Battlefields Register Attitude a Shame

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), February 6, 2004 | Go to article overview

Battlefields Register Attitude a Shame


Byline: Tryst Williams

What a proud boast it would be if Wales had no need of a battlefields register because it had no battlefields.

Imagine a nation unsullied by war, a bastion of untroubled millennia of history and a proud example to the rest of the world.

Alas, that is not the case.

Scratch the surface of even this small country, and the soil yields a bloody tale of bygone wars and conflicts.

Surely such a bitter past would be better left dead and buried and forgotten.

Which is exactly what could happen if heritage body Cadw doesn't throw its weight behind a Welsh battlefield register.

Despite England and Scotland having such a body for the best part of a decade, Cadw has no plans to set up such a register.

Ironically, Cadw is Welsh for keep or retain.

But military enthusiasts believe continued inertia could lead to more and more historic sites of conflict being buried under housing estates.

Should we revel in our turbulent past?

No. When we pin a poppy to our lapels every November w

e do not commemorate the act of war. …

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