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The centenary of the first day of the Somme


So much has been written and broadcast on this subject today that I don’t feel I can add much. Other than that while it is important this day is remembered, there are so many others that should be remembered too.

This is the Thiepval memorial, which I visited in 2009, and which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector during the Great War and who have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

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