Llandysul History Society and World War 1

Just a quick update. We had many visitors over the two open days and were given a lot of photos to scan.  We were able to match up some of the people in the photos with the list which we have been putting together from the War Memorials and the local newspaper columns.  We were also shown a soldier’s ID bracelet and 100mm shell casing!  We’ve taken photos and recorded details about these precious items.  Many people who came were fascinated by the list we are putting together.  More research is to be done and we will be off to the National Library of Wales in a few weeks as well as the Ceredigion County Archive.

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Is it important to commemorate the anniversary of World War 1?

It happened so long ago. The battles, the trauma, the songs, the stories are 100 years in the past. Is it all about the big story? The history of why the borders of countries are drawn up as they are; how we look at our neighbouring countries, why Europe is as it is. Is all relevant today, we need to understand the past so understand the future.

What about the people who fought this war? The war brought all kinds of people from all walks for life, together, to share a common experience. That experience might be in the trenches, in the ships both navy and merchant or in the air. Also there are the hospitals both at the front and at home. Then at home there are the factories and the farms and the worry, the sadness, the horror, the stiff upper lip. How did they live through it all? How would we cope faced with that kind of war? It affected everybody, even here in Llandysul.

So I would say that yes, the commemoration of what happened 100 years ago is important to us today.

part of photo of Peace Day in Llandysul 1919

Part of photo showing Peace Day 1919 in Llandysul.

Cymdeithas Hanes Llandysul / Llandysul Local History Society started researching the impact of World War 1 in Llandysul in preparation for an exhibition in sometime between 1914-1918. We have begun by going to the National Library of Wales, in Aberystwyth and looking at the local newspapers of the time on the microfiche: Welsh Gazette, Cambrian News, Carmarthen Journal and the The Cardiganshire and Tivy-Side Advertiser. It’s an immense task going through 4 / 5 years of newspapers looking for information. It has been interesting. We have picked up names of people who have joined up, when they came home on furlough and for some when they were killed. We are slowly putting together a timeline of the events within Llandysul and the local area during this period.

We are holding two open days on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May to ask people if they have information for our project. People might have items from the period, posters, cards which we could scan. Or they might know a history of their relatives in that period. They might have been soldiers but might also have been nurses, doctors, farmers, miners etc. It is all relevant to the project and to our community memory.

The Open Days will be held in Llandysul Library on Friday, 17 May, 2013 – 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, 18 May, 2013 – 10 am to 1 pm.

Incidentally the National Library of Wales have a project about WW1 and are scanning in some Welsh newspapers between 1914-1918. But only the Cambrian News and Carmarthen Journal for our area, and they are not online yet. It will be helpful when they are and we are looking forward to it.

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