Garden honours Victoria Cross heroics

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A memorial garden has opened in South Wales in honour of one of the area's greatest war heroes.

The garden in Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley has been dedicated to Corporal Edward "Ted" Chapman whose heroics during World War II made him one of only two Welsh infantrymen to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the war, Wales Online reported.

Such an achievement was honoured by schoolchildren who planted bulbs at the garden which will bloom next spring in the shape of a Victoria Cross.

According to the news website, more than 200 people including military, political and religious figures lined the streets of Pontlottyn to mark yesterday's (November 15th) official garden opening.

"It is a privilege to be here to unveil the memorial for a heroic son of Gwent," said Colonel Peter Gooderson, regimental secretary for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and deputy lord lieutenant for Gwent.

"It is fantastic for the community of Pontlottyn to finally get this garden and it has been a fantastic effort."

Posted by David Webb   - 16 November 2010
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