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18 November 2013
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Neath Resident to write book about the history of the town and the Great War 1914-1918

Jonathan Skidmore writes......

"I am embarking on a history of Neath and the Great War 1914-1918, with the idea of having a book published to coincide with the centenary of the conflict in 2014.  The book will, for the most part be a Memorial Volume of the men of the town who served, and particularly those who gave their lives.  Over the past few years, I've built up a database of over 450 men from Neath and area who gave their lives during the war - including family details, addresses, some pictures and where and how killed.  In order to make this book a success I will need to make appeals in the community for any material that will help tell the story of these men - letters, diaries, photographs, even medals.  Anything that can fill in the gaps. Much of this material will have disappeared, I acknowledge, but my experience suggests that much remains with families, tucked away, which could help tell the mens' stories.  I will be working with the West Glamorgan archives and other sources, and intend to advertise as widely as possible for material, but I wanted to contact this website as one of the first things I did to get your advice on how best to reach out to members of the community for help.  I want to make the book a fitting tribute to the men and women of Neath, so if you have any suggestions I'd be most grateful to hear from you and the readers of this website."
Any reader who has any information invited to CONTACT US so that we can help in the research

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