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boot renovation


Guest stephen burston

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Guest stephen burston

There is a huge pile of nails/heels/segs etc just outside Blaunau Ffestiniog reputed to have come from the renovation of army footwear of WW1.Can anyone shed any light on this most poignant ,albeit unnofficial,memorial site?

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Possibly because slate demand dropped significantly and a redundant labour force could be used without much training or re-location.

Roop

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Localy it is thought that some of these belonged to the American forces camped in Roman Bridge just down the road from Blaenau, I was told that the troops stationed there during WW2 were training for mountain warefare, (some Zippo lighters have been found underground in the old mines on the Moelwyn ranges). These troops were all sent to Gyuam? and most of them killed, and what remained of parade uniforms,shoes etc were burnt along with other equipment (the fire lasted for days), such as shoes that were kept in the old market hall in Blaenau?. If you search in the mound you'll find the steel re-enforcement for the heels and soles of the boots.

As for the first part ,it is only here say but the American Army was stationed at Roman Brige,(which division I don't know) but wopuld like to find out. Incidently there was a slate plaque by the mound some years ago with the following inscription in Welsh " Sgidiau traed y meirw", roughly translated to shoes of the dead, hope this is of help.

Kevin

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