2. The First World War



The Police of South Wales and the Great War


In 2014, South Wales Police established a project to tie in with the start of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The project aimed to remember those police officers from South Wales Police’s predecessor forces of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr and Neath who served during the war and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Between 2014 and 2018 a considerable amount of material was produced by the project and a permanent display regarding the First World War was created at the Heritage Centre.

The First World War display in the Heritage Centre
With support from a number of officers and staff members and with the use of original photographs and news cuttings, this short film was produced to mark the centenary of the start of the war.

A second film was produced in 2018 to mark the end of the centenary and features a roll of honour to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Also created was a series of booklets, which best reflected the work undertaken in the project. Overall, ten booklets were produced between 2014 and 2020. Five were produced for each year of the war which remember all those who died at the front. Three more were produced on the subjects of the Welsh Guards, Richard Thomas and Ernest Rollings. A Roll of Honour booklet was also produced to mark the end of the Centenary in 2018.

In 2020 a tenth and final booklet, appropriately entitled "Concluding the Story", was produced. It summarised the work of the project, included additional information which had come light since the production of the earlier booklets and told the stories of some of the police officers who survived the fighting in the War.

The following booklets were produced between 2014 and 2020:

The booklets on Richard Thomas and Ernest Rollings can be found in the pages below.