Ex­hi­bi­tion to tell story of sol­diers from town

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - STAFF RE­PORTER news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

AN EX­HI­BI­TION is re­mem­ber­ing the 116 men from Maesteg who died in the First World War be­tween March 21 and Novem­ber 11, 1918.

Dur­ing the past four years, the Maesteg branch of the Royal Bri­tish Legion to­gether and Maesteg Town Coun­cil have held a se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions com­mem­o­rat­ing the 439 men from the district who died in the war.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fol­lows them from birth, to where they lived, their oc­cu­pa­tions be­fore join­ing the colours, the reg­i­ments in which they served, the medals and awards be­stowed upon them for brav­ery, the bat­tles in which they fought and died, the ef­fects they left their love ones and fi­nally where they lay at rest.

Chris El­more MP and Huw Ir­ranca-Davies AM have been to visit the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Mr El­more said: “A truly hum­bling ex­hi­bi­tion about the in­di­vid­u­als who fought in the war from Maesteg.

“A huge con­grat­u­la­tion to all the vol­un­teers who have worked tire­lessly in putting the ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether. I’d re­ally rec­om­mend every­one to go and see it.”

Mr Ir­ranca-Davies added: “A won­der­ful ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary since the First World War.

“A lot of hard work has clearly gone into pro­duc­ing a very in­ter­est­ing and hum­bling pre­sen­ta­tion de­pict­ing the hu­man cost to fam­i­lies in and around the lo­cal area.

“Def­i­nitely worth a visit and well done to every­one in­volved with the pro­duc­tion”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play in the Maesteg Town Coun­cil Of­fices, Tal­bot Street, Maesteg, un­til Novem­ber 15, Mon­day to Fri­day at 10am to 4pm, with ad­di­tional view­ing on Tues­days and Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm and on Satur­days at 10am to 2pm.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is free and has medals, sto­ries and pic­tures of what Maesteg was live dur­ing the war, as well as what the war was like for those from the town.

Chris El­more MP and Huw Ir­ranca-Davies AM at the ex­hi­bi­tion

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