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Memorial service to mark WW1 centenary

A memorial service is taking place in Cardiff today to remember all who were affected by the First World War ahead of the centenary of its outbreak on 4 August.

It will take place at the Cenotaph in Grangetown Gardens, where a memorial stands for men from the area who gave their lives during the war.

The service has been organised by the Grangetown Local Historical Society, who've been trying to trace the stories behind every name on the memorial.

It lists over 300 names of men and women who lost their lives during the Great War, including a 14-year-old merchant seaman.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Welsh Government ministers and representatives of the Army and Royal British Legion will attend the service alongside a number of family members of those listed.

A poppy will be laid at the memorial for each of the names.

"It is very fitting, as we approach 4 August, and the centenary of the onset of War, that we will come together to pay tribute to those brave men and women from Grangetown who took part.

"This is one of many events that will be taking place across Wales to mark the centenary of the onset of the First World War and its transformational impact on modern Wales.

– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Grangetown memorial mistakes surviving WW1 soldier

At parks and town squares around Wales, the names of those who gave their lives in warfare are recorded for posterity.

But it seems back in 1917, rumours of one soldier's demise were somewhat exaggerated.

Trooper Alf Norman's name appears on the memorial at Grangetown in Cardiff, despite the fact he survived the First World War - and the one that followed.

Richard Morgan has the story.

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Schools in Wales get £1,000 to commemorate WW1

Schools will use the cash on special projects related to WW1. Credit: PA

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has announced £850,000 funding to support centenary events for WW1 in Wales. Every secondary school will get £1000 to spend on commemorating the anniversary.

They'll also be an app made to allow users to follow events and memorial projects over the next four years. He made the announcement at Cardiff Castle's Museum of the Welsh Soldier as part of "Wales remembers 1914-1918".

Wales Remembers: First Minister continues WWI trip

It's the second day of First Minister Carwyn Jones' visit to Belgium and France.

The trip is ahead of 'Wales Remembers' - a programme of commemoration to mark next year's centenary of the start of World War I.

WWI: Welsh people permanently honoured in Belgium

Thousands of Welsh soldiers fell in Flanders during World War I.

Now there will be a permanent memorial to them - and all Welsh men and women who served their country.

The memorial will be built from Welsh stone from Pontypridd, with a symbolic Welsh dragon completing it.

First Minister Carwyn Jones is visiting Belgium and Northern France for the start of 'Wales Remembers' - a programme of commemoration to mark next year's centenary of the start of the Great War.

Today he cut the first turf at the Memorial Garden at Langemark, near Ypres.

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First Minister thanks Flanders for Welsh memorial land

Carwyn Jones breaks ground on memorial in Belgium

First Minister Carwyn Jones has broken ground on a new memorial in Langemark, Belgium, to honour people from Wales who served in World War I.

Mr Jones is visiting battlefields in North France and Belgium to mark the start of the 'Wales Remembers 1914-1918' programme, commemorating the War's centenary.

Credit: ITV News / Carole Green
Credit: ITV News / Carole Green

Memorial in Belgium to honour Welsh people in WWI

The memorial will honour all those who served during the First World War Credit: Leon Neal/PA Archive/Press Association Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that the Welsh Government will provide financial support for a new memorial in Belgium to remember all Welsh people who served during the First World War.

The memorial will be built in Langemark in Belgium, with the public appeal for funds a partnership between the people of Wales and Flanders.

£30,000 has already been raised and the Welsh Government has pledged another £25,000.

A further £60,000 will be needed to add a symbolic Welsh dragon to complete the memorial.

The announcement marks the start of the 'Wales Remembers 1914-1918' programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.