Colwyn Bay War Memorial, Conway Road
This memorial commemorates the local war dead of the First and Second World Wars and the Korean war. To read their details, choose a category below.
In March 1922, the local War Memorial Committee (chairman Simon Williams, secretary D Gamble, treasurer TR Roberts) issued a circular inviting subscriptions towards a permanent memorial. They succeeded in collecting the required £1,000, and on 11 November 1922 the memorial was unveiled by Lord Colwyn.
It was sculpted by John Cassidy of Manchester. The engineer and surveyor was WJ Dunning from Colwyn Bay Council. The bronze founders were HH Marfyn & Co Ltd of Cheltenham. The foundation stone was fashioned by two monumental masons, FM & H Nuttall of Manchester and local firm W Davies & Son, whose premises were in Douglas Road.
In the Book of Remembrance produced for the unveiling ceremony, the bronze figure of the soldier is described thus: 'In this figure there is no suggestion of the callousness or brutality associated with War. The Man is typical of the majority of the soldiers who comprised the armies of Great Britain during the Great War. Called from the uneventful civil pursuits by the stern voice of duty, he carries with him the refinement of his ordinary life, whilst the knowledge of the horrors and possibilities of War enhances his valour.'
Research by HistoryPoints has uncovered the names of other local people who died in the wars but are not named on the memorial. We have included them in the lists available by clicking below.
With thanks to Graham Roberts, of Colwyn Bay Civic Society, Adrian Hughes, of the Home Front museum in Llandudno,. and the National Army Museum, and to Colwyn Bay Heritage Group for supplying the old photo.
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Secret BBC studio - for use if Hitler invaded Britain
Penrhynside war memorial
Old Colwyn war memorial