Trevethin hosts day to remember the First World War

First published in News

OVER 100 people visited St Cadocs Church in Trevethin when it hosted a day to remember the First World War.

As the church was the memorial chapel for the Monmouthshire Regiment, church members thought it was fitting to host an open day so that people could view the Roll of Honour of those who served.

As part of the event, people could access records to research their family history, view First World War medals, and read case studies of local men who served.

Church member, Ann Phillips, said: “It was a lovely day with a wonderful atmosphere and it was nice to have such support from the community, who enjoyed being able to research their own family’s history.”

The event on May 3 raised £300 for church funds and people enjoyed a BBQ, as well as guided tours of the church and its tower.

Exhibiting his grandfather’s campaign medal was Peter Herbert.

It was awarded to George Cole who served with the Royal Field Artillery and Mr Herbert also showed the spurs that his grandfather wore when he rode his horse.

Mr Cole survived the war and the medals were passed to Mr Herbert in his will.

Violet Skillern, 80, took medals belonging to her father, George Humphreys, and his brother’s Owen and Charles, who were killed in action.

As well as her father’s medal, Mrs Skillern also took the bronze memorial plaque issued to her uncle's next of kin after the First World War.

Mrs Skillern said: “I’m very proud of my relatives and it’s nice that they are being remembered.

“It was a very busy day and people were very interested in learning more.”

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