Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, June 27, 2014

Western Front Virtual Tour — Stop 24: Mametz Wood

Today I found in Mametz Wood
A certain cure for lust of blood. . .
                                   Robert Graves, Poem

The 38th (Welsh) Division was recruited from battalions of the Welsh Regiment, South Wales Borderers, and Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1914. Lloyd George had a heavy hand in the raising of the formation, one of his sons being an officer in the division. It crossed to France in late 1915 and came down to fight on the Somme in July 1916. The first attack on Mametz Wood was on 7 July, when the division lost heavily in "Death Valley" during the advance on the "Hammer Head". The next attack went in on the 10th, and by 14 July the wood was cleared -- but at the cost of over 5,000 casualties in the 38th (Welsh) Division. A memorial was placed in Mametz Church in the 1920s, but this Red Dragon monument was placed here in the late 1980s on the wishes of a number of Mametz Wood veterans.

Text Source:  Paul Reed's Somme Battlefield Website:


  1. The memorial is very moving. I last visited the Somme battlefield in 2001. It still amazes me how still the area is where so much noise, death, and destruction claimed so many lives

  2. Lorraine Wilson June 29th.
    You may like to know that the National Theatre of Wales is currently staging an outdoor production called "Mametz". It is set on a farm near Lancayo Monmouthshire and recreates the bravery of the Welsh soldiers who were given an almost impossible task