Aberystwyth war memorial
This spectacular memorial commemorates local people who died in the First and Second world wars. It was unveiled in 1923. Its designer was Mario Rutelli, an acclaimed Italian sculptor. The winged figure atop the column represents Victory, alighting on the Earth with news of victory and peace. The globe which Victory stands on bears the names of some of the local men killed in the First World War.
At the foot of the column, a naked woman emerging from tangled foliage is depicted, representing Humanity rising from the chaos of war.
Most of Rutelli’s work was in Italy, but he was also responsible for the 1922 statue of the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, which stands outside the old college building in Aberystwyth.
To read details of the local war dead, choose a category below. The details are summaries of research carried out by Steven John. To read his comprehensive accounts of Aberystwyth’s war dead, click here.