Penmaenmawr Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled The Heat of the Battle about the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War. The exhibition was created by Wrexham Museum and has been on a national tour.
The fighting in Egypt and Palestine was seen as a sideshow by many during the First World War. The front barely features in the popular memory except as a backdrop to David Lean’s famous film, Lawrence of Arabia. However, it was the second most important theatre of operations for Britain after the Western Front.
Five battalions of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers fought across the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula and the Negev, and battled through the rugged hills and valleys of Palestine:
1/5th (Flintshire), 1/6th (Carnarvonshire & Anglesey), 1/7th (Merionethshire & Montgomeryshire), 24th (Denbighshire Yeomanry) & 25th (Montgomeryshire Yeomanry & Welsh Horse Yeomanry). Two of the campaign’s nine battle honours appear on the regiment’s colours.
The touring exhibition and its associated leaflet were created by Wrexham Museum and have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government and Wrexham County Borough Council. Wrexham Museum would like to acknowldege the support of the Trustees of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum Trust.