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Somme 100 – The British Army’s darkest day

Preparations are underway to mark 100 years since The Somme – one of the deadliest battles in British history. Relatives, politicians and members of the Royal Family will attend a series of commemorative events in France next week remembering the more than one million men on both sides who were killed or wounded. The battle, which began on on July 1 1916, was an attempt to break the deadlock during the First World War when soldiers were dug into miles of trenches and ditches.

We speak to: Betty Foster, who was visiting her uncle’s grave on The Somme; Alex Churchill, author of ‘Somme: 141 days, 141 lives’ – and Phil Betts of the Frittenden Historical Society.

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