Lost Memorial Plaque from Hermon Baptist Church, Nantyglo
An appeal for information – Lost First World War memorial plaque from Hermon Baptist Church, Nantyglo, Gwent.
In 1987, following its closure, Hermon Baptist Church in Nantyglo was demolished. In 1991, Nantyglo Medical Centre was built on the site of the former church – its only reminder being the overgrown graveyard at its rear and a roadside plaque that mentions its existence.
Recently an individual on one of the local history Facebook groups mentioned that a brass memorial plaque, dedicated to the memory of men of Hermon’s congregation who were killed in the First World War, used to hang just below the pulpit of the church.
From initial research, we cannot identify the location where the plaque may have gone. The plaque was not deposited at any local museums and enquiries with the surgery practice and owner of the building have been negative in outcome. Can you possibly help?
Please could you ask, wherever you can, as to the possible whereabouts of this important part of Nantyglo’s heritage? If you would prefer not to post information publicly to this page, please could you message me privately or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – your information will be treated sensitively and with utmost discretion.
Our First World War research project team are anxious to record this memorial, first and foremost. If the custodian of the memorial can be found, perhaps they would consider donating it to Blaina Heritage Museum, an accredited museum, where the memorial can be conserved and displayed for the public to see.
From what can be discerned from the best surviving photograph, the inscription reads:
ERECTED AS A MARK OF /
ESTEEM TO THE MEMBERS /
AND CONGREGATION OF THIS CHURCH /
WHO GAVE SERVICES FOR THEIR /
COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR /
ALSO IN BLESSED MEMORY OF /
T? TUCK /
W.T? WILLIAMS /
T? PROSSER /
D. JONES /
WHO FELL WHILST /
The first name is almost certainly Thomas Tuck (aka John Buckley), SWB, 8510;
2nd name is probably William Thomas Williams, 8th Welsh;
3rd name is probably Trevor Prosser, RWF;
4th name is probably David T. Jones, 7th Buffs.
However it would be nice to track down the plaque itself or next best, a better photo.
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