Association to visit Great War battlefields
7:00am Thursday 28th June 2012 in Letters
THE South Wales Branch of the Western Front Association will be making their annual visit to the battlefields of France in July.
This year they will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the unveiling and dedication of the Memorial at Mametz Wood, which was dedicated to the 38th Welsh Division on July 11, 1987.
The Division fought there between July 7 and 12, 1916, and again in the advance to Victory in 1918. The Branch will be holding a service of Remembrance at the memorial at 11am on Saturday, July 7. The Welsh Regiments, South Wales Borderers and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, took heavy casualties during the period of July 1916, and wreaths will be laid to commemorate those lost.
During the trip the branch members will also be visiting Danzig Alley Cemetery, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Corbie Military Cemetery, and a number of other locations in the area surrounding Albert.
The Mayor of Mametz, the Cure of Mametz Church, and the Director of Commonwealth War Graves Commission France have accepted invitations to attend, together with the Comte Henri de Vitasse-Thezy who provided the land on which the memorial stands.
David Hughes South Wales Branch Western Front Association