Wrexham marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day 2019 with a new exhibition at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives: Forgotten Wars: The Royal Welch Fusiliers Around The World 1850 – 1970.
Over the past five years, the main focus of commemorations has been the First World War, but over the centuries the Royal Welch Fusiliers, who recruited heavily across north Wales and were based in Wrexham, were called on to fight in conflicts around the globe. Soldiers from north Wales served in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Many of these wars have become footnotes in history books, their monuments on our streets and in our churches often overlooked, even forgotten. However, these wars are well-remembered in other countries and this exhibition highlights this global history that is part of Wrexham’s and Wales’s history.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
- Campaign medals from the Crimean War, the Boer War and the 1900 International Expedition to Peking
- A letter about Florence Nightingale
- Traditional weapons from the North-West Frontier province of the Indian Empire
- An Other Ranks’ British Army Uniform from the 19th century
- A Chinese communist guerrilla cap from the Malaya Emergency.
- A sketchbook from the deployment in Bosnia-Herzegovina
The exhibition opened on November 8th 2019 and will run until summer 2021. Admission is free.