A plaque commemorating Maesycwmmer’s fallen war heroes has been unveiled at a Remembrance Sunday service in the village.
Maesycwmmer didn’t have a monument to honour its war dead until the turn of the millennium, when a memorial wall and plaque was built. Even then, the memorial plaque did not bear the names of the fallen soldiers.
Eddie Griffin, chairman of the Maesycwmmer Heritage Group, said: “The names of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in the conflicts were not individually memorialised because, at the time, their names were not known. Research facilities were very limited – the internet didn’t exist, for example.
“However, recent research by members of the Maesycwmmer Heritage Group has uncovered the identities of no less than 19 men of the village who gave their lives in the two conflicts. Twelve of those fatalities occurred in World War I, when the village was very much smaller than it is now – the population of Maesycwmmer was only about 1,400, including men, women and children.”