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.