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Register your interest in attending an event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood

Posted  29 April 2016 in News  
By Liz Robertson

A number of events to commemorate the involvement of the 38th (Welsh) Division in the Battle of Mametz Wood 100 years ago will take place in northern France in July.

Events will begin on 7 July, when a remembrance service will take place at the Welsh National Memorial in Mametz, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood. The Welsh at Mametz Wood 1916:  The National Service of Remembrance is being organised by the South Wales branch of the Western Front Association with financial assistance from the Welsh Government.

If you would like to attend the remembrance service in France, you will need to register for the event by providing the full names, dates of birth and passport numbers of all drivers and passengers as well as the vehicle registration number.  Please send the details by 13 May at the latest to: philgreenisha@btinternet.com.

This information will be checked by the local police.  It is important to note that if you haven’t registered for the event in advance, you will not be able to gain access to the memorial service on 7 July. The information has been requested by the French authorities to ensure the safety of all those present at the event.

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The Welsh National Memorial is located in the countryside on the outskirts of the village of Mametz in Picardy overlooking Mametz Wood. Around 4,000 men died or were injured during the Battle, which was a part of the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest battles of the First World War.  The memorial commemorates the fallen of the 38th (Welsh) Division. It was created in 1987, by Welsh sculptor David Petersen, and has been refurbished in time for this year’s commemoration events.

Phil Davies, Secretary of the Western Front Association said:  “This will be a solemn and moving occasion to mark the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, where the 38th (Welsh) Division were involved and it will be an opportunity to remember all those who lost their lives.

“We are expecting many people to travel to France for the event and everybody who would like to attend is very welcome but due to heightened security restrictions in France, all those who wish to attend The Welsh at Mametz Wood 1916:  The National Service of Remembrance commemorative event will need to provide detailed, personal information before the event.”

Other events planned include a concert by the Treorchy Male Voice Choir at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebières in the nearby town of Albert and other services of remembrance at other cemeteries where a number of Welsh soldiers are buried.

Please note that Mametz Wood is situated on private land and it will not be possible to enter the woods.

The Welsh at Mametz Wood 1916: The National Service of Remembrance will begin at 12pm local time. For more information, please contact Phil Davies philgreenisha@btinternet.com

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