The parish of Eglwysbach had a population of 1,286 at the turn of the last century, which is slightly more than the 950-odd that currently live there. As is the case today, a large number of the population were people from outside the local area. Several of them were employed at the Bodnant Estate — working in the manor, the gardens, the forest and the estate’s farms. Many of Eglwysbach’s Great War dead had connections with Bodnant: from the son of the estate owner to tenant farmers. 23 men are named on two slate plaques either side of St Martin’s church gates.

Stanley Douglas Deacon, Tal y Cafn Post Office

Stanley Deacon was born in Heaton
Chapel in Lancashire in 1882 to Rose
Emma (née Gardner) and Stanley
Wagstaff Deacon, an iron foundry clerk, originally from Manchester. He had younger brothers, Laurence, Leslie and George and a sister Dorothy Rose.

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