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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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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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