Defence secretary visits cathedral’s Havard Chapel

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Sir Michael Fallon, the Secretary of State for Defence, visited Brecon Cathedral this afternoon for a tour of the Havard Chapel.

The chapel became a war memorial to the South Wales Borderers (the 24th Regiment of Foot) and the Monmouthshire Regiment in 1923. There is a roll of honour commemorating those who died in the two world wars and other members of the two regiments have personal memorial plaques on the backs of the pews.

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The chapel also houses the Colours of 1st Battalion the 24th Regiment of Foot which served with distinction during the Zulu War of 1879.

Mr Fallon, who was in Brecon for a visit to the 160th Infantry Brigade headquarters with Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies, was given a tour of the chapel by retired colonel Rodney Ashwood, military historian and secretary of the chapel trust.