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Somme memorial services underway in France

The Battle of the Somme memorial service began at Lochnagar Crater, France. Credit: PA

Services are underway in Lochnegar to commemorate the battle of the Somme which began 100 years ago.

The area is well-known for a 300ft crater formed by an allied explosion during the battle.

Allied soldiers detonated a huge bomb underneath the German trenches in Lochnagar. Credit: Pool

Lochnagar Crater is now a peace memorial dedicated to "fellowship and reconciliation" between all nations who fought on the Western Front.

Pastor John Pressdee said: "Help us remember our common humanity, and as we celebrate the young lives who died in the pursuit of peace, help us to apply the lessons and to learn the lessons of history so that we would never have to travel that road again."


Vigil to remember Battle of the Somme begins

200 people are expected to attend the service Credit: ITV Wales

100 years ago soldiers were about to go into the largest battle of WW1. A vigil to remember the Battle of the Somme has begun at Llandaff Cathedral to honour those who fought.

200 people are expected to attend the service, along with 60 troops. A lantern from the trenches will be lit at Llandaff Cathedral & guarded overnight by Welsh troops.


Flypast to honour Caernarfon airman

RAF Valley is home to IV(R) Squadron and 208(R) Squadron. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Four RAF Hawk jets from RAF Valley will fly past Caernarfon Castle on Friday July 1st at around midday, the day which marks 100 years since the bloodiest battle of the First World War broke out.

The display will follow the unveiling of a memorial stone in Major Lionel Rees' honour.

A memorial stone will also be unveiled.

Caernarfon man Lionel Rees was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Despite being attacked by an enemy force that outnumbered him at least eight-to-one, he kept fighting even after being shot in the thigh, driving the enemy off and bringing his aircraft safely home.

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