Academy youngsters' Passchendaele project

13th November 2017

Swansea City's under-12 squad recently completed a project on Passchendaele to commemorate those who were killed or wounded in that battle in 1917.

Whilst doing their research, the boys discovered that a number of men from the Neath Road area, adjacent to the academy base in Plasmarl, perished during the First World War.

Research provided evidence that one young man, DE Evans, a private in the Welsh Regiment 9th Division, was wounded at Passchendaele and was buried at Morriston Cemetery. Some of the youngsters visited the grave and laid flowers.

We also visited Cwmgelli Cemetery to see the grave of a Josiah Walters, who had lived on Neath Road and had been injured during World War I.

The boys were motivated to undertake the project due to the Premier League deciding that the best two projects presented by academies will be invited to participate in a tournament in Ypres, Belgium in December.