'Massively important' to remember
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Mametz Wood: 'Massively important' to remember in Wales

Wales has been marking the start of the battle for Mametz Wood in northern France 100 years ago which claimed the lives of thousands of Welsh soldiers.

The 38th (Welsh) Division attacked the wood between 7 and 14 July 1916, with more than 4,000 men killed or injured.

While commemorations took place in France to mark the sacrifices, events were also held in Wales.

It included the official opening of a Great War Memorial Garden at Caernarfon Castle in Gwynedd.

Wreaths were laid by local politicians and the military in a service led by the Lord-Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund Bailey.

There was also a chance for year six children from Ysgol Rhosgadfan to plant crosses in the new garden with their headteacher, Paul Carr, while the Band of the Royal Signals sounded the Last Post.

  • 07 Jul 2016
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