#charity July 1st – Please reflect on #TheSomme as you queue for your #coffee

As you go to work this Friday morning take a moment to reflect or google The Somme. An entire generation lost to wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. The Great War as it is referred to left not a village in the UK, France and Germany unaffected, in some cases 50% of young men who went to War from those villages never returned. One hundred years ago today right about now tens of thousands of young men were being cut down like wheat in a field by machine gun fire. A sobering thought when you stand in the queue for your coffee this morning.

the sommeThe Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One. 141 days of horror

Heartbreaking photos of our troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago shortly before they went ‘over the top’ on the bloodiest single day in British military history

The Battle of the Somme began on Saturday, 1st July 1916 and lasted for 141 days (four and a half months) before drawing to a close on Saturday, 18th November 1916. It was to be one of the most costly battles of the First World War with over 1.3 million French, British Empire and German casualties being sustained in the fighting.

My Grandad Danny Hughes – Served with 1st battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, Veteran of Korean war, Suez crisis, The Somme, served in Hong Kong and BAOR. Like many a hard working man who would do anything for his family.

During the fighting 27 Welsh battalions took part, 20 of which were line infantry battalions and 7 were the pioneer battalions of infantry divisions. Add to this the Welshmen fighting with the other arms and services, the artillerymen, logistics soldiers, medics, etc., and one quickly realises the significant part that Welshmen played.

We MUST never forget ….

 

 

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