2014 will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and the UK government is working alongside partners, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Imperial War Museums, on a series of national remembrance events and schemes.
As part of these efforts, it was revealed today that commemorative paving stones in honour of World War One Victoria Cross winners will be laid in their hometowns across Wales and the rest of the UK. And a new website is also being launched giving information on how to secure grants and funding for anyone wanting to refurbish local monuments that have fallen into disrepair.
In total, 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded in the First World War, 16 of those to Welshmen. Among them was Seargent Ivor Rees, from Felinfoel, who enlisted into the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers, part of 115 Brigade, 38th Welsh Division. According to the Llanelli Community Heritage website, he survived the fighting at Mametz Wood to move with the Division to Ypres, where they took part in Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Under heavy machine gun fire, Sergeant Rees led his platoon to the rear of the gun position, and at 20 yards he rushed forward, shooting one of the crew, and bayoneting the other. He bombed a large concrete emplacement, killing five of the enemy and took 30 prisoners, including two officers, capturing a machine gun undamaged. He died on 12 March 1967 at Llanelli, where he is buried, and is remembered on Memorials in Havard Chapel, Brecon Cathedral and at Llanelli Town Hall.
Before the guns fell silent on Armistice Day on November 11 1918, nearly 10 million soldiers were killed, nearly a million of which were British and Commonwealth troops.
You can find out more about the First World War centenary here (www.gov.uk).
As part of the continuing celebrations, the school will also be holding a Centenary Dinner at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday 8th of June 2013. The event is open to parents, past pupils (over 18) and members of the public with a general connection with the school. There will be a formal dress code and tickets will cost £30, to include a three course dinner, drink on arrival, disco and live entertainment.
A new play about the tumultuous life of Welsh performer Dorothy Squires is to be staged at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Dorothy Squires spent her teenage years living at her parents home in New Road, Dafen, where a commemorative Blue Plaque - sponsored by her ex-husband Roger Moore - has now been placed to comemorate her early life in the village. According to Llanelli Community Heritage, Dorothy's first claim to fame was winning a skipping race at the opening of Dafen Welfare Club's sports day, in 1926. But her real talent was singing, and this, coupled with her sense of determination would catapult her to worldwide stardom. During her time in Dafen, local press reports state that she worked at a local tinplate works, and locals remember her singing and playing the ukelele in her back garden, and singing to the local boys on Dafen Bridge. She returned many times to visit the area during the height of her stardom.
Her career was plagued by turmoil and litigation, ending in bankruptcy, and the play staged in Sherman Cymru reveres this fallen hero. One of its playwrights Johnny Tudor, a veteran performer of the stage and screen, and a close friend of Dorothy Squires said, "I wanted to write this play because having known Dorothy all my life and appeared with her many times including the famous Palladium Concerts in the ’70s, have an in depth knowledge of this remarkable woman’s life; not just the showbiz glitz and glamour but the human story behind it. In my opinion the tale of this extraordinary larger than life, talented Welsh woman is worth telling. Dorothy is certainly one of our unsung heroes and still has a lot of fans to this day."
Say It With Flowers runs at Sherman Cymru from May 15th - 25th, starring Welsh actress Ruth Madoc and West End performer Gillian Kirkpatrick as the famous singer at different stages of her life.
Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2013/03/27/new-play-about-life-of-dorothy-squires-to-open-at-sherman-theatre-91466-33064265/#ixzz2OpB8dzY
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