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Former Head Boy part of Royal Welsh cycle to mark centenary of WWI battle
14th July 2016

A former head boy at Rydal Penrhos was part of a group of ten Royal Welshmen who embarked on a cycle challenge to commemorate the anniversary of a prominent First World War battle.

Chris Booth, a serving Captain in the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, served as head boy at the school from 2006-7 and took part in a 900km cycle in memory of the centenary of the battle of Mametz Wood.

The group began their journey at Caernarfon Castle and ended on July 7, the start of the battle, with a memorial ceremony at the French wood.

Around 4,000 soldiers from the 38th Welsh Division were killed in the battle, which lasted for five days, and the journey made by the Royal Welshmen was the exact same that soldiers from North Wales made 100 years ago.

The former Rydal Penrhos pupil, who helped organise the trek and has been serving for four-and-a-half years, said: “The battle is important for Wales as it was the battle in which the 38th Welsh Division of which all the Royal Welsh's antecedent regiments we a part of.

 “As far as the team are concerned, to realise that one of the attacking battalions were recruited from Llandudno itself held a sentimental touch to it.

“The ride itself was really good – it was a great opportunity to see the whole of Wales and for the team to work together.”
During their ride, the team took in sites such as Conwy Castle and St Asaph Cathedral, and were also greeted by the Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Carol Marubi during a stop at the resort.

 

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