The Old Colwyn Memorial was inaugurated on Armistice Day 1923, by Mrs. Lawrence Broderick of Coed Coch Estates, who gifted the land on which the memorial is built. The memorial – constructed in Anglesey granite – cost £526 with money raised by public subscription. It was refurbished in 1988 – again with public money – when brass panels were added to replace the faded names.
The memorial panels list the names of 66 servicemen with connections to Old Colwyn who fell in the Great War and a further 23 servicemen who fell during the Second World War.
A little about the Old Colwyn World War 1 Memorial project, by Diege Evans:
“It started about 8 years ago; before that I always went to Colwyn Bay on Remembrance Day for the parade in the town. Then I said to myself why don’t I go to my local memorial, so on the next Remembrance Day that is what I did. After the church service we all walked out of church to the memorial where the Rev Phillip Atack read out the 66 names from ww1 and the 23 from ww2. But that was it, just JONES A/B/C. So not liking that and saying to myself they deserve more than that, I approached Phillip and asked him if he would mind if I gave him the Christian names of the men on the memorial for the next year’s service. This he said he would like very much, so I got to work.
I spent hours in the library looking at 1914 to 1919 micro – fiche, digging out information on who ever I found living in Old Colwyn and on active service. I also went to the National Archives at Kew, in London, along with hours at home on my PC, searching on the C.W.G.C site and “Soldier’s Died” CD.
It took a long time to collate the information but time was on my side; well, so I thought. I then got very ill with my cancer and the work went on a go slow. I stopped for a long time but picked myself up with help from my wife and friends and started again.
At the moment I am 98% complete with the basic servicemens’ details. However the work now is to complete the gaps so that I can tell their stories here, on this web-site and at the memorial. I also need the help of relatives of the fallen or anybody else who can add to my research.”
~ Diege Evans