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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Welsh National War Memorial

Summary

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.
    

Inscriptions

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.)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Burton, Thames Ditton, A.B. Foundry
Pegram, A. Bertram Sculptor
Comper, J. Ninian Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Memorial Portland stone and bronze None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CARDIFF129 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Alexandra Gardens
Precise location In centre of Gardens
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST181770
Date of design 1924-28
Year of unveiling 1928
Unveiling details Unveiled by the Prince of Wales on 12th June 1928
Commissioned by National Memorial Committee
Duty of care None
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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