THE DAY A MILITARY TANK ROLLED INTO ABER

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Photorgrapher unnamed - The tank rolls along Aberystwyth prom

A HUNDRED years ago this week, the people of Aberystwyth raised so much money for the war effort that it led to the town being presented with its very own military tank.

Cambrian News reported “As part of the centenary, looking back at the Great War, Archifdy Ceredigion Archives have been compiling a weekly blog of how the war effort affected people living in the county, with press clipping and photographs from the time.

This week, 100 years ago, ‘the tank’ rolled into Aberystwyth and drew massive crowds.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales said that in a bid to raise money for the war effort, “several tanks were used at fundraising events all over Britain, to encourage people to purchase Government War Bonds and War Savings Certificates”.

“The campaign pledged to present some of those towns that had ‘done their bit’ with a tank as a token of thanks,” a spokesperson said.

“During one week in 1918, Aberystwyth raised an amazing £682,448, the second highest total for the British Empire, coming second to Singapore.”

Archifdy Ceredigion Archives’ weekly blog also provides a fascinating insight into the lives of people living through war in Ceredigion.

This week’s instalment, which can be viewed here, brings news of the death of Pvt Joseph Griffith of Llechryd and it is ascertained that Capt John Evans of Aberporth had been taken prisoner on the submarine which sank his ship.

A photograph of Capt Geraint Davies appears in the newspaper. Capt Davies was mortally wounded near Neuve Eglise whilst Pvt William Jones of Tregaron was killed in action on 5 June.

Notice of a memorial service to Pvt David Evans to be held in Llantrisant was also included. Pvt Evans was killed on 30 November.

Pvt Tom Davies of New Quay was noted as being missing while Pvt Simon Jones of Aberporth was reported as being at home having been wounded in the big offensive in France.

In Aberystwyth, a concert was held in Skinner Street Mission Room to welcome Signaller David John Jones who has been in hospital.

Mr Tibbott spoke for Signaller Jones as the latter has not yet regained his voice having been gassed.

The headteacher of Borth school has been absent as he has had to appear before the medical board in Lampeter.

Again in Lampeter, a conference was held regarding the calling-up of agriculturists of proclamation age, and in Aberystwyth a meeting was held of the Agricultural Committee where, according to Mr Morgan, the Food Production Department was arranging for the supply of prisoners of war.

Mr D J Morgan speaking in a meeting of the Tregaron War Agricultural Committee stated that Gartheli parish approached nearest to the quota of ploughing orders.

Also in Tregaron, John Lewis, a labourer, was fined £2 having been charged with being an absentee. The money was to be handed over to the military authorities.

To read more weekly blogs from the Great War, visit the Archifdy Ceredigion Archives websitehere.

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