In the 1980s, whilst a guest of the British army, Tom Price, a veteran of the Welsh Divisions' attack on Mametz Wood, commented that he was disappointed to find that there was no memorial on the Somme to fallen Welsh. In particular, that there was no memorial at the site where some 4,000 of his comrades had been killed or wounded in July 1916 - Mametz Wood.
It was decided by the south Wales branch of the Western Front Association to appeal for the erection of such a memorial and this interest led to the formation of a committee pledged to raise the necessary sum by public subscription. He worked tirelessly during the planning, construction of the site and during and after the dedication.
The magnificient Red Dragon was sculptered by Mr David Peterson, the stone was donated by a local quarry and carved by Mossfords in Cardiff
Tributes given during the dedication ceremony.