Grant pays for website in memory of the fallen
AFORMER soldier has landed a grant to help commemorate local victims of World War I.
Bay of Colwyn Town Council has given the grant to set up a website.
IT will be set up by Diege Evans, who served in the 1st Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, and history buff Steve Binks.
They have been displaying details about fallen soldiers from Old Colwyn at the town’s war memorial on Abergele Road since October.
But now they can use the £3,200 to create the as yet unnamed website too.
Mr Evans, who served on four tours in Northern Ireland, said: “We started off doing this on our own. This money will help us set up our website.
“Someone might see the name and say ‘That’s my uncle - I’ve got a photo for you’. And so the website content will grow,”
Mr Binks said the grant is very welcome as it will enable to details to be put online too.
He said: “It was quite unexpected but that will help us to pay someone professional to look after it and keep it updated.”
He added: “At the moment we know there are 66 men’s names from the Great War on the memorial. We have got the story of 64 of them.”
Details on the notice boards at the memorial, which can also be added to the website, include the name, family address, how they died and where they are buried.
Blessed by Reverend Phil Atack, the first commemoration to go up marked the death of the first Old Colwyn man to have died in October 1914, David Robert Jones.
Several more Old Colwyn men, who died at Gallipoli in April and August 1915, are due to be commemorated soon at the memorial notice boards on the centenaries of their deaths.
Cllr Cheryl Carlisle said: “I am delighted that the Bay of Colwyn Town Council was able to provide this grant.”