In memoriam - the men of Newport who died in two World Wars, 1914-18 & 1939-45, and those who survived as members of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 1914-18 and who have now passed from our sight
Today we pay our respects to the thousands who fell in defence of this country, and those who are still serving abroad.
There will be services of remembrance conducted at war memorials in towns and villages all over the country.
There are hundreds of these memorials, but here we look at just one, in Newport, and the names of the 322 men associated with the town who left to fight in the First and Second World Wars. Many never returned.
The list was compiled by former Newport town councillor David Adams, who has spent ten years researching the subject.
His efforts have shed new light on these men's names. Instead of a simple name carved on to a memorial, we know more about who each man was, where he lived, where he fought, where he died and is commemorated.
There’s Private George Mullinder, for example, who was just 19 when he was killed on 14th July 1916.
Private Mullinder, who was born in the town, was a member of the 7th Batallion of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He died in the attack on the Bazentin Ridge during the Battle of the Somme, which took place between July and November.
He was one of 623,907 allied casualties in the battle - 419,654 British, 207,253 French.
British casualties on the 1st July 1916 alone were 57,470 — 19,240 dead before breakfast time. The blackest day in the British Army's history.
He has no known grave, and his name is on the Thiepval Memorial, the Somme.
There’s also Sapper Arthur Allen, of Number 7, High Street, who died on 19th January 1919 from the wounds he received in the war.
And there's Private John William Kelly, who was 24 when he died on 23rd July 1918 while a prisoner of war at Parchim, near Hanover.
Mr Adams said: “Each year we gather to remember them, ‘they that did not grow old’, but those who remember their faces are also passing on.
“In this new century it is only right that their memory should continue, but also that the present and future generations should know who they were, what ages, where they came from, which ships or regiments they served, which battles they fought in, what happened to them, where they lie, and where they are commemorated today.
“This is an attempt to answer these questions, to show that their memories should be more than just names on a memorial, and that their memorials and graves might occasionally be visited.”
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