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St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015

St David's Church, Llanthony, Monmouthshire 14 October 2015
The Distinguished Flying Medal was instituted in 1918 to recognise "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy". It was awarded to ranks below Warrant Officer; the Distinguished Flying Cross, higher in precedence, was awarded to WOs and above. This iniquitous system was redressed in 1993 when the DFM was abolished, all ranks receiving the DFC.

This was originally a hermit's cell said to have been established in the 6th Century by St David, and one of the most sacred sites in Wales. A monastic settlement grew up around it, and in the early 12th Century, a priory was built there as a cell, but within ten years a full Augustinian priory had been established. The current church is believed to have been the infirmary of the priory. As with many of these early churches, a great deal of restoration was carried out in the 19th Century.