Copies of the Society’s book “Our Village in World War One” may be obtained from Skewen Library, Cresci’s Cafe, the Post Office in Arbourne’s Stores, The Gwyn Hall Neath, Hall’s Newsagent in Neath Market or by contacting the Society directly via email at
or telephoning the Secretary, Mrs. Kitty Griffiths 01792 823651.
The book was reviewed in the Summer 2017 edition of “Chronicle” – the review is reproduced below.
“This wonderfully researched book tells much, more than the story of a Welsh village from 1914-1918. Written in the form of a diary, it tells of monthly events, both national and local during World War 1 and the effect that the war had on the people of Skewen and the surrounding districts.
Sources were gathered from family histories, newspaper reports and various websites.
A remarkable appendix lists 589 service personnel, including 120 fallen, who came from the district. They are hoping to add to this list by readers who might be able to contribute other names. Besides names, listed are the battalions in which they served, their rank, their awards and locations of their graves if they are known.
It tells of the conflicts and the pain suffered and is dedicate to the memory of the people of Skewen & District and to all those who served during WW1. 216 pages of fascinating reading with maps and photographs, including the Skewen Silver band c1910, the Cwrt y Betws Colliery workmen in 1913 and the Skewen Rugby Club 1912. A fascinating book, a pleasure to read.”