View Full Version : Battle of the Somme...1916...my Ancestors died there...

11-11-2006, 02:49 PM
Hi all,

For those in the UK I have just watched a Channel 4 programme about the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. The first day of the Battle resulted in the worst casualties ever of the British Army due to machine-gun fire as they walked (under orders) towards machine guns.

German casualties were also high.

Three of my great-uncles were kiled there. All were brothers. I only found about their involvement a couple of years ago.

They were from the same Pal's Regiment.

May this never happen again to any nation.


Best Regards,

11-12-2006, 12:24 PM
When I was a child, we learned anti-war songs at school (it was the 70'ies). Only years later did I realise they where all about the Great War.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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11-12-2006, 12:46 PM
My Great Grandfather was involved in the Somme.

He was in the 3rd NZ (Rifle)Brigade and went into action on September 15 at Flers-Courcelette.
(Where tanks were used for the first time)

He was found in a French hospital with 4 bullet holes in him on October 1st, its not certin when he was hit, but he was patched up in no mans land by a mate who had to leave him for dead.
he was gassed the next morning but was picked up buy aussie troops and taken to a field hospital.

He was hit in the shoulder the stomach the lost his left eye, and one bullet was stopped from hitting his heart by a biblr in his top pocket. (I got to see it once, years ago)
Aparently he suffered effects from the gas for the rest of his life.