They provided support at the battle of Mametz Wood on the Somme in July 1916, and at Pilkem Ridge during the 3rd Battle of Ypres
As a result of the horrendous casualties suffered, and no doubt by the Commander in Chief's unflattering remarks, the 38th (Welsh) Division did not see further action until the 3rd Battle of Ypres
, known as the battle of Passchendale, on July 31, 1917.
Private Jimmy Edmonds died as a teenager in 1916 in Northern France on the battlefield and Private Thomas Henry Watts, of the Gloucestershire Regiment, died in the 3rd Battle of Ypres
in October, 1917, aged 19.
But on July 31, 1917, in the 3rd battle of Ypres
, or the battle of Passchendaele, Hedd Wyn was marching in column through Langemark towards the British line, with many comrades of the 38th Welsh division of Royal Welch Fusiliers.