WALES: Excitement at 'WWI Practice Trenches' Find

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WALES: Excitement at 'WWI Practice Trenches' Find


Byline: By CARL BUTLER

A TEAM of local aerial archaeologists has captured what may be World War I practice trenches.

Flying cameramen John Rowlands, of Rhosybol and David Roberts, of Malltraeth, snapped the largely forgotten trenches from 3,000 feet up during a survey part-funded by Anglesey Council's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The depressions in the field, which is about three miles from Beaumaris, could well have been trenches used to train soldiers ready for action in France in the 1914-18 war, they believe.

John, who also flies the surveys, said the discovery was "very exciting".

He said: "Although I knew about trenches at Bodelwyddan Castle, this is the first time I'd seen any on Anglesey.

"I was very happy to have found a connection with the Great War here on the island, especially after visiting the old battlefields of France and Belgium earlier this year.

"My family suffered a loss when my great uncle Messach, from Penmynydd, was shot in 1916, just 17 years old - two years younger than the minimumage for service abroad. …

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