|HISTORY SOCIETY REMEMBERS THE VALLEY’S WORLD WAR 1 CASUALTIES|
The Men Who Marched Away
by Geoffrey Evans
A beautiful war memorial at St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare was the starting point for a new book about Cynon Valley’s First World War casualties. The memorial lists the names of 222 officers and other ranks, and the 42 different regiments in which they served. Short biographies of nearly all the casualties are recorded and their places of burial are given.
During the course of the research letters written home to relatives and the newspaper by many of those killed were discovered in the Aberdare Leader, and these are reproduced in the book.
They contain graphic first-hand accounts of life in the front line, and of the fighting, describe the squalid conditions in which the men lived, the hardness they endured, and above all, and pathetically, reveal their thoughts and feelings.
The letters record many interesting accounts such as:
The book also looks at war memorials in general, describes local movements to have them set up, and records the ceremonies connected with the unveiling of a number of local memorials. In addition an attempt has been made to catalogue and describe every war memorial in the Cynon Valley.
The publication entitled The Men Who Marched Away was first made available at St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare on Remembrance Day, November 11th. Price £12 (by post, 1st class: £14.15; 2nd class: £14.00).
The book has been researched and written by Geoffrey Evans, one of the History Society’s regular authors.
The Men Who Marched Away was launched and introduced by Pontypridd historian Dr. Anthony Mór-O’Brien.
Dr Mór-O’Brien is an expert on the social history, economics and politics of the south Wales valleys, and particularly Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil during the period of the First World War.
His doctoral thesis was entitled A Community in Wartime: Aberdare and the First World War, (1986). He has published and edited The Autobiography of Edmund Stonelake for Mid Glamorgan County Council, (1981), and has written a number of articles for The Welsh History Review and other journals.
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1. St. Gwynno, Llanwonno
2. Christ Church, Ynysybwl
3. St. Donat, Abercynon
4. St. Gwynno, Abercynon
5. All Saints, Ynysboeth
6. St. Winifred, Penrhiwceiber
7. St. John the Baptist, Miskin
8. St. Teilo, Miskin
9. St. Dyfrig, Newtown
10. St. David, Mountain Ash
11. St. Margaret, Mountain Ash
12. St. Illtyd, Cefnpennar
13. St. Peter, Abercwmboi
14. St. Joseph, Cwmaman
15. St. Margaret, Aberaman
16. St. Barnabas, Aberaman
17. St. Mary Magdalene, Cwmbach
18. St. Elvan, Aberdare
19. St. John The Baptist, Aberdare
20. St. Mair, Aberdare
21. St. Matthew, Abernant
22. St. John The Evangelist, Robertstown
23. St. Fagan, Trecynon
24. St. Luke, Cwmdare
25. St. James, Llwydcoed
26. St. Winifred, Penywaun
27. St. Lleurwg, Hirwaun
28. St. Cynog, Penderyn
29. St. Thomas R.C. Church, Abercynon
30. Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church, Mountain Ash
31. St. Joseph R.C. Church, Aberdare
32. St. Therese of Lisieux R.C. Church, Hirwaun
Pages: 279, plus 15 front matter.
Size: 280mm x 210mm (11 x 8 inches).
ISBN: 978 0 9517081 1 8
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