While the history of memorial stones in the local area can be traced back to early times with the Tegernacus Stone, a fine example of a pre-Norman memorial stone, standing on the Cefn Brithdir ridge for centuries, the area cannot boast of fine monuments commemorating conflicts of national significance prior to those erected in the post Great War (World War I) era.
Members and friends of Gelligaer Historical Society are researching the history of the local area during the era of the Great War. This part of the project is an attempt to record details of local war memorials (the location of which is shown on the map) and make such information available to all who visit the website. In addition, the Society will mark 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of that horrific conflict, with a publication dedicated to the memory of local people whose lives were changed by the war.
Each section of this database includes photograph(s) (most of which were taken in 2013) of the memorial as well as information about Great War casualties named on that memorial. The information about the casualties is tabulated: the left column shows the name as inscribed on the memorial while the right column includes some details (usually full name, rank, service number, force served with, details concerning death and burial/commemoration, as well as family information).
Additional information is attached to some names and that may be accessed by clicking the poppy symbol in the right column..
To date it has not been possible to identify all the people named on the local memorials and, if you are able to help identify these people, or add to the information already included, please do not hesitate to contact the Society. We will be pleased to hear from you.
In addition, if you know of any other local memorials (eg in places of worship, schools, social clubs) the Society will be pleased to hear from you.
The names of casualties in later conflicts (notably World War II) have been included in this database but to date details have not been inserted.