AN APPEAL for war memorabilia has been launched in Abergavenny, with planning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, as part of a four-year programme under way.
Photographs, medals, pay books, letters and diaries, are sought to help to bring alive what life was like for the armed forces – and their families – during the Great War from 1914 to 1918, and will be a reminder of the impact the war had on the town.
If there are enough photographs, images of servicemen may be projected on to buildings, giving faces to the names inscribed on memorial boards once again in their home town.
It is hoped societies and groups will support the project by organising research projects or staging events such as talks, visits, plays and concerts.
Ideas for projects were discussed by organisations including the Royal British Legion, Abergavenny Local History Society and the Western Front Association’s Gwent branch, at a meeting led by Abergavenny Town Council last week to co-ordinate events over the next four years.
A significant date for Abergavenny is in May 2015 – the anniversary of the Battle of Ypres, when the 3rd Battalion the Monmouthshire Regiment suffered heavy casualties. The 3rd Mons were formed in Abergavenny, with recruits also from surrounding towns. The regiment was based at the Drill Hall, now the Baker Street Cinema.
At the forefront of the planning is the Abergavenny branch of the Royal British Legion. Representative Ron Olliver will meet with head teachers of local primary schools to get young people involved in the project.
Ideas include an Old Time Music Hall concert in 2018, and for a film of the era to be shown at the cinema.
Contact town clerk Peter Johns on 01873 735820 or clerk@abergavennytown council.gov.uk for details.