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War Memorial #1510 ~ Mathern Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 03/02/2020
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:


This is the first in a series of caches around the village of Mathern [Merthyr Tewdrig]. Each cache will provide a clue towards the Mathern Mystery Bonus cache so you will need to make a note of the answers to derive the co-ordinates for the bonus.

As this is close to a road junction, please observe the Highway Code and do not park too close if you are looking to “cache-and-dash”! If you are following the Mathern trail then park in the Village Hall car park (as per Way point) and walk back to the War Memorial.

Please note that if you are out geo-caching on Remembrance Sunday then be aware that a service may well be held here at that time.

The war memorial was dedicated on 23rd May 1920 and is a free-standing Latin (Fleury) cross on a tapering octagonal shaft mounted on a three octagonal step plinth of Bath stone. Names are inscribed in black lettering on the face of the top step with the valediction also written around the base, and the whole is set within a small garden with surrounding railings.

There are 11 names in total, 10 from the First World War and one from the Second World War. Details include: Surname; rank; initials; date of death and regiment.

Thanks to the Warden of the Memorial, Mr. C. Wheeler for permission to place this cache. Note: For the avoidance of doubt it is OK to enter the garden; in fact it is positively encouraged!

Make a note of the details for the Sergeant as this will be needed for the Mathern Bonus cache.

A = Month of his recorded death

If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Just-Us-Two know first at justustwo1013@gmail.com so they can keep track of the memorial numbers and names to avoid any duplication. There is a web page for the series at https://warmemorialseries.co.uk and a Facebook page; just search “War Memorial Geocaching”.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ebhaq

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)