The town of Wrexham (Welsh: Wrecsam) is the largest in the north of Wales. It lies in a former heavily industrialised area which played a major role in the Industrial Revolution.
Until 1974 Wrexham was in the historic county of Denbighshire and, from 1974 to 1996, in the county of Clwyd. In 1996 the County Borough of Wrexham was formed.
Wrexham was historically a major garrison town, with the barracks at Hightown being the headquarters of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers until 2006.
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers was an infantry regiment founded in 1689 to oppose James II of England and the imminent war with France. It was one of the oldest regiments in the regular army,
hence the archaic spelling "Welch", rather than "Welsh", can often be seen. The regiment was numbered as the 23rd Regiment of Foot.
The regiment was finally amalgamated with the Royal Regiment of Wales on 1st March, 2006, to become 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh.
Several memorials to those who died in conflict throughout the world are sited inside St. Giles Parish Church in the centre of Wrexham.
Several of Wrexham's schools also created their own memorials to commemorate former pupils.