First World War

If you’re seeking information on the impact of the first world war upon your own family, town or locality, Glamorgan Archives may be able to help.

We have a wide variety of potentially useful resources including school log books, local authority minutes, shipping records, rolls of honour, photographs, diaries, letters and much more.

Schools workshop

Glamorgan Archives offers a free First World War workshop to schools which explores the impact of the war upon the local area.

The workshop can be tailored to suit any level from KS2 to Welsh Baccalaureate.

Contact Us for more information.

Find out more

Glamorgan Archives will be exploring the records we hold which relate to the First World War in more depth on our blog.  The features will be written by staff and volunteers.

Visit the blog at: http://glamarchives.wordpress.com

Sign up to follow the blog and for notifications each time a new post appears.

Online Resources

As part of our work to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, our volunteers have been working to produce indexes to several series of records from this period.  The aim is to improve their accessibility to, and to make them easily searchable by members of the public who are seeking to commemorate the war themselves, or are looking for information on the impact of the war upon their family, town or locality.

The resources produced by our volunteers are available to download from this page.

Cardiff City Corporation Roll of Honour and the Battle of Mametz Wood 7-12 July 1916

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, Rosemary Nicholson researched the men whose names are recorded as having served at Mametz within the Cardiff City Corporation Roll of Honour held at Glamorgan Archives.

The roll of honour records the name, address, age, rank and regiment of these soldiers, providing a starting point for the research which appears in her booklet. Some of the names have revealed an interesting hidden history of information, whereas other names did not reveal very much at all.

This is the first of two documents researching Mametz Wood produced by Rosemary. This one details the names within the Roll of Honour and part two will commemorate members of 16th (Cardiff City) Battalion, Welsh Regiment who also met their end at Mametz.

We would love to hear from members of the public who may recognise the names of possible ancestors, and be happy to come forward with information additional to that found within the records.

This research paper on the Cardiff City Corporation Roll of Honour was presented to Glamorgan Archives by the author, Rosemary Nicholson, and appears on our website with her kind permission.

Aberdare Cottage Homes Roll of Honour

To commemorate the anniversary of the First World War, Rosemary Nicholson researched the men whose names appear on the Aberdare Cottage Homes Memorial Roll held at Glamorgan Archives. There are a total of 83 names on the roll, some with more information than others, and it seems they all attended the Industrial School at Trecynon, Aberdare.

The full text of the roll of honour research is accessible here. Although Rosemary has found as much information as was possible at the time, the research is far from complete.  If anyone recognises a possible ancestor amongst the names on the roll of honour and is able to fill in any missing details, please contact Glamorgan Archives as we would love to hear from you.

The research paper on the Aberdare Cottage Homes Roll of Honour was presented to Glamorgan Archives by the author, Rosemary Nicholson, and appears on our website with her kind permission.

Aberdare Cottage Homes Roll of Honour

The War Diary of Mervyn Crawshay

d787_1_005 headshotMervyn Crawshay was born on 5th May 1881 in Dimlands, Llantwit Major, the son of Tudor Crawshay, High Sheriff of Glamorgan, and grandson of iron master William Crawshay of Merthyr Tydfil.  Mervyn choose to follow a career in the army and joined the Worcester Regiment in 1902, serving for two years in the South Africa war, and transferring in 1908 to the 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales).  He was promoted to captain in April 1911. Crawshay was a noted fine horseman and represented England in military tournaments held in America in 1913, winning the Gold Cup in the competition open to the world.

Mervyn Crawshay was a member of the comparatively small British Expeditionary Force dispatched to assist the French in defending Belgium in the face of a German invasion. The opening entries of his diary, from the 15th and 16th August 1914, describe leaving Southampton and arriving in Le Havre.  The diary ends abruptly, mid-sentence on 29 October 1914.  The full text of the entries can be read here.