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Maesteg finally gets a list of its First World War dead

People in a town in Bridgend county borough are for the first time being given the chance to see the names of the men who gave their lives in the Great War.

More: Maesteg World War One exhibition opens to commemorate local men who lost their lives

It's all part of an exhibition about the war that's on for the next week in Maesteg.

Richard Morgan reports.

Maesteg World War One exhibition opens to commemorate local men who lost their lives

People in Maesteg will for the first time be able to see the names of local men who lost their lives in the Great War.

It's part of an exhibition to mark the centenary of World War One which opens at Maesteg Town Hall today.

The organisers have gathered artefacts and and pictures

More: World War One memorial design unveiled

"You basically become best friends with some of the people that you're researching" says organiser Roy Meredith.

"Their names crop up in everything you look at."

The exhibition will be held at Maesteg Town Hall

Yr Ysgwrn funding 'will secure Hedd Wyn's legacy'

The Heritage Lottery Fund money follows a grant of £149,700 awarded to the Snowdonia National Park Authority in November 2012, with the aim of drawing up detailed plans for the future of Yr Ysgwrn.

More: £2.8m Lottery grant to safeguard Hedd Wyn's Trawsfynydd home

Yr Ysgwrn gives a vivid impression of life in rural Wales during the First World War and serves as a memorial for not only Hedd Wyn, but the generation of young Welsh men who also lost their lives in the First World War.

This project will secure the future of Yr Ysgwrn and the legacy of Hedd Wyn and ensure that future generations understand the significance of this great Welsh poet and his work.

– Dr Manon Antoniazzi, Chair of the HLF Committee for Wales

£2.8m Lottery grant to safeguard Hedd Wyn's Trawsfynydd home

Almost £3m will be used to safeguard poet Hedd Wyn's home in Trawsfynydd.

Yr Ysgwrn Credit: APCE / SPNA

More: £149,700 lottery grant for project to turn Hedd Wyn's home into museum

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the grant as part of the First World War commemorations.

The poet, who penned one of Wales's best known war poems, Rhyfel, was killed in action on the fields of Flanders.


World War One memorial design unveiled

This is a model of the winning design. The memorial will feature a dragon 8ft long Credit: ITV News Wales / Tom Sheldrick

The First Minister has unveiled the winning design of the World War One memorial to be built in Belgium.

The memorial follows a three-year fundraising campaign in Wales and Flanders.

The dragon, which will be 8ft long and made of bronze, will sit on Welsh stones on the memorial site near Yprès

Lottery money helps Brecon remember First World War

WW1 graveyard
War soldiers remembered

The Heritage Lottery Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant to help Brecon remember the First World War. The grant has been given to the 'Brecon Remembers' project and will enable people to research the stories and backgrounds of the names on local First World War memorials.

The announcement of the grant award marks a year to the day that the First World War Centenary commemorations begin on 4 August 2014.

First Minister to see for himself condition of WWI memorials overseas

The First Minister says he'll visit Flanders later this year to see for himself the condition of memorials to Welsh soldiers killed during the First World War and whether or not they need improving. He was speaking as the UK Government announced how it plans to commemorate the war's centenary.

He said a programme of events here in Wales is still being developed, but that it would be 'complementary' to that which happens in England. However he wouldn't say whether or not children from every Welsh school would visit WWI battlefield sites as is happening in England.


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