Across the region, there were many people paying their respects to the fallen millions during what was once known as the “Great War” which took place from 1914-1918. Millions of soldiers were killed in the conflict and this weekend marked 100 years since Britain’s involvement began.
A special service of remembrance was held at the Holy Trinity Church which was attended by Mary Oliver of Glan Conwy who was wearing a special brooch made by her grandfather for her grandmother. George Langford created it for his wife during his time spent on the frontline.
“My mother was aged two and a half when my grandfather was killed in the Somme with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. When she was 80 we took mother to see his grave, which was very emotional. I have a picture of her wearing the brooch,” said Mary.
“George was a miner when he was 14 then came up here and married. When he was killed he was within two months of his 21st birthday. He’d been wounded earlier in the war and wore a badge on his uniform to show this.”
Also in Llandudno over the weekend of commemoration was a special walk from the North Wales branch of the Royal British Legion. Members young and old all took to the famous town’s streets to remember and it was one of many special occasions held over the weekend throughout the region.
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“We believe that it would not be appropriate to commemorate, on a large scale, the start of what was to become the greatest loss of life we have ever known,” a spokesman for the group said.
“However, we also believe that everyone should be reminded of the start of this terrible conflict.”
Tonight (Monday 4th of August) brings remembrance events throughout North Wales including a candle lit vigil in Ruthin, a service at St Peter’s Church in Ruthin and a ceremony from the North Wales Police in Colwyn Bay.
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