‘Ghost’ soldiers on the promenade in Port Talbot

Did you see Port Talbot’s “moving” WW1 ghost soldiers?

7 July 2016

Volunteers took part in a moving tribute to the lost soldiers of World War One in Port Talbot on Friday.

The ‘ghost’ soldiers took part in an event to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which claimed almost 20,000 lives.

The men, in battle dress, sat on Aberavon beach and made their way along the seafront. They were among hundreds of volunteers who visited Port Talbot, Swansea and many other towns across Britain, handing out cards bearing the names of local men lost in action.

They also sang the World War One trenches anthem ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’, which captured the futility of the conflict.

One witness who saw the men in action said: “These actors contributed to make the most inspiring memorial I have ever witnessed. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you each and every one of the 20,000 volunteers up and down the country who made it so memorable.”

In Wales, a total of 100 volunteers took part in the event, which was led by the National Theatre of Wales.

A spokesperson for the theatre said: “Men aged 16-49 covered the width and breadth of the UK from 7am to 7pm, appearing as if from nowhere on beaches, streets, dual carriageways and in fields. Dressed in First World War uniforms, the men represented 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the battle.

“Each participant represented a soldier who was killed, taking inspiration from tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one.”

The anniversary of the battle was also remembered at the steelworks in Port Talbot, where a plaque still honours the workers from the Port Talbot Steel Company that lost their lives. tata ww1

Tata Steel tweeted this photograph, saying: “On this day remembering some of the steel workers who fought and died in the Great War.”

Article tags

Share this article

Comment on this article

four − 4 =