Above report by Jeff Griffiths
To see more images of the WWI exhibition and the Civic Service
photographed and edited by Mike Davies view here
A commemoration service was also held that same evening at St Matthew's Church at Dyffryn, Bryncoch, which incorporated elements of the Royal British Legion's Lights Out campaign. In a simple but dignified service led by the Vicar, the Rev. Stephen Bodycombe, churchwarden Margaret Thomas first lit and later extinguished a candle as the names were read of each of those commemorated on the parish war memorial. As a group of villagers later stood around the cenotaph in the grounds of the church for the placing there of a candle-lit lantern, the following, based on the scroll given to the next-of-kin of the fallen, was read:
We will remember them (Image by Jeff Griffiths)
Those whom this cenotaph commemorates are numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names are not forgotten.
St.Matthews at Dyffryn, Bryncoch (Image by Jeff Griffiths)
Jonathan Skidmore is appealing for further information on those from the district who fought in the First World War so that as comprehensive a record as possible can be collected for his forthcoming Memorial Volumes for Neath and Briton Ferry. He can be contacted at the following email or call in to any public library in the area where they can take information from you to pass on to Mr Skidmore: email: email@example.com.
Report and Dyffryn Church photos by Jeff Griffiths