DURING the First World War five Newport Corporation Transport staff enlisted and gave their lives to defend the way of life we now all enjoy freely.
To show their gratitude to these brave men, Newport Bus plans to dedicate a vehicle to each fallen soldier.
Each of the dedicated vehicles will proudly display the rank and name of their soldier on the front of the vehicle with information about him displayed inside.
The vehicles will be used on services all over the City including into Cardiff, Cwmbran and Chepstow.
Those brave men Newport Transport will remember are:
Private A E Passmore of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borders. He died November 29, 1917 aged 19 and is remembered at Cambrai Memorial, in Lourveral. The Cambrai Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial for the missing soldiers of World War I who fought in the Battle of Cambrai on the Western Front.
Private J N Murray 1st (West Riding) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died November 12 1917 aged 20 and is remembered at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The cemetery is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium.
Rifleman E J Bailey “D” Coy. 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. He died April 29 1915 aged 18 and is remembered at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery at Ypres, Belgium. Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery was started by French troops in 1914 and was taken over by Commonwealth forces in April 1915.The cemetery now contains 1,175 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.
Rifleman W J Williams 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. He died May 8 1915 aged 37 and is remembered at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
Lance Corporall C Jones 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment. He died July 1 1916 aged 26 and is remembered at Thiepval Memorial. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a major war memorial to 72,195 missing British and South African men who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918 with no known grave.
A sixth vehicle will also have a full wrapped design to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 and is dedicated to all who have served this country.
A Newport Transport spokesman said: “We would like to thank the sponsors of this vehicle, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Parkeon Transit Ltd, Advanced Contracting Solutions Ltd, Cloud Amber Ltd, Volvo Group UK Ltd and Civica UK Ltd for their help in the project.
“In addition to this we will also be opening a book of remembrance at our Head Office on Corporation Road in main reception. We would like to thank a member of our staff Peter Hall who has helped us throughout this project and researched information about the five men of Newport Corporation Transport.”