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Grandfather one of first to di

A CENTURY ago the Battle of the Somme was raging in northern France, and this week we look at how another Argyll family was hit by one of the bloodiest struggles of the First World War.

The British forces’ aim was to relieve their French allies at Verdun and weaken the opposing German army, but they were unable to break through enemy lines. It led to a brutal five-month battle of attrition on a 15-mile front, which left one million dead and wounded on all sides.

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