|The war sent thousands of young people travelling around Britain and the Continent.|
Many of them were away from their homes and villages for the first time in their life.
Some were vulnerable and náive . The YMCA or its smaller sister organization the YWCA (for women) established clubs and canteens both at home and abroad.
| This was an extension of the role they played in large cities since they were founded in the mid nineteenth century.|
A typical YMCA hut might sell cups of tea or cocoa for a penny, have a lending library and run evening classes.
Most had a "quiet room" where troops could read, write or pray. You will often see letters to home from troops written on YMCA paper.
LH photo Inscribed : "from all at 10 Church Rd Penarth.Glam...J.P.Thomas"