The Aftermath

Remembering the Great War in Wales

Angela Gaffney

The Aftermath

Angela Gaffney

Distributed for University of Wales Press

194 pages | 22 plates | 8 2/5 x 5 2/5
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780708316801 Published July 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
More than 700,000 British servicemen died in the First World War and 35,000 of these are listed in the Welsh Book of Remembrance. Loss of life on such an immense scale meant that bereavement became a shared experience throughout Britain as individuals and communities attempted to come to terms with their grief. The war memorials found in almost every town and village bear witness to the need felt in the post-war years to commemorate the dead. These memorials have already been studied as repositories of political ideas and as works of art and public sculpture, but little work has been done on the social history of commemoration. 

This book provides the first comprehensive examination of the social and political significance of remembrance in Wales. It places the commemoration process within the wider context of Welsh history in the decade following the Great War, and studies the impact of that war upon local communities and the ways in which those communities chose to remember the fallen. 

`Here is a fine study illustrating the enduring place of local loyalties in the identities of the men who went to war in 1914 and of those who survived the war. (English Historical Review)
Review Quotes
War in History
“. . . meticulously researched study.” –War in History
Western Mail

“She has written an important book about Wales at a watershed in its history and, as the Great War fades beyond living memory, it will help us to recall the carnage and bungled idealism of it all.” –Western Mail

The Western Front Association Bulletin

“For those members interested in war memorials (aren’t we all?), this book is a ‘must have’ . . . Angela’s analysis of that single photograph demonstrates her depth of feeling for the subject of remembrance and is a lesson in the interpretation of photographs and the huge amount of information that can be obtained from photographs of social events . . . the quality of the information which it contains makes it well worth the price.” –The Western Front Association Bulletin


“ . . . offers much more than a straightforward history of war memorials in Wales, Angela Gaffney’s fascinating account focuses on people’s will to remember their dead as they argued and co-operated, cajoled and compromised in the erecting and unveiling of their chosen memorials. In this cogently written social and political history of commemoration, we are reminded that the process of commemorating, as with so many other human experiences, is a selective one . . . one is impressed by the wealth of sources both contemporary and primary that she has drawn upon.” –Planet

New Welsh Review

“ . . . excellent and erudite book . . . Gaffney has produced a book of incredible detail, almost overwhelmingly so for the casual reader, but she has brought out the personal stories of loss which transcend a book of simple “history”. This is an essential addition to the record of Wales in the aftermath of the Great War.” –New Welsh Review

Journal of the Royal Regiment of Wales

“The book will be of interest to the ever-increasing numbers who now show interest in this memorable and tragic period in our history, and in particular local historians. A must for all Welsh museum libraries.” –Journal of the Royal Regiment of Wales

Wilfred Owen Assoc. Newsletter

“This is a scholarly book, based on historical records, which will be of interest to those living in Wales and could encourage people elsewhere to research their own war memorials.” –Wilfred Owen Assoc. Newsletter

Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association

“The author is to be congratulated on giving us such a valuable and readable insight into the decisions made at the time concerning memorialisation; long may the resulting memorials be held in honour and respect.” –Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association

English Historical Review

“Here is a fine study illustrating the enduring place of local loyalties in the identities of the men who went to war in 1914 and of those who survived the war.” –English Historical Review

Twentieth Century British History

“ . . . a successful book . . ” –Twentieth Century British History

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