Brecon Remembers World War One

In Flanders Fields

The poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Military Funeral, Brecon

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.

Every Man Remembered

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.

1st Battalion set sail for France

On 17 August 1915 the Welsh Guards 1st Battalion sailed for France and formed part of the Guards Division.

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WORLD WAR ONE

In late June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. An escalation of threats and mobilization orders followed the incident, leading by mid-August to the outbreak of World War I, which pitted Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (the so-called Central Powers) against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan (the Allied Powers). The Allies were joined after 1917 by the United States. The four years of the Great War–as it was then known–saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction, thanks to grueling trench warfare and the introduction of modern weaponry such as machine guns, tanks and chemical weapons. By the time World War I ended in the defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918, more than 9 million soldiers had been killed and 21 million more wounded.

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WW1 BOOK LAUNCH

A book is being published in December 2016, with this associated website which will allow the stories to be expanded providing more information.

DEC

6th 2016

Brecon, UK

WEBSITE LAUNCH

Brecon Remembers launch new website.

DEC

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UPCOMING EVENTS

This war, like the next war, is a war to end war.

Brecon Remembers

The Family History Group of the Brecon U3A undertook a project to commemorate the centenary of the commencement of World War One, but in choosing the topic they wished it to be both meaningful and useful.

The choice was to try and provide a brief biography of all the Brecon men who fell in World War One, as listed on the town's memorial. This was seen as not only a presentation topic, but also the opportunity to provide a useful outcome through the production of a book, and a subsequent website.

6th 2016