Special report by Iwan Lewis and Alan Evans
FIRST Minister Carwyn Jones AM was in Llanelli today, Friday (Nov 23) to pay tribute to the 13 men from the GWR in Llanelli who fell in the Great War.
The event at the Railway Goods-Shed was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed David Mathias, Nia Griffith MP, representatives of the Royal British Legion, Deputy Mayor Suzy Curry and representatives of the Railway Goods-Shed Trust including George Parker and the Reverend Eldon Phillips.
Speaking at the event the First Minister said: “We have made money so the memorials around Wales could be restored. We didn’t know how many there were. I know that all across Wales including here in Llanelli that the memorial has been restored to its rightful place as a place of remembrance.”
Speaking to those attending including local school children from Ysgol Penrhos, Ysgol Coedcae, Ysgol Maes y Morfa and Ysgol Bigyn who laid wreaths the First Minister said: “It is a great honour to be with you all here today to remember all those brave young men who gave their lives all those years ago so we can stand here today and enjoy our freedom. On several occasions I have been able to go to Flanders and to France where you see the graves stretching out into the distance. The saddest graves are those that have inscribed on them ‘a soldier of the Great War known unto God’. A soldier is buried there and no one knows who that solider is because they could not be identified.”
Nia Griffith MP said: “It is quite an exciting time for us a the Goods-Shed. We are pleased to explore the heritage of the industrial history that is associated with the Goods-Shed. We mark as a very solemn occasion, the sad loss in the Great War of 13 men who worked for the Great Western Railway Company and were associated with the railway here in Llanelli. We are here for a memorial service to pay tribute to those men who gave their lives for our country.”