100 years ago this morning, marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. A battle in which nearly 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers lost their lives. A battle which men from Manchester took the heavily fortified town of Montauban.
Without the doubt, on a whole the Somme was a disaster on the first day. However, the 30th Division containing many pals battalions from the North West, achieved all of their objectives. Without a doubt, for the men of the Manchester Regiment, it was one of their finest hours.
Please take time to read my latest article in the Tameside Reporter and the GM1914 blog.
To the fallen, we will remember you.