on 19 October 2009
My great grandfather's younger brother, John Robert Noyes, served with the 15th Welsh. Sadly, he was killed during the battle for Mametz Wood. I have read quite a few books on the battle for Mametz Wood and on the history of the 38th (Welsh) Division. However, these only provided brief details on the exploits of the 15th Welsh. It's great that this battalion now has it's own official history. The book follows the battalion from it's formation until it was eventually disbanded in 1919. The appendicies are also great, and everyone who lost their lives serving with the battalion gets a mention. This is a book that tells their story. I think they would be proud of it.
on 21 July 2014
An excellent account of a Pals battalion at war. The 38th Division, with which the Carmarthen pals fought had an unspectacular war, but this book is all the better for that giving a good insight of the war as experienced by an ordinary battalion. The 38th Division was in involved in several of the major actions on the western front; suffering severe losses taking Mametze wood early in the battle of the Somme , fighting on the first day of the battle of 3rd Ypres and seeing action in the hundred days. What comes across from reading this book is how these big attacks were only short episodes in the long, attritional, morale sapping struggle of the western front; most casualties being suffered in dribs and drabs as the battalion rotates in and out of the front line.
Also recommended: The Swansea pals.