War Memorials Gallery

  • War memorial at Aberystwyth

    War memorials were often sited in prominent positions. Designed by Mario Rutelli of Rome, the town war memorial at Aberystwyth is set within the precinct of the medieval castle. The winged statue of Victory seems to reach out towards the sea.

  • War memorial in Llandaff

    War memorial imagery is often striking. At Llandaff, a woman dressed in Celtic costume personifies the place itself. The flanking figures of young men pay respect to the sons of Llandaff, including former pupils of the Cathedral School.

  • Decorative gates at Pontypool

    War memorials can take many forms. These decorative gates at Pontypool commemorate the fallen of the First World War (1914–18).

  • A soldier with rifle and bayonet pointing downwards on the war memorial at Rhyl. This common pose denotes a time for prayer and reflection.

    A soldier with rifle and bayonet pointing downwards on the war memorial at Rhyl. This common pose denotes a time for prayer and reflection.

  • Abergavenny War Memorial

    At Abergavenny, this weary looking soldier reflects the exhaustion of war. The war memorial was erected to commemorate the First World War (1914–18) over the course of which 35,000 Welsh men were killed.

  • Flint War Memorial

    The design of many war memorials was inspired by classical tradition. At Flint, the obelisk commemorates the South African War (1899–1902); the cenotaph commemorates the First World War (1914–18) and later conflicts.

  • Detail from a memorial to slate workers at Capel Baladeulyn, Nantlle.

    Some war memorials commemorate individual communities. This detail is from a memorial to slate workers at Capel Baladeulyn, Nantlle.

  • The Welsh National Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff.

    The Welsh National Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff, is a very public focal point for the annual act of remembrance, which commemorates the lives of all Welsh men and women who have given their lives in service of their country.

  • Monument to the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Wrexham

    William Goscombe John — one of Wales’s finest sculptors — worked on many war memorials in Wales, including this monument to the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Wrexham.

  • At Rhayader, a Welsh dragon is shown defeating a German eagle.

    Patriotic messages often feature on war memorials in Wales. Here, at Rhayader, a Welsh dragon is shown defeating a German eagle.

  • War memorial in Borth

    War memorials were often paid for by public subscription. The cliff-top site of the Borth memorial made it vulnerable to a lightning strike in 1983 after which it was re-erected through public subscription for a second time.

  • War memorial in Blackwood

    The design of the war memorial at Blackwood — like several in Wales — was inspired by the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The steps and railings help to create an imposing and protective space in which to honour the fallen.

  • Carmarthen’s Crimean War memorial

    Often, several different craft skills are in evidence in war memorials. These carefully detailed cast-iron crossed muskets with bayonets surround Carmarthen’s Crimean War (1853–56) memorial.

  • Figure of a triumphant soldier at Ebbw Vale

    This figure of a triumphant soldier at Ebbw Vale reflects a different attitude to war. The memorial is made of a number of different materials — stone, bronze and cast-iron — each of which needs its own special conservation techniques.

  • This memorial to the South African War (1899–1902) is in a prominent site on Twthill above Caernarfon.

    The Celtic cross was often used in war memorials and recalls both our Christian and Welsh heritage. This memorial to the South African War (1899–1902) is in a prominent site on Twthill above Caernarfon.