Parade will honour Cwmbran hero of Zulu War

The band of the Royal Welsh leading a previous parade in honour of Cwmbran’s Zulu War hero, Private John Williams (Fielding) VC

HERO: John Williams (Fielding) VC

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THE annual parade in memory of Cwmbran’s Zulu War hero, Private John Williams (Fielding) VC, is due to go ahead on January 18.

The annual parade and service is to take place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Llantarnam.

It is organised by Cwmbran and District Ex-Service Association (CADESA).

In the 1879 Battle at Rorke’s Drift, Private John Fielding, from Ty Coch in Cwmbran, served as Pte John Williams and received the Victoria Cross after defending a remote station against 4,000 Zulus.

The graveside service, conducted by the curate, Rev Frieda Evans, is to start at 11am.

Those who wish to attend are asked to be at the church by no later than 10.30am to await the arrival of the parade at 10.50am.

Blaenavon Town Band is to lead the parade of representatives of CADESA, The Royal Welsh Regimental Association (Pontypool branch) and the Royal Engineers Association.

Those attending are advised to wear suitable footwear because of the uneven ground in the churchyard.

The landlords of The Greenhouse Inn have agreed the use of their car park on the morning, so people are encouraged to make use of this facility.

A temporary road closure will be in force in the area of the church from 10.30am.

Last year the event was given extra significance with the unveiling of a new £4,000 headstone on the soldier’s grave.

More than 90 veterans joined in the parade and hundreds of people supported the event.

There were also eight standards from different regimental associations joining the parade that arrived at the grave for a special ceremony.

Around 150 people looked on as two of his grandchildren unveiled the new headstone. This was funded through a trust that was set up in 2002 and various grants.

Speaking at the time, John Williams (Fielding) VC Trust chairman Lewis Freeman said: “The original stone had been there since his death in 1932 and was crumbling. This new one should now last for over 100 years.

“It is fitting as he is a local man and a national hero.”

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9:57am Tue 7 Jan 14

helper7 says...

The man was defending colonial wealth nothing more. £4000 could have. been better spent on community projects helping young people i.to emploment.
The man was defending colonial wealth nothing more. £4000 could have. been better spent on community projects helping young people i.to emploment. helper7
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10:24am Tue 7 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Is this what he would of wanted sometimes people dont think ?
Is this what he would of wanted sometimes people dont think ? Thinking heads
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10:27am Tue 7 Jan 14

cwmbranfella says...

helper7 wrote:
The man was defending colonial wealth nothing more. £4000 could have. been better spent on community projects helping young people i.to emploment.
shut up you dont no what your talking about the man was defending a hospital against 3000 zulus who easily out numbered them. do you think you could go against 3000 zulus? the man deserves all the praise he gets and more he was a true war hero and the £4000 spent on his grave stone is money well spent.
[quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: The man was defending colonial wealth nothing more. £4000 could have. been better spent on community projects helping young people i.to emploment.[/p][/quote]shut up you dont no what your talking about the man was defending a hospital against 3000 zulus who easily out numbered them. do you think you could go against 3000 zulus? the man deserves all the praise he gets and more he was a true war hero and the £4000 spent on his grave stone is money well spent. cwmbranfella
  • Score: 5

11:25am Tue 7 Jan 14

helper7 says...

Waste of money, we have more inportant things to spend on,the history id very scetchy anyay. so you shut up.
Waste of money, we have more inportant things to spend on,the history id very scetchy anyay. so you shut up. helper7
  • Score: -10

12:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

helper7 says...

why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support. helper7
  • Score: -5

12:59pm Tue 7 Jan 14

cwmbranfella says...

helper7 wrote:
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone
[quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.[/p][/quote]I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone cwmbranfella
  • Score: 4

2:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

GogExile says...

cwmbranfella wrote:
helper7 wrote:
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone
Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.
[quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.[/p][/quote]I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone[/p][/quote]Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all. GogExile
  • Score: 1

5:54pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

GogExile wrote:
cwmbranfella wrote:
helper7 wrote:
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone
Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.
If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing.
I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year.
[quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.[/p][/quote]I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone[/p][/quote]Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.[/p][/quote]If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing. I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year. Milkmanofhumankindness
  • Score: -2

7:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

cwmbranfella says...

