Soldiers of the second world war

Over the course of our popular “Faces of the Fallen” and “All that is left of them” First World War projects, many people asked whether we were going to organise a similar project for the Second World War. Thanks to funding from the Welsh Government through the Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales, we can now say, 'yes'!

We have become project partners with “Their Finest Hour” - a University of Oxford project -that aims to collect and digitally archive the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War that have been passed down from generation to generation.

We are doing this now because the stories and objects of the men, women, and children who were part of the 1939-1945 generation are being lost. Very few families in the British Empire and the Dominions were untouched by the war. In what was a truly global conflict, over 8.5 million people from the Empire and Dominions served in all major theatres of the war. The Royal Welch Fusiliers were awarded 27 battle honours for World War II. We dedicate this database to the memory of the more than 1,200 Royal Welshmen that were killed in action or died of wounds during the conflict.

This database will grow as more photos come to light. If you have photographs of family members who served in the RWF 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

Thank you for your support of this incredibly important project.


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