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WWI ... # 2 
5th-Jul-2018 02:31 pm
Soldier - silhouette
So, I am still on my last day - in the area of the battle of the Somme ... and yes, my Granddad went "over the top" on July 1st ... and survived the day. That July 1st is known as the "Bloodiest day in the British Army"

My suprise, as you see the land, is that any survived!

Picture heavy again

Looking across the battlefields towards the Thiepville Memorial
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These woods (were stumps) is where my Granddad was based in July - September 1916
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A few pieces from the museum
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Sorry, but seeing the kit laid out like, looked a little creepy to me
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Granddad was in the Northamptonshire Regiment
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The Queen Mother's brother's name
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Vimy Ridge - held by the Canadians
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French graves
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German Graves
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ARRAS .... rebuilt as it was pre-1914
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Arras Cemetery - the memorial to the Royal Flying Corps, The Naval Air Service, and the Royal Air Force (formed when the 2 were amalgamated 1/4/18)
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5th-Jul-2018 02:08 pm (UTC)
Again, this is heart breaking (even on a beautiful Summer day).
7th-Jul-2018 06:37 pm (UTC)
... made worse when you see how young they all were.
6th-Jul-2018 08:47 am (UTC)
An epic journey! I love the Sikh gravestone (bloody immigrants, coming over here, fighting our nazis ...!)
7th-Jul-2018 06:39 pm (UTC)
That is the special thing about our Commonwealth graves - even the most basic inscriptions say so much about the family & heritage
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