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'For Freedom and Justice': The Responses of Chapels in The Swansea Area to the First World War / Gethin Matthews

The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru, Volume: 28, Issue: 4

Swansea University Author: Gethin Matthews

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DOI (Published version): 10.16922/whr.28.4.4

Abstract

This article explores the responses of Nonconformist chapels in the Swansea area to the First World War, using the rate of recruitment from congregations and the memorialization of the war. Locating the episode in the political-religious rivalry between the Nonconformist denominations and the Establ...

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Published in: The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru
ISSN: 00432431 0083792X
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa34125
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Abstract: This article explores the responses of Nonconformist chapels in the Swansea area to the First World War, using the rate of recruitment from congregations and the memorialization of the war. Locating the episode in the political-religious rivalry between the Nonconformist denominations and the Established Church, it is clear that one of the motivations for supporting the war effort was the need to be seen to be doing their fair share for King and country at a time when Church disestablishment for Wales was on the statute book. In the discourse in Swansea’s newspapers as well as in the chapels themselves, the chapels’ Rolls of Honour were visible badges of loyalty.
Keywords: First World War, WW1, Swansea, Chapels, Nonconformity, Recruitment, Rolls of Honour
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 4