War Memorials on Anglesey in North Wales.
Holyhead War Memorial, Anglesey in North Wales.
Holyhead War Memorial in 2011
Holyhead War Memorial on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales
was unveiled in 1923 as a lasting tribute to the men and women
their country. WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945) were such
devastating wars, deeply affecting the communities, and
the casualties are
not only remembered on the war memorial, but also
chapels, schools and community cemeteries.
On the ensuing pages I will endeavour to present factual information
about the men and women who are remembered, along with high resolution
photographs that will help bring the casualties of war alive
again - if only for a while.
One of our previous townsmen, Captain John Fox-Russell, was
posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for
I will tell a small part of his story and that of his brother
Captain Henry T. Fox-Russell, another hero who had been awarded
the Military Cross, but sadly also died. When I first
in 1970 with
the Royal Air Force, I
Charles and his wife in a house named 'Witchingham' on Walthew
I will tell the story of the sinking of H.M.S. Thetis in June
1939, with almost total loss of life - not strictly taking place
during the war, but certainly in preparation for the inevitable
would come just a short few months later.
I believe during WWI that Holyhead lost more men and women per
capita that any other town in the United Kingdom. Not really that surprising if you
consider Holyhead was and still is a ferry port, and nearly all of the
ferries during WWI were commandeered by the Admiralty and subsequently
sunk with great loss of life ensuing. During WWI H.M.S. Tara (renamed from
the S.S. Hibernia), R.M.S. Leinster and H.M.H.S. Anglia all suffered great
loss, and in WWII the H.M.S. Scotia was sunk at Dunkirk rescuing our troops.
Tragically, just 16 years after the unveiling, another war shook the
world and once more millions of innocent people paid the price during World
War Two (WWII). The names of our fallen servicemen and women were - after
WWII - added to the memorial, and after ensuing conflicts other names were
added - when will the human race wake up and strive to make this a peaceful
world, it is the only one we have, and after all we are just temporary inhabitants
pays tribute to Drummer Lee James Rigby
Anglesey, Holyhead War Memorial
Holyhead War Memorial - Bronze Sailor
Holyhead War Memorial circa late 1940's
Holyhead War Memorial from the road
Holyhead War Memorial - Bronze Soldier
Holyhead, War Memorial and Town Clock - August 2008
Holyhead War Memorial - Brass Soldier Full
Holyhead War Memorial - Sculptor's Signature on Brass
Holyhead War Memorial - WWI Heroes Plaque
Holyhead War Memorial - WWI Navy and Army Casualties
Holyhead War Memorial - WWII Casualties Names Soldier
Holyhead War Memorial and Town Clock
Anglesey, Holyhead, The War Memorial in its original position showing
the chapel that used to be near it.
Below is the Welsh Inscription on the monument along with my interpretation:
Cyfodwyd y Golofn hon gan drigolion Caergybi er cof am y rhai a fu
farw dros ryddid cyfiawnder a gwareiddiad.
Eu henwau a bery o genedlaeth i genhedlaeth.
Gwroniaid y Rhyfel Mawr 1914-1918.
This monument was erected by the residents of Holyhead in memory of
those who died for freedom, justice and civilization.
Their names will endure from generation to generation.
Heroes of the Great War 1914-1918.
Names>>Unveiling Ceremony>>Remembrance Parades
Tara>>RMS Leinster>>HMHS Anglia>>
Connemara>>HMS Scotia>>HMS Thetis>>
War Graves>>St Cybi's Church>>St Seiriols Church>>Armenia Chapel>>
Chapel>> English Presbyterian Church>>Hyfrydle Chapel
Cemetery>>St Mary's Catholic Cemetery>>
School>>Thomas Ellis School>>County School>>
Bomber Crash>>USAAF Plane Crash
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