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War Memorials

Until the 20th century, commemoration of men killed in battle was primarily defined by personal wealth, position and influence. The death in battle of the private soldier was largely unmarked. The deaths of an estimated 3,500 volunteers in the Boer War led to changes in commemoration, as it became necessary to remember those who died not only as soldiers but also as citizens.

Of the 700,000 British servicemen who lost their lives in the First World War, 35,000 are listed in the Welsh Book of Remembrance.

The decision taken in 1915 to ban the repatriation of bodies from the battlefield had far reaching consequences in the commemoration process. The many hundreds of local war memorials across Wales reflected the desire for an immediate and permanent reminder of the dead, as communities sought public acknowledgement for their loss.

Inscriptions on memorials invoke ideals of honour, sacrifice and loyalty, and are often expressed in Welsh and English, or as at Swansea, in Latin. The Second World War prompted a new ear of commemoration.

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Ystrad Mynach War Memorial

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Whitchurch War Memorial

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Troedyrhiw War Memorial

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Swansea War Memorial

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Seven Sisters War Memorial

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Senghenydd War Memorial

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St Athan War Memorial

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Ruthin War Memorial

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Prestatyn War Memorial

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Pontlottyn War Memorial

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Pontardawe War Memorial

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Penrhiwceiber War memorial

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Pendoylan War memorial

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Penarth War Memorial

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Newport War Memorial

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Newport Athletic Club War Memorial

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Nantlle War Memorial

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Mountain Ash War Memorial

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Miskin War Memorial

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Merthyr Vale War Memorial

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Merthyr Tydfil War Memorial

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Llanrhystud War Memorial

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Llanharan War Memorial

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Llanbradach War Memorial

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Llanbadarn Farwr War Memorial

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Llampeter War Memorial

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Hirawun War Memorial

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Gwaun Cae Gurwen War Memorial

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Fochriw War Memorial

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Llan Ffestiniog War Memorial

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Dolwyddelan War Memorial

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Dolaucothi War Memorial

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Denbigh War Memorial

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Cwmann War Memorial

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Criccieth War Memorial

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Cilfynydd War Memorial

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Church Village War Memorial

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Chirk War Memorial

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Cenmaes War Memorial

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Carmarthen War Memorial

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National War Memorial of Wales, Cardiff

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Capel Curig War Memorial

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Caerphilly War Memorial

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Caernarfon War Memorial

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Cadoxton War Memorial

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Builth Wells War Memorial

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Britton Ferry War Memorial

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Tirphil War Memorial

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Bridgend War Memorial

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Bridgend Police War Memorial

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Blackwood War Memorial

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Bersham War Memorial

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Bedwas War Memorial

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Barry War Memorial

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Barry War Memorial

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Bala War Memorial

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Bangor War Memorial

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Aberystwyth War Memorial

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Abercynon War Memorial

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Aberbargoed War Memorial

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Aberaeron War Memorial

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