Cwmbrân war memorial
Cwmbrân war memorial, Cwmbrân Park
Most Welsh towns erected their war memorials in the decade after the First World War, but Cwmbrân didn’t become a significant town until after the Second World War. This memorial was created in 1999, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the start of work on Cwmbrân new town.
Set into the wall of the memorial are two bronze panels which were previously at the industrial complex of Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds. This was a major local employer, operating a steelworks and foundry on land now occupied by the Springfield Industrial Estate.
The memorial’s centrepiece is a renovated cross which originally commemorated the local dead of the First World War. It bears the inscription: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them.” A plaque below, added in 1999, reads: “And in memory to those who have fallen in subsequent conflicts.”
To read details of the local war dead, please select a category below.
We are grateful to Shaun McGuire for allowing us to draw on his comprehensive research on Cwmbrân’s war dead, which you can read on his website.
The following men from the area died in military service after the Second World War:
- Adams, Kyle John, 21, 6th August 2009, Parachute Regiment attd Special Forces Support Group, Killed in Action in Afghanistan, 30052866, Private. Kyle and two comrades were killed while on a routine security patrol when their Jackal vehicle was hit by an explosion and then fired on using small arms.
- Edwards, Graham, 27, 4th March 1956, Royal Artillery, 22828512, Gunner. Buried at Waynes Keep Cemetery, Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Prosser, James John Hamilton, 21, 27th September 2009, Royal Welsh Regiment, 30059956, Private. Died as a result of an explosion during a vehicle patrol in northern Helmand province, Afghanistan. Read more about James Prosser