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Remembering My Great Uncle Private Alvin Holroyd 1/4th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry died 1.7.16

Simon Holroyd
A candle has been burning brightly all day in remembrance of you. My Great-Grandmother never gave up hope of seeing her dear Son Alvin again, through the horrors of that first fateful day of the Somme 1st July 1916 when he went over the top with so many brave boys. Then a returned letter from the front with a plea from his Brother "We all want to know why you have not written as it is three weeks since we got the last letter, you are making every body feel uneasy at home as we think there is something up. My mother was going to send you a parcel on Tuesday but with you not sending a letter we thought it was best not to send one till we got a answer, as soon as you get this letter just write straight back. We do not care if you send three words as long as we know you are right as they don't know what they are doing on at home with you not sending a letter in three weeks" From your loving father and mother. The news finally came from the War Office on 2nd August 1916 that Alvin had been 'missing' since the 18th July 1916, nothing further was heard until after the end of the war when the British Red Cross & Order of St John wrote to my great-grandmother dated 18th December 1918. 'Dear Madam we much regret to say that not withstanding constant and careful enquiries, we have not succeeded in hearing anything of your son Pte A.Holroyd 4211 4 KOYLI whose name was on our lists for months, and we have had to come to the conclusion that he must have lost his life at the time when he was missing. All the men of his unit whom we have been able to see, both in English Hospitals and at the bases abroad, have been questioned and none of them have thrown any light on his casualty. It has however proved possible to collect some details of the action and we enclose a copy of these, fearing that in spite of all our efforts we shall be unable to help you further. Though all the Prisoners Lists are closely watched as they come in from Germany, we cannot hope to find there the names of any men missing so long ago. With sincere sympathy for the family and friends. Yours faithfully, For The Earl of Lucan.' My great-grandmother never gave up hope that he may return and she thought he may be in some hospital or sanitorium in France with memory loss. After her death it remained a family mystery as to what exactly happened to Alvin until my father and I visited Thiepval Memorial on the Somme in May 1998 and our battlefield guide Ives went to the locker where the list of more than 70,000 lads with no known grave from The Battle of The Somme are commemorated. In one of the many booklets with so many names he found Alvin, emotion swept us as we hurried to the wall where his name was shown. We had finally found him. Mam never gave up hope, we never stopped looking, we will always remember.
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JACKSON AND MATTHEW SWINDLE

Patricia Williamson
2nd Lieutenant Jackson Swindle of the Durham Light Infantry - killed in action at the Somme on October 14th 1916 aged 22. Matthew Clough Swindle a Private in RAMC 23rd Field Ambulance - killed in action at Ypres on October 8th 1917 aged 21 The death of these two brothers was devastating. I am so proud of my great uncles but so sad not to have known them. Your family will NEVEKR forget you
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William Revie, private, Cameron Highlanders, died Somme, 14th July, 1926

William Revie

Nancy Overend
UTo my grandfather whose head was blown off as he looked out over the trench. Mm
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In respect and memory of my Great Uncle Thomas Lloyd 2nd Batallion Manchester regiment

Denise Marsden
My Grandmothers elder brother ( My Great Uncle ) had been injured and sent home then was sent back again to endure more hardship . He told my Grandmother that he knew he wouldn't return as he had seen the horror for which few retuned. He was killed the day before his 19th Birthday ! Also the day before the end of the Somme ...I hope these brave young men will never be forgotten ..God Bless
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Rembering My Great-Great Uncle

Catherine Armstrong
Remembering my great-great uncle who died today in 1916 at the Battle Of The Somme, Durham Infantry -Private Robert Harvey, aged 18years. his body was never recovered and his mother had already lost a son in the local coal mine disaster. Rest In Peace.
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They Shall Be Remembered

François Lachaud
My great-grand father fought at the Somme and, somewhat miraculously survived (though he underwent trepanation he lived until the age of 89), thanks to the help of British (and, later, Commonwealth Soldiers). I have only vague memories of him now but I would like to express here my endless gratitude to the soldiers who fought with him, helped him when all hope was lost, and to all those who sacrificed their lives on the Somme battlefields.
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Joseph Leason

