21 October 2014
Neath & the Great War

On Monday 20th October the monthly lecture at the Town Hall was presented by Jonathan Skidmore on the subject of World War One and how it affected the town of Neath and the outlying districts.  He has spent the past three years researching and collating information for a book in which he hopes to figuratively ‘bring back to life’ the names that appear on all of the local cenotaphs.

As well as information on how our locality responded to the call to arms, the audience was treated to snippets from his forthcoming publication in the form of some of the emotionally moving and other times amusing anecdotal evidence that has come into his possession.

Yet, details for some of those listed on our local memorials have evaded him and the Society repeats here his appeal to anyone in the area, who has information about family members and relations who served in the conflict, to please get in touch with him.  This is regardless of whether they have their names recorded on any public monument.

His talk was very well attended by a full house of over 130 members and the general public.  This was especially pleasing to the Committee and organising officers, who will be delighted to see such numbers regularly during our season that runs from September to May.

So, members please continue to support us, bring along your friends, encourage them to enjoy our great local heritage and maybe become members themselves.

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