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Maesteg War Memorial

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 07931m
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Maesteg
Unitary authority : Bridgend
NGR : SS8531991382
Site Type (preferred type first) : Modern War memorial
Status :

Summary :
Unveiled by Major-General Sir Thomas O. Marden, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G. on Thursday 11th November 1926, to the memory of the many individuals from Maesteg and District, who gave their life in the First World War. On Sunday, November 10th 1946, another unveiling and memorial service took place, this time to the fallen of the Second World War. Much more recently a memorial has been added to Guardsman Christopher Mordecai, who died in the Falklands War._x000d_
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The Memorial was not without its controversy. A committee of Maesteg Urban District Council was set up in June 1921 and had two meetings, before coming to a complete standstill. In March 1922 Mr W.J. Watkins asked at a council meeting: "What has become of the War Memorial Scheme?". This apparently caused 'some liveliness' at the meeting. (Bridgend had already unveiled their memorial on November 11th the year before, 1921.) The excuse given was that, the negotiations for the proposed site, near St. David's Church, were taking longer to complete than anticipated. Eventually a decision was made that the memorial should be built._x000d_
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The designer of the memorial was Mr L.F. Roslyn, R.B.S. (Mr Roslyn was, in fact, the designer chosen to execute a bronze relief, "The Triumph of Labour", from the workers of Great Britain to the workers of America.) The memorial stands in a semi-circular recess; the pedestal of axed grey granite, standing 10ft. 3in. high, is surmounted by two bronze figures, 7ft. high. The figures represent a soldier with a bayonet defending to the last his dying comrade.

Description :
Unveiled by Major-General Sir Thomas O. Marden, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G. on Thursday 11th November 1926, to the memory of the many individuals from Maesteg and District, who gave their life in the First World War. On Sunday, November 10th 1946, another unveiling and memorial service took place, this time to the fallen of the Second World War. Much more recently a memorial has been added to Guardsman Christopher Mordecai, who died in the Falklands War._x000d_
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The Memorial was not without its controversy. A committee of Maesteg Urban District Council was set up in June 1921 and had two meetings, before coming to a complete standstill. In March 1922 Mr W.J. Watkins asked at a council meeting: "What has become of the War Memorial Scheme?". This apparently caused 'some liveliness' at the meeting. (Bridgend had already unveiled their memorial on November 11th the year before, 1921.) The excuse given was that, the negotiations for the proposed site, near St. David's Church, were taking longer to complete than anticipated. Eventually a decision was made that the memorial should be built._x000d_
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The designer of the memorial was Mr L.F. Roslyn, R.B.S. (Mr Roslyn was, in fact, the designer chosen to execute a bronze relief, "The Triumph of Labour", from the workers of Great Britain to the workers of America.) The memorial stands in a semi-circular recess; the pedestal of axed grey granite, standing 10ft. 3in. high, is surmounted by two bronze figures, 7ft. high. The figures represent a soldier with a bayonet defending to the last his dying comrade.

Sources :
Crawford, J. , 2014 , First World War Scoping Study Glamorgan and Gwent

Events :
E004823 : First World War Scoping Study Glamorgan and Gwent (year : 2014)

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