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World War One Veterans' voices: Irving Henry Jones

Remembrance Day this year has special resonance as it also marks the centenary of the early months of World War One.

All the old soldiers from Wales who returned are now dead but the stories of those who survived were recorded for the archives of the Imperial War Museum in the 1970s and 1980s.

Irving Henry Jones, from Bedwas near Caerphilly, served as a signaller with 10th Battalion Welch Regt in GB and on Western Front, from 1914 to 1917, including at Mametz Wood in the Somme.

For a year he was a reservist in coal mining but then re-enlisted in 1918.

He says they were expecting heavy casualties and the men were told not to stop to help anyone on the way to the wood.

You can hear more of the archive interview on the Imperial War Museum website

  • 10 Nov 2014
  • From the section Wales
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