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Commemorating the Battle of the Somme

This is a collection of various items that have been kept and shared by families and archives throughout Wales. They are a visual testament to help us remember and commemorate the largest battle during of the Great War, the Battle of the Somme.
This German bible was picked up by Private Albert Rees Williams of the Welsh Regiment, apparently on the Somme in 1916. It contains the name of its owner and also a pressed flower.
Howard Lloyd Roberts was a well-known local artist in Borth who fought in the trenches during the First World War. He made these drawings during his time in the Somme. It is believed that by putting them side by side, it provides a panorama of the view...
Arthur Oscar Kibblewhite, son of Elizabeth and the late Henry George Kibblewhite, of Spring Gardens, West Cross. He served as Sapper 121224, 73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers, and was killed in action on the 12th August 1916, The Somme, France. He is...
In this poignant letter Hugh pleads with his brother to avoid being called up by making any excuse possible and lying to the army doctor. Within two months of writing this letter Hugh is killed in action in Delville Wood, Somme, France.
Born in Port Talbot. Saw action at the Battle of the Somme in the machine gun corp of the 46th div; BEF. Signed up age 19
Born in Port Talbot. Saw action at the Battle of the Somme in the machine gun corp of the 46th div; BEF. Signed up age 19
Members of the Welsh Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery in retreat after the 1st battle of the Somme – the men in the photo all came from Caernarfon and Bangor and were foraging for food. The only living survivor is on the extreme left (with the...
Private Morris Hughes Moi lost his right leg in battle at Abeville, France on the Somme, and had previously served in German East Africa. Note the distinctive 'hospital blues' suite worn by wounded soldiers.
Inscribed on the metal piece, of unknown origin, is “Gallipoli 4th S.W.B 1915-16”. And on the other side “W.Crane” with a picture of a machine gun.
William Henry Thomas from Pontarddulais was a Private with the Second Devonshire Regiment. He was wounded in the Battle of the Somme, and in a letter about his experiences he states that this Bible saved his life: “... After I arrived in the shell-hole...
1882 – 1961 Richard (Dick) fought in the Somme during WWI. He was the brother-in-law of Edward Delme Evans who was killed in Ypres in Nov 1917. He married Edith in 1918 and lived in Llanfyllin until his death. His grandchildren and great-grand-children...
William James Lewis was one of the three sons of David and Margaret Lewis of Cwmbwrla who volunteered for service in the First World War. This article was printed in a local paper in which a fellow soldier commended him for his bravery. The text reads:...
Albert Gill was born in Ystalyfera near Swansea to Anthony and Elizabeth Gill. He was the second youngest of thirteen children. His father was a Police Inspector and it seems Albert and his brothers and sisters moved around Glamorgan depending where his...
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