Chance to see the graves of Somme heroes

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RELATIVES of soldiers who died in some of the bloodiest action of the First World War are being offered a chance to visit the graves of their loved ones during this year’s Remembrance season.

The trip has been organised by the Birmingham War Research Society between November 8 and 12. Thousands of Warwickshire men were killed or wounded during the battles of the Somme and Ypres, the two main theatres of combat on the Western Front during the 1914-18 conflict.

The Somme has become a byword for the suffering of a generation. The first day of the battle – July 1, 1916 – went down in history as the blackest day of the British Army.

Alex Bulloch MBE, Birmingham War Research Society organiser, said: “Many men of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment were heavily involved in the fighting at Ypres and on the Somme.

“The 17th Royal Warwicks were part of the 48th Midland Division which linked up with the Australians during the gallant attacks to the north west of Pozieres. This culminated in the taking of a vital position during the Somme campaign.”

The organisation takes relatives to the graves of loved ones. The visit also includes the world-famous Armistice service held every year at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

For more information, contact Mr Bulloch on 01214 599008.