Grant pays for web­site in mem­ory of the fallen

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID POW­ELL

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.”

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