Remembering the heroes of the Battle of the Somme

At 7:30 AM on Saturday 1 July 1916, British troops clambered from their trenches to advance across no man's land towards the German lines.

But the attack was largely a disaster.

In just a few hours, 19,240 British troops were killed out of a total of 57, 470 casualties, making it the bloodiest day in British military history.

Thousands of soldiers from the North West died on the Somme and all this week, we'll have a series of special features to mark the event on Friday.

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IWM North lights up to honour the brave

Imperial War Museum North made their own commemoration of the Somme Centenary.

The building was lit up from 10pm on 30 June until dawn on 1 July to remember the thousands of men who would have been preparing for the first day of the battle, 100 years ago.

Credit: IWM North
Credit: IWM North

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