Llansannan

 

Cyfodwyd y golofn hon er anrhydedd i fechgyn dewrion Llansannan a wasanaethodd eu brenin a’u gwlad yn y Rhyfel Mawr 1914-1919. Mewn anghof ni chant fod.

In the centre of the rural village of Llansannan, in the east of the county, stands a four-sided obelisk commemorating the First World War. There are 20 names and addresses on the face listing the dead, and the 80 others who survived the massace can be seen on the other 3 faces. Unfortunately, the information I have about them is rather sparse; it appears that several on the Llansanan parish memorial were (mainly agricultural) workers from elsewhere, without roots in the area — which has made the task of tracing them more difficult.

An elegant manor house called Dyffyn Aled once stood a short distance from the village. The War Office took it over during the summer of 1914, and by October of that year over 100 German Naval Officers were held there in captivity — albeit rather luxurious captivity!

It looked hopeful that the small rural district of Bylchau would be one of the rare places on this island to see the war out without any fatalities; this is, until the very last day…

More details to follow…