Bring Them Home war display at Caernarfon Castle

Tuesday 03 November 2015

The writing will be on the wall next month when a Welsh Army regiment graphically displays the number of soldiers who fell on the battlefields of the First World War

Picture of Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle

The names of nearly 11,000 men who lost their lives are to be projected onto the walls of Caernarfon Castle on Armistice Day - November 11th along with some of their photos.

The projection will begin with the very fitting song - “Bring Him Home” sung by Alfie Boe, permission for which has been kindly allowed by the “Les Miserables” composers.

The Bring Them Home project is the latest event being staged by the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum to illustrate the extent of the losses suffered by just one regiment in the 1914-18 conflict.
As well as displaying the names of the Fallen on the walls of the castle, which houses the regimental museum, the organisers hope the event will spur families to send in photographs of family members who died in the war.

“The names of those who fell are marked on war memorials in towns and villages across Wales, but we think this event will help to bring the boys together to show the horror inflicted on just one regiment" said Shirley Williams, Museum Development Manager.

"It's particularly poignant because we will shortly be marking some of the big battles of the war - like Mametz Wood and the Somme where large numbers from the RWF lost  their lives.
"We are also hoping this project will add to the collection of photographs we've been compiling of the soldiers who died, which we are displaying at the Museum on the centenary of each man’s death. Currently, we have gathered around one in eight of those who never came home.

“We would dearly love to bring all the boys back together again in pictures if at all possible - and perhaps project their faces on the walls of Caernarfon Castle in 2018 to mark the end of the War".

Relatives with photographs are being asked to bring or send them to the RWF Museum, Caernarfon Castle where we can scan them, take copies or originals and keep them safe for posterity.

The Bring Them Home project is one of a number of events, exhibitions and activities being undertaken by the RWF Museum to mark the centenary of WW1.
The screening has been made possible by HLF funding.  Richard Bellamy, Head of the HLF in Wales said, “The centenary of the First World War is an important opportunity for us all to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of all those involved in conflict.  

War memorials remind us of that incredible sacrifice and I am really pleased that National Lottery money is being used to help people to find out more about the people and stories that they represent, in a new and different way.”