100 years ago, the guns at last fell silent on the Western Front after four years in which about 37 million men and women had been killed or wounded. Llanfyllin & District Civic Society is commemorating the Armistice which ended the war by publishing “Llanfyllin Voices of the First World War”which tells the story of these terrible wartime years through the men and women who lived through it. The voices are drawn from all parts of Llanfyllin society, rich and poor, and together they open a door into life in a small Welsh town and take you into the heart of Llanfyllin during this most important event of modern times.
War Front and Home Front
It’s a powerful story, punctuated with disasters and desperate courage on the WAR FRONT and constant anxieties on the HOME FRONT. The Llanfyllin “Boys” on the Eastern and Western Fronts tell heart-rending stories from Gallipoli, Gaza and the battle of the Somme. At home, a local doctor is angry about the appalling state of Llanfyllin, the Rector of St. Myllin’s implores the town to “TURN TO GOD” and Conscientious Objectors are threatened with death.
Book Launch and Exhibition
The many stories in this book have been collected by Richard Kretchmer, a local historian and former teacher at Llanfyllin High School, who says “Local history is national history – but on a local scale – and there is no better way to really understand the world of a century ago than by hearing the true voices of the men and women who lived at that time.” Another local historian, Pauline Page-Jones, provided additional research and helped with the exhibition at which “Llanfyllin Voices of the First World War”will be launched from 10 am to 12.30 pm at the Llanfyllin Public Institute on Saturday November 3rd2018.
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