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8 YouTube Clips of the true story of The Somme
We are trying to get hold of a Full version
Roll call 1st July 1916
The attack on Beaumont Hamel from the Sunken Road
1st Bn The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers-1st July-1916.
To the north of the river Ancre lay an important
objective,the Grandcourt -Serre ridge.
your fingers along your greasy scalp,
shell-broken man bleeds on a stretcher,
difficult to sleep; when you do,
A week after
your battalion gets shredded on the wire
twenty years you will argue Beowulf
"These are the documents of a remarkable man named
Sergeant John Bernard Millett.
The father of 6 children , he was 41 years and 2 months old when he volunteered to fight in WW1.
He had already seen 14 years service with the 2nd BN Lancashire Fusiliers and 9 years service with the Connaught Rangers.
He is listed on our nominal roll of those who fought at Spion Kop and his service records show that he had 2 bullet wound scars on each thigh when enlisting in 1916.
He was discharged again in 1919.
They do not make them like this any more. "