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Newborough Parishioners (Rhosyr) War Memorial

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Newborough Parishioners (Rhosyr) War Memorial

Neuadd Pritchard Jones

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

"The Great War

1914-1918

This stone was placed [here] by the parishioners of Niwbwrch (Newborough) in memory of their brave ones lost on sea and land."

 

No prizes for guessing that the first man named, Louis P. Delan was not indiginous to the area.

He was born in New York.

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mbriscoe
Posted (edited)

GAT use the "Rhosyr" place name so Iadded in brackets for searches to find.

 

Just doing Aberffraw, the memorial there was erected in 2014 apparently.  I found this article that also mentions Brynsiencyn

 

https://nation.cymru/opinion/how-welsh-language-communities-remembered-their-war-dead-differently/

 

Must look up Delan later, could be interesting!

 

 

Edited by mbriscoe

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr
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Rhosyr was the old Welsh village in those environs.

Sometime after building Beaumaris , the Franglais decided to colonise this part of the island and established a New Borough.

So 'new' is medieval.

Niwbwrch is a Welsh corruption of the Franglais word.

Edited by Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

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mbriscoe

Yes I was reading a piece about them moved from Beaumaris.  Almost as bad as HS2!

 

 

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Hywyn
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5 hours ago, mbriscoe said:

 

Must look up Delan later, could be interesting!

 

 

 

Clive will no doubt be along later. He searched high and low to firm up who he was (in military terms). Searching the Forum for Delan will bring up relevant threads by Clive.

 

Edited by Hywyn

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clive_hughes

Hi mb & Dai & Hywyn,

Delan indeed has a fascinating story.  He's also on the other (church) memorial in Newborough, and the Newborough panel of the North Wales Memorial Arch, though he can only have lived in the parish for at most three years.

 

Shortening what should be a whole article, Louis P. Delan was indeed a New Yorker, son of a (Danish West Indies-born, French-descended)  American Civil War naval veteran and leading light of the early US Labor movement.  Mother died at birth, father remarried a Welsh girl which gave him a half-brother and half-sister, then father died in a fall down an elevator shaft in NY.  Mother returned to the UK 1910 and immediately remarried a local Newborough man, but it seems not to have lasted.  With only half- or step-relatives and no Welsh skills it's no surprise that he enlisted (under-age, and with a semi-fictitious name "Edgar Lewis Delan") in June 1912 in the South Wales Borderers, only to be killed at Ypres in October 1914 aged 19.  Took me ages to run him to earth.  His family (minus the stepfather) decamped to Liverpool - his half-brother was wounded with a King's Regt. unit in France, and later commissioned in the RAF.  He regained US citizenship in the inter-war period, seems to have prospered, and died in Florida in the 1970s.  His half-sister remained in Liverpool and either she or her daughter only died in the 1990s, I think - sorry, notes not to hand.   

 

Clive    

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