Extract from the book preface
The Llanelli Riots took place on 19th August, 1911. Their immediate cause was the very first Railway Strike which lasted only two days. The strike started on Thursday Evening, and by Saturday evening two young men had been shot dead by the military. One man was killed when a railway truck exploded and, on the following day, three more people died from their injuries. The story of the Riots is set in a period of great industrial unrest, and involves prominent figures on the international scene such as Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, King George V, and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
About the author
John Edwards was educated at Llanelli County School where he became President of the Literary and Debating Society. After completing his Higher School Certificate he volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1944 and was appointed to the staff of Admiral Patterson, East Indies Fleet, serving in HMS Cumberland, Sussex, and Norfolk. In 1947 he entered the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he graduated in French, took an Honours degree in History, and was the Editor of the College newspaper. He began his teaching career at Gowerton Grammar School and was, for twenty five years, Head of the History Department at Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli. In 1971-2 he returned to Aberystwyth and gained a Master's degree in Education. He took early retirement in 1982, and is very active in the work of the WEA in the town. He has many publications to his name in Welsh and English. He also appears frequently on T.V. and radio.
It is with great pleasure that our Civic Society is once more able to offer the public an updated and revised book by our local historian John Edwards. This is the third publication in our series aimed at reprinting material which is otherwise not generally available to historians, students and, in fact, the people of Llanelli in general and also readers beyond our district.
Our first volume, “Old Llanelly” by John Innes, was an exact facsimile of a rare book dating from 1902. The second ‘Tinopolis’, edited by John Edwards, was an update of an out-of-print volume from the last decade of the 20th century, treating heavy industry and its effects on Llanelli and beyond. Both publications sold out very quickly and we confidently expect the same to happen to the present book which details one of the most turbulent events in the town’s history (namely the 1911 railway strike and riots).
We are happy to acknowledge here the financial help of the Llanelli Town Council and the moral and practical support of the Friends of Llanelli Museum and the Llanelli Historical Society.