War memorial to be refurbished

A First World War memorial to the men of the 38th Welsh Division in France is to be refurbished with £7,000 of Welsh Government money.

Mametz soldiers 'endured great suffering and hardship'

Culture Minister John Griffiths says it is important that the men of the 38th Welsh Division, who fought at Mametz Wood during the First World War, are remembered for their sacrifices.

The Red Dragon memorial in France is due to be refurbished with financial support from the Welsh Government.

It is difficult to imagine quite what the men who fought there went through, but we know they endured great suffering and hardship.

This week marks the 97th anniversary of the battle, which took place over six days in July 1916, and I am pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support the South Wales Branch of the Western Front Association to help refurbish this memorial.

– John Griffiths AM, Culture Minister

Battle of Mametz Wood: A memorial to Welsh soldiers

The Battle of Mametz Wood was part of the Battle of the Somme - one of the largest fought during the First World War.

  • The memorial stands just outside the village of Mametz in Picardy, overlooking the wood that was the objective of the 1916 battle
  • 4,000 men from the 38th Division were killed or wounded in the Battle of Mametz Wood
  • More than 1m soldiers on both sides were killed or wounded in the Battle of the Somme