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First World War centenary: Share your stories for Battle of the Somme anniversary

PUBLISHED: 15:33 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 06 April 2016

Troops of the British XIV Corps, possibly 5th Division, advancing near Ginchy, during the Battle of Morval, part of the Somme Offensive. Picture: PA

Troops of the British XIV Corps, possibly 5th Division, advancing near Ginchy, during the Battle of Morval, part of the Somme Offensive. Picture: PA

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July 1 1916 will forever be immortalised as one of the darkest days in the history of the British Army.

It was on this date that thousands of men marched down No Man’s Land to begin the Battle of Albert, the offensive which marked the start of the Battle of the Somme.

By the end of the day, approximately 20,000 British soldiers were dead, with many more wounded.

A week-long bombardment had preceded the attack, with Army commanders hoping the blasts would cut the wire on the German lines.

But this largely failed and contributed to the huge number of casualties.

The Recorder is planning extensive coverage to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the campaign, part of the First World War.

Did one of your relatives fight in the Battle of the Somme? Or are you planning a centenary event?

Share your stories with Beth Wyatt by emailing bethany.wyatt@archant.co.uk or calling 020 8477 3988.

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