How the experience of war impacted on the town, from the initial enthusiasm for sorting out the German kaiser in time for Christmas 1914, to the gradual realization of the enormity of human sacrifice the families of Carmarthen were committed to as the war stretched out over the next four years. A record of the growing disillusion of the people, their tragedies and hardships and a determination to see it through. By the time that war erupted in Europe in August 1914, Carmarthenshire had moved from its rural roots into a new industrial age, with great coalfields around the Amman and Gwendraeth Valleys, and the coal, tin and steelworks around Llanelli and Kidwelly. This industrialisation had changed the county forever, with towns like Ammanford, Llanelli and Kidwelly transforming themselves from their original small villages into sprawling towns. The population of the county had surged, so the Great War would see vast numbers of men from the county enlist into the armed forces and head for war, many never to return.
'Carmarthen in the Great War' covers the lives and deaths of many of the brave young men that left the county, interspersing their tales with stories from the home front, which show how the war changed life in the county forever.
Steven David John was born and bred in Laugharne, a historical Township made famous by the poet Dylan Thomas. After being educated at Laugharne and Whitland Grammar School, I trained as a mechanical engineer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Aberporth. I have since worked in the dairy and healthcare sectors, before moving to Shropshire to work for a well known German yoghurt producer, and due to my move have retired from my hobby of playing rugby for Laugharne. This freeing up of my spare time led me into the world of military research, and I have since set up a website detailing my research on of the war memorials in West Wales, have self published several books on local war memorials, and have had my first book, 'Carmarthen Pals' published by Pen & Sword.