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The Welsh at Mametz Wood

WILLIAMS, Christopher (1873 - 1934)

The Welsh at Mametz Wood

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 274.3 x 173.0 cm

Acquired: 1920; Gift; Sir Archibald and Lady Mitchelson

Accession Number: NMW A 3509


Hugh Tebay
15 November 2018, 15:33
My Great Uncle Edgar James Gilbert from Barry was killed in the battle on the first day aged 24. His body was never found and his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial. Their sacrifice is always remembered.
Lynda Alexander
4 November 2018, 20:36
My Grandfather Private Harold Thomas Jenkins from Merthyr was awarded a citation for DCM for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack in Memetz Wood where he entered an enemy dugout alone, killed 7 of the enemy and captured 8 prisoners. This painting brought these horrific images these young soldiers had to face.
He survived the war but died at the age of 54 from TB. I was born the following year.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
10 April 2017, 08:40
Dear Margaret,

I will double-check with our curators, but as far as I am aware, there are no names recorded with this painting.

Thank you for your enquiry,

Digital Team
margaret horn
9 April 2017, 16:15
My grandfather,THOMAS WELLESLEY REED, was killed at the battle of the somme, Are there any names recorded of these brave men?
28 October 2016, 18:52
really emotionally captivating
saw this on my family visit to Cardiff, were learning about ww1 in school. God bless those who lost their lives in the war, bloodshed never wins anything.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
26 October 2016, 13:42

Hi there James,

Thanks for your enquiry. You can find our Image Licensing Officer's email address on our 'Print on Demand' page. Please put 'Image Licensing Request: [name of painting]' in the subject line.

All the best,

Digital Team

James Thompson
26 October 2016, 13:35
Hello -

I am writing about the art of WWI and would like to reproduce this image in it. The name of the book is "Painting America's Portrait - How Illustrators Created America" and you can find information about it at Can you advise me on how to acquire a hi-res image of the painting and permission to reproduce it in my book.

Thank you,

James C. Thompson
Commonwealth Books of Virginia
Dr Jonathan Hicks
19 July 2016, 21:44
John Brian Jones and others, please get in touch as I am seeking stories and photographs of the men who fought at Mametz Wood for my next book on the Welsh at Passchendaele, due out in 2017. My website is
I would very much like to hear more about your relatives.
john brian jones
4 July 2016, 12:27
The Mametz memorial is a great tribute to the men that took part in the battle. My mothers cousin Bethuel Harcombe, a Trealaw Rhondda boy, died there His name is on the Thiepval memorial. He like others enlisted under age. The memory lives on with me and my family
Jennifer Kruger
3 July 2016, 17:17

My Great Uncle Stephen Cullen From Swansea. His body has not been found, he is Remembered on The Memorial at Cambri wE did visit a few years ago, Very emotional. God Bless You Uncle Stephen xxx

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