War Memorials in Anglesey
War Memorials on Anglesey in North Wales – The lasting tributes to our brave men and women that gave up their lives for Freedom.
Anglesey, Holyhead War Memorial
As with most villages and towns in the United Kingdom, on Anglesey we have erected memorials to the brave men and women who gave their lives in two world wars. Many war memorials are to be found in the village and town squares or greens, others on a plaque – or a window – in the churches or the chapels.
Some memorials are to individuals belonging to the Anglesey Gentry, and are quite elaborate, e.g. the Town Clock at Llangefni, dedicated to a life lost in the Boer War. There is a spectacular individual memorial in Llansadwrn Churchyard, again to a life lost during the Boer War, which I find amazing.
As with the rest of Great Britain during the great war and WWII, Anglesey gave up its youth to defend the right of freedom in the face of oppression, and because Anglesey has such a merchant naval tradition we also lost older men and women of ages that would not normally serve in the Forces. Many did not return, and these cold concrete or marble memorials are all that is left of their memory. We see these memorials in the towns, we see them in the villages, and we see them in the chapels and the churches, and I will, because I have photographed many Church and Chapel memorials, put high resolution images on the relevant village or town memorial pages.
Lives of Anglesey men and women were snuffed out in far off lands, like so many candles extinguished, proof that war is such a disgraceful and evil waste of life. Husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, all with their futures stolen from them.
There are personal tragedies, such as the three Thomas brothers of Brynddu, Llanfechell. And the fallen were not restricted just to the working classes, Major R.G.Williams Bulkeley M.C. Welsh Guards, remembered on the Beaumaris memorial, wais a member of one of the premier families of Anglesey.
To their eternal memory, I would like to add their names and other details, in loving memory of these men, women, boys and girls who “gave their tomorrows for our todays”. So proudly they marched off in their ignorance of the carnage and horror that lay ahead. God bless them all.
I parked my car in the Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead and I was on my way with a friend to walk to the top of Holyhead mountain to take some photographs. We followed the circular walk signs and immediately after leaving the car park, we came
A Halifax MKII aeroplane number BB275 took off from R.A.F. Leeming in North Yorkshire on a training flight, when one of the engines cut out. The Halifax from 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit sadly stalled, and crashed into the mud near Four Mile Bridge on Anglesey, North Wales.
In the assembly hall of the Holyhead Secondary School, known locally as County School, there are – proudly displayed – memorials to the fallen of World War One (WWI) and World War Two (WWII), and also a memorial to David Williams, of the Welsh Guards Regiment, who
In the hall of the Rev. Thomas Ellis School is a framed photograph of Captain John Fox-Russell, who during World War One (WWI) was awarded the Military Cross, and then later the Victoria Cross – the highest possible award for outstanding courage. Within the framed photograph are
Park School in Holyhead has one war memorial, which remembers William James Singleton Assistant Master of Park Council School, Hugh Rowlands a former teacher, Louisa Parry and Robert Anthony and all former pupils who died on the R.M.S. Leinster on the 10th of October 1918. The following
St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Holyhead is the Cemetery on Cleveland Cresent. The War Graves that I have found in the cemetery are mostly of non-British and include Polish and Canadian servicemen and victims of the H.M.S. Tara and H.M.T. Scotia sinkings, one time Holyhead Ferry Boats.
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
Hyfrydle Chapel is in the town of Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales. It is located at the top of Thomas Street hill and is a most imposing building. Hyfrydle is a Grade II listed building and is – I am told – the
The Roll of Honour includes the names of everyone that worshipped at the English Presbyterian Church in Newry Street, Holyhead who went to war in World War One (WWI). That is everyone, even the servicemen that survived the war, which is of interest to amateur genealogists that
Disgwylfa Chapel was located on London Road in Holyhead. They remembered the men lost during World War One that had an association with the chapel, either because they or their parents had attended the chapel. At least four wooden plaques were erected as an integral part of