By Alun Roberts
This new and weird Pocket advisor refers to greater than three hundred Welsh graves of the well-known and never so recognized. they're grouped in handy geographical parts utilizing the present neighborhood govt obstacles and there's assistance on how to define the graves themselves. The publication isn't lots concerning the graves themselves (although the place they're fairly awesome there are photos and outlines) yet in regards to the humans buried in them. It hence offers potted biographies of the participants concerned and gives a few interesting juxtapositions. So we discover the really first rate Cynan and Sir John Edward Lloyd buried on the subject of the heavily eccentric John Evans (Bardd Cocos) at Menai Bridge, Joe Erskine with reference to Arwel Hughes at Thornhill, whereas Trealaw will be worthy traveling to determine the graves of Viscount Tonypandy, Tommy Farr, Lewis Jones and Kitchener Davies in addition to that of Williams Evans, proprietor of the Corona pop manufacturing unit.
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Extra resources for A Pocket Guide: Discovering Welsh Graves (Pocket Guide)
It is hardly surprising therefore that the handsome Celtic cross marking Driscoll’s grave in the Roman Catholic section D of the cemetery is inscribed ‘erected by Nazareth House in grateful remembrance’. Driscoll’s funeral, when 100,000 people lined the streets, is still regarded as the finest ever seen in Cardiff. Jack Petersen (1911–90), dubbed the Welsh Carpentier, became British heavyweight champion in 1932 at the age of twenty, the youngest man to win the title, and later gained the Empire crown too.
In the next section eastwards, section G (plot number 2208) lie the ashes of a Welsh boxing hero, Joe Erskine (1934–90), British and Empire heavyweight champion from 1956 to 1958, ‘gone but never forgotten’. Not far away (G 1566) are the ashes of Arwel Hughes (1909–88), Head of the Music Department of BBC Wales from 1965 to 1971 and composer of the tune to that great Welsh hymn ‘Tydi a roddaist’. At the northernmost section of the cemetery (Aii plot number 2139) lie the cremated remains of the great Welsh actress Rachel Thomas (1905–95), the archetypal ‘Welsh Mam’.
Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), the philosopher and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament activist, lived near Penrhyn39 deudraeth for many years before his death. At his request his cremation was conducted with absolutely no ceremony and his ashes were subsequently scattered. Lewis Valentine (1893–1986), first president of Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru (the Nationalist Party of Wales) in 1925, the party’s first parliamentary candidate and one of the three Penyberth arsonists, enjoyed a distinguished career in the Baptist ministry.
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