Risca parish war dead remembered in comprehensive book

To commemorate our local heroes
“The Fallen of Risca Parish in WW1”.

By Steve Veysey

Comprehensive research of the men and women from the parish of Risca who gave their lives during the Great War.
An A-Z list of names, their biography, burial and memorial places are included.
Steve Veysey was born in Llanbadoc, Usk.
He has spent the last five years recording the details of the men and women of the surrounding areas who died in WW1 and WW2 and it is his privilege to keep their memory alive.

My interest in WW1 history came about late in life. My great uncle John Arthur Veysey from Abercarn signed up along with thousands of other men from the valleys to ‘do his bit’ for King and Country. Going to France in November 1914, with the 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment he was killed on February 2nd 1915. He has a headstone in his resting place at the Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. It was after visiting his grave I became interested in the men and women from Risca. I found a lot of graves and memorials listing quite a few names but there isn’t one central point where all these people are recorded. What started off as an idea to show a list of names at exhibitions in the local library has turned into the production of this book. At long last, there is a place where all.

 

 

From the South Ales Argus (5th November 2019):

A COMPREHENSIVE list of members of a Gwent community who died during the First World War has been put together by a family member of a man who died in the conflict aged just 19.

Steve Veysey, from Risca, became inspired to look into those who died who had a connection to the Risca area after finding out about his great-uncle John Arthur Veysey, who was killed in the conflict.


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