Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Our New Years get together in Monkton Church Hall

A good turn out for Saturday's meeting
David James and Linda Asman, speakers at Saturday's meeting

Linda introduced the New Years meeting, pointing out that 2018 is an important year: not only is it the centenary of the end of WW1 but also the Year of the Sea.  The Society intend to carry out research and develop a WW1 exhibition in St Mary's Church during the course of the year and it is hoped that the community will work together to make this a commemoration worthy of the sacrifice of the Great War.
Who better to introduce the Year of the Sea than David James of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society? David is on a mission to raise money to restore an unmarked Japanese grave in Angle churchyard containing victims of the sinking of the mercant ship Hirano Maru on October 4th 1918.  Said David “It is not generally realised that War was being conducted off our own coast.  It was very much a hidden war and we should be commemorating it and honouring those who died.”
The grave with original marker in Japanese which has long gone

The ill fated Hirano Maru

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