Our final day we looked at the woods at Guillemont and the amazing Delville Wood, which was almost totally destroyed apart from one tree that remains. All round it the wood was replanted after the war. In the afternoon after lunch in Albert, we saw the excellent Museum in Albert which is underground and then moved on to the Red Dragon memorial to the welsh pals and the woods around it.
Soldiers belongings and shell casings.
Tim Thurlow talking to us.
He said: ‘In 1914 they had joined up together, many into what in the North was known as ‘Pals’ battalions, in 1915 they had trained together in any number of caps and billets, and in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, they all too often died together as well. They became what later historians called ‘The Lost Generation’ – the men who had marched to Picardy and found their graves in the poppy covered fields.’
And we saw many wonderful details of cemetaries.