Jane Whewell
My Grandfather was a soldier at The Battle of the Somme and who "went over the top" six times. Thankfully he survived due to "Trench Fever". Our family will always remember what he and many others did for our Country.
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Reginald Crane, Royal West Kents

Reginald Crane

Lorraine Vaissiere
In Memory of my Grandfather, Reginald Crane, who fought at the Somme and was a casualty, he was shot in the neck but was one of the fortunate few to be found by a stretcher bearer and given treatment. My Great Uncle his brother was not so lucky and my Grandfather saw him fall from a bullet as he left his trench.
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NOT FORGOTTEN

Val Shergold
In memory of my great uncle, Frank Green, who fought and died, aged 18, at the Somme. Brother of Florence Miles (nee Green). I know very little about him other than what I was told as a child but I will never forget what he and all the others did for our country and the world.
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In Proud Remembrance of my Great Uncle, Cyril Higginbottom Private 11583 6th Bn, KOYLI

Janet Clark
Cyril was a young man of 18 years on enlistment in Sheffield 1915. He was badly injured in France in May 1915 and awarded three medals. He was sent back to the front in 1916 where he was among the millions who subsequently died, on Saturday 16 September 1916. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial alongside those of his friends. His legacy to our family and our country is immeasurable and rightfully commemorated. None of us must forget.
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THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK AGE 37 KIA 15/9/1916

THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK .AND SAMUEL COWDERY both K.I.A.

MAUREEN SPERINCK
Remembering our Great Uncle Thomas George Sperinck killed in action on 15th September 1916 age 37 in the battle of HIGH WOOD on the Somme France .Also his wifes brother Samuel Cowdrey in 1916 at the battle of Cambri . Long May They ALL BE REMEMBERD.
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THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK AGE 37 KIA 15/9/1916

THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK .AND SAMUEL COWDERY both K.I.A.

MAUREEN SPERINCK
Remembering our Great Uncle Thomas George Sperinck killed in action on 15th September 1916 age 37 in the battle of HIGH WOOD on the Somme France .Also his wifes brother Samuel Cowdrey in 1916 at the battle of Cambri . Long May They ALL BE REMEMBERD.
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Thank you

Lee Franklin
No words can ever explain the gratitude that we have for those that put themselves in harms way to protect and save our countries, our freedoms and our families. Thank you is all I have. Lest We Forget.
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Somme Battlefields & Cemeteries

James Burke
Some photographs and images from the Somme battlefields
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William McFadzean

John Mcfadyen
Let me tell you a story of honour and glory Of a young Belfast soldier Billy McFadzean by name For King and for Country Young Billy died bravely And won the VC on the fields of the Somme Gone Like the snowflake that melts on the river Gone like the first rays of days early dawn Like the foam from the fountain Like the mist from the mountain Young Billy McFadzean’s dear life has gone Now Billy lies only where the red Flanders poppy In wildest profusion paints the field of the brave No piper recalling his deeds all forgotten For Billy McFadzean has no known grave Chorus So let us remember that brave Ulster soldier The VC he won the young life that he gave For duty demanding his courage outstanding Private Billy McFadzean of the U.V.F.
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A cockney lad

Joy Ann Evans
Remembering my Uncle Benjamin James Lewis from Hackney,London. Son of Benjamin and Eliza Lewis. 2nd Battalion Middx.Regiment. Killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 aged 17 years.No known grave.Our family quest in 2009 was to search around the battle area for some recognition of his sacrifice. We found his name engraved on the Thiepval Memorial.We called this journey 'Finding Benjamin'
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JAMES RICHARD GREAVES

Tricia Neate
In proud remembrance of our great grandfather, a private in the Border Regiment who enlisted in spring 1915 at the age of 24 but was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, leaving a bereaved widow, Lydia, and three children, including our grandmother, May (then aged 8).
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Tombe de Gilbert Chambonnet à la nécropole nationale de Biaches

Mort pour la France

Isabelle (Chambonnet) Augé
Mon grand oncle,Gilbert -Paul Chambonnet, a été tué le 6 juillet 1916 à Curlu. L'été dernier, j'ai pu retrouver sa tombe. Il est enterré à la nécropole de Biaches. J'ai également parcouru le circuit du souvenir et visité les musées de Péronne et Albert. Que d'émotions ! Une pensée pour tous ces soldats en ces jours d'anniversaire.
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A LA MEMOIRE D'ANATOLE LE ROUX INSTITUTEUR BRETON

