All the Welsh Archaeological
Trusts, grant aided by Cadw, are focusing on the First
World War over the next few years to coincide with the
centenary of the War. Each year we will look at a different
theme. These are:
2014-15: The militarized
2015-16: Research and
In 2014-15 the militarized
landscape theme included investigations of practice trenches
and rifle ranges as well as looking at training camps
and prisoner of war camps. The report can be downloaded
In 2015-16 manufacturing
and Research and Development sites were investigated
including Marconi wireless stations and early aircraft.
The report can be downloaded here.
In 2016-17 we looked at the theme of Infrastructure and Support; what those at home were doing to support the troops. This included hospitals and convalescent homes for injured servicemen and the work of the Women's Institute and other groups to increase food production and supply dressings and clothing for the military.The report can be downloaded here.
This year we are looking at military operations based in north west Wales. The coast of Anglesey was the front line in the war against the U-boats which attacked shipping heading for Liverpool. The focus is on the Naval Base at Holyhead, as we have already looked at the airship station at Llangefni in a previous year.
Airship in hangar (courtesy of the Anglesey Archives