Friday May 8th 2015 is VE Day: marking 70 years since Victory in Europe was formally declared at the end of the Second World War. There will be a 2 minutes silence at 3 pm followed in London by a service at the Cenotaph which will finish at 3.30 pm. At this time in Llanfyllin, the bells of St Myllin’s will ring in celebration.
Friday May 8th is also the centenary of the second Llanfyllin man to be killed in the First World War. Soon after 6 pm, there will be 9 strikes from the bell tower at St Myllin’s to tell that a man has died, followed by 26 strikes to record his age. The man was Evan Williams, born in Bwlch-y-Cibau, whose widowed mother was living at the Pentre, just outside Llanfyllin, at the time of her son’s death. She and her late husband, a woodsman, had had 9 children, and Evan went to South Wales to make a living as a coal miner. He and his older brother Richard volunteered for the army soon after war was declared in August 1914. Richard survived but Evan Williams was killed in action in France on May 8th 1915.
We will remember them
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