U3A group's book pays tribute to Brecon's war heroes

By Emma Evans in Local People

VOLUNTEERS who spent years researching the stories behind the names on War Memorials in Brecon and surrounding areas are celebrating their efforts being put to page.

Brecon University of the Third Age (U3A) members have given up years of their free time to scour the archives to find out who the people behind the 119 names on local war memorials were.

Their Brecon Remembers project led them to the discovery that 60 names of men who died during World War One had been left off or inscribed on other memorials across the country, so they set about documenting each and every story for people to remember for years to come.

To ensure their research became an official historical record and paid homage to those who never returned from the battle grounds of the Great War, the group secured a £5,500 Heritage Lottery Grant to develop a book and a website. Brecon Town Council and Gwanwyn Age Cymru also contributed a grant to the group.

Chair of Brecon U3A Elaine Starling said the publication of the book is the final chapter for Brecon Remembers.

She said: "Our volunteers were dedicated to finding out who these men were. They used a variety of sources including Brecon and Radnor Express archives. We have tried to find out who each and every man was. This book will keep their memories alive and we are extremely proud of it."

Members found out as much as they possibly could about the men, including details of their birth, where they went to school, what they did for a living before they were call to arms and their role and involvement in the war.

More information on the project or to get a copy of the book visit www.breconremembers.co.uk The production of the book was made possible with the support of grants from Brecon Town Council, Gwanwyn age Cymru, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.