This photograph (click to enlarge) shows the Red Cross Hospital in Bedford Street (once known as Pool Street), during the First World War. It was originally The Men’s Convalescent Institution and dates from 1854. Wounded soldiers recovered here and also in the Royal Alexandra Hospital. They were a familiar sight in the town in their light blue uniforms, white shirts and red ties.
This photograph shows the War Memorial standing on the West Parade near John Street/Edward Henry Street. It was erected in 1904 to honour the six local men who died in the South African War of 1899-1902. It was then moved (c.1928) to a site on the Promenade near to the top of High street, before being relocated to The Garden of Remembrance on the East Parade in 1948. In addition to those who fell in the Boer War the Memorial also remembers 288 local men who fell in WW1, 115 in WW2 and 3 from conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Iraq.
I’m sure most local people who read this post will have family remembered on the Memorial. My family members on the Memorial are Peter James Thomas, killed aged 16 on H.M.S Invincible, at the Battle of Jutland. Evan Edwards, RWF, killed at Ypres and Edward Beech, RWF, killed on The Somme.
This excerpt is from “Rhyl. The Town and its People” by J.W. Jones (1970)
On November 11th, 1918, the Armistice was signed and everyone went mad with joy. Hundreds of Canadian soldiers from Kinmel Camp came to Rhyl at night to celebrate and formed “long crocodiles” (similar to the way we dance the conga today), which were to be seen weaving their way through the streets.
The Peace Treaty was signed on July 19th, 1919 and then the official Peace Celebrations were held. At night there was a Torchlight Procession and bonfire. We gathered on the Town Hall Square where hundreds of the torches were handed out.