The information below is a brief outline of how the idea of this web-site came about.
I was born in Nelson in 1967. My wife Lisa was born in New Tredegar, Gwent.
We met in 1996, while I was working in Bargoed, North of Caerphilly. Not long afterwards, we discovered a mutual interest in the First World War but, due to family related issues, the interest was put aside.
A few years later, things were more settled and in 2002, we decided to venture to the battlefields of France and arranged a trip of our own to The Somme area. We spent five days on a self-guided tour of the area. Even then, we could see that we were going to be spending a lot more time there. While we felt that we had seen quite a bit, we realised that there was a lot more for us to discover.
Around the same time, we had been carrying out family history research. After we returned from France, Lisa's family research led us back to the battlefields of The Western Front where, on The Somme, she discovered her first family loss to The War.
David John Thomas, Private 12757, 8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers was her Great-Grandmother's brother. David had been killed on 7th July 1916 while his unit had been tasked with the capture of the village of Ovillers, near La Boisselle. His story can be seen by clicking the appropriate link below
[Bizarrely, on our first trip, we came across Ovillers Cemetery, perfectly maintained and peaceful, and spent quite a bit of time there.]
This initial discovery led us to further research our families' involvement in The Great War. Unfortunately (or should I say, fortunately) I could find no trace of any of my family having been killed during this conflict. Lisa, on the other hand, found two further family members who were killed in The Somme region and a further three who were killed in the Ypres salient, Belgium. A total of six family members lost to this conflict. Four of them appear on the James Street, New Tredegar memorial.