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THE LAST WORLD WAR ONE MEMORIAL


Just a few weeks before the children from London and other major cities were being evacuated in the expection of war coming to Britain, in Mumbles they finally unveiled their World War I war memorial.


 then...
 ..and today

The memorial is on the site of a 'shrine' erected in the early part of the war. Originally this proudly listed the local men who joined the army but eventually turned into a list of those killed.

Shrines such as this were common during the First World War and were promoted for similar reasons by the churches and the military. One wanted more people in their pews and the other wanted more people in the trenches.

Mumbles war memorial was unveiled on 30 July 1939 on the site of the WW1 shrine on the left. Just two months later two Graves Registration Units were sent to France to plan for the burial of the coming war's dead.