War memorials in Powys
One of the outcomes of the project is to find, record and map all the World War 1 memorials in Powys.
We currently know of about 350 World War 1 memorials in Powys. Here is a list of the memorials that we currently know about:
The Powys War Memorials Project has worked in collaboration with the Living Legacies programme to develop a free online searchable map of World War 1 memorials in Powys.
If you know about a World War 1 memorial in Powys that is not in the list or on the map, please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Similarly, if you notice that any of the information about a war memorial is incorrect or if you have any other information about a war memorial (including photographs / video clips), please contact the Powys War Memorials Project Officer.
It has been suggested that there could be about 1000 World War 1 memorials in Powys. In other words, it is likely that we do not yet know about all the World War 1 memorials. Why is this? Some memorials may have been located in hospitals or schools that have since closed down; others may have been in places of work that moved premises.
The Powys War Memorials Project is working in collaboration with another project, Welsh Memorials to the Great War (Swansea University), to identify ‘missing’ or 'unofficial' war memorials.
Why are there so many memorials Powys?
A hundred years ago, most people in Powys lived in small communities – not unlike today but at that time, few folk strayed far from where they lived, and certainly not often. Easy travel and communications were unfamiliar except to a few. Most life revolved round work and gathering places in villages and towns – the post office, the market place, the pub or the place of worship.
When it came to recording those who fell in the "Great War", communities looked inward to register their own losses rather than sharing them with the wider world.
Most who died were known personally and so each death was significant and precious to local people. It followed that memorials should reflect this sense of community. And so almost every settlement, large or small, erected its own memorial or created books of remembrance.
In some cases, memorials were put up in workplaces to record the loss of employees or bosses. "National" memorials, although important, were too remote to act as daily reminders of the fallen. Those who returned from the war also wanted to remember their fallen comrades in arms – the young men and women who would have been the community’s future.
Local committees of various kinds were formed to decide what type of memorial should be established, where and at whose cost – most were erected or installed by public subscription. In many cases, local churches or chapels were closely involved. Some memorials were, literally, monumental examples of public art, others were more discreet but equally important. Many are the focus of annual commemoration events.