The poignant story of two Narberth brothers who died in the Somme on consecutive days is to feature in a dramatic portrayal as part of the town’s museum’s commemoration of the First World War.

David and Evan Salmon, aged 20 and 22, joined the Royal Field Artillery in August 2015.

Their regimental numbers were one digit apart, as were their new service numbers when they transferred to the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Caught up in the heavy shelling that characterised in the Somme, David died ‘in the field’ on February 6, 1916. Evan died of his wounds the following date.

By the end of the month, two sets of letters had arrived at the family home, Lowlands, Crinow, informing the Salmon family that both brothers had died and had been buried.

The letters, together with those of condolence to the family and communication from the Salmon brothers themselves, were found in an old suitcase donated to the museum, which was discovered in the attic of a house near Narberth.

It is these letters, and others equally moving, that will form the highlight of Narberth Museum’s commemorations.

In partnership with Narberth Youth Theatre, a performance of the dramatised letters will be set alongside the renowned poet, Owen Sheers’ verse- drama, Pink Mist, which tells of the return from Afghanistan of three teenage soldiers.

“We wanted to make our interpretation of the First World War story relevant and immediate and we are delighted that Owen Sheers has allowed us to incorporate his work,”said Narberth Museum’s curator, Pauline Griffiths.

“His evocation of the conflict in Afghanistan has parallels with the experiences these young soldiers went through in France and only serves to underline the human cost of warfare, whenever and wherever it occurs.”

The dramatisation is part of the museum’s project Letters from the Front: Learning from the Past which has attracted a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This has enabled many of the objects, medals, photographs and documents at the museum can be displayed and interpreted so that visitors can learn more about this significant time in the town’s history.