|Mametz Wood Memorial|
"We did not ask whether the reward were equal to the sacrifice; it may be that there is no equality in such matters, that war is the very negation of all value... There was no discussion about the relative merits of rival methods of attack or f alternative fronts. Although our lives were the letters that went to its spelling, the word Strategy was never of our lips."
I believe my grandfather was present at Mametz as Captain in the 14th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, part of the 38th (Welsh) Division, and is likely to have known the author of this book. The copy I have just read belonged to him. Others present were David Jones (who describes the battle in In Parenthesis), Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Hedd Wyn.
UP TO MAMETZ
by Llewelyn Wyn Griffith
Faber & Faber, 1931
Owen Sheers' poem 'Mametz Wood' is here: