Welsh National War Memorial
Type War Memorial
Cadw listing: 'A circular colonnade of unfluted Corinthian columns with 3 projecting rectangular porticos. At porticos (gated with iron gates) 3 short flights of steps lead down to a circular space within which is set a circular fountain basin, in the centre of which, in turn is a 3-sided podium. The lower part of the podium is rectangular and the upper part circular with projecting columns echoing the shape of the outer colonnade; base of colonnade lined internally with stone seats. The 3 bays of the upper part of the podium have 3 bronze statues of servicemen (representing the 3 services) bearing wreaths; the top of the column is surmounted by a bronze statue of a nude male figure representing victory; bronze dolphins below.
The idea of the memorial was first mooted in 1917 but it was not until October 1919 that the proposal took shape. The Western Mail opened a national subscription fund and a committee was set up to carry out the scheme. Four designs for the memorial were submitted and the winning design accepted in 1924.
Inscription on exterior of frieze on colonnade:
REMEMBER HERE IN PEACE THOSE WHO IN TUMULT OF WAR BY SEA, ON LAND, IN AIR, FOR US AND FOR OUR VICTORY ENDURETH UNTO DEATH
Inscription on the outside frieze:
I FEIBON CYMRU A RODDES EU BYWYD DROS EI GWLAD YN RHYFEL. MCMXIV - MCMXVIII
(To the sons of Wales who gave their lives for their country in the war of 1914-1918)
Inscription over the porches in the centre:
DROS FOR FE DROES I FARW GER Y FFOS YN GORFFWYSO YN Y NWYFRE YN HOFRAN
(Over the sea went he to die - Nigh the trench, resting, grappling in the central Blue.)
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