Crowdfunder for memorial to Welsh Prince’s fallen soldiers passes half way point
A crowdfunder to raise money for a memorial to soldiers killed in a battle alongside one of Wales’ last native princes has passed the halfway point.
Cymdeithas Cofio Llywelyn (the Llywelyn Memorial Society) hopes to mark the spot where thousands of Welsh soldiers died near Builth in 1282.
They have raised over £1,800 of their eventual goal of £3,180 to buy an engraved slate which will be placed in Builth before the 11 December anniversary of the battle.
The slate will read: “In memory of the 3,000 Welsh soldiers who gave their lives defending their country and who were slain near this place.”
There is some disagreement by historians as to how many men died at the battle, as the chronicles that mention it do not agree on a definitive figure.
Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was the last native Prince of Wales before he was killed in the ambush and the title passed to the male heirs to the English throne.
He had ridden down to Builth with around 7,000 men but had left them to rally local leaders when the attack took place. When Llywelyn heard the news he is said to have ridden back but was caught and killed at Cilmeri.
His head was sent to London and placed on the Tower of London for 15 years.
The site of Llywelyn’s death is already marked by a monument raised in 1956.
“Cofio Llywelyn Society is raising funds to honour over 3,000 Welsh soldiers, ordinary boys and men, who were killed undefended near Builth Wells in 1282,” Cymdeithas Cofio Llywelyn said.
“A Memorial created by Ieuan Rees will be placed near where they were killed by 11 December 2021.
“The Welsh army were encamped, and not expecting an armed confrontation, as they were led to believe that Roger Mortimer and the other lords, were in peaceful negotiations with Llywelyn.
“The unsuspecting army were surrounded and massacred on the spot.”
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