Centenary of the Somme – 9th day of July

The Twelve Days of the Centenary Christmas

On the 1st Day of July – our family returned to Montauban
On the 2nd Battle of Ypres – we searched for a cousin and an uncle
On the 3rd day  we review 3 War Memorials
On the 4th day we  seek four Battalions at Montauban
On the 5th day we have 500 rounds in a minute
On the 6th day we view a six pointed Star
On the 7th day we had seven Pals from Manchester
On the 8th day we have an 8th Panel at Brookwood

On the 9th day of July the Battle of the Somme continued

The Battle of the Somme continued for 141 days in 1916 and there have been various interesting centenary events.  The 17th Manchesters returned to the front with fighting at Trones Wood on 9th July, Guillemont on 30th July and Flers on 12th October.  These centenary days have been a focus for the blog, although the continuation Battle of the Somme is not forgotten until it limped to a halt in a morass of  cold wet mud on 18th November 1916.  Next year we have the centenary of the Battle of Arras and the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Polderhoek Ypres in December 1917.


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