Faces of the Fallen

The “Faces of the Fallen” Project was initiated at the start of the Centenary of the First World War as a means of honouring those Royal Welchmen who made the ultimate sacrifice during this brutal conflict. Over 11,000 Royal Welch Fusiliers, serving in 40 Battalions (each of 1000 men), were Killed in Action, Died of Wounds/Disease or in Accidents in the service of their country. This number is significantly more than any other Welsh Regiment, the men coming, not just from Wales but from across the United Kingdom and the dominions. With the financial support of the Welsh Government’s Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 programme, this searchable database has been designed by and hosted on the Royal Welch Fusilier’s Museum website as a research resource for the public to use, free of charge. It is a unique and fitting legacy of the First World War Centenary events in Wales. We believe we are bringing these Royal Welchmen back to the spiritual home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

At the time of the database’s launch, over 2,500 photographs of fallen Royal Welchman had been identified. The Trustees of the Museum are hugely indebted to a small group of dedicated volunteers who have made this fitting tribute possible. In particular Shirley Williams who’s initial idea it was to start the project and to Dr John Krijnen who built the database and has spent hundreds of hours researching to confirm casualty lists details and then inputting the data that make this database unique to the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. We would also like to thank Mr Dai Hood, a former member of the regiment, whose work in supporting the project has been invaluable. Finally, thank you to all the families, history and heritage groups, county archives and WW1 centenary projects that have contributed to our project.

This database will continue to grow as more photos come to light. If you have photographs of family members or from other sources that are not already shown and would like to donate the images, then please send them, with as much information as possible, to image@rwfmuseum.wales

The next phase of the project, known as “All that is left of them”, is named after the caption on a photograph of WWI RWF Survivors. This will expand the project to include all those who fought with the Regiment and survived the war. You can also email photos of survivors, with their details and the title “All that is left of them” on the email subject line to the above email address.

Thank you for your support of this incredibly important project.


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