South East Wales

Dedication service for Beaufort war memorial

The Rassau and Beaufort War Memorial
Image caption Rassau and Beaufort War Memorial remembers the fallen of both communities

A service has been held to dedicate a war memorial after a two-year fundraising campaign by two villages.

The service in Beaufort, near Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, included a parade, led by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh.

The Rassau and Beaufort War Memorial is dedicated to the fallen of both communities.

The area's Royal British Legion branch and a tenants and residents association have raised more than £56,000.

The villages have never had a war memorial before.

In the past, members of the Beaufort and Rassau branch of the Royal British Legion have marked Remembrance Sunday at the cenotaph in Ebbw Vale.

Stewart Healy, one of the fund raisers, said the marble memorial, which stands 5ft (1.5m) tall, was dedicated to the fallen of both world wars and subsequent conflicts.

'All conflicts'

"There are no names on the memorial of local people who have died during wars." he added.

"So much time has gone by and we were worried we'd miss someone out after all these years, so the memorial is dedicated to all the war dead from all conflicts (involving the British armed forces)."

In 2010, Beaufort Tenants and Residents Association was approached by Rassau and Beaufort British Legion Association to help with the war memorial scheme.

It is inscribed with: "All that we are, all that we have, we owe to them."

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