Monmouthshire Regiment memorial, Abergavenny

Monmouthshire Regiment memorial, Frogmore Street

The memorial was set up to commemorate the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of the Monmouthshire Regiment who died in the Great War of 1914-18, later known as the First World War. 374 local men died, 311 of them in the second battle of Ypres, Belgium, in spring 1915. The impact of these losses on the local area is reflected in the deaths, on the same day in May 1915, of the husband and son of Mary Pritchard, who lived in Mardy.

The original memorial named the First World War battles in which the men from Abergavenny and the area to the west, as far as Tredegar, were killed. It was erected by public subscription from the people of this area. It was unveiled in October 1921 by Major General Lord Treowen, in front of a crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 people. The figure of a soldier, leaning on a Lee Enfield rifle, was sculpted by Gilbert Ledward. The names of Second World War battles in which the regiment fought were added later.

The town’s official First World War memorial, on a wall at the entrance to Abergavenny Market Hall, lists the local people from all regiments and services who were killed in active service in that war. You can read our research on the local war dead here.

The memorial in Frogmore Street, being in an open location, is the focus of the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

First World War battles listed on this memorial are: Wulverghem, 2nd Battle Of Ypres, Dickebushe, Kemmel, Yser Canal, The Somme.

Second World War battles listed are: Odon, Bourguebus Ridge, Mont Pincon, Souleuvre, Le Perrier Ridge, Falaise, Antwerp, Nederrijn, Venlo Pocket, Rhineland, Hochwald, Ibbenburen, North-West Europe.

With thanks to Gill Wakley, of Abergavenny Local History Society

Postcode: NP7 5AH    View Location Map

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