The Battle of the Somme 1 July 1916-1 July 2016– a very personal memoir | Enough of this Tomfoolery!

Even after 100 years and when no-one who remembers it is alive, the Battle of the Somme and especially its first day remains a scar on the British psyche. The 1st July 1916 and the deaths in action…

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    • Hi Woostersauce,
      My dad was a regular, from 1936-1947. He had some luck; being transferred to India in late 1940, and saw no action there. He returned in 1947, but never really got over the easy life he enjoyed during that time, having to return to a UK gripped by austerity. By contrast, his older brother, also a regular, fought in Burma, was captured by the Japanese, and endured a living hell in the camps. He was destroyed by his experience, never the same in later life.
      Regards, Pete.

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  4. A poignant and personal memoir of a family touched by war, in ways not normally associated with the conflict. Compelling reading.
    My own grandfathers also ‘missed’ The Great War. Both born in 1899, one later served in the Army of Occupation, in 1919, and the other was in a ‘reserved occupation’, as a worker in a flour mill. It also worked out that they were too old for active service in the next war as well, with one working on searchlights in a London park instead, and the other serving in the Home Guard. (Given the bombing in London, to say that they missed the war is not strictly accurate)
    I am glad that they didn’t have to serve in that war, or have to endure The Somme, and many other battles equally as terrible.
    I have visited Thiepval Memorial, and it is an imposing and sobering place indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I’m so glad you appreciated the article, Pete. It is good to get different perspectives, especially since no one was untouched and the effects last through generations. I’ve never been to Thiepval, only the cemetery at Etaples. Now I’m back, I want to remedy that with a few trips. I’m glad your grandfathers didn’t have to withstand the fighting.


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