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This new digital resource was launched in November 2014 with support from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Since then, over 1,200 objects, archives and photographs have been researched, digitised and made freely available online. Here are the most viewed items from First World War Collections Online.

Toy Models

Painted wooden toy models of the 1914 Gorsedd of the Bards. Made by the Vale of Clwyd Toy Factory in Trefnant. The company provided employment for wounded soldiers during and after the First World War. As a result of the outbreak of war, the Bangor National Eisteddfod of 1914 was postponed until 1915.


Victoria Cross

On 21 July 1917 an Anglesey seaman, William Williams, received the Victoria Cross, Britain's foremost gallantry award. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his involvement in the sinking of the German submarine UC-29 on 7th June 1917.

Further reading: A 'mystery' Victoria Cross and a stuffed parrot


Photograph showing members of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Front row (middle) Lewis Valentine. Back row: (1st from left): David Ellis, Penyfed, Llangwm, Clwyd (poet). Back row: (3rd from left): Albert E. Jones (Cynan).

Field Communion set

Case used by the Reverend Captain T. Bowen Williams throughout his time as an Army chaplain. He was the curate of St Michael's Church, Aberystwyth, before his appointment as a chaplain in November 1915. He donated his field communion set to the National Museum of Wales in August 1919.


Heart shaped 'sweetheart' pincushion made by Private Brinley Rhys Edmunds of Dunraven Street, Barry, as a gift for his mother. He died of dysentery at Königsbrück Prisoner of War Camp on 5 September 1918, aged 19, while serving with the Durham Light Infantry.

Further reading: Update - Brinley the boy soldier


Collection of flag day badges sold during the First World War in aid of various funds and charities.

Richard Edwards

Digital Content Officer / Public History Assistant

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