Holiday in the Somme - Thiepval Memorial and Anglo-French Cemetery

At the end of October 2013 I went on holiday to the Somme region of France with my family.

We stayed in a gite in the quiet village of Carnoy.

While we were there we visited many sites associated with The Great War of 1914 - 1918.


The Thiepval Memorial commemorates by name some 72,000 men who fell in the Somme sector up to 20 March 1918 and who have no known grave.

The memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and unveiled by The Prince of Wales in 1932.
It is the largest of the Commonwealth’s memorials, standing on the site of one of the most heavily defended positions to be attacked on the first day of the battle when Commonwealth casualties – killed, wounded and missing – numbered more than 60,000.

The Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, symbolising the Allied effort in the war, contains the graves of 300 Commonwealth and 300 French soldiers, the majority of whom are unidentified.


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