Stories beind the names on the Cenotaph

David Griffiths with a copy of his book on Cardigan Town Cenotaph

David Griffiths with a copy of his book on Cardigan Town Cenotaph

First published in News

As the centenary of the start of the First World War comes closer, a Cardigan man has written a book that is set to be a cherished volume.

David Griffiths of Greenland Meadows has spent years tracking down the stories behind the names on Cardigan's cenotaph.

Around 500 of the town's young men went to war with a fifth never to return.

Cardigan Town Cenotaph chronicles the history behind each man from 21-year-old Norman Daniel who was shot by a sentry at his camp in South Pembrokeshire in the early days of the war to Lewis Wigley who survived his ship sinking in a torpedo attack in 1917 but returned home to die a few weeks later of the effects of exposure.

"The stories really bring to life the names on the cenotaph," said Mr Griffiths.

The book also includes the home addresses - with some streets losing several young men.

"It was a war like no other. The community felt the effects for years," he said.

The final years of the war saw the heaviest losses - 1917 and 1918 saw the deaths of over 50 soldiers.

He said he thought it was important for Cardigan to commemorate the men who died as part of the centenary.

All the proceeds from the book - which is on sale at Awen Teifi in Cardigan - will go to the Poppy Appeal.

Mr Griffiths is still trying to track down pictures of the men - anyone who can help can contact the Tivy-Side office.

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