The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

Tom Baker heads to the ancient hold of Caernarfon Castle, keen to see the vast collection of one of the UK’s most prestigious infantry regiments

World War Two on display PAUL SAMPSON/RWF MUSEUM

The Bishop tells us: ‘When the boys come back, they will not be the same’” wrote Royal Welch Fusilier and poet Siegfried Sassoon, who left his innocence behind in France when he returned to England in 1918. Sassoon described the brutality of the trenches in They and Counter Attack. His works inspired a literary change in Britain with fellow Royal Welch Fusilier poets Robert Graves, David Jones and Hedd Wyn perpetuating a literary renaissance that forwent the archaic styles of innocence in favour of “harshly realistic laments”. So resonant was the impact that the Royal Welch earned the everlasting moniker of the ‘Regiment of Poets’.

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