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100 Years On July 1, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:43 pm

Meticulous Mick

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

I was over in France last month and we headed to the site of the Somme, taking in Thiepval, Beaumont Hamel and other places now entrenched in the history of the first world war.

The first site visited was the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont Hamel, the largest area of the site of the battle that has been preserved. Shell holes remain, trenches clearly visible and most haunting of all, the “Danger Tree”. This petrified tree is all that remains of the many trees that once stood at this site before battle commenced. It became a key objective in the battle.

The Danger Tree at Beaumont Hamel The Danger Tree

The Newfoundland Regiment were one of the regiments that went over the top on that first day of the Battle of the Somme. Of the 780 men of this regiment that went over…

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2 Responses to “100 Years On”

  1. Thanks for the reblog, much appreciated. It was good to see Michael D. Higgins at today’s ceremony in Thiepval. MM🍀

  2. Monika Rumpf Says:

    It is so sad, that mankind never learns. Kept a candle burning all day long, and thought about all the people who died then and ever since in wars. We are so foolish.


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