Letter Writing and Loss

letterMorning all!

Just a quick update here as I’m off out to the day job all day today, work has been fairly busy this week but I’ve managed to fit in a fair amount of research in the evenings and my day off. The other good thing is that news of my project has started to circulate around town and people are coming forward with more suggestions all the time of who may be able to help with different parts of the town’s history, fantastic!

I have been busy letter writing at all spare moments this week, even during my lunch break at work. One of the things I have heard so often already is ‘speak to Mrs/Mr Bloggs they’ll be able to help, they’re fit and well at the moment but do it soon as they’re not getting any younger.’ The sad truth is that anyone who can help me with first-hand experiences of Lampeter during the war will, of course, be older but the reality of this comment really hit me last week when one of the people recommended to me the previous week sadly passed away a few days later.

This project was started with the intention of trying to save the unwritten memories and stories of my local area during the war before they were lost and now I feel it is even more important than ever that I push on with what I am doing.

So if anyone can help or knows anyone with a story to share about Lampeter and the area during the Second World War please drop me a message I would love to hear from you.

All the best until next time.

Rhian – West Wales at War

112th Infantry Regiment at Llanybydder

Hi all!

Just to let you know I’m keeping busy on these lovely warm evenings reading up on the arrival and stay of the 28th Infantry Division (ID) from October 1943 to April 1944. The 28th ID was originally the Pennsylvania National Guard, many of the soldiers from that area were of Welsh descent and were welcomed to Wales when they arrived to train for the D-Day landings.

The 28th ID docked at Cardiff in 1943 bringing almost 14,000 American soldiers to Wales, they were spread out across the Welsh countryside and began training and preparing for the retaking of France.



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Hi all and welcome to the site!

I thought I’d start off by introducing myself and explaining a little more about what I am trying to achieve here.

So my name is Rhian, I was born and raised in Felinfach, Ceredigion until the age of 18 when I moved the 6 miles to Lampeter to attend university where I studied Archaeology and Anthropology. Throughout this time I have always had an interest in the Second World War and this has developed into the drive to collect social histories of my area during the war years. Lampeter is a small university town in west Wales surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is peaceful and a long way from anywhere (or so it seems when you don’t drive!) Continue reading