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Battle of The Somme

THE BATTLE of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War, writes Helen Glennie.

It took place between July 1 and November 18, 1916, on both sides of the River Somme in France. It was one of the largest battles in the First World War in which more than 1,000,000 were wounded or killed.

There were huge losses of men on the day – July 1, 1916 – but the Somme offensive continued for a total of 141 days. Men from every part of Britain and across the Commonwealth took part.

Some 150,000 Commonwealth servicemen lie buried in 250 military and 150 civilian cemeteries on the Somme and six memorials to the missing, built and cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, commemorate by name more than 100,000 whose graves are not known – a lasting reminder of the human cost of the fighting in this region throughout the First World War.

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