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Never forget

By BillRookery
100 years ago today The Battle of the Somme started, I had two grandfathers and a great uncle who were in that battle, they did survive, but my great uncle was never the same again, he was badly shell-shocked

The first day of the Battle, July 1 1916, was also the bloodiest, and remains the worst in the British Army's history. Of Britain's first-day casualties, a staggering 19,240 died. Officers below Major died at a much higher rate on the Somme than private soldiers did, with 60% of British officers who were involved on the first day losing their lives.

Tags: Landscape Poppies Red Flowers and plants Barley

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1 Jul 2016 6:58AM
lest we forget the horrors and the loss


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prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
1 Jul 2016 7:04AM
1 Jul 2016 7:52AM
Well composed and presented.take care David
1 Jul 2016 8:00AM
It was a horrible tragedy!Blush - In spite of that beautiful red spots in the field .Smile --- Jukka.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 8:09AM
I wish we would learn from the past.....
but sad to say we haven't....
A great set. Well done.
1 Jul 2016 8:49AM
Beautiful tribute images Bill.
1 Jul 2016 8:58AM
derekp Plus
9 1 5 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 9:05AM
A day for remembrance. The seeds of the poppy will survive for many years in the soil and will continually remind us of the dreadful loss of lives brought about by the futility of war and the aftermath of such events.p

HobbitDave 12 5 3 England
1 Jul 2016 10:19AM
A beautiful tribute set, Bill, v.1 especially.

Leedslass1 Plus
4 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 10:26AM
Lovely set of images (my favourite is number 4) and a fitting tribute.
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 10:51AM
Lovely collection with my favourite being version 1
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 164 16 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 10:53AM
A excellent tribute set Bill. GrinGrinGrinGrin
1 Jul 2016 1:22PM
A wonderful tribute, Bill - the peaceful landscape in V1 is such a stark contrast to what was happening so long ago.

danbrann 15 640 17
1 Jul 2016 2:45PM
A very nice tribute.
3 and 4 for me in this set. All great images.
Mike_Smith Plus
13 648 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 4:43PM
Beautiful set Bill, I like V3 and 4. Yes my Grandad also fought in this battle, and survived not sure how as he would never talk about it
capto Plus
8 6.3k 20 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 4:48PM
A great set for today.Smile

brian17302 8 2 13 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 4:49PM
Superb tribute images, lest we forget
Bento 4 Portugal
1 Jul 2016 7:01PM
V4 for me, Bill.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 7:09PM
You are featured picture at the moment
1 Jul 2016 7:35PM
Absolutely. V3 with the poppies going into the distance gave me a lump in my throat. My grandad was one of the lucky ones who came back, his pals were'nt.

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
1 Jul 2016 8:05PM
Beautifully captured image of the lone flower. Well done Bill
Jerrin 5 23 England
1 Jul 2016 8:13PM
Cracking series Bill.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2016 8:24PM
A really lovely tribute
jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2016 8:22AM
A beautiful tribute.
IreneClarke Plus
5 1.3k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2016 8:47AM
Lovely tribute
Trish53 5 244 Wales
2 Jul 2016 1:00PM
All are lovely Bill, my favourite is version 2
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2016 11:52AM
Amazing images... V2 seems to come from another time or another reality ... Excellent!
Isabel GrinGrin
4 Jul 2016 1:24PM
Beautiful poignant reminder Bill

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