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Manchester was the centre of commemorations of the 100 year anniversary. Matt O'Donoghue reports on an emotional march and ceremony in the city centre


Soldiers share relatives' stories of Battle of Somme

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Manchester to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

A parade featuring military personnel and descendants of those who fought at the Somme will leave Albert Square at 2pm, continuing along John Dalton Street and Deansgate to finish at Manchester Cathedral, where a service of remembrance will be held at 3pm.

Colour Sergeant Lee Vout and Major Andy Holsgrove told us about their relatives who fought in the Battle of Somme.


Photos: Chorley Pals memorial for Battle of Somme

An event is being co-ordinated by the Chorley Pals memorial Trust to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of Somme.

Chorley Pals memorial for Battle of Somme Credit: Victoria Grimes
Chorley Pals memorial for Battle of Somme Credit: Victoria Grimes
Chorley Pals memorial for Battle of Somme Credit: Victoria Grimes

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said:

The 100th anniversary is an important date in our borough’s history because so many residents put their lives at risk in what was one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the British Army.

It’s quite right that we pay our respects and having the 3 Medical Regiment march through the town is a fitting way to recognise the sacrifices that people made.

– Councillor Peter Wilson
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Nation falls silent in Battle of the Somme remembrance

The nation has fallen silent to honour the thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

The battle was the bloodiest day in British military history, with 60,000 soldiers killed on the first day alone.

Ceremonies were held across the country, with a two-minute silence ending at 7.30am - the time when British, Commonwealth and French forces went 'over the top' in northern France.

In London, people lined Parliament Square to pay tribute, with the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery manning three guns which were fired every four seconds for 100 seconds to mark the silence.

The battle lasted for 141 days.

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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."

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