Brynmawr war memorial

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Brynmawr war memorial

This memorial was unveiled in October 1927 by Major Wilfred Russell Bailey to commemorate the local people who had died in the First World War. Major Bailey, later to become 3rd Baron Glenusk and Lord Lieutenant of Breconshire, had been injured twice in the war and received the Distinguished Service Order. The memorial, topped by a statue of a soldier, was sculpted from granite by stonemason R Price.

Names of those who died in the Second World War were later added to the memorial.

To read their details, choose a category below. We have included details of several people who are not named on the memorial but had clear connections with Brynmawr.

Among those named on the memorial is Owen Commins, who was fit and serving with the Royal Navy when the Second World War ended in September 1945. He died, aged 20, the following month when his Landing Craft Tank (designed to land tanks on beaches) was sunk by heavy seas. His body was never found but he was officially treated as a casualty of the war, with his name included on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

A service of remembrance is held every November at the Market Hall Cinema and relayed by loudspeaker to people standing by the nearby war memorial.

With thanks to Alan Regin

Postcode: NP23 4AJ    View Location Map

First World War

Second World War