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Photos: Thiepval Memorial marks 100 years since Somme

Thiepval Memorial marks 100 years since Somme Photo: Philip Gornall

On this very day 100 years ago the first day of the 141-day campaign. July 1 1916, was and still is the deadliest day in the history of the British Army. Almost 20,000 British Empire soldiers lost their lives in just 24 hours.

Today, a commemorative service will take place at the Thiepval Memorial To The Missing which towers over the rolling Picardy fields in northern France where so many fell.

A National Commemorative Service will take place at 3pm at Manchester Cathedral, followed by a people’s procession through Manchester to Heaton Park at 7:30pm. The free event will close with live performances of music, poems and dance linked to the First World War. Here are some photos from

Serre at 7am this morning Credit: Philip Gornall
The service in memory of the Accrington pals at Serre Credit: Philip Gornall
The service in memory of the Accrington pals at Serre Credit: Philip Gornall
French military band wait for ceremony to begin Credit: Philip Gornall
Waiting for the ceremony to begin Credit: Philip Gornall
Veterans at Thiepval Credit: Philip Gornall
Veterans at Thiepval Credit: Philip Gornall
Veterans at Thiepval Credit: Philip Gornall

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