LE ROUX Marcel
Grand-Père, c'est en bâtissant mon arbre généalogique que je t'ai retrouvé. Maintenant je sais qui m'a transmis les gènes d'Amour et d'Honneur de la FRANCE. Merci pour ton sacrifice.
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A soldiers thoughts

Ian Spelman
"Suffice to say that I am glad to have gone through it, but like a million and one others sincerely trust it will not be necessary again. Also an equally earnest hope that it is nearer the end than the beginning" 4177 L/Cpl W. Spelman H.A.C. August 9th 1916 The Somme
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A LA MEMOIRE DU SOUS-LIEUTENANT ANATOLE LE ROUX

LE ROUX Marcel
Grand-Père, Je t'ai retrouvé en bâtissant mon arbre généalogique. Maintenant, je sais qui m'a transmis les gènes d'Amour et d'Honneur de la France.
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Livre web en mémoire des Corses.

Antoine GALLONI D'ISTRIA
https://www.facebook.com/lescorsesayantcombattuen1418danslenord/?ref=bookmarks - LE CENTENAIRE ET LES CORSES. ARTOIS/BELGIQUE/SOMME. Livre web (44 pages en capture d'écran), créé le 11 mai dernier. 1 000 personnes en France au cours des 28 derniers jours. Entre 150 et 200 à l'étranger.
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Sous lieutenant Anatole LE ROUX

LE ROUX Marcel
Grand-Père, Je t'ai retrouvé en bâtissant mon arbre généalogique et maintenant je sais qui m'a transmis les gènes d'Amour et d'Honneur de la France. Merci. Marcel LE ROUX
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Archibald Thorne

Cicely Mico
Rembering my uncle who was killed on the 1st July 1916. Son of Stephen a d Annie Thorne of Stoke sub Hamdon Somerset..
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Harold Pendleton Roberts

Frances Spall
Remembering a great uncle, Gunner Harold P. Roberts, of Liverpool. 2nd Heavy Artillery Group, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed on July 12th 1916. Laid to rest in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Finally found where you lay. Will visit this summer, for your brother, Frank, my "Popa". Your story is passed on down the generations.
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Remembering my Grand father Pte. John Scollen 27th Batt.. Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusilliers

Brian Scollen
My grand father like many others took up arms for king and country. He is among the Missing of the Somme and his name is on Thiepval memorial, along with all of his fellow casualties. He did write home just before the battle, while at Franvilliers 27th June 1916 which at the time was very near to the eve of the battle. My wife and myself will be in the town on the 27th June, where I shall find a stone to sit on read his letter and cry. Sadly missed by his three daughters Four sons and many many grandchildren. Brian Scollen
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Pte Frank H Jerred, 2nd Battalion, South African Infantry.

Remembering my great uncle, Frank Jerred

David Hornbrook
Frank Jerred was killed at Eaucourt l'Abbaye attacking German trenches during the battle of the Somme on 12 October 1916. The attack was stalled by long-range machine-gun fire and soldiers lost direction in the smoke drifting across no man's land. Frank had left Exeter for a new life in South Africa only to return to die in France. He was 29.
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Pte Frank H Jerred, 2nd Battalion, South African Infantry.

Remembering my great uncle, Frank Jerred

David Hornbrook
Frank Jerred was killed at Eaucourt l'Abbaye attacking German trenches during the battle of the Somme on 12 October 1916. The attack was stalled by long-range machine-gun fire and soldiers lost direction in the smoke drifting across no man's land. Frank had left Exeter for a new life in South Africa only to return to die in France. He was 29.
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Remembering Robert Armstrong Pendlington

Sandra Pendlington
Our cousin Robert, son of John and Dorothy Pendlington of Hartlepool, died on 12 October 1916, fighting with the Durham Light infantry at the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave but his name is on the Theipval Memorial. We stood at the foot of the hill and looked up to where he died and we remember with pride Robert and all his comrades.
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