The Great War and the Valleys

Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley



The Cost of War

The cost of the war was counted in both financial terms and in terms of the human costs of the loss of life and casualties. A War Savings movement was inaugurated in Britain with the aim of funding the war effort from voluntary investments. As the war progressed the movement became more organised with local committees and targets. Workers were encouraged to buy War Savings Bonds and school children were also encouraged to save for the war effort. The human cost of the war was counted in terms of those who were killed or injured during the fighting, as well as those who suffered psychological damage. Injured soldiers were sometimes cared for in local hospitals.