Final name of fallen soldier added to memorial at Swansea College of Art’s Dynevor Centre

09.11.2018

The final name of a fallen soldier has been added to a First and Second World War memorial at Swansea College of Art’s Dynevor building after a search by former Dynevor School pupils.

The original plaque commemorated those who lost their lives in WW1. It was erected in the then school hall following a subscription appeal, in 1921, which remembered 49 former Dynevor pupils.  Photographs of the casualties were displayed in the hall also.

The school hall and memorial were destroyed in the three nights blitz over Swansea in February 1941.

A replacement memorial, remembering losses from both wars was placed outside the rebuilt school hall in 1961, and thanks to the Stirling effort of former pupil and teacher George Hounsell,  46 names from WW2 were included and one on National Service in 1953.

In 2014, Tudor Price, Editor of The Dy’vorian magazine embarked upon producing two books about local boys who served in WW1 and WW2. During this research the names of four more casualties were discovered, two from each conflict. 

On April 7, 2016 a Rededication ceremony was held at the University to mark the addition of the four names, attended by members of the ODA and the University teaching staff.

In subsequent research a further, final name was uncovered.  John Jenkins who joined Dynevor School in 1935 served with the North Staffordshire Regiment and was killed, on service, aged 20 years, in Italy in August 1944.  Thanks to the support of Dean of Swansea College of Art Professor Ian Walsh and university staff his name has now been added and the occasion marked at the University.   The memorial was then returned to the 'Dynevor Staircase’ for all to see. 

University of Wales Trinity Saint David and The Dy'vorians have forged strong links since Swansea's former Dynevor School was acquired and developed into UWTSD's Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media.

Dean of Swansea College of Art Professor Ian Walsh said: “The addition of yet another name to the long list of Dynevor fallen from both world wars is a sobering reminder of the generations who sacrificed their present for our future.”

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