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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 June, 2005, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Memorial for fallen WWII sailors
The memorial is made of granite and marble
A memorial dedicated to 200 merchant seamen from the Swansea area who lost their lives at sea during World War II has been unveiled.

The Swansea Merchant Navy Association took eight years to raise 65,000 to pay for the granite and marble memorial in Technium Square on the waterfront.

The names of the men - described as forgotten heroes - have been recorded on the memorial.

Seven men who died at sea in peacetime are also remembered on the monument.

Association secretary David Thompson-Jones said they had had "tremendous support from pubs, clubs, organisations and individuals in Swansea who helped raise the money for the memorial".

The names of 207 sailors are listed on the memorial

"Although many more merchant seamen died in the war, they were all buried, but the men commemorated on this memorial had no grave but the sea and they never returned home," he said.

"Until now they have been the forgotten heroes with no memorial in their honour."

Swansea City Council also provided 20,000 towards to the memorial, which was designed by local sculptor Philip Chatfield.

Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies, AM for Swansea West, said it was a fitting tribute to the men.

"The memorial will be a permanent reminder of their courage and valour and the role they played in Swansea's illustrious maritime history," he said.

Sunday's service was led by Canon Keith Evans, vicar of All Saints Church, Oystermouth, and chaplain to the Royal British Legion and the RNLI of Mumbles.

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