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Of the 72,000 missing men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, 12,000 were killed on the 1st July - the first day of the Battle of the Somme. David Harkness Blakey was one of these men, but his remains were found and identified in 2013 enabling him to be finally laid to rest, along with two unidentified comrades, on 8th October 2015.

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The centenary interests many people, not just those who live within the borders of the Somme Department! Each year we receive a great number of visitors from throughout the world. For this reason and to highlight the occasion, various publishing houses have brought out guides highlighting the history of the First World War and also the regions that were at the centre of the conflict.

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