FRANCE PICARDY Thiepval



The Theipval Memorial [see above photo, 8 rue de l'Ancre, +33 322746047] is dedicated to the thousands of soldiers who went missing during the agonising Battle of Somme. The memorial is marked by a 45m high monument that is supported by 16 pillars, bearing the names of over 72 000 men of the Commonwealth forces, whose bodies were not found or were not allowed a proper burial. The memorial stands amidst an Anglo-French cemetery where British and French soldiers lie next to each other 


 

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Ulster Memorial
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36th (Ulster) Division was formed in September 1914, as part of Lord Kitchener’s New Army, to serve the Western Front during WWI.  It comprised of the Ulster Volunteer Force, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Irish Rifles and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

These courageous men were one of the few battalions to have accomplished their objective on the first day of the Battle of Somme (and they did so by tweaking the orders they received). They were the only X corps to capture the German front lines- but they did so at the cost of 5500 lives.

The Ulster Tower that stands tall in the memorial [Route de St Pierre Divion], was unveiled in 1921 and was created to be a replica of the Helen Tower in Clandeboye, Ireland, as a reminder of the last sight of home that most of the men caught, before heading on to the Western Front.


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