The memorial is a clock tower which was erected by Mr. B. B. Davies, of Dowlais, from designs prepared by Mr. R. R. G. Richards. of Merthyr, at an approximate cost of the tower has been built on a pedestal of Forest of Dean Inoue, and is relieved by pale Empire stone, the roof being of “Peggy slate.” The panels bear the names of 40 men who fell in the war and the following inscription in English and Welsh:
“In honoured memory of the men of Hirwain who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-19.”
“Nice, Perfect Peace.”
The clock was supplied by Messrs. Smith and Sons, of Derby, and the hour and half hour.
The memorial movement was organised by the local Welcome Home War Memorial Committee, which was instrumental in distributing large sums of money to soldiers and their dependents during the war. The (chairman of the committee is ex-Guardian David Jones; vice-chairman, Mr. K P. Cornish, hon. secretary, Mr. A. H. Tuckfield; and treasurer. Mr. George James.
Below is part of the report from the Aberdare Leader dated the 2nd. Feb. 1924. To read the full report click here. Another report covering the unveiling of the memorial entitled Significance of War Memorials can be found here.
In the presence of what the Rev.E. Wern Williams described as a crowd he had never before seen the like of in Hirwaun, during the last 34 years, the clock tower erected in the Cardiff Arms Square as a memorial to the forty men of the village who laid down their lives in the Great War, was unveiled on Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was marked with due impressiveness, and solemnity.
The rain that fell just prior to the formation of the procession near Nebo Chapel, seemed to create a general air of depression, but, out of the mists which gathered, the memorial rose high, and, twice or thrice as though to remind the bereaved relatives around, of the reward of supreme sacrifice. Struck the hour or half-hour with a note of serene felicity.
At the base of the memorial reads the inscription, in English and Welsh, “In honoured memory of the men of Hirwaun who laid down their lives in the Great War, 1914-19. “Peace perfect peace.” And the following names of the forty heroes of the village:
Morten W. Evans
Gwilym E. Jones
John S. Jones
Wm. D. John
David J. Price
Samuel A. Paget
Evan J. Roderick
Geoffrey L. Thomas
To Be Nameless in worthy deeds, exceeds an infamous history… Who had not rather been the good thief than Pilate?
An excellent search on the names included on the memorial and others from the village that were not included for some reason can be found athttps://ww1.wales/other-counties/breconshire-memorials/hirwaun-war-memorial/
Unveiling of Hirwaun War Memorial by the Bishop of Llandaff
Hirwaun Memorial, Circa 1960
Back to History