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    1916 - 2016: Remember the Battle of the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.

    It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

    In pictures: Battle of the Somme - BBC News

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    I know there were huge casualties on both sides....

    "The first day on the Somme was also the worst day in the history of the British army, which had 57,470 casualties"
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    Yes, my grandfather was there, wounded with schrapnell and gas, made it home but died young.

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    Both of my grandfathers were there. Both survived but died young and long before I made an appearance.
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    Not forgetting the poor buggers got off Gallipoli only to be sent to the Somme.
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    My great grandfather was WIA (GSW) on his first day's service at Delville Wood. Returned to service and was later gassed, survived the war but also died young from respiratory complications.

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    We dont know how lucky we are!!!! RIP
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    WWI is mindblowing if you learn the history. The best I have found so far is Dan Carlile's podcast series. Will worth a listen during your daily commute.

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    I lost Great Grandfathers on both Mum and Dad's sides at the Somme.

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    Both grandfathers at Gallipoli, 1 went to Sinai, the other France, both came home but Harry, the one who went to france was never quite right afterwards. I can see why.

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    My Great Grandfather, father's side.

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    Luckily for my family, WW1 was in between the generations (Boer War and WW2), so no family lost.
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    One hell of battle that's for sure, would have been horrible on both sides. Like many others, my Great Grandfather was there, mentioned in dispatches and survived it while serving with Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. We are very lucky to never have to have faced such a situation. It's certainly been on my mind today.
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