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Garden all set to bloom in memory of town hero Ted – November 2010

More than 200 people including the military, political and religious figures lined the streets of Corporal Edward Chapman?s hometown of Pontlottyn in the Rhymney Valley in honour of this local hero who on April 2nd 1945 single-handedly protected his section with a machine gun as they found themselves isolated and under attack from a German battalion as World War II drew to a close.

As a result of his actions Corporal Edward Chapman was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britains highest military honour. Only a handful of Welsh soldiers received this medal in World War II. To mark this momentous occasion the community of Pontlottyn were proud to witness the unveiling of Corporal Edward Chapman?s memorial garden where Colonel Peter Gooderson, regimental secretary for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gwent, cut the ribbon under the memorial archway.

The City of Cardiff Brass Band and 14 Royal Welsh Fusiliers marched through the town joined by 70 children from the Pontlottyn Primary School. The schoolchildren planted bulbs in the memorial garden which will bloom next spring in the shape of a Victoria Cross.

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