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Services remember the sacrifices of Mametz Wood

Today sees the centenary commemorations for the battle for Mametz Wood, part of the Somme offensive.

100 years ago the 38th (Welsh) Division were ordered to take the wood. The Battle raged for five days and over 4,000 Welsh soldiers died or were injured.

The First Minister will at the ceremony today, led by the Archbishop of Wales, with about 1,000 expected to attend the service in France.

Today's commemoration gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of the 38th (Welsh) Division who fought here, and the many others like them who fought in the First World War. I am honoured to attend today's service to pay tribute to this brave Welsh Army made up of men from right across Wales. We have them all to thank for fighting for our futures.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales

The Western Front Association is grateful for the support and help given by the Welsh Government and all those who have agreed to participate in this event. We are pleased that 160 Brigade represented by the 1st and 3rd battalions, the Royal Welsh, the Treorci Male Choir and the Archbishop of Wales will participate in the service. We hope that it will be a memorable and worthy event to remember those who gave their lives in this battle, those who survived and were injured, and all those who served in this place.

– Phil Davies, Secretary of the South Wales branch of the Western Front Association

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