Sol­dier search leads to me­mo­rial ad­di­tion

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

THE fi­nal name of a fallen sol­dier has been added to a First and Sec­ond World War me­mo­rial at Swansea Col­lege of Art’s Dynevor Cen­tre af­ter a search by for­mer Dynevor School pupils.

The orig­i­nal plaque com­mem­o­rated those who lost their lives in the First World War.

It was erected in the then school hall fol­low­ing a sub­scrip­tion ap­peal, in 1921, which re­mem­bered 49 for­mer Dynevor pupils.

Pho­to­graphs of the ca­su­al­ties were also dis­played in the hall. The school hall and me­mo­rial were de­stroyed in the Three Nights Blitz over Swansea in Fe­bru­ary 1941.

A re­place­ment me­mo­rial, re­mem­ber­ing losses from both wars was placed out­side the re­built school hall in 1961, and thanks to the ster­ling ef­fort of for­mer pupil and teacher George Houn­sell, 46 names from the Sec­ond World War were in­cluded, and one on Na­tional Ser­vice in 1953.

In 2014, Tu­dor Price, ed­i­tor of The Dy’vo­rian mag­a­zine, em­barked on pro­duc­ing two books about lo­cal boys who served in both wars. Dur­ing the re­search the names of four more ca­su­al­ties were dis­cov­ered, two from each con­flict.

On April 7, 2016, a reded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held at the univer­sity to mark the ad­di­tion of the four names. In sub­se­quent re­search a fur­ther, fi­nal name was un­cov­ered.

John Jenk­ins, who joined Dynevor School in 1935, served with the North Stafford­shire Reg­i­ment and was killed in ser­vice, aged 20 years, in Italy in Au­gust 1944.

Thanks to the sup­port of the dean of Swansea Col­lege of Art, Pro­fes­sor Ian Walsh, and staff, his name has now been added and the oc­ca­sion marked at the univer­sity.

The me­mo­rial was then re­turned to the ‘Dynevor Stair­case’ for all to see. Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Dy’vo­rians have forged strong links since Swansea’s for­mer Dynevor School was ac­quired and de­vel­oped into UWTSD’S Dynevor Cen­tre for Art, De­sign and Me­dia.

Pro­fes­sor Walsh said: “The ad­di­tion of yet an­other name to the long list of Dynevor fallen is a sober­ing re­minder of the gen­er­a­tions who sac­ri­ficed their present for our fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Adam Davies

Tu­dor Price, ed­i­tor of The Dy’vo­rian, and Pro­fes­sor Ian Walsh, dean of Swansea Col­lege of Art.

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