Welcome to Gelligaer Historical Society War Memorials database.
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 have researched the history of the local area during the era of the Great War including an attempt to record details of local war memorials and make such information available to all who visit the website.
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 where identified, shows what data is available from the Commonwealth War Graves Commision (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.
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) will also be included in the database