Anglesey War Memorials, A Poetry Selection

A local Anglesey poet reflects on her experience of seeing the Anglesey War Memorials scattered across the island communities.

Alix Warren of Bull Bay, Amlwch manages to capture the selfless sense of duty and depth of sacrifice of the many who fell in the two World Wars and in other theatres.

This is a fine collection of poems written after much reflection and which speak of the futility of war in all its guises.

From the town of Holyhead to Llanfechell and Cemaes in the north west of Anglesey, to the war memorials in Llanfairpwll and Benllech on the east side of the island, Alix Warren conveys the sense of loss to the community in a straightforward and human way.

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It seems it is a reflection of these times that many of the Anglesey War Memorials referred to by Alix have fallen into disrepair.

And how often do local schoolchildren get the opportunity to show their understanding and appreciation of the ultimate sacrifice made by these very brave people for the nation?

It seems that with each passing year the war memorials are left to deteriorate further and the memory of the bravery and duty fades into distant memory.

This is the challenge we face as a society, to nurture in our children a respect for and understanding of the sacrifice made by these brave people, together with a realisation that peace in the world is a goal worth striving for, and that they can play a part in that outcome.

We hope you enjoy the collection of war memorial poems by Alix Warren shown below, and if you would like to share your poem or article or reflection, please use the form below.

Alix Warren was brought up in Sheffield and moved to Anglesey in 1979. She is a graduate of Bangor University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.

She is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. She is married with four grown-up children, two step-children and six assorted grand-children.

Alix would like as many people as possible to see her work and ultimately have her work published.

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