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Battle of Mametz Wood at the Somme
« on: Monday 20 December 21 10:35 GMT (UK) »
I've downloaded my Grandad James Alfred Boyes' (b 21 May 1890 lived at 92 Langham Street, Leeds) discharge documents and it says he was in the West Yorkshire Regiment 2 batallion? On the 16 July 1916 he was wounded with a gunshot wound to his right leg when he fought at Mametz Wood. I've not been able to find any reference to the West Yorkshire fighting at Mametz which seemed to be mainly Welsh soldiers. Can anybody help me find a description of the Yorkshire contribution to the battle. By the sound of it it's a miracle he survived.

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Re: Battle of Mametz Wood at the Somme
« Reply #1 on: Monday 20 December 21 11:03 GMT (UK) »
Reading his army files, it appears that he was attached to 1st East Yorks at that time. 
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Re: Battle of Mametz Wood at the Somme
« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 December 21 11:17 GMT (UK) »
You can download the war diary of 1 East Yorks foc from the national archives

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7353174

It appears that they came under heavy artillery fire from their own side while trying to keep the Germans at bay
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Re: Battle of Mametz Wood at the Somme
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 December 21 11:22 GMT (UK) »
from https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/mametz/ww1heritage/
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The 38th (Welsh)  Division, with the Red Dragon of Wales as its insignia, was supported in its attack on Mametz Wood by their English comrades in the 17th, 23rd and 19th Divisions. The attack began in what the British Commander-in-Chief in France and Flanders, Sir Douglas Haig, referred to as ‘much unfavourable weather’. The first assault failed, as the largely inexperienced British troops were repelled by German forces which included the elite Prussian Guard. Renewed attempts were made to take the forested area on 10 and 11 July.