World War One

"The period from 1914 to 1918, and the immediate aftermath, shaped the Wales we live in now and we need to understand not only why nations went to war but also the lingering impact of that war on our daily lives".  Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales

On the 4th August 1914 the World was plunged into one of the most horrific and brutal wars ever known. An estimated 16 million people lost their lives as nations pitted themselves against each both. We remember these men and women, alongside the ones that were left behind and how it shaped our lives in its aftermath.

Torfaen, like many areas of South Wales, was heavily involved in the War effort, both at home and on “the Front”. Men and Women were lost and the area was dramatically changed in the aftermath of the war.

Over the next four years Torfaen will be commemorating World War One with a host of events and projects. People and communities from all over the county will come together to remember the people who gave their lives, both at home and the front, to the war effort. Over the next four years projects, events and exhibitions will help communities find an understanding of how the war changed all our lives.

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Torfaen Remembers - First World War Casualties from Torfaen

On this page we will publish a list of people with Torfaen connections who died as a result of serving their country in the First World War (WW1).

As part of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war with Germany on 4 August 1914, local WW1 amateur historian Stuart Cameron has compiled a list of local men and women who gave their lives during the conflict.

Stuart has collated the names of 1,260 soldiers with a Torfaen connection, using various sources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), Naval and Military History, Free Press of Monmouthshire, South Wales Argus, Gwent Record Office, local libraries and the Blaenavon Heritage Museum.

Stuart has also gathered further information on the soldiers listed, but due to space not all of the information can appear here. If you have further information on casualties, contact

Last Modified: 21/10/2021
For more information contact:

Community Heritage

Tel: 01633 648209


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