PENARTH PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS FALLEN HEROES

The Remembrance Sunday procession marches along Stanwell Road en route to the Garden of Remembrance at Rectory Road

The Remembrance Sunday procession marches along Stanwell Road en route to the Garden of Remembrance at Rectory Road (Photo John Clark)

Penarth has once again been commemorating those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars –  and in subsequent conflicts –  in the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony.

A contngent from the army (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

Taking part in the procession were contingents from the Army, HMS Cambria, RAF Cadets and Penarth Sea Cadets  (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

A large number of members of the public turned out to line the route of the ceremonial procession from Station Approach to the Garden of Remembrance at the entrance to Alexandra Park – an event organised by the Royal British Legion, supported by several other organisations.

In the procession and crowd were a number of veterans of recent conflicts, including several Royal Marines in their green berets and a Welsh Guardsman in a khaki beret.

Representatives of the pupils of St Cyres and Stanwell School marched with wreaths in the procession (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

Following Royal Marines (wearing green berets) were representatives of the pupils of St Cyres and Stanwell School who were to lay wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

Amongst those in the procession were representatives of all the Armed Services, the RNLI, HM Coastguard,  local youth organisations, St Cyres School and Stanwell School, Penarth Sea Cadets , Penarth RAF cadets and the Scouts.

Following the standard bearers were Polic Commissioner Alun Michael, Deputy Leader of the Vale Council Lis Burnett and the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

Following the standard bearers were Police Commissioner Alun Michael, Deputy Leader of the Vale Council Lis Burnett, the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy and Penarth Vale and Town councillors (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)

The Garden of Remembrance was bathed in sunshine as local organisations gathered to lay wreaths in commemoration of the fallen

The Garden of Remembrance was bathed in sunshine as local organisations gathered to lay wreaths in commemoration of the fallen.  (Photo John Clark)

The weather was bright and warm as civic dignitaries, local councillors, and representatives of many  organisations in the town gathered at the Garden of Remembrance to observe the two-minutes’ silence  – signalled by the sounding of the Last Post.

The standard bearers of the British Legion, the RNLI, the Coastguards, the RAF Association and the Scouts . On the right is Deputy Lord Lieutenant Duncan Cantley

The standard bearers of the British Legion, the RNLI, the Coastguard Service, HMS Cambria, the RAF  and the Scouts . On the right is Deputy Lord Lieutenant Duncan Cantley (Photo John Clark)

The Garden of Remembrance provides not only an intimate setting for the public wreath-laying but it is also – as originally intended – a place where local families, friends and relatives may afterwards add their own personal tributes.

The memorial stone in the Garden of Rembrance bears no names - but only the text of Laurence Binyon's famous poem - For the Fallen

The memorial stone in the Garden of Remembrance bears no names  but only the text of Laurence Binyon’s famous poem – “For the Fallen”. The small wooden crosses are individual tributes set in place by local residents in memory to those whom they have lost (Photo Adrian Goldsworthy)   

After the wreath-laying at the Garden of Remembrance there was a  procession to  All Saints Church in Victoria Square  for the annual Remembrance Sunday service where a new roll of honour was dedicated to parishioners who were killed in WW1.

The first roll of honour was lost in a disastrous fire at the church and the second was destroyed when the church was bombed by the Luftwaffe in WW2.

(Left) Two re-enactors dressed in the uniforms of WW1 mount guard with heads bowed and rifles reversed at the entrance to All Saints Church (Photo John Clark) The church has published a book "32" giving the details of those named on its roll of honour.

(Left) Two re-enactors dressed in the uniforms of WW1 mount guard with heads bowed and rifles reversed at the entrance to All Saints Church (Photo John Clark) The church has published a book “32” giving the details of those named on its roll of honour.(Photo Tom Crooks)

Penarth War Memorial in Alexandra Park gears over 500 names

Penarth War Memorial in Alexandra Park bears over 500 names

Jane McLaughlin and Tom Crooks have written a book for All Saints Church called “32”  – the number being the total of its congregation who were killed in WW1. Many family members of those commemorated in its pages attended yesterday’s service.

Trinity Methodist Church has also compiled a new roll of honour bearing the names of members its congregation who sacrificed their lives for their country.

The roll of honour at St Augustines Church was originally conceived as a “town-wide” roll of honour and  includes the names of the majority of those (of all denominations) who lost their lives in the World Wars but it is acknowledged as being incomplete.

The fullest record of the fallen of the two World Wars and the Korean War – 513 in all –  plus  8 civilians killed by enemy action,  is that inscribed on the town’s main war memorial in Alexandra Park .

 

 

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One Response to PENARTH PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS FALLEN HEROES

  1. Fishhenge says:

    Thank you.

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