Rain did not keep members of the public away from a short service in the Garden of Remembrance yesterday to honour the memory of 2 of Penarth’s 3 holders of the Victoria Cross (Photo Huw Williams)

Permanent memorial stones have been unveiled and dedicated at Penarth’s garden of Remembrance – at Rectory Road – to honour the memory of 2 of Penarth’s 3 recipients of the Victoria Cross  –  Capt. Richard Wain and Sgt. Samuel Pearse.

The event was part of this weekend’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Aermistice which brought the First World War to an end.

The emblem of the Victoria Cross has been inscribed in the stones honouring the memory of Captain Wain and Sgt Pearse (Photo Huw Williams)

Both the two Penarth soldiers were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross but neither of their names appears on the Roll of Honour in St Augustine’s Church.

The names of the two  heroes,  Captain Richard Wain and Sergeant Samuel Pearse,  do however appear together on the Alexandra Park War Memorial (see below).

The names of Penarth’s two WW1 era VCs Sgt Pearse and Captain Wain were late additions to the war memorial in Alexandra Park and are 0ut of alphabetical sequence

However , for some reason, the two VCs were only  late-additions to the Alexandra Park monument and their names  do not appear in alphabetical order with all the others.  Sgt Pearse in fact was not killed in WW1 but died in a campaign in North Russia in August 1919.

Capt. Richard Wain VC

Sgt Samuel Pearse VC

In addition to the dedication of the memorial stones honouring the two VCs,  a  commemorative Rowan Tree, presented by Penarth Civic Society, has also been planted at the Garden of Remembrance.

Tomorrow (Sunday November 11th)  the full Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying will take place at the Garden of Remembrance followed by a procession to St Augustine’s Church where the Remembrance Service will be held.

In another short service on Cliff Walk a  commemorative oak has been planted as a living memorial to all those who lost their lives, those who supported the war effort, and those who survived.

[ PDN Note: Penarth’s third VC, Wing Commander Guy Gibson – the leader of the “Dambusters” in WW2 – has not been included in the Garden of Remembrance memorials – but his name is recorded on the newly restored Penarth Cenotaph in Alexandra Park and at Penarth Council’s HQ at West House] 

The Stanwell “Pop-Up Museum” is on display today at 14:00 at All Saints Church as part of the church’s exhibition (Photo Jane McLaughlin)

Today (Saturday November 10th 2018)  All Saints Church is open for an exhibition of the “32” – the 32 members of the congregation who died in WW1.

The exhibit illustrated above records the all-too-brief life of former Stanwell School pupil Ernest Llewelyn Rees. He studied at Stanwell School – then the County School –  until 1914 and then went to Cardiff University but was killed in action in Flanders in 1918.

The exhibition is being augmented by the “Stanwell School Pop-Up Museum” which was first displayed in Penarth yesterday.

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  1. Huw Williams says:

    Thanks for reporting this. The stones project commemorated WW1 VC’s. Penarth’s third VC is Guý Gibson VC of Dmabuster famw, variously commemorated in the town.
    Yesterday’s event was attended by representative of the Australian Armed Forces and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers with whom Sgt Pearce served and the Royal Tank Regiment, with whom Lt Wain served, by Major General John Patterson CB, the Colonel Commandant of the RTR and members of the regimental staff

  2. Le Compte says:

    The Stanwell exhibition is very moving, a must-see.

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