Jenkins, W. John, F. Johncey, D. Jones, D. T. Jones, J. Jones, W. Jones, R. J. Kibble, J. Langley, W. J. Le Visconte, F. H. Lockstone, H. A. Lynes, J. Morden, D. Morgan, F. W. Morgan, T. L. Morgan, W. Morgan, W. Morgan, E. Morris, W. Morris, F. S. Newman, D. O’Brien, M. Osland, J. Padfield, R. Paul, A. Payne, J. Phillips, E. J. Powell, J. S. Price, W. Price, C. Pritchard, J. Pritchard, T. Prosser, W. H. Prosser, C. Pugh, S. Ralph, H. Richards, G. H. Riddle, E. J. Roberts, R. Rogers, E. C. Rowberry, D. Rowlands, C. Seymour, J. R. Sheargold, D. Smith, E. Smith, G. Smith, R. Smith, H. Sydenham, H. Teague, J. Thomas, J. Thomas, M. H. Thomas, T. Tuck, W. J. Turner, W. J. Vaughan, G. Wait, A. Walker, A. G. Weaver, F. J. Williams, G. Williams, W. T. Williams, E. Wilshire, A. Wiltshire.
References & Notes:-
- First World War Graves and Memorials in Gwent, Volume 1, Ray Westlake. (Further reading).
- During the Great War, Blaina was the headquarters of ‘H’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment.
- High resolution images of the Blaina War Memorial available on Flickr.