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Llanidloes National School 15
The teachers go to war, 1914

  God Speed
The horrors of the Great War of 1914-18 affected almost every community in the land because so many men of that generation were killed. The entry below from the School Log Books ominously noted the departure for military service of three teachers from the National School.
National School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  This was dated 13th November 1914, and reads:
"Friday Afternoon Messrs Edwards, Dagwell and Smith were leaving to go on Military Service. The Vicar was present to join the headmaster, teachers and children in wishing them God Speed".
County Archives
School log book entry 

The fate of one of the three, George Edwards, was recorded in the log books on 3rd November 1916, showing that he had been fortunate enough to survive the carnage and was able to resume teaching:
"Mr Geo.E.Edwards returned to School duties, having been absent on War Service since 13th November 1914. He was wounded on Actice Service 21st February 1916 in France and returned to Hospital in England 1st March 1916. He received his "discharge" (being unfit for further Military Service) 4th September 1916".

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