Milkmanofhumankindne
ss
wrote:
GogExile wrote:
cwmbranfella wrote:
helper7 wrote:
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone
Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.
If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing.
I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year.
o MONGO where did i mention down syndrome u ****
[quote][p][bold]Milkmanofhumankindne ss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.[/p][/quote]I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone[/p][/quote]Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.[/p][/quote]If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing. I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year.[/p][/quote]o MONGO where did i mention down syndrome u **** cwmbranfella
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

cwmbranfella wrote:
Milkmanofhumankindne

ss
wrote:
GogExile wrote:
cwmbranfella wrote:
helper7 wrote:
why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.
I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone
Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.
If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing.
I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year.
o MONGO where did i mention down syndrome u ****
The Zulu War was just another colonial war like many in other parts of the worldwide British Empire.
I’m not doubting the bravery of British soldiers just the fact that they were not fighting for you or I. They were fighting for colonial wealth. In 1879 British colonial officials and the commander-in-chief in South Africa, Lord Chelmsford, considered the independent Zulu Kingdom ruled by Cetshwayo a threat to the British colony. European colonial expansion is likely to have triggered the whole thing. News at this time was unreliable ( no internet or mobile phones to challenge )

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."
Napoleon Bonaparte.

and is sketchy at best.
Is this something we should be proud of ? and is this something that should receive funds from community councils (directly or indirectly). Lets live for today and stand up for the low paid and the unemployed who deserve better from Labour led short sighted, out for themselves,talking shop puppet councillors. And Remember John the soldier probably joined the glorious force because there was probably **** all else for him in the way of work so I think he would approve.
[quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Milkmanofhumankindne ss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cwmbranfella[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helper7[/bold] wrote: why are our councils spending money on a dead mans stone when there is high unemployment and working poor people using food banks. 4000 pounds plus about 400 on a P.A system hire all tax payers money! should be spent on helping young people into employment. No wonder the local labour party are loosing support.[/p][/quote]I mongo where in this article does it say the council funded his headstone? Stop leaving comments trying to make your self looking intelligent and in to politics and get yourself back to school and learn to read cause i cant see for the life of me that its said torfaen paid £4000 for a headstone[/p][/quote]Precisely. It clearly states that the funds were raised by the Trust. Absolutely no mention of Torfaen Council committing any funds at all.[/p][/quote]If your derogatory term mongo refers to the serious medical condition of Down syndrome then you should go back to school and you should learn how to be more articulate and less insulting dick head, Brains aren't everything. In fact in your case they're nothing. I think you will find that in hidden detail there has been tax payers money used, try checking out the hire of the P.A system used last year.[/p][/quote]o MONGO where did i mention down syndrome u ****[/p][/quote]The Zulu War was just another colonial war like many in other parts of the worldwide British Empire. I’m not doubting the bravery of British soldiers just the fact that they were not fighting for you or I. They were fighting for colonial wealth. In 1879 British colonial officials and the commander-in-chief in South Africa, Lord Chelmsford, considered the independent Zulu Kingdom ruled by Cetshwayo a threat to the British colony. European colonial expansion is likely to have triggered the whole thing. News at this time was unreliable ( no internet or mobile phones to challenge ) "History is a set of lies agreed upon." Napoleon Bonaparte. and is sketchy at best. Is this something we should be proud of ? and is this something that should receive funds from community councils (directly or indirectly). Lets live for today and stand up for the low paid and the unemployed who deserve better from Labour led short sighted, out for themselves,talking shop puppet councillors. And Remember John the soldier probably joined the glorious force because there was probably **** all else for him in the way of work so I think he would approve. Milkmanofhumankindness
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