Our churches are full of history. The buildings have been part of peoples lives for hundreds of years through happy times and sad times. They all have stories to tell. Here are some of them and if you have a story or a memory that involves any of our churches please get in touch and add it to our archive.
The squadron diary told how he died while on exercise in Scotland when his Lysander aircraft collided with another aircraft at around 2,000ft. It then spun to the ground killing both he and his passenger instantly. When his father Mr H H Merrett of nearby Cwrt-yr-Ala found out that his only son had been killed, he started a Spitfire fund in the village and the 100 inhabitants raised £5,000 which paid for an aircraft. The Spitfire was named after Flt Lt Merrett. He also had a stained glass window erected in the church where Flt Lt Merrett is buried to honour his son.
The citation which was read out ended by saying: "In remembering Flt Lt Merrett today, we honour all those from this squadron who have fallen while doing their duty."
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Flight Lieutenant Norman Merrett died on August 10 in 1940 after his aircraft crashed while he was on exercise preparing to repel the expected German invasion.
The pilot, who was a member of 614 (County of Glamorgan) Squadron, was honoured by present-day members of the unit who are based in Cardiff.