Plea for help to remember Wrexham's Great War 'fallen'

Published date: 02 April 2014 |
Published by: Joanne Shone 
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MORE than 300 names appear on the First World War memorials in Wrexham, but there are 400 more that don’t.

Now there is to be a touching tribute to all ‘The Fallen’ of the Great War who had family ties to the town.

The Friends of Wrexham Museum wants to mark the centenary of the 1914-18 war by gathering as many details as they can about all of the names that appear on the town’s memorials – as well as 400 others who moved away before the outbreak of war, but whose links to the town are just as strong and just as lasting.

Alister Williams, chairman of the Friends of Wrexham Museum, said: “We know the name and rank of all those from Wrexham, who died for king and country, those named on the memorials and those who are not, but we know little about them as people.

“We want the families of anyone who died serving in the First World War to contact us so we can paint a fuller picture of their lives and the lives of those they left behind.

“Just to be able to say ‘son or daughter of’, or ‘husband or father of’ would be something.

“Maybe we could find out where they went to school or worked, where they lived and who was left to mourn them.

“They could be soldiers, sailors, merchant seamen, doctors or nurses.

“We’ve started collating information and already we know of a chaplain from Wrexham who died, a sailor who died serving on the Lusitania, a Wrexham seaman who went down on Kitchener’s ship and an airman shot down by one of the Red Baron’s squadron.

“Any details or photographs on any of the names on the First World War memorial in Wrexham Memorial Hall or at St Giles’ Church would be very helpful. We also want to know about those originally from Wrexham, but whose address was elsewhere when their death in action was recorded.”

Mr Williams said he and his fellow members were working closely with Wrexham Museum and would be running exhibitions throughout the four year anniversary period, covering the outbreak in 1914 to the ceasefire in 1918.

“One of our ideas is to maybe set up a massive map of the town to mark each death as it happened in chronological order,” he added. “By 2018 everyone from Wrexham who gave their lives would be on that map and remembered for another generation.”

Anyone with details or photographs of ‘The Fallen’ from the First World War from Wrexham – the old urban borough covering the town rather the current county borough – should call Mr Williams on 01978 358661.

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