Holyhead Maeshyfryd Cemetery WWI War Memorials

Holyhead, Maeshyfryd Cemetery July 2011 showing the Church and the Chapel of Rest.

Maeshyfryd Cemetery is in Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey and has been the town communal cemetery since the 19th century.

Within the walls of this cemetery are to be found the graves of servicemen who came home from the wars wounded or otherwise sick, only to later die of their wounds at home, or in hospital. If we can imagine, for every person killed in action, there would be many severely wounded and returned home from the front. These graves are as much war memorials as the main memorial column in the town.

Other graves of wives, parents, or even grandparents, record the treasured names of their loved ones, lost in some foreign land. Having spent many hours searching for these graves, I can say that it was common to practise to remember the family members in such away.

There is also a mass grave, holding the victims of the H.M.S. Thetis disaster, which happened just a couple of months before war was declared, and I have dedicated a special page to record that disaster.

I will display – in high resolution – images of the WWI memorials that I have found in Maeshyfryd Cemetery. In addition, where possible, I will add the Commonwealth Graves Commission Memorial, which often includes addresses and next of kin details.

There are so many of these graves that I will have to spread the photographs and information across several pages, also separating the casualties from World War One (WWI) and World war Two (WWII).

World War One WWI Memorials: Please note: I have scored more that I will add a little later. There are so many in the cemetery it has been so time-consuming literally going from grave to grave. It is unlikely that I will find every grave naming a casualty, as some are too badly worn to read, whilst others may have been lowered to the ground and are now covered with grass.

Holyhead, Maeshyfryd Cemetery during January snows in 2013.

I had walked this cemetery many times before I researched this project, and I knew of the famous memorials, in particular of the wartime shipping disasters that have have been the cause of great lamentation in the town, and are still spoken of to this day.

I had not however realised just how many gravestones there were in remembrance of the fallen of two world wars. The main reason for there being so many casualties from Holyhead is that it is a ferry port to Ireland, and many of the ferries were commandeered by the Admiralty during the two world wars and subsequently sank as the result of enemy action. These ships were mainly crewed by the original Holyhead and Anglesey men and women, and that is the reason for such large numbers of war graves.

I will portray the World War One (WWI) graves as high-resolution images in the table below, and where possible include the Commonwealth Graves Commission Memorial (CWGC) in photographic form.

Anglesey, Holyhead, Maeshyfryd Church in May 2013.

I am continuing to search for and research the World War One (WWI) graves – or the graves where the fallen are remembered – with Maeshyfryd Cemetery at Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey.

I am further surprised at the amount that I have found, but sad that many of the grave inscriptions are impossible to read due to weathering. It is inevitable that I will not find every one. Nevertheless, every one that I find is another memorial to those who lost everything for our futures.

Even now in Holyhead, there are few families to be found that remember no-one from any of the WWI shipping tragedies, most Holyhead families have a story to tell of someone they have lost.

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