Do You Remember?

14 November 2014

As 100 years since the start of the First World War is honoured this week many people remembered those who lost their lives fighting during the war.

Rhondda Remembers was developed to mark the centenary of the Rhondda’s contribution to the First World War from 1914 to 1918.

It tells the stories of Rhondda People and explores the impact the First World War had on the South Wales Valleys.

The website was set up by the Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews AM and has gathered numerous memoirs from across the valleys and explores the impact of the First World War on the Rhondda’s soldiers, women and non-combatants.

At the time of the war around 152,000 people lived in the Rhondda, and over 40,000 men were employed to work in the pits.

The War brought a higher demand for the Rhondda’s coal and its community members joined together during this time of great suffering and loss.

Mr Andrews, who has also been reselected by Rhondda Labour to represent the constituency for the fourth time in 2016, attended a march, led by former staff sergeant Dai Morris from Blaenrhondda to Treherbert on Sunday in rememberance of those who lost their lives during WW1.

Mr Andrews said: “Last weekend I attended remembrance services in Blaenrhondda and Treherbert and also in my Ministerial capacity attended the opening of the national Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle.

“This was an opportunity to remember all those who serve and have served in conflicts around the globe that span right up to the present.”

A website is also being launched today in Blaenau Gwent to explore the history of the First World War in that area.

Blaenau Gwent Remembers is being set up by Alun Davies AM who has been collecting photographs, documents and information about the Blaenau Gwent community and their involvement in the war.

If you have family memories to share please do get in touch with Mr Andrews at Leighton.andrews@wales.gov.uk or through the Rhondda Remembers website at bit.ly/RRMBS

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