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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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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.

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