Poem To Llanrhyddlad War Heroes

by Alix Warren
(Bull Bay, Amlwch)

Llanrhyddlad War Memorial

Llanrhyddlad War Memorial

Turn round and drive back onto the A5025 and turn left in the Anglesey village of Llanrhyddlad.

The memorial with its soldier leaning on his rifle stands outside Llanrhyddlad school.

A soldier leans on his rifle counting the names of the dozen valiant men of the parish who fell in the two great wars.

He has an uninterrupted view across Anglesey to Snowdonia, and beyond.


The church, gloomy as a Welsh wet Sunday,
Looms over the sodden fields.
Sheep huddle in a line, nose to tail beneath the wall.
Only artists delight in the dour day,
Further up the road the board school,
Grim in its century of memories
Stands in the shadow of the soldier.
Rain dripping down his cheeks.
Down the decades with sightless eyes
He has stared far over the mountains.
Throughout the years whilst leaning on his rifle
He has looked beyond the very rim of his world.
Does he see the lark rise over the
Trenches in France
As he drowns in a rancid mud-slide of lies?
Can he feel the jungle strangling
the very life out of his young body?
Can he taste the sand on the Dunkirk beach
Stopping his mouth?
Can he still hear the rumble of guns
Echoing down the valleys of time?
Did he die for this?

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Feb 09, 2021
Reminder of my lost uncle
by: Heather Lewis(nee Jones)

The poem is apt and well constructed. It is a fitting memorial to all the lives lost from the village during the two World Wars.
Hugh Llewelyn Jones of School Terrace, was the uncle I never met, my Dad's older brother. He died in 1939, in the Charles Livingston Pilot Boat disaster at Ainsdale beach, Liverpool. His tragic death and the loss of his young life have been felt keenly by the family ever since.

Nov 08, 2020
Reply to Bob Hughes
by: Anonymous

Helo Bob
Da ni hefyd yn perthyn i Alun Pierce. Cefnder cyntaf i fy nhaid. Geiriau teimladwy yn y gerdd i ddisgrifio sefyllfa hynod o drist. Buaswn wrth fy modd yn cysylltu a chi Bob i weld y cysylltiad rhyngddom.
Ceri Hughes

Mar 21, 2020
Lost family members
by: Anonymous

Very nice poem. Some reference to the Far East, would have been appropriate. My father's cousin Alun Pierce Jones was a Japanese pow. He survived the Burma railway and died when the prisonship, he was on was torpedoed by USS Pampanito. The prisoners were deemed fit enough for more "work". The prisoners were being taken to Taiwan/ Japan. I believe the entry for Alun, on the wooden memorial plaque in Chapel, refers to Japan. Also a second engineer from the village was killed in the Mediterranean.He was also called Hughes, regards Bob Hughes

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