Wales

Welsh World War One memorial stones to be erected in Belgium

Peter Carter Jones, co-ordinator of the Welsh Memorial in Flanders Campaign Group, addressed the service
Image caption Peter Carter Jones gave a speech at the unveiling of the dragon memorial in 2014

A memorial will be erected in Belgium to the Welsh soldiers who fought in World War One.

Seven standing stones from Wales will be adorned with a plaque to represent each regiment and division.

They will be transported from Craig-yr-Hesg quarry near Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on Thursday.

Peter Carter Jones, co-ordinator of the Welsh Memorial in Flanders Campaign Group, said: "We wanted to make sure they were honoured."

The Pennant bluestones - which will be carved in Belgium - are each about 6ft (1.8m) tall and weigh approximately 2.5 tonnes.

They will be put up in Flanders, close to the dragon monument which was unveiled in 2014, and each fixed with a plaque with the name, crest and battle honours of the regiment or division they represent.

Those being honoured are:

  • The Welsh Regiment
  • South Wales Borderers
  • Monmouthshire Regiment
  • Royal Welsh Fusiliers
  • Welsh Guards
  • 38th Welsh Division
  • 53rd Welsh Division

Mr Jones, who lives in Abercrave and served in the RAF for five years, said: "All the fighting in the first World War was done by these people. We wanted somewhere they could be honoured."

The stones are expected to be erected within three months, with the plaques to be unveiled during a ceremony at a later date.

Image caption Welsh bluestones have been used in other memorials in Flanders

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