At noon Llanfyllin marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War One by a dedication at the town’s memorial.
The ceremony began with the Mayor Ann Williams unveiling the commemorative decorations added to the memorial. Painted metal poppies, sandbags and barbed wire now adorn the base – an idea suggested to the Llanfyllin Royal British Legion by the local Floral Arts Committee. The additions will be kept in place for the duration of the four-year commemorations.
The poppies are made from steel and recycled materials by craftsman Brian Flowers of Welshpool.
After an address by the Mayor, where she read poems in English and Welsh, there followed a minute’s silence and the Legion’s standards were lowered by the Standard Bearer Ted Crawford.
The first poem was In Flanders Fields by Canadian artillery officer Major John McCrae.
The Welsh poem was Rhyfel (War) by Trawsfynydd-born celebrated bard Hedd Wyn (Ellis Humphrey Evans), who died during the First World War at Passchendaele. He was posthumously awarded the Bard’s Chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod at Birkenhead just six weeks later.
Phil Ellis read out a roll call of those listed on the memorial, and the Exhortation was recited by Gordon Jones, whose uncle was one of those lost in the First World War and is listed on the memorial. Norman Williams laid a wreath on behalf of the Legion.
Church Bells tolled
The St Myllin’s church tenor bell was tolled of 34 times, in remembrance of the 34 killed in WWI, before the Standards were finally raised. The church bells then rang muffled for a short period.
The bell ringers will also be marking each of the 34 names on the memorial at around 6pm on the hundredth anniversary date of their deaths, with one toll for each year they lived.
It was hoped the local Legion’s last war veteran Ken Price of Llanfechain might be able to attend, but sadly he passed away last week. His funeral takes place on Wednesday in Llanfechain at 14:00 and will be attended by British Legion members.
Commemorations organised by Llanfyllin branch of the Royal British Legion will be continuing over the coming four years, and among upcoming events is a coach trip to visit the National Memorial Arboretum on the 16th August.
The 34 lives lost from Llanfyllin during the First World War
|2/Lieut||J W Roberts||Welch||Pant|
|2/Lieut||T D Hughes||O&BLI||Pendref|
|Sgt||E Evans||Wilts||Plas Isa|
|Sgt||R R Lloyd||RAOC||High St|
|Cpl||M Evans||RWF||Narrow St|
|Cpl||J Coxall||KSLI||Bridge St|
|L/Cpl||E Hall||RWF||New Road|
|L/Cpl||A W Jones||Welch||The Hall|
|Seaman||H Wharton||RNR||Green Sq|
|Gnr||D R Jones||RGA||Bridge St|
|Spr||R Harris||RE||Bridge St|
|Pte||S J Chase||Lancs I||Pendaog|
|Pte||E T Davies||RWF||Llechwedd|
|Pte||E Edwards||RWF||Bridge St|
|Pte||T Edwards||RWF||Abel Yard|
|Pte||W H Edwards||RWF||Church View|
|Pte||E T Jones||RWF||High St|
|Pte||T A Evans||SWB||Bodyddon|
|Pte||M M Richards||SWB||Bronhaul|
|Pte||W G Jones||DLI||Green Square|
|Pte||J D Edwards||RAMC||Narrow St|
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