100 Years On

A sad day 100 Years ago.

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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  1. belshade
    Jul 01, 2016 @ 11:02:53

    The tree is an eloquent memorial – much more so than brick or concrete – as are your pictures of the terrain 100 years on. My father was wounded on the Somme, so it has a special significance. Des.

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  2. Ruth2Day
    Jul 01, 2016 @ 18:59:10

    special day for us all, beautiful photo

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  3. mlblogsredsoxlady35/lighthousekat
    Jul 01, 2016 @ 19:58:50

    Love your blog. I remember having to write a report in History about this Battle at the time I thought it was so lame why should I write a report about something that happened in France before I was born but long story short…I’m glad I did and the tree is a great tribute to the battle and the people of that battle on both sides